Caol Ila is one of our favorite distilleries in Scotland. The sweet peat and bracing smoky quality remind us of the rocky shores of Islay. We selected this cask because of its incredible taste-per-dollar. There are waves of sea salt, smoke, and brine, combined with dried fruits, malt, and a lush mouthfeel. You can’t go wrong!
Contrary to what the name implies, these guys don't know the meaning of fail. Co-founders James Gordon and John Alexander MacPhail, along with their apprentice John Urquhart, developed one of the first whisky brokerage businesses over 110 years ago. Specializing in single malt whiskies from famous distilleries such as Macallan, Glenrothes and Mortlach, they began to select and fill ex-sherry casks with various single malts and mature the whisky for much longer than was customary at the time. They recognized the importance of maturation in the creation of fine malt whisky and realized the truth of the old adage: "the wood makes the whisky." As Jim Murray, author of "The Whisky Bible" once said, "Gordon & MacPhail is a name that makes the heart of us whisky veterans skip a beat." Have a few sips and start checking your pulse.