Single Malt Connoisseurs Club


Members of our buyers' club share an enthusiasm for the malt elixir in the most practical way, by saving time and money. No initiation or fees of any sort are charged. We simply ask that you undertake to remain in the club for the period of one year. As a club member you will receive a carefully selected, often unique bottling, complete with background information, shipped directly to your home or office every other month. The first club, the Single Malt Connoisseurs' Club, has a limit of $84.99, per shipment usually less, on the cost of the bottle itself. (Does not include tax and or shipping)


In September 2014 our members received: 

Caol Ila Cadenhead 10 year 117.6 proof

Now that Labor Day is past and the days are getting shorter, our thoughts turn to fall and time spent more around hearth and home. As you may recall from the July Newsletter, this Caol Ila Cadenhead 10 year was all set to go out to you in July, but with its notes of salt and peat smoke,this Caol Ila does fit seasonally better in the present time and the months to come.The tourist books call Caol Ila (pronounced cull-eela) the ‘Hidden Jewel ofIslay.' The distillery is located in a quiet cove near Port Askaig. Many consider this locality on the eastern shore of Islay to be the wildest and most picturesque of the island. Like Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich (it’s two closest neighbors,) the construction of Caol Ila created the community that surrounds them. Without these distilleries it is likely that there would have been little sustained human presence in these areas of Islay at all.The distillery is situated on Loch Nam Ban, having supplied Caol Ila with an abundant supply of good water for over a century and a half.

Caol Ila, Gaelic for “the Sound of Islay,” was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson, a Glasgow businessman with a keen interest in distilling. Henderson’s interest may have been high, but he quickly proved himself inept at the distillery game, and by 1854 the owner of Isle of Jura distillery,Norman Buchanan, took over the business. This moment in time, less than a decade after its creation,was the last time that Caol Ila was not a part of a large whisky consortium. After a series of owners, in1930, the master of Caol Ila became Scottish Malt Distillers: the company that would become the drinks behemoth Diageo.When Scottish Malt Distillers took over in 1930, they mothballed Caol Ila for a seven year period before bringing it back online. With the grain shortages of the Second World War, Caol Ila was again closed down from 1941 to 1946. From the post-war period, production continued until 1972, when the entire structure of the distillery was demolished. A larger distillery was built in the same original architectural style on the same site, and production resumed in 1974. At this point production had been vastly increased to its current level at 3.5 million liters a year. Of this amount, around 5 percentis used as a Single Malt, the rest forming the backbone of some quite well known Blended Whiskies:notably Johnnie Walker.

Caol Ila is renowned for producing very sophisticated and complex malts. The stills at the distillery are charged to low capacity, allowing more boiled-off alcohol to come in contact with the copper,giving a very pure spirit prior to ageing. It’s whiskies are prized for having the oiliest feel of the Islay malts, with the highest glycerin content that has a way of clinging to the palate. Caol Ila Cadenhead 10 year 117.6 proof: The nose starts out with sweet peat smoke, sea spray,and salt.The palate has a present flavors of ocean water, oak, peat, and oolong tea. The weight of the palate is moderate and the finish swells nicely with a nutty and tea leaf expression.