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Caol Ila 18-year-old

Overall rating 682 votes 86.24
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

Tastingtags

57 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
30 May 2017 1:01 am
hs305 gave this whisky 87 points

[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.

Weighted Rate
86.2
Nose
88
Initial taste
86
Body
87
Finish
85
Price
83
Presentation
87
There is no accounting for taste...
mer1973
Expert Senior mer1973 Review note
12 Oct 2017 4:02 pm
mer1973 gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
86
Finish
87
Price
87
Presentation
87
mjr1987
Member Senior mjr1987 Review note
14 Sep 2017 10:19 pm
mjr1987 gave this whisky 91 points


Nose: Very vegetal to start. A long since expired autumn bonfire, that consisted of wet leaves, potato/carrot peel, roasted pine nuts and dry dead oak. Very feint sweetness, with a little salty and dry barley. The smoke has a beautiful wispyness to it, as it comes and goes. Lends the nose an air of sophistication. 

Palate: Sweet potato and orange pith soup. Maybe some cumin and parsley sprinkled in for a garnish. Smoke is still an old bonfire but now with some honey baked ham and hot apple cider to watch it go out. A little sweeter on the palate than the nose but still has that oaky wood chip bitterness to compliment the malt.

Body: Quite soft, almost cushioned with this level of alcohol. Very desirable when combined with this level of age and sophistication.

Finish: A sweet dry oak/hazelnut finish. With the smoke hanging in the air like an abandoned croft with the windows boarded up. The ashiness never comes.  A little longer finish than expected for a 43%er but not eternal by any means. 


It shows how much more you can get out of a whisky with a moderate level of peat smoke. No need to chase ppm. Old school peaty sophistication. A truly fantastic whisky for the price and is becoming increasingly hard to find. Stock up people!

Weighted Rate
90.5
Nose
90
Initial taste
92
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
94
Presentation
93
Mannheimer
Expert Junior Mannheimer Tasting note
28 Jul 2017 11:34 pm
Mannheimer gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Öliger Torfrauch mit ordentlich viel Eiche, sehr elegant mit Zitrusfrüchten, weißen Früchten und deutlicher Meeresbrise und maritimen Noten (Iod).
Der Rauch geht dann Richtung Barbecue und saftige Birnen tauchen auf, werden sogar deutlicher nach Öffnung.

Taste

Süßer Antritt, der Rauch ist da, ist aber gar nicht aufdringlich. Früchte, brauner Zucker, wieder süß, diese angenheme Süße gibt einen wunderbaren Kontrapunkt zum öligen Torfrauch, im Hintergrund sind pfeffrige Noten spürbar, Hammerteil.

Finish

Mittelang bis lang mit Rauch, bisschen Eiche und leichte Säuerlichkeit.

Comments

Sehr schöne Balance zwischen Frucht, Rauch, Salz/Iod und Süße, der ölige Charakter von Caol Ila ist ist sehr präsent, einfach genial.

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
26 Jun 2017 2:41 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 87 points

[December, 2003]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 73 Euro in November, 2002. 

[November, 2010]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 49,50 Euro in February, 2003. 

In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I took no detailed notes.

There is no accounting for taste...
ctu
Connoisseur ctu Tasting note
15 Jun 2017 12:33 am
ctu gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Sweet peat, lemon oil, salted caramel, herbals, hay and camphor

Taste

Citruses, tannic oak, vanilla, salted caramel, herbals and phenol

Finish

Medium length, clear, ashy

Comments

Complex CI, which works really well in cask strength.

OlivierSegers
Expert Junior OlivierSegers Review note
12 May 2017 11:30 pm
OlivierSegers gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86
Nose
85
Initial taste
88
Body
85
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
80
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
02 May 2017 2:36 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 87 points

[November, 2010]  I had this during a community tasting near Bonn.

In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  My notes state a bold and complex profile on both bourbon and sherry casks.  The taste is rich and well rounded...

There is no accounting for taste...
ColdAesthetics
Expert Senior ColdAesthetics Tasting note
02 Apr 2017 7:26 pm
ColdAesthetics gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Salzlake, fein ölig wie ich es bei Caol Ila mag, etwas Heu, Limette, schöne Weintrauben dabei

Taste

Salzig, Motoröl, bitter-kräutrig, Thymian, Limette mit Schale, Hauch Vanille und Karamell mit schöner Pfeffernote nach hinten raus

Finish

Trocken-ölig, Zitrusnoten, Fisch am Strand

Comments

Das alles klingt vllt. nicht unbedingt vielschichtig oder lang als Beschreibung für meine Verhältnisse, aber irgendwie überzeugt er durch seine konsequente, maritime Schlichtheit

Helgo
Connoisseur Helgo Review note
26 Mar 2017 4:28 pm
Helgo gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.1
Nose
87
Initial taste
86
Body
87
Finish
84
Price
86
Presentation
87
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