Caol Ila 25!

Caol Ila 25

The World has changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the Earth. I smell it, in the air. Diageo – once the Sauron of all the drink companies, well known for neglecting maltheads, limiting their Scotch distilleries’ malt whisky portfolios to bare minimum and embarrassingly overpricing non-standard bottlings – are now firing out one affordable cracker after another. Following the Distillery Editions and good Feis Ile bottlings comes something I personally am wetting my pants about. Caol Ila 25.

How much is ‘affordable’ in Diageo Dictionary – I hear you shout. £500? No. £400? Nope. £300? Not really. The newest addition to the Caol Ila portfolio has the UK Recommended Retail Price of £135. For what it potentially could be it sounds rather reasonable. Another 25 year old Islay I can think of is Laphroaig 25 CS, costs about £240.

What do you think guys? I’ve never had a Caol Ila that was anything less than brilliant, it definitely is one of my favourite distilleries and my expectations are sky-high.


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