Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Sep 2014 9:43 pm by Norbs

Average value

€ 134,73

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 18-year-old

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.80 points

  1. GlenMichach scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    In the nose immediately the usual Caol Ila smoke, but not as violent as the 12er. The smoke looks rounder, more elegant, more pleasing - of age. Algae, a pinch of iodine, but also boat sheds and tarred planks say "moin"!
    The fruits that I perceive faintly behind the smoke could be currants, unripe gooseberries. The acid is repeatedly covered by smoke, both oscillate back and forth, the smoke dominates.
    A waxy sweetness, almost floral, flashes and the initially felt / imagined alcohol note (?) Turns out to be spicy.

    The mouthfeel is pretty oily and the drop immediately dresses the whole palate. At the edges of the tongue, the spice tingles like slightly peppery, ashen effervescent powder. After a while in the mouth a very slight fruitiness, which I can not really grasp, because smoke, ash and various chocolate and cocoa flavors cover everything. Or is there a hint of diluted pear juice dripping on the bittersweet chocolate. In any case, the Malt looks beautifully balanced and harmonious - an adult, tamed Wilder with interwoven, mysterious flavors.

    In the long finish, the malt becomes drier. The palate feels furry, the teeth "squeak" easily. The keg reports with a nice middle bitterness. It tastes like chocolate ash. Tongue and palate remain smoky for a long time. This feeling is not great, but it lasts a long time. Schööön laaang!

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, a peat finer than on the 12th and spices softer! Scent less pronounced!
    On the palate, peat, sweet lemon, bark more precisely, a little sugar, honey, it is finer, more subtle, woody occurs at the end!
    In the end, it's more of medium length, with spices, yellow fruits, a little vanilla and a cold smoke!
    A good dram too kind for his age!

  3. Feis_ile did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    These are the last bottles because the 18 year old from Caol ila goes out. http://www.vooreenmooiglas.nl/whisky/product/caol-ila/57
    • Nose
      Fruity, light peat, almond and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Full, soft, slightly sweet, some smoke and a nice long aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Long and soft with notes of peat and smoke.

  4. Sandman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, vanilla, lemon, cigars, honey and anise
    • Taste
      Vanilla, honey, lemon, licorice, liquorice, peat smoke and oak
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, honey, peat smoke, ash, lemon, liquorice and oak

  5. Remko scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Quote Whiskyfun.com - October 30, 2014:

    Caol Ila 18 yo (43%, OB, +/-2014) Would you imagine that last time I tried this neat 18 yo, that was in 2007! I feel shame… Colour: gold. Nose: oh this is subtle, mellow, complex and yet ‘focused’, with whiffs of copper (maybe that’s because I’ve just pictured the stills in my mind while writing the lousy intro), a working kiln, a light brine, fresh butter and then wet bark, a little moss, cider apples and just a little toffee. I guess you could describe this as ‘fresh and elegant.’ It’s only mildly smoky. Mouth: there, the citrus fruits that were missing in the nose. Orange juice and brine with the smallest kippers and then some apple juice and a wee metallic touch again. Still very elegant, rather fruitier and softer than other Caol Ilas. Finish: medium length. Rather lemon than oranges, a little smoked tea. Comments: it’s gentle indeed, complex, well-mannered Islay. Probably and excellent introduction to the peated Islays, especially for wine freaks methinks. SGP:555 (how balanced is that) - 87 points.

  6. Remko scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A nice, smooth, friendly, mild peated whisky, with fruity notes.
    I rated this whisky at 86, because it's al little too low in alcohol i.m.o. although I like the smoothness.
    If it was bottled at 46-48% I'd probably rated this at 87 and at cask strength probably 88-89.


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