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Caol Ila 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.22/100
votes
708

Tastingtags

63 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...
Rosebank88
Member Senior Rosebank88 Tasting note
19 Jan 2018 7:57 pm
Rosebank88 gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Zunächt zarte Noten von Torf und Salz. Dann Menthol, Osterglocken oder Tomatenkraut sowie eine schöne Vanillige Süße.

Taste

Mächtiger Antritt mit betont pflanzlichen Aromen, verregnetes Heu, Wacholder, Waldboden und leicht pfeffrig-muskatige Würze. Über allem liegt ein voller Torfrauch gepaart mit einer delikaten Salzigkeit.

Finish

Mittellang, kräutertönig, wärmend.

Comments
mema82
Expert Senior mema82 Review note
14 Jan 2018 2:38 am
mema82 gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.5
Nose
88
Initial taste
89
Body
85
Finish
84
Price
87
Presentation
86
schero
Expert Senior schero Tasting note
28 Nov 2017 10:03 pm
schero gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Kalter und aschiger Rauch, Limettenschale, eine leichte Dillnote dazu, leicht mineralisch, dreckig, Maschinenraum 

Taste

Süßer Rauch, Vanille, Weiser Pfeffer, cremig, Orangen

Finish

Vordergründig der kalte Rauch, leicht trockene Eiche, viel Süße, angenehm verwoben 

Comments

Für mich als Coal Ila-Hasser eine richtige Überraschung. 

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jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
16 Nov 2017 12:32 am
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 87 points
  • 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

jazzpianofingers
Connoisseur jazzpianofingers Note
16 Nov 2017 12:00 am
jazzpianofingers gave this whisky 87 points
  • 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

jhut
Expert Junior jhut Tasting note
06 Nov 2017 12:01 pm
jhut gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

​ Verfijnd, complex, beetje hout invloed, zacht, gebalanceerd, vol,

Taste

​Zacht, gebalanceerd, nauwelijks alcohol smaak fantastisch rond afgewerkt

Finish

​Duidelijker Islay karakter, maar veel zachter en beter opgevoerd. Scherpe randjes zijn er helemaal van af. erg lekker en complex. Blijft lang hangen met lange en mooie ontwikkeling. Nooit zo’n zachte whisky van Islay gehad.

Comments

Cafe de Toeter op 5 november 2017 met André 

mer1973
Connoisseur 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.

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