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Single Malts of Scotland, Director's Special Caol Ila 40YO (700ml)

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Single Malts of Scotland,

Director's Special, Caol Ila 40YO

49.1% ABV


Only 108 bottles were produced from a single hogshead of Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which was aged for 40 years.


The fullness of the citrus balanced against the beautiful cacophony of herbaceous flavours is a unique and wonderful experience. In so many ways the spirit character is classic Caol Ila while the long maturation has added layers of complexity and tempered the typical coal smoke. It is the incredible juxtaposition that makes this a once in a lifetime malt. It is both incredibly evolved while being perfectly easy to drink


Tasting Notes

Nose: Nettle and elderflower cordial with just a hint of aromatic smoke give a wonderful nod to the spirit of the incredibly well aged Islay malt. Notes of earl grey tea with a spoonful of cloudy honey rises from the glass complimented by a beautiful herbaceous tone with tarragon and chocolate mint.

Taste: Flavours of honey and orange oil create this wonderful dichotomy which continues to develop with time in the glass. Eucalyptus and elderflower create a very delicate feel and are contrasted and complimented by a richer, almost agave like sweetness. Orange citrus and chocolate with a hint of chilli spice creates more depth while a hint of coal smoke balances the sweet and sour notes.

Finish: Tarragon and rosemary develop along with a beautifully rich tangerine juice. The smoke is still there creating more length but it is very light like the dying embers of a beach fire.



The Single Malts of Scotland is a range of superb vintage Single Malt Scotch Whiskies individually selected from our stocks of ageing casks from the six main producing regions of Scotland.

Only casks that are judged to have attained the required quality and character are bottled under The Single Malts of Scotland label.

To ensure each whisky maintains its original flavour and cask character, we do not chill-filter or add colour.


As all our casks of whisky age, they develop their own unique characters. For every bottling in the Single Malts of Scotland Marriage series, we carefully select from these casks and bring a handful together to create a more complex and rewarding dram.

Non Chill Filtered, No Colour Added