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Caol Ila 2007 SMWS 11 Year Old 53.311

Lot: 298323

Caol Ila 2007 SMWS 11 Year Old 53.311

Winning Bid: £68

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Lot:
Distillery: 
Caol Ila
Age: 
11 Year Old
Vintage: 
2007
Region: 
Islay
Bottler: 
SMWS
Cask Type: 
see lot description
Bottled Strength: 
58.6%
Bottle Size: 
70cl
Distillery Status: 
Operational
product Details

Caol Ila 2007 SMWS 11 Year Old 53.311

'A fairwell to Armagnac'

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) was founded in 1983 by a group of friends lead by tax accountant Phillip ‘Pip’ Hills as a private members club. The concept behind the society was to source casks from all over Scotland which would then be bottled and made available exclusively to its members. Perhaps the most famous feature of these bottles are the unique codes. Each distillery is represented by a different number and the following digits indicate that particular release. That same year, the SMWS set up its first location in Leith’s Vault buildings in Edinburgh where it still stands today.

A 2007 vintage small batch Caol Ila, distilled 24th September 2007 and bottled 11 years later. This spent its initial maturation in two ex-bourbon hogsheads before being combined and finished in a ex-armagnac barrel. One of 240 bottles. 

Caol Ila distillery was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson, who was bought out from the venture a little over 10 year later by Bulloch Lade. The blending firm merged with DCL (now Diageo) in 1927, who still run the distillery today. In 1972 the original site was demolished and replaced by a new one. When distilling resumed in 1974, Caol Ila was the largest producer of single malt on the Isle of Islay. Despite this, due to its importance in popular blends such as Johnnie Walker, its single malt brand disappeared under United Distillers, and it was not until 2002 that it would return, when the 12 year old was revived by Diageo. The Flora & Fauna release was well-regarded in the meantime, but it was independent releases like this that gave the best opportunity to sample this much-loved single malt.

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