- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 200 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 28 Jun 2012 12:22 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 18-year-old
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.07 points
- Got this one with the Islay Collection -pack few years back (one with the Port Ellen 7th release as the crest jewel) and considering the price/age/quality ratio I´d say this one beats the Port Ellen 7th: lesser dram, for sure, but also ten years younger, tenth of the price (probably more nowadays) and only three quarters of the ABV.. Round, mellow, delicious, the smoke is enormously well integrated with this thoroughly satisfying sweet citrus. One of the best 18 OB's I have had.
- Tasted with Aby and JJ.
Oily, peat and grassy.
Seaweed, citrus, pepper and smoked ham.
Medium drying with peat, tar, briny and oily.
- Very interesting whisky, I really enjoyed it. I would wish for a higher alcohol strength though.
Heavy peat, typical Islay. Salty, smoked meat with a honey crust. I´m looking for vanilla and caramel, but the peat is just too dominant.
Unexpectedly smooth start, very creamy. And then suddenly the peat and heavy(!) oak kicks in. Very rich and complex. Now I can find some caramel. Malt, nuts and bitter chocolate as well.
Kinda long finish, not dry but really bitter.
- Nothing special for this Caol Ila 18 years old, slightly above 12 years (+ melted) but very little smoked.
Sweet, on plants and green fruits, wood. More sweet and melted than the 12 year old OB. But where did the peat go? In the blind, she is virtually impossible to find!
Fade, sweet, sweet, always green fruits, traces of smoke, iodized spikes and wood.
Long and woody, sweet, slightly peaty and iodine.
- This is not a bad whisky, but not a great one either.
Caol Ila has some nice older bottlings, which proves that they have some good casks in stock. This one is an exception to the rule I think. I don't know if it's the overuse of the cask or the dilution to 43% results in this whisky, which is not too complex, thin and tannic. Too bad.
A combination of mild smoky, salty peat, nuts (almonds) is there at the beginning, but after a few minutes it's influence has decreased substantially. A clean nose of sea air, oysters, a bit of oily fishing rope and wet stones remains. The malt is also present. Then there is grass. Wait, there's even more. The wood leaves some vanilla traces.
Well, not as promising as the nose suggests. It's thin and faint. There's a lot of oil, malt and salted nuts. The peaty character is not so intense. Later, there is a slight hint of green asparagus.
Short, thin and rather drying from the tannins. It's a combination of the malt, salted nuts, some sea air, a little bbq smoke and green jasmine tea.
- For me this one is a little bit disappointing. I was expecting more cask involvement and complexity, and it just doesn`t deliver that. The peat is a bit more subdeud (which isn`t nescessarily bad), and you get a nice whiff of citrus (orange). The texture is nice and oily, however the flavour doesn`t really deliver the promise. I also miss the "layers" of smells you so many times find in good Islay presentations. It is mellowed, but this whisky has very little cask involvement, you might think it`s mainly too many 3rd refill`s or something. If I were involved at Caol Ila I wouldn`t have sold this presentation as a Single Malt.
Bottomline: This is not a bad whisky, don`t get me wrong. But the thing is, it`s also not great. And with the cash you can only spend once I would give you this advice: If you are looking for a more than 15 year matured peaty Islay whisky, I would much rather recommend you the Lagavulin 16, which I find far superior over this 18yo presentation of Caol Ila.