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Caol Ila 20 Year Old 150th Anniversary 70cl / 57.86%
A bottle of Caol Ila 20 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This was bottled and released to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the distillery, 1846-1996. The back label carries the names of all members of Caol Ila distillery staff in 1996.
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. The distillery was purchased by Bulloch Lade in 1857 and by DCL in 1927. DCL 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.
Please see images for fill level and label condition. The capsule is slightly loose, but it appears to be secure.
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. We cannot guarantee that the contents of this bottle will be free from the effects of age, cork taint, oxidation or other faults.
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.