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Caol Ila 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.99/100
votes
97
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
20 Dec 2011 11:06 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 114,39

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 18-year-old

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.99 points

  1. Tim-R scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. irrerelevant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Most gentle and elegant islay malt I've encountered so far, very soft, deep and complex, feels like standing at the beach. 

    Spirit and casks are very well balanced
    • Nose
      earthy, aromatic peat smoke, spirit, but no trace alcohol, bloomy, light caramel, light ripe fruits like pear or mango, you can really stick your nose in this, sea breeze, sea weed, mineral, soft and harmonic, fuming candle
    • Taste
      super soft, oily, caramel sweetness and smoke, prickles slightly, feels like refined sugar, freshly cut flowers, sea breeze, very ripe fruits again, passion fruit this time
    • Finish
      medium-long, mild aromatic oak, still smoky

  3. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of lincolnimp and an excellent one at that . 
    • Nose
      The peat and the smoke are very well balanced and almost feel light and delicate , there is some crab pate and it takes me back to the feet sterilisers before you go into the swimming pool and wet horses . 
    • Taste
      It's quite strong and earthy but not harsh at all, the fire is flickering away nicely , a full bodied and well balanced whisky of high quality . 
    • Finish
      A nice long and woody finish that burns long into the night . 

  5. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    One of my go to malts for some time if I want peat but not in your face brutal peat.

    Still quality but getting a little expensive these days.
    • Nose
      Peaty and smells like a farmyard and to be honest reminds me of of some of the earlier 30 year Brora Official releases. There is plenty of sea brine, petrol fumes with some sweetness that I cannot put my finger on.
    • Taste
      Smooth peat and not overpowering but there is a kick at the back of the palate. There is smoked ham, and a little caramel.
    • Finish
      Just a little longer than what I would call medium length but this bottle has been open a few months now so may have lost a bit of power.

  7. irrerelevant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    nose very earthy, spicy smoke, the Brennereicharakter is clear, but not dominant, flowery, sweetness of light caramel, bright ripe fruit (pear, mango?), hardly any alcohol to feel, you can really deep in the nose, intense beach air, sea and Algae, a bit mineral, nice round and harmonious, extinguished candle
    taste Buttery soft, oily on the go, first sweetness together with smoke, then it tingles pleasant, as if chewing on sugar, cut flowers, beach and sea, it comes a very ripe bright fruit, maybe passion fruit
    leaving Medium long, mild spicy, with smoke, some mild oak and sea air
    Bring everything you would expect from an ex-bourbon Islay Malt at the age of 18, smoke, fruit, complexity and the feeling of being on the beach. Brennereicharakter and barrel are in optimal ratio to each other. So mild, soft and "gentle", that I would blindly start from an older age.
    Addendum: the malt is now open a whole time and has changed a bit. The floral note has become much clearer, like cut flowers and roses. The malt is quite deep for its 18 years, it has a special mildness and elegance to it, I would almost say, he is the "kindest" smoky malt of Islay I know.

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Ciro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. bennythemonster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Caol Ila 18 years old, original bottling, 43% alc. Region: Islay, Scotland
    Nose: Typical Caol Ila: clean and fresh with sea flavors, phenol and seaweed. Beautiful peat smoke flavors and a delicate trace of oak wood. If this gets used to the smoke, a vanilla sweetie and a bit of lemongrass comes up.
    Palate: Rather mild on start, then builds up quickly. Phenolic peat smoke, some stockfish, a hint of tar and sea salt. Very little oak, but a slightly creamy sweetness and a few spices.
    Finish: Long and smoky. The peat smoke is less maritime and now heads towards the campfire on the beach. In addition, the oak comes out stronger, the spice with tannins completes the finish.
    Conclusion: A nice Islay single malt, smoky and harmonious.
    85/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 90 €)

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