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As well as reflecting its smoky, malted barley, Caol Ila is also oily and peaty, with marine and vegetable notes. Its recent official bottlings, which are particularly expressive, have an intense smoky and peaty character with a good balance of saltiness and sweetness. Superb versions of this single malt have also been released by independent bottlers Gordon MacPhail & Signatory Vintage. Caol Ila’s stills, which are large and onion-shaped, have a strong influence on this single malt and give it a fairly light and delicate character. Find out more
This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.
Selected by the directors of Gordon & MacPhail, the whiskies that make up the Private Collection all present exceptional quality and character. These rare, vintage single malts are usually from the top distilleries (Caol Ila, Glenlivet, Longmorn etc.), and are presented in very limited, sometimes totally unique bottlings. “Decades” is also part of the Private Collection range; this consists of six bottlings of Glenlivet, one per decade from the 1940s to the 1990s.