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Spiritfilled Mythical Beasts Caol Ila 12 Year Old


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Key Facts About This Whisky

Bottler: Spiritfilled

Founders: Russell Spratley and Ross Archer

Range: Mythical Beasts

Distillery: Caol Ila

Age: 12 Years Old

Region: Islay, Scotland

Cask Type: Finished in a single PX Sherry hogshead

Alcohol by Volume: Cask strength at 56.3%

Bottled: Natural colour and without chill filtration

Limited Edition: 260 bottles

Bottle Size: 700ml

Awards: Gold Medal at the Autumn 2021 Tasting of The Drinks and Spirits Business

Scotch Tasting Notes

Without water

Nose: Initial earthiness, black olives in brine, followed by burnt toast, barbecue and asphalt notes, then caramel and toffee apples add richness, with Brazil nuts at the edges.

Palate: Gentle, yielding mouthfeel, like silk draped across the tongue, toasted, barbecue notes gradually emerge spanning the palate, and as the barbecue notes intensify juicy, citrus top notes appear, and continue with creamy vanilla and caramel, above a base layer of dry oak and digestive biscuit maltiness.

Finish: Dryness and toastiness build up into barbecue notes, with light maltiness, oak and finally fruity sweetness.

With a teaspoon of water added

Nose: More focused aromas combine to give creosote with a background of embers, oak and brine.

Palate: Creamy mouthfeel, sweet-dry-rich balance, suffused with wafts of toastiness, vanilla and citrus, underlined by oak dryness.

Finish: Big toasty note followed by dryness with a hint of caramel.

Tasting notes by: Ian Wisniewski; Spirits Writer and Broadcaster, specialising in whisky.

About this Caol Ila

Spiritfilled are proud to introduce their initial bottling of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. There were 260 bottles produced at a cask strength of 56.3% ABV.

This Single Malt was moved into a Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask for finishing - an intensely sweet and dark sherry complimenting the Caol Ila perfectly. The PX cask underwent a special process called New Era Of Cask (NEOC), to bring out the full flavour profiles of the sherry cask into the whisky. They are the first company to ever use this process in Scotch whisky, and won a gold medal for their work at the Autumn 2021 Tasting of The Spirits Business. 

About Spiritfilled's Mythical Beast

The Qilin is a magical beast whose mythology combines the essence of Scotland with the spirit of Asia. Galloping through eastern forests, proudly sporting a majestic horn and with a wreath of divine flames coating its equine form, it mirrors the Unicorn, the national symbol of Scotland. Their distant familial ties interweave the sterling values of Scotland with the magic of Asia, representing wisdom, justice and truth. Legend has it that all who commune with the Qilin reap the rewards of its benevolent spirit, finding good fortune and prosperity. Rich in character and flavour, echoing ages past, the Qilin brings elements of ancient mythology into the modern age.

Spiritfilled Qilin Caol Ila 12
Russell Spratley and Ross Archer, Founders of Spiritfilled

Meet The Founders

Russell Spratley and Ross Archer

Spiritfilled was founded by two entrepreneurial best friends, who both love whisky. Russell and Ross stared Spiritfilled as cask broker, helping clients around the world to buy and sell quality whisky casks.

As they explored the warehouses of Scotland, somethings Russell and Ross would discover a certain cask that they'd fall in love with. They couldn't part ways with these super special casks, and so decided to bottle these themselves. Mythical Beasts is their independent bottler label, under which they release their single cask whiskies.