Overall rating
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

Average value

€ 45.82

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77 × member ratings

240 × in collection

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

  1. Waykid scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  2. MrManners scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with Aby and JJ.
    • Nose
      Oily, peat and grassy.
    • Taste
      Seaweed, citrus, pepper and smoked ham.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with peat, tar, briny and oily.

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very interesting whisky, I really enjoyed it. I would wish for a higher alcohol strength though.
    • Nose
      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. 
    • Taste
      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. 
    • Finish
      Kinda long finish, not dry but really bitter.

  7. Ivynor scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nothing special for this Caol Ila 18 years old, slightly above 12 years (+ melted) but very little smoked.
    • Nose
      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!
    • Taste
      Fade, sweet, sweet, always green fruits, traces of smoke, iodized spikes and wood.
    • Finish
      Long and woody, sweet, slightly peaty and iodine.

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  9. Maltm8 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    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.


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