Caol Ila 18-Year-old It

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Intertrade (It)
Bottling serie
Crystal Decanter
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
40.0 % Vol.
750 ml
White Label Printed in Red - Distillery Picture
Italy Italy
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09 may 2022 12:28 pm by blacknapkins

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 18-Year-old It

One user has left a review for this whisky. Average rating is 94.00 points.

  1. mackie_gm scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    This tastes like the famous Laphroaig 1967 Samaroli. It´s a bold statement, but the parallels are astonishing. A few months after having emptied the whole decanter, I could get a sample of the Laphi 67 in the same year and thought "that´s how the CI would taste at cask strentgh".
    A walk on the nightly harbour, a very soft breeze of sea air and whiffs of diesel and iodine things. The peat has transformed into beautiful herbal notes, hemp, sisal and the likes. Bags of fruits - yet with little acidity, unlike these tropical Laphroaig or Bowmore, rather cooked to a thick but delicate paste. The sherry is most unobtrusive and adds texture and binds all the mentioned flavours together. Again, diesel, hemp, on the nose in an eternal loop. Perfect? Here´s the problem, the 40%. Sadly, not like some hard hitters who take the 40% well, but just a bit too thin. But the profile, character, complexity and balance is BREATHTAKING, therefore it commands the high points. This with 43% would have been killer, and at cask strength and we´re at 98 points.


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