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Caol Ila 18 Year Old Darkness! Moscatel Sherry Cask Finished 50cl
Donated by Atom Brands.
A 50cl bottle of Caol Ila 18 Year Old Darkness!, finished in specially coopered, 80 litre Moscatel sherry casks for over three months. This bottled is signed by Atom Brands' Head Spirits Buyer Toby Cutler, and Head of Whisky Sam Simmons.
This is bottle number 48 of 99.
Caol Ila was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson on Islay's east coast, overlooking the Sound of Islay, from which it takes its name. It was purchased by Bulloch Lade in 1857 and by DCL in 1927, who ran the distillery continuously until 1972, when it was demolished and rebuilt with six stills rather than two. Caol Ila became Islay's biggest producer and was a crucial component for blends, notably Johnnie Walker. The distillery survived the early 1980s downturn by producing an unpeated 'Highland style' malt, and it still produces unpeated whisky every year, depending on owner Diageo's requirements. While Caol Ila had been bottled as a single malt by independents, the first official bottling was a 12 year old released in 2002. More expansion took place in 2011, with a new mash tun and washbacks installed which increased capacity to 6.5 million litres per year.
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Note the absence of a condition statement does not imply that this lot is in perfect condition or free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing. Older bottles often contain small amounts of sediment.
This bottle does not appear to be leaking. While we take every care to pack bottles securely we cannot guarantee that old corks and closures will not leak in transit.