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Caol Ila 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.26/100
votes
818
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281016344
Added on
11 Dec 2013 9:32 am
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 103,53

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 18-year-old

67 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.26 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during the Manager's Masterclass tasting at Caol Ila open day (Feis Ile).  So it is the most recent batch.

    When this 18 year old was first released in 2002 I instantly loved it for its boldness and rich flavours.  And the price was very okayish back then with just 55 Eurobucks.  Since then I regularly try new batches and still they are all good.  But there are significant differences too, so the newer batches became more woody and drying due to heavy tannins (obviously they fell victim to the cask supply shortage too as many other standard whiskies did).  Nevertheless a very nice and easy-to-drink dram with a charming peaty-sherry-vanilla profile.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    It is a nose transformed by a long maturation that is offered to us. Peat is more discreet, but very present. Wood, varnish, candied cherry, raspberry, chocolate milk. A little blackberry. It's pretty greedy.
    On the palate, a slight acidity. Always the red fruits. But it's velvety at the same time, sweet vanilla.
    Mocha brews in the final. An ounce of chicory. And this final is long, almost endless. We smell the fruit on the tip of the tongue a minute later. This is a really nice whisky, delicate, more subtle than the 12 years old, but it lacks a bit of peat.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    one of the first dinosaurs in old age released in GS!
    finally tasting!
    • Nose
      strong smoke, woody, vanilla and citrus, some caramel
      spicy, a little hay
    • Taste
      peat!
      citrus fruits a little cooked (lemon ahead, but also tangerine and grapefruit), with traces of cooked apple, spices quite strong too
      the wood calms a little all this, it's sweeter than the 12, almost too much, and it lacks a little alcohol finally
    • Finish
      on the same scents, with ashes that complete the peat and smoke, the wood always present with the fruits!

  4. Reakwoon scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  5. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Good. Not more, not less.
    • Nose
      Tart and sour grapefruit, fresh, mineral-chalky, comparatively little (campfire) smoke perceptible, thyme, warm potting soil, some pine needles, very subtle vanilla
    • Taste
      oily on the tongue, cold, ashy smoke, tingling tart citrus notes (again the grapefruit), candied ginger, sourish, slightly salty, smoldering hay (with a few flowers, delicate floral)
    • Finish
      bitter green tea

  6. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      First tender notes of peat and salt. Then menthol, daffodils or tomato herb and a nice vanilla sweetness.
    • Taste
      Powerful start with distinctly vegetable aromas, rainy hay, juniper, forest soil and slightly peppery-muscat spice. Above all lies a full peat smoke paired with a delicate saltiness.
    • Finish
      Medium long, herbal king, warming.

  7. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. schero scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    For me as Coal Ila haters a real surprise.
    • Nose
      Cold and ashy smoke, lime skin, a slight dill note in addition, slightly mineral, dirty, engine room
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke, vanilla, sage pepper, creamy, oranges
    • Finish
      Ostensibly the cold smoke, slightly dry oak, lots of sweetness, pleasantly interwoven

  9. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: A relaxed sweet herbal nose with stewed veg and tart-ish rhubarb, oriental plastic? and chlorine.
    T: This bottle is a tad weary [low level], but shows no signs of giving up the host just yet. Continues with salty, savoury & herbal smoked barley cereal.
    F: Have you chewed on peated whole grain malted barley lately? This finishes with that kind of honesty, dry, mature yet still youthful.
    C: Caol Ila is quite possibly the ideal peated whisky for those who [think they] dont like peated whisky - a credit to that familiar, dry polite & honest smoke character. Yet another consistently decent batch.Scores a B

  10. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: A relaxed sweet herbal nose with stewed veg and tart-ish rhubarb, oriental plastic? and chlorine.
    T: This bottle is a tad early [low level] but shows no signs of giving up the host jut yet. smoked barley, salty, savoury herbal cereal. 
    F: Have you had peated malted whole grain barley lately? This finishes with that kind of honesty, dry yet still youthful.
    C: Caol Ila is quite possibly the ideal peated whisky for those who [think they] dont like peated whisky - a credit to that familiar, dry polite & honest smoke character.Scores a B

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