Caol Ila 15-year-old

Overall rating
85.10/100
votes
192
Whiskybase ID
WB116915
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2018
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
American Oak Hogsheads & European Oak Butts
Strength
59.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L8071 CM005
Barcode
5000281051666
Added on
01 sep 2018 10:12 am by thebase
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 121.71

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 15-year-old

52 users have left 55 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.10 points.

  1. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Without the "covering" smoke, it shows the character of the distillery from a completely different perspective; Diageos Special Release 2018;
    Beautifully multi-layered - a very good Caol Ila!
    • Nose
      mild, soft, sweet, toffee, shortbread biscuit, a little lemon, a lot of vanilla;
    • Taste
      with a little water: mild, creamy appearance, sweet, fudge, vanilla, toffee, honey, some citrus fruit, very soft;
    • Finish
      good medium length, creamy and sweet; Vanilla with a gentle aftertaste;

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  3. Pinacaka scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    N : Sweet, Fruit, Flower, Pear, Apple, Yogurt, Honey, Caramel, Vanilla, Malt.
    P : Spicy, Sweet Vanilla, Pepper, Citrus. Orange Peel?
    F : Ash, Smoke. (Not Peat)

    Nice fruity whisky! So refreshing citrus and fruits.
    Citrus and fruit yogurt (with a bit of smoke)

  4. Emperor69 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Caol Ila 15 YO Unpeated Style CS 2018

    Category: Single Malt
    Producer and bottler: Caol Ila Distillery (Diageo)
    Region: Islay
    Fortress: 59.1% (cask)
    Volume: 700 ml
    Bottling date: 03/12/2018
    Botting Series: Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2018
    Barrel type: American Oak Hogsheads & European Oak Butts
    Age: 15 years old
    Filtering: no
    Dye: none

    Nose. Salty sea breeze, citrus peel with black hammer and ginger, stone chips, wood glue, fresh wood, walnut partitions, licorice, dried green apples and peaches, yellow raisins, banana peels, cream, vanilla. The mineral-industrial profile in aromatics is combined with a slight interspersing of fruity and malty moments, plus very noticeable spices and, for the first couple of minutes in the glass, ethanol. With water, the aroma becomes lighter, fruity.

    Taste. Without water, you get a concentrated, very powerful taste of lemon candies, candied fruits, salty licorice candy, cream, white bread crumb, ground black pepper and ginger, and the feeling of chewing on a bush stalk. With water, the sweetness in the taste practically disappears, the lollipops turn into sour lemon juice, salt and pepper, it seems that it also noticeably increases. Not to say that the taste is very rich in nuances, but this is compensated by its composure and strength.

    Aftertaste. Continuous. Dry. Zest, pepper, mint, anise.

    Summary. Curious non-peaty Caol Ila with a lemon-marine character, not very diverse in flavors, but very bright and intense. Well "assimilates" water and, therefore, will give you many evenings of interesting pastime.

    Rating: 87 out of 100.

  5. sludgehex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Since I can't add that to the whiskybase, I decided to write a review here.
    The whisky I'm talking about is a mix of two different batches of Caol Ila 15YO Unpeated finished 8 months in ex-port handmade casks. This experiment was made by Moscow whisky-enthusiasts from Whisky Loft and Double Dram
    Communities and I gotta say they've done an incredible job!
    Strenght: 52% ABV
    Cask type: Port cask finish.
    Score: 90/100.

  6. sludgehex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Since I can't add that to the whiskybase, I decided to write a review here.
    The whisky I'm talking about is a mix of two different batches of Caol Ila 15YO Unpeated finished 8 months in ex-sherry handmade casks. This experiment was made by Moscow whisky-enthusiasts from Whisky Loft and Double Dram
    Communities and I gotta say they've done an incredible job!
    Strenght: 51.5% ABV
    Cask type: Sherry cask finish.
    Score: 91/100.

  7. maltandgrains scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The 8yo unpeated style is better.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Slightly ashy, yet sweet nose. Dried fruits, a coastal, salty feel. Hints of varnish.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The ashy nose carries over, now a smouldering bonfire. A fatty taste, a mix of dried fruits and salt.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-long. Still feels ashy and fatty. A few wood spices, but not muh bitterness.

  8. davidloosli scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Apple and pear duett, fresh, shortbread, juicy blood oranges;
      with water: shy fruits, salt
    • Taste
      Burns, tingling, strawberry, wasabi, a bit winey, bell peppers;
      with water: still rather sharp, some berries, a load of peppercorns
    • Finish
      very dry, furry, a bit of salt and curry, gets saltier and saltier;
      with water: juicier, some spicyness, salt lick

  9. The_Osprey scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Caol Ila Unpeated 15 year old Special Release 2018 SMSW 59.1%.

    30ml consumed Sep 2022.

    Mid-tone golden in the light of this very dark Autumn evening.

    Aroma is closed with some candyfloss, raspberry bubblegum, minerally – pebbles and salt. Not lots happening. Pleasant enough though.

    Body is moderately oily.

    Taste is briney, lightly floral, faint candyfloss and bubblegum but very, very subtle. Mostly just briney. Any other character is very ethereal and subtle. It’s nicely mature without having any obvious cask character. A touch of oak lingers on.

    I get on with this fairly well but it’s pretty nondescript spirit. Drinks unbelievably well at 59% and I don’t see any need to add water. Good, solid. I could easily do a bottle but it wouldn’t be something I’d reach for often or look forward to particularly. 3.475/83

  10. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    After 2 hours in the open and a full tea spoon of water in the glass, this still cauterises the inside of my nose, any time my face gets too close.

    There are other components to the nose as well, but singed nasal hair seems to be unavoidable.

    Straight out of the bottle, it has a meatiness to it that fades as the vanilla rises, but they get to a stable level where both are detectable.

    It's somewhat floral at the beginning, but that fades into valid various cooked fruits which evolve from apple to strawberry by way of peach and rest on a bed of flaky, buttery pastry.

    The palate has an immediate vanilla cream approach, which is quite thick and has a hint of stone fruit, but very quickly monstrous pepper rolls right over it.

    Water helps here and soothes the beast a little. It allows the stone fruits some space to move back in, but it dulls the minty side of the peppermint.

    The tail is medium and carries a lot of the pepper through, but with a different emphasis. There's a little bitterness (also lessened by water) and the spice spreads out into some powdered ginger and chili flakes which are much more sedate and easy going in comparison to what was in the palate.

    It eventually fizzles out leaving light coloured honey, minor citrus and mild bitter herbs.

    Interesting, but unbalanced.

    I can see why this is the exception rather than the rule.
    • Nose
      79 79
      Orange blossom, spirity, sightly meaty, caramel cream, cooked apple and peach, strawberry jam, Danish pastries
    • Taste
      79 79
      vanilla cream, heavy spice, bright white pepper, super peppery peppermint, cinnamon, cooked apple, apricot yoghurt
    • Finish
      80 80
      rocket, chicory, ginger, chilies, honey, sweet grapefruit, dandelion

  11. Larry411 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Green apple slices spritzed with lemon and drizzled with caramel, apple sauce, toasted croissants, finely ground smoked hot peppers, slightly pre-chewed peppermint gum, and a hint of bubblegum. If you let it breathe, a hint of peach and some florals show up. I like it on its own, but much prefer it when mixed with a peated Caol Ila. 86/100 (I already scored the 750ml bottle).

  12. MarcinCh scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Bright, straw color. Light oily.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Strongly malty aroma. Some fresh fruit. Pretty crisp. Butter cookies. Apples, apricots, and peaches. A pinch of spices. Biscuits. Caramel. At the third nose, a pear.
    • Taste
      85 85
      There are slight traces of smoke and ash. Lots of spices. Lots of black pepper. Spice. Some maltiness. Cookies. The spiciness was gone with the second sip. There is a slight bitterness. Oakwood.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweetness. Caramel. Vanilla. Spices. Cinnamon. Pepper. Long finish. Traces of ash on the second sip.

  13. MarcinCh scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Bright, even straw-colored. There is a certain oilyness.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Quite a delicate, slightly sweet smell. Honey and vanilla. A little spice. Slightly noticeable spiciness at the tip of the nose. Maybe a pinch of cinnamon. Some orange fruit. Oranges or orange peel. There is also a certain greasiness, butteriness. After time, it seems like a more noticeable spice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full and rich. Light sweetness. A lot of sweets, actually. Honey, vanilla, and caramel. Spices. Spice. Black pepper. Ginger. Traces of yellow fruit. Peaches and oranges. The second sip is less sharp.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Sweetness. Caramel. Dessert chocolate. Warming up. A bit of spice. Ginger. Light oak. Again, dessert chocolate. Honey. Fairly blasting at first, but not very long after all. Medium to medium-long finish.

  14. MaltsofIslay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A very untypical Caol Ila, in which you don't necessarily miss the smoke. It already has a nice raisin sweetness and some vanilla in the smell. In the mouth I didn't think I had cask strength in the glass. Very pleasant and the alcohol is well integrated.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. Lrandell scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smell: Fruity and herbaceous, vanilla, a little raisin + chocolate. A little smoky. Quite full, in fact, there are all kinds of things.

    Taste: I found a tall tree in the Wetland Park in Daqingtian and sat down to eat fruit cake. All is well, Bashi.

    Finishing rhyme: first warm, then refreshing, raisins and a little pineapple.

    I used to feel prickly when I drank this, but I don't feel it today. Maybe my mouth is more used to it today, or it may be better to wake up. Everything is fine, but it feels like something is missing. After this, since 2019, Caol Ila has no longer put no peat in the SR. I thought this was a peat-free ending, but in fact, it was considered a passable answer.
    86.5/100

  16. zzqfyl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. Johnakhs scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. JJKATED scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  19. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. lucero scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. Saftkenner scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Heavy and sweet fruit aromas rise from the glass. Where is the 59% alcohol? Vanilla, baked light fruits, pineapple, caramel, honey, salt, modeling clay, tender oak.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very nice and powerful start with strong sweetness and relatively low heat for such a high drinking strength. Pineapple, oak seasoning, honey, salt, passion fruit, coconut, baked apple, juicy cup cake
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length. Fades very pleasantly, fruity, sweet, creamy and slightly spicy.

  22. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    "This train is on fire and we have nothing more to wait ...". If you know this song, you can understand my associations. True, I was standing on the roof of the second car just behind the steam locomotive and the coal furnace.
    • Nose
      Smoke and coal dust (my school was fired with coal, and I know what I'm talking about), sweet bananas and oranges, apples and dried apricots are flying at me (who throws all this at me?). Sweet tones of dark dried fruits, some light chemical notes. A drop of vanilla on a hot iron.
    • Taste
      Smoky, sweet, scorching, very fiery, like a cannon shot when this cannonball hits your mouth from a short distance.
    • Finish
      Smoky, sweet, bright, long.

  23. Stef89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Basically a very tasty malt with significant weaknesses in the taste. Peat is probably good for the Caol ila brand. But you can also distil such tasty whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very pleasant and especially dense nose. Creamy, sweet and really thick. Creme brulet, brown sugar and slightly concentrated condensed milk. Little fruit but extremely tasty. You can hardly smell the high alcohol content. Afterwards comes a very difficult to grasp note. Something like leather and shoe polish.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Here the alcohol is clearly noticeable. I add water. Makes him tame but also a bit boring. Maybe it was a mistake. Sour fruits flash through. Otherwise nothing new about the nose. Pity
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is relatively long and also fruity like the taste. Above all, it changes from caramel to fruit and back again. Great! I really enjoy it.

  24. Stef89 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Basically a very tasty malt with significant weaknesses in the taste. Peat is probably good for the Caol ila brand. But you can also distil such tasty whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very pleasant and especially dense nose. Creamy, sweet and really thick. Creme brulet, brown sugar and slightly concentrated condensed milk. Little fruit but extremely tasty. You can hardly smell the high alcohol content. Afterwards comes a very difficult to grasp note. Something like leather and shoe polish.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Here the alcohol is clearly noticeable. I add water. Makes him tame but also a bit boring. Maybe it was a mistake. Sour fruits flash through. Otherwise nothing new about the nose. Pity
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is relatively long and also fruity like the taste. Above all, it changes from caramel to fruit and back again. Great! I really enjoy it.

  25. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. Apikalov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. Allandale scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Sweet and fruity
    • Nose
      Flowery forests: honeysuckle and bracken. Sweet pine and brine notes follow along with a touch of meatiness. Raisins and sultanas, chocolate and a touch of citrus peel.
    • Taste
      Stewed apples and sultanas lead, with fruitcake not bar behind. Rich spice builds along with old oak and musty damp forest notes.
    • Finish
      Juicy raisins and a touch of menthol.Some seaside notes in the background.

  29. Gous scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  30. dapoinbua scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    well, well, well... i had a sample of this in my whisky christmas calender (thanks wifey) and was looking forward to trying this. the stuff i read and heard about it was not all positive, but still i thought it will be something interesting, as i am a huge caol ila fan.

    unfortunately, this somehow shows how boring this destillate can be without the peat. i mean this is almost 60% abv, but the flavor profile is more of a watered down obstler (thats what we call a fruit spirit in austria).

    the nose keeps your expectations high, with some honeyed hay, almost bruichladdich-like. but as soon as the fluid hits your tongue, it only goes downwards. not that this is exceptionally bad, but it is no good either. i would not mind having a few drams of this. however, i would not buy a bottle.
    • Nose
      85 85
      the alcohol is strong in the beginning, after that some honeyed hay, bit of cowshed, milk chocolate and some fruit but nothing distict. rather restrained on the nose. very gentle. after some time cotton candy come through.
    • Taste
      81 81
      sour but not freshly sour, rather acidy. also a bit pukey? rather flat. very chemical, maybe some fusel? starts off as if it would become very interesting but then suddenly nothing happens. i dont know... somehow weird. i like weird, but this is not the kind of weird i like. this is more like boring weird.
    • Finish
      79 79
      very short and disappointing. howevery it leaves a nice mouthfeel which stays rather long. still, not my cup of tea.

  31. Foudos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. GIORGOS scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  33. DannyDram scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Pear, apple peel, hay, malt, honey, rhubarb, vanilla, leached wood. Pepper spiciness, not quite balanced, warming, oily, slightly sweet, astringent. Almost a medium body, intensity scratches the middle area.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  34. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    12/11/2020

    It is very closed without water. By adding water you get a fruity-fresh and sweet-spicy malt. Interesting to try a Caol Ila without smoke.
    • Nose
      Extremely closed without water. A light fresh citrus note, the hint of some wood smoke and something maritime like algae fresh from the sea. With a little water, the fruitiness and sweetness increase significantly. The citrus notes are now joined by green grapes and apples. In addition, vanilla and honey.
    • Taste
      Very creamy mouthfeel with citrus fruits and peppery oak, pineapple and a little honey.
    • Finish
      Lemon, honey and spice combine with dark chocolate to create a pleasant, medium-long finish. At the very end still earthy and mineral notes.

  35. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  36. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2020] I really appreciate Caol Ila as one of the few distilleries which deliver a consistent high quality all the times with almost no sub-standard release so far and this unpeated edition is a good chance to explore the unmasked profile of the Caol Ila stills...

    ...which is a nice encounter but at the same time it displays how the standard Caol Ila profile benefits from the peaty aromas added. This is a flawless and nice malt but somehow this profile is very exchangeable (which the peated Caol Ila is not) and not very interesting. Worth a try but certainly not at these rather high price points - go for a sample instead of a bottle unless you are very sure you will like the "naked" Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers an impressive fruity-sugary-vanilla profile with significant wooden notes. It is fresh and smells a little younger than 15 years actually but not in a bad way. The fruits retreat somewhat upon oxidation and more herbal and (Manuka) honey aromas pop up so hurry with your first sniff. This is a flawless and nice nose but it is completely unspectacular - so the peat does a great job in enriching this profile in the standard Caol Ila recipe.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is chewy and sweet with again significant wooden notes which are a borderline case to my taste buds (wood-heads might rather enjoy these strong tannins). The sweet barley sugars sooth the bitter-herbal woods as do the honey and fruity flavours, the latter are stronger than with the nose. Some water turns the nose more shy and punchy while the taste gets more peppery-chili hot before the sugars balance this out again. A further reduction releases more bitter wooden aromas in the nose but smooths the taste again while another splash flattens both. To be honest, I clearly prefer the neat dram despite its high proof of 59.1% abv.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Despite the high proof this dram arrives nicely on the palate with a warming and coating texture covering the mouth instantly. No distracting impressions, even the peppery moments are very appropriate. The finish is long and adds more bitter-wooden as well as some hot moments which are okay but the dram would be better without them. Towards the end the tannins of the wood provide an impression of cold ashes just as if this dram was peated (but it is not, obviously).

  37. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

    Very powerful, rather austere, herbal - no water needed - with water it becomes more herbal and a tad bitter
    • Nose
      81 81
      Leafy, grassy, green and yellow fruits, grapefruit, lemon peel, wet hay, spicy, little herbal
    • Taste
      82 82
      Punchy, iodine, more lemon peel, little sweetness, leafy and grassy again, little vanilla, little seaweed
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long, burning, more punchy, spicy, zesty, more vanilla

  38. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I think I made the right decision to start my journey to Caol Ilas Malts with an unpeated variant. I think this whisky is very good! Especially for a 15 year old. I would blindly bet on a longer maturation period. Sometimes I absolutely cannot understand the reviews in the Whiskybase. Perhaps you should rid yourself of finding smoke and peat here right at the beginning of the tasting. If you can do that, then you get an excellent malt. The nice thing is that on the one hand you can play well with water and on the other hand (and I've rarely had that before) it remains consistently great from the nose to the taste to the finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The color goes towards yellow, like light straw. The first contact is without the addition of water. The nose is a bit closed. Very light fruity at the beginning, lemon and green, crunchy Granny Smith apples. In the background there is something like the skins of bright grapes, traminer grapes. Even some wet hay can be seen in nuances. At the very end, a little oak joins the smell. Overall, a fine, harmonious impression. After the first sip, a little vanilla is added to the overall smell concept. The fruits become ripe.

      The nose clearly rises with water. It immediately becomes more fruity. The light-fruity, lemon-heavy aromas become heavier, more ripe. Mango and honeydew melon are added to the other fruit flavors. Furthermore vanilla. No stinging alcohol to be noticed.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The impressions without water. Very creamy mouthfeel. Immediately a pleasant sweetness and the citrus fruitiness from the nose, which combines with a light peppery note. Some peat, but only minimal can be tasted. The oak adds to the sweetness and the white pepper with a little spice. Very subtle. The alcohol is hardly noticeable. Very nicely integrated.

      With the addition of water, the taste becomes even more sweet and fruity. There is hardly anything left of milk chocolate or peppery oak. However, the flavor remains pleasantly present.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Towards the end, the palate becomes drier from the alcohol. The lemon gets more of its peel and the oak also goes in the direction of dark chocolate. The peat is also very, very slightly present in the finish. The grapes from the nose show up again with their skin and seeds. But everything remains very harmonious and elegant.

  39. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Pretty salty, imagine chewing a ham at the coast of Islay. Vanilla, some very bright fruitiness like peaches, melons and green apple. Exotic wooden box, some curry spices that I always find it in Amrut.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Rather strong, with some serious fruitiness and bourbon sweetness. Vanilla, with a slight bit of brine-y and salty.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long finish, quite fruity and sweet, slightly bitter like orange peel.

  40. the_muskox scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    Damnit, this really isn’t that good. It’s missing all of the amazing body and most of the rich savoury flavours of the older releases. I don’t know if it’s just a bad vatting, or it just needed more time in the casks, or what. Granted, this was one of the first pours out of the bottle (I gave it loads of air and drank quite slowly), so you can read into that if you like. I’m still disappointed.

    Nose: Quite floral and lightly sweet. Banana was the leading note I got, as well as, bizarrely, breadfruit! That’s a new one. It’s like banana, but slightly green and chalky. Mint, grass, and green wood, with a hit of anise. No peat in sight, of course, except for a hint of spicy fruity chipotle. Some chalky strawberry candy emerged with time.

    Palate: Medium-light texture. Richer than the nose: Earthy malt up front, then lots of flowers, honey, vanilla, and fragrant sandalwood. Seaweed next, with light peppery spice and puffed rice. Some oak bitterness. Some fruit, but not particularly sweet: pear, peach, lemon, and banana. An earthy clay note on the back, as well as more honey.

    Finish: Fairly light and short. More banana and breadfruit here. Some dark chocolate and light oak notes, as well as more clay and pepper.

  41. Malthead19 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    - a very pleasant other CAOL ILA
    - here you notice the character of the distillery, because it is not covered with heavy smoke or intense first fill fruit barrels
    - very well done and definitely better than the 18 year old by Caol Ila!
    - not cheap but sometimes a good change
    • Nose
      Toffee, vanilla, caramel, soft, buttery, oily,
    • Taste
      oW: soft, warm, creamy, vanilla, toffee, fudge, honey,;

      mW: just as oW only softer, even if "unpeated" you still have a very subtle smoke aroma (at least felt)
    • Finish
      medium-long, soft, sweet finish;
      medium-long sweet aftertaste

  42. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice fresh number. I can well imagine for summer.
    Even if I don't like playing with water otherwise, it was worth it here.
    • Nose
      Light and fresh. First vanilla, then the typical Caol Ila lemon. And that will prevail for now. Also supported by the alcoholic freshness. With a little time and later water then more balanced. The citrus fruits are still present, but they leave more room for the vanilla-honey sweetness.
    • Taste
      Fresh, woody, sweet, the citrus fruits are more complex than they are on the nose, not more lemon juice, but now orange, melon, pineapple ... There are also oak notes from fresh wood and bring some spice and peppery. And the sweetness also plays with honey and the vanilla notes.
      With water, the individual aromas and the change between them become more apparent.

  43. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I would never guess 60% abv, reminds me of a lemon poppyseed cake with white icing and a glass of apple juice to wash it down.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Mild grains, fruit cocktail cup, lemon, apple, vanilla,
    • Taste
      88 88
      Icing sugar, sweet malt, lemon custard, apple, baked bread
    • Finish
      88 88
      Light white pepper, still sweet and oily, lemon and apple

  44. nhuber scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sweet nose, needs a lot of water to get better... Had better ones in older bottlings.

  45. ConvalRen scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Super sweet. Lacks body.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  46. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    was pleasantly surprised
    I liked better than the 18y unpeated (direct comparison)
    • Nose
      sweet class !!, spicy
      the nose is really cool
    • Taste
      strong on the palate
      very spicy, minerals
    • Finish
      long
      spicy

  47. Misterioso scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion, the unpeated Caol Ila `s are unfortunately significantly underrated and this one very special. But he needs decent water to really play his strengths. But then he rewards with a rich and wonderfully differentiated spectrum of flavors. Since there is no smoke (at least no superficial smoke, because so completely smoke-free are the unpeated Caol Ila's not) on the flavors you can here, first of all, the wonderful sweetness of the Brennereicharakters perceive very well. It smells like a fresh, warm butter croissant with good honey. It is accompanied by fresh notes of a sour apple and subtle notes of lemon, which go from ripe lemon to grapefruit to fully ripe sweet orange juice. Then I find a clear vanilla note behind the still marzipan and a little coconut come out and a maritime touch discreetly to the sea, salt and seaweed. I also still notice a trace of smoke, and this caol Ila is definitely the least smoky unpeated.
    In the mouth, I first took the wonderful and balanced sweetness of the Brennereicharakters was. The sour fresh apple has turned into a sweet juicy apple over which a little cinnamon sugar has been sprinkled and the citrus is now a ripe and juicy grapefruit. Associations with a wonderful Provencal tart au citron appear, as well as bright dried fruits such as apricots, dates and figs. The whisky lies wuderbar oily on the tongue and brings with strong thinner a strong flavor cargo with it.
    The finish is long, becoming increasingly dry, astringent, with a distinct nuttiness and pepperiness.
    A wonderful whisky, varied, fresh, balanced and without any junkiness, which brings out a huge variety of flavors by varying the addition of water.

  48. butt scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  49. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Without water he is too alcoholic and pungent in my nose. Citrus fruit and apple, however, I can recognize. But: water march!
    On 1cl, you can easily add 0.5cl of water without watering down too much. The nose is blooming properly! Lively green Granny Smith, the slices are sprinkled with lemon and lime. Vanilla, coconut, marzipan. A single bit of smoke, more of an idea than a flavor. So far, the most "useless" of the Unpeated. Over time, the lemon tends to develop into grapefruit. A malty sweetness is also present. Maritime flavors are also present (seaweed) interestingly, these are the strongest after about 10 drops of water and come with further dilution back behind the sweet notes. Some pineapple, a Pina Colada impression arises.
    Playing with water is a real pleasure!

    Mouth:
    At first, I try to dilute it (40%) so as not to "singe" the taste buds too much.
    Gummy sweet is the first association (white and green), coconut flakes, vanilla pulp. No smoke or ashes. The green, sparkling apples are rather sweet here. Grapefruit comes strong from the citrus fruits. Wonderfully oily and heavy, the whisky is on the tongue, and despite the dilution, the flavor is very strong. The malt is spiced up with a few drops of spicy and peppery, slightly grassy notes. Also oak spiciness and a slight bitterness are noticeable, also some white pepper. Again with whisky "high-chipped" to about 52%, the pepper is very spicy, together with the citrus fruit results in a taste like of Szechuanpfeffer.

    Finish:
    Medium long, here slightly astringent-dry, again the Pina Colada and some apples.

    Conclusion:
    The first unpeated of me really convinced. 2015-2017 did not really pick me up, but 2018 is a direct hit. Maybe day form, I found it pure too violent, but he invites you to experiment with water and shows slightly different facets, very beautiful malt.

    88/100

  50. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    An Islay malt made for the summer. Nice fruit cocktail - and really unpeated.
    Come here in the base slightly undervalued.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A sweet, fruity summer cocktail with little umbrella. Pineapple, melon, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, green grapes - I heard it through the grapevine ...
      Sweet honey next to it. Sugar water to keep the wasps at bay. Vanilla, caramel, white chocolate.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong warming start. Fresh wood, melon pieces, pineapple, tangerines, lemon water. Although nearly 60%, the feeling on the tongue is a very pleasant one. The extremely fruity impression from the nose he delivers on the tongue. One thinks of the summer, of a sandy beach, of a warmed up North Sea. Vanilla and toffee, a small pinch of salt.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long, only slightly dry. Fruity. The summer feeling accompanies you to the end - and until the end is not a hint of peat smoke make out.

  51. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Requires some water.
    Fantastic banana notes from start to finish! In addition, vanilla and coco notes.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  52. MrYens scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  53. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    17-03-2019
    • Nose
      74 74
      (sea) salt, vanilla, pepper, hint of smoke
    • Taste
      76 76
      (sea) salt, vanilla, pepper, hint of peat
    • Finish
      75 75
      (sea) salt, vanilla, pepper, hint of smoke

  54. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I really enjoy the unpeated version, it has hints of peat smoke.
    • Nose
      Thick and inky, violet flowers, sweet barley, hints of smoke and peat
    • Taste
      Sweet and smoky, then dark and dry, chocolates, spices, very rich and balanced
    • Finish
      Wood, dark chocolates. bonfire

  55. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Granny Smith

    The Diageo Special Releases is a yearly party for whiskylovers in which Diageo launches some gems – albeit with a hefty pricetag – often malts that we rarely get to tasted and often – but not always – at a respectable age or special maturation. I had the pleasure to try a bunch at a special Diageo presentation in Antwerp recently. Let me share my thought, starting with this Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated Style. Contrary to previous releases, this one matured on a combination of both American and European oak.

    The nose is surprisingly sweet – more than I am used to from this expression – and very mild. Granny Smith apples, honey, juicy pears and vanilla. Just a hint of the sea. Some warm almond paste, liquorice and something umami that I cannot quite pinpoint.

    It is immediately very piquant on the palate. Pepper, ginger, salt. Warm and fresh at the same time. Think big mint. Loads of honey, pine resin and a sudden surge of almost tropical fruit. Think apricots and lime. Nicely oily. Good!

    The finish is very long, spicy, zesty and heartwarming.

    It is not my favorite Unpeated (that is still the 17 Year Old that was released in 2015), but it remains a grand dram that wraps you up. Around 100 EUR.

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