Caol Ila 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.17/100
votes
27
Whiskybase ID
WB106902
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2017
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
59.8 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Barcode
088076181762
Market
us United States
Added on
28 jan 2018 7:35 pm by mrock0001
ChillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 287.55

5 × in wishlist

27 × member ratings

89 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 18-year-old

8 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.17 points.

  1. Apikalov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet maltose, cream, vanilla ice cream, a little lemon juice, lemon zest without excessive bitterness, a little almond milk, a little lemon syrup. The overall smell is very standard modern bourbon barrels, but they are exquisitely made without jerky feeling. 89
    • Taste
      87 87
      Slightly jerky taste, maltose, sprite, sour lemon juice, black pepper, white vinegar, some bitter grapefruit peels, medium body thickness, average level, medium-low encapsulation, medium-high oiliness, medium taste and alcohol stimulation The balance is slightly weaker, the alcohol irritation is slightly stronger and slightly spicy. The last bite gives a little bit of the taste of Bai Gehenna wine. 87
    • Finish
      86 86
      Woody tannins, tonic water, original mint, bitter citrus. 86
      scbp-5541

  3. Gregers scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting to taste an attempt at an unpeated style from Caol Ila, very different for sure, and not bad at all.

    Review: https://youtu.be/lX3EeZOl0hY
    • Nose
      83 83
      Strong alcohol, peppermint, grassy notes, florals, vanilla, sponge cake, light wet wood, bit of lemon peel.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Oily, full, warm. Definitely some peat, but not much. Candy cane, vanilla, custard, peat smoke. Honey, oak, barley, and leather notes.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Really warm, medium long, simmers down slowly. Not much sweetness left, leaves smoke, oak and slight wet wood. Decent balance.

  4. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    From a sample via a good friend; I've been looking to try this one out as I've quite enjoyed the younger versions.
    Can Caol Ila make a Highlander?

    Turns out they can, albeit the CS presentation makes for a bit of blinding heat... water really opens it up and lets it settle.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Very muted, especially for the alcohol content! It seems shy, sweet and bread-y! Mechanical oil like 3-in-1 sewing machine oil, and a swipe of vanilla bean paste. It seems hot, spicy and a touch tannic among its docile bakery notes.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Hmm, reserved. The alcohol kicks in first, white pepper heat and a handful of vanilla cookies thrown at you, white tea and subtle florals. Silk flowers maybe, dusty and a touch of oily pastry cream. Surprising mouthfeel, very lush and oily.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Hmm, this doesn't drink like 18 years. Its finish is much shorter and hotter than you'd think, loads of yellow pound cake and vanilla mingle with oily oak and something that I can't quite figure out... It's good, good enough I wish they'd release this regularly, but maybe not at CS.

  5. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Rosencrantz scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    If it weren't for the uncentered alcoholic content, I would have given it a few more points: if the bottler chooses a certain alcoholic strength for their own whisky, that's what I have to deal with to understand whether or not it meets my taste, having to add water for me is a malus.
    However, it remains an unusual and pleasant drink, a "fake highlander" who cannot completely hide its true identity.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Bewildering to find yourself with a Caol Ila with such a gentle, herbaceous and fruity nose. Warm and inviting, with vanilla cream cake, fruit (mango, peach, kiwi), fresh flowers, cut grass. Slight hint of wet wood in the background.
    • Taste
      81 81
      If you couldn't feel it on the nose, on the palate the alcoholic power is explosive, a cannonade of burning shortcrust pastry which you have to get used to, giving space just to the citrus notes with vanilla and cinnamon. Generally refractory to the addition of water, I find myself having to do it for the really important aggressiveness of alcohol, being rewarded by a broadening of the aromatic horizon, with the release of ripe fruit (peach and banana), malt, custard and licorice. There is an impression, really little more than an impression, of peat in the background.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long finish, with cream cake, licorice, wood and always that idea of ​​peat.

  7. DrBardamu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

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