Caol Ila Launches 24-Year-Old Scotch for 175th Anniversary
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Famed Distillery Celebrates 175th Anniversary With Limited Release of 24-Year-Old Scotch Whisky

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To celebrate its 175th anniversary, Caol Ila is releasing a 24-year-old single malt scotch whisky. (Photo: Diageo)

Iconic Islay distillery Caol Ila is launching a very limited, 3,000-bottle release of 24-year-old single malt scotch whisky to celebrate to distillery’s 175th anniversary, which took place last year.

“It’s fantastic to celebrate over 175 years of Caol Ila with a brilliant bottle that showcases the distillery’s characteristic smoky smoothness and sweet sea air aromas,” said Sam Hale, distillery manager at Caol Ila, according to Whisky Experts. “It honours the long-standing legacy of Caol Ila as Islay’s hidden treasure and I’m sure it will be a hit with our fans, who we look forward to welcoming when we open the doors to our re-imagined visitor experience.”

Caol Ila Islay 24 Year Old 175th Anniversary Single Malt scotch whisky is bottled at 104.2 proof and has a suggested retail price of £295 ($400). It is available for purchase at selected specialist retailers, and Lagavulin distillery, which will sell the bottles that were allocated to be sold at Caol Ila, which is under construction.

This summer, Caol Ila will reopen after undergoing major renovation as part of Diageo’s £185 million ($251 million) investment into its scotch distilleries’ visitor experiences. Diageo’s Glenkinchie reopened in 2020, and Cardhu, Clunelish and Johnnie Walker’s Princes Street experience opened last year. Diageo bills Caol Ila (Islay), Cardhu (Speyside), Clynelish (Highland) and Glenkinchie (Lowland) as the “Four Corners of Scotland.” Together, the four, plus Johnnie Walker, will combine to create a Johnnie Walker tour of Scotland.

In an Instagram post announcing this release, Caol Ila teased future news around the time of its reopening, writing: “Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting news coming this summer 👀 🥃.”

Caol Ila Islay 24 Year Old 175th Anniversary Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes

Nose: Clean and fresh with a whisper of camp-fire smoke and a subtle hint of rich, buttery pastry.

Taste: A soft honeyed sweetness balanced with a prickle of sea salt and light smoke.

Finish: A long and warming finish with a light charred smokiness and a delicate kick of spice.

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