This single malt from the Caol Ila distillery on Islay was distilled in March 2008 and matured in a single STR barrique for 12 years. A barrique is a type of oak barrel typically used to mature red wine. STR stands for ‘shaved, toasted and re-charred’ and is an innovative process used to make sure the malt doesn’t become too winey. Caol Ila 2008 was bottled in 2020 at 54.1% ABV. The Electric Coo Series is a new range of whiskies by Mark Watt and David Stirk for the Campbeltown Whisky Company. Fun fact: ‘stirk’ is a word for a young cow, and of course ‘watt’ is a measurement of electricity, hence ‘Electric Coo’! The two friends each picked their favourite three casks for the series. You can read their commentary on the back label, where they playfully fight over which bottle is the best. The Latin phrase on the front label might make this whisky seem very intellectual, but if you translate it you’ll see it’s actually just a silly proverb.