- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 20 Dec 2011 11:06 pm
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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
- 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
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
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
medium-long, mild aromatic oak, still smoky
- This was a sample courtesy of lincolnimp and an excellent one at that .
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 .
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 .
A nice long and woody finish that burns long into the night .
- 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.
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.
Smooth peat and not overpowering but there is a kick at the back of the palate. There is smoked ham, and a little caramel.
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.
- 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.
- 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 €)