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2000 Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Caol Ila Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Islay, Scotland

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Average Price of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD: $90

Grape Variety: Whisky - Single Malt

Single malt whisky is whisky distilled at a single distillery from water and malted barley but without the addition of any other cereals, and by batch distillation in pot stills.

The traditional production zones for single malt whisky are Scotland and Ireland, although Canada and Japan also produce good examples. The most famous whisky regions for single malt production are Islay and the Scottish Highlands.

In recent years Scottish distillers have been experimenting with a wide range of finishes for their single malts, ... more

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  • Islay

    Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebridean islands, which sit in the North Atlantic Ocean just off the west coast of Scotland. Islay is arguably Scotland's most famous whisky-producing region and is definitely its most polarizing: Islay malts are famous for being the most full-flavored of Scottish whiskies, identified by their earthy, smoky, peaty flavors, often with distinguishing hints of iodine and tar.

    Islay holds the nickname 'Queen of the Hebrides', and is a rocky, heather-covered island of around 250 square miles (600 sq km). Like its northern neighbor Jura, Islay is home to ancient peat moss bogs which give the island's whiskies their distinctive flavor. Peat, a fossil fuel formed from decayed organic matter, is burned to stimulate the malting process so vital to whisky production. It ... more

  • Scotland

    Scotland is known for whisky rather than wine; the climate is too cold and wet to allow grapes to ripen sufficiently for the production of wine. Whisky has been made in Scotland for several hundred years and the question of whether it came to Scotland from Ireland or vice versa is a much-debated topic.

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