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Caol Ila 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.02/100
votes
95
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

95 × member ratings

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92
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91
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91
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91
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91
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91
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90
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88
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88
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88
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88
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88
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88
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88
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87
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87
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231 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1
Category Rating
Nose
21
Taste
21
Finish
21
Balance
22

Tastingtags

16 Notes

Tim-R
Expert Junior Tim-R Review note
26 Feb 2018 7:28 pm
Tim-R gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
80.8
Nose
80
Initial taste
82
Body
84
Finish
85
Price
68
Presentation
78
irrerelevant
Expert Senior irrerelevant Tasting note
30 Jan 2017 2:58 pm
irrerelevant gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
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

Comments

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
karloff
Specialist karloff Review note
15 Dec 2016 4:22 pm
karloff gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.1
Nose
89
Initial taste
93
Body
90
Finish
88
Price
91
Presentation
90
Whisky,no doubt, is a Devil; but why has this Devil so many worshippers?
karloff
Specialist karloff Tasting note
15 Dec 2016 4:55 pm
karloff gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Russetmuscat
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 . 

Comments

This was a sample courtesy of lincolnimp and an excellent one at that . 

Whisky,no doubt, is a Devil; but why has this Devil so many worshippers?
Daan Tje
Connoisseur Daan Tje Review note
13 Mar 2016 7:22 pm
Daan Tje gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.5
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
85
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lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
20 Nov 2015 12:52 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Russetmuscat
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.

Comments
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.
irrerelevant
Expert Senior irrerelevant Note
25 Aug 2015 1:44 pm
irrerelevant gave this whisky 88 points

Nase

sehr erdiger, würziger Rauch, der Brennereicharakter ist deutlich, aber nicht dominant, blumig, Süße von hellem Karamell, helle reife Frucht (Birne, Mango?), kaum Alkohol zu spüren, man kann die Nase wirklich tief reinhängen, intensive Strandluft, Meer und Algen, etwas mineralisch, schön rund und harmonisch, erloschene Kerze

Geschmack
Butterweich, ölig im Antritt, zunächst Süße zusammen mit Rauch, dann kribbelt es angenehm, als wenn man auf Zucker kaut, Schnittblumen, Strand und Meer, es kommt eine sehr reife helle Frucht, vielleicht Passionsfrucht

Abgang
mittel-lang, mild-würzig, mit Rauch, etwas milder Eiche und Seeluft

Bringt alles mit, was man von einem Ex-Bourbon Islay Malt mit 18 Jahren erwartet, Rauch, Frucht, Komplexität und das Gefühl, man stünde am Strand. Brennereicharakter und Fass stehen im optimalen Verhältnis zueinander. Dazu so mild, weich und "gentle", dass ich blind von einem höheren Alter ausgehen würde.

Nachtrag: der Malt steht jetzt eine ganze Zeit offen und hat sich etwas verändert. Die blumige Note ist viel deutlicher geworden, wie Schnittblumen und Rosen. Dem Malt ist für seine 18 Jahre ziemlich tief, ihm ist eine besondere Milde und Eleganz zu eigen, ich würde fast sagen, er ist der "freundlichste" rauchige Malt von Islay den ich kenne.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
30 Jul 2015 10:52 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87.4
Nose
89
Initial taste
85
Body
89
Finish
88
Price
87
Presentation
85
Ciro
Connoisseur Ciro Review note
01 May 2015 1:35 pm
Ciro gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.7
Nose
88
Initial taste
86
Body
87
Finish
88
Price
85
Presentation
84
bennythemonster
Expert Senior bennythemonster Note
13 Feb 2015 9:08 pm
bennythemonster gave this whisky 85 points

Caol Ila 18 Jahre, Originalabfüllung, 43% alc.

Region: Islay, Schottland

Nase: Typisch Caol Ila: sauber und frisch mit Meeresaromen, Phenol und Seegras. Schöne Torfraucharomen und eine zarte Spur Eichenholz. Gewöhnt sich diese an den Rauch, kommt eine Vanillesüße sowie ein wenig Zitronengras auf. 

Gaumen: Eher mild im Antritt, baut sich dann schnell auf. Phenolischer Torfrauch, etwas Stockfisch, ein Hauch Teer und Meersalz. Ganz wenig Eichenholz, dafür eine leicht cremige Süße sowie ein paar Gewürze. 

Abgang: Lang und rauchig. Der Torfrauch wirkt weniger maritim und geht jetzt in Richtung Lagerfeuer am Strand. Zudem kommt die Eiche stärker hervor, die Würze mit Tanninen rundet den Abgang ab.

Fazit: Ein schöner Islay Single Malt, rauchig und harmonisch. 

85/100 Punkte (verkostet 2015, ca. 90 €) 
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