Whisky News – Caol ila 1995 by Signatory

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Today’s pick.

Whisky:  Caol ila 1995 by Signatory
Region: Northern Islay
Cask: Hogsheads
Bottle Number: 431 of 729
ABV: 46%

Caol Ila (sound of Islay) was founded to the North of Islay in 1846 by Hector Henderson. The stills at Caol Ila look out over a spectacular  view across the Sound of Islay to the Paps of Jura.  Caol ila is Islay’s biggest distillery, producing more than double the sprit of the other distilleries on the island. The capacity is moderate at 3.65 million litres annually, the majority of which is used in Johnnie Walker blends. Just 5% is kept for maturation as single malt.

This particular Caol Ila was matured and bottled by an independent bottler called Signatory Vintage founded in 1988.  The name ‘Signatory’ was derived from the initial intention to find a person of suitable standing to sign the labels for bottles drawn from a single cask. The first cask bottled was a 1968 Glenlivet which quickly sold through long before any suitable signee could be found.

( An Independent Bottler is a company, which does not produce whisky but bottles whisky under its own brand name.)

For me, it’s always exciting to try independently bottled whisky as it’s rare and very unique just like this Caol Ila; there are only 729 bottles of this particular Caol Ila in this world and it would be a shame to miss out.  Caol Ila 1995 by Signatory Vintage is a stunning whisky and it will appeal to those who love peat, smoke, oily texure and maritime flavour.  I would highly recommend you to taste this whisky while you can.