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Caol Ila 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.22/100
votes
773
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

€ 108,80

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 18-year-old

64 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.22 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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. jhut scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Cafe de Toeter on 5 November 2017 with André
    • Nose
      Refined, complex, bit of wood influence, soft, balanced, full,
    • Taste
      Soft, balanced, hardly alcohol taste finished fantastically around
    • Finish
      Clearer Islay character, but much softer and better performed. Sharp edges are completely off. very tasty and complex. Remains long with long and beautiful development. Never had such a soft whisky from Islay.

  9. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. mjr1987 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    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!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

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