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Caol Ila debuts 24YO whisky

Islay whisky producer Caol Ila has released a 24-year-old single malt Scotch to mark its 175th anniversary in 2021.

Caol Ila 24YO whisky
The 24-year-old single malt celebrates Caol Ila’s 175th birthday last year

The Diageo-owned single malt brand has released 3,000 bottles of its commemorative whisky.

The 52.1% ABV whisky offers notes of fresh fruit on the nose and smoke, while the palate provides an ‘intense sweetness’ with salt and pepper. The finish carries ‘soft spice, rich cocoa and the lingering smoke of glowing campfire embers’.

Sam Hale, distillery manager, said: “It’s fantastic to celebrate more than 175 years of Caol Ila with a brilliant bottle that showcases the distillery’s characteristic smoky smoothness and sweet sea air aromas.

“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.”

The 24-year-old whisky is available to buy from selected specialist retailers, and Lagavulin distillery on Islay, priced at RRP £295 (US$399) per 700ml.

Caol Ila will be the fourth and final site of the ‘four corners’ distilleries to reopen with a revamped visitor centre as part of Diageo’s £185 million (US$250m) investment into the transformation of its Scotch whisky visitor experiences.

The visitor centre was given the green light to move forward with its renovation in April 2019.

The other three distilleries that have already reopened after upgrades are Glenkinchie in the Lowlands, Cardhu in Speyside and Clynelish in the Highlands.

As part of the multi-million-pound investment, Diageo opened its eight-floor Johnnie Walker Princes Street visitor experience in September last year.

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