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Caol Ila 18-year-old - Unpeated Style

Overall rating
87.02/100
votes
121
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2017
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
Strength
59.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281047959
Added on
01 May 2017 8:38 pm by Dris
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 107,02

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 18-year-old - Unpeated Style

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.02 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Administrator

    Caol Ila without peat - can that work? To fully enjoy this 18-year-old 'Unpeated Style', you need 3 things: time, water and perseverance. Vibrant and dense, the nose features pastries, lime juice and fresh sea air with a salty-mineral edge. With water, sour and biscuity notes intensify. On the palate, the complex flavor profile continues with apricots, white pepper and herbal spiciness. Full-bodied, oily and slightly dry, the medium finish fades with crisp lemons, salted nuts and a touch of menthol. An extremely rewarding Islay malt, despite its lack of peat.

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    A very interesting dram, courtesy of Good Health.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla sweetness, salty butter.
      Oat biscuites.
      Oak and spicy liqorice.
      Adding water reduces the sweetness and mellows the spice.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Deliciously sweet and fruity.
      Perfectly fine to have neat, the alc sits very well and it's not overly hot.
      Remains oily fat even after adding some water.
      Spice becomes tastier and more herbal, not just hot.
      Unripe sour apple and a slice of blood orange.
      Some salty sweet hard caramel candy.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A nice long finish that goes a little dry at the very end.

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, vanilla, yellow-orange fruits, some scents of exotic perfumes, and spices!
    In the mouth, the same scents with a characteristic oily side and very present, fruits, iodine, a little dry leather and .... a little and the feeling of smoke, but no!
    In the finish, we find fine, subtle spices, fruity scents quite strong and a little macerated and we forget the alcoholic degree, yet consistent!

    A singular dram, made to honor the need and / or the obligation to distil one day per year without peat, to help the production of blends

  4. Varrek scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      melon, light fruit, sweetness. With water also vanilla,more intense
    • Taste
      91 91
      really great and monthfull, oily and malty. Minerals, salty caramel, hit of spices, but sweet at the same time. With water even more sweet, vanilla
    • Finish
      89 89
      long, a bit dry, sweet

  5. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    hmmmm for Caol Ila OK for me
    has bucks
    Does not cut me but the 15er I liked better
    • Nose
      Fruit, mineral, earth, slightly chemical, vanilla is more
      with water: more vanilla, lighter, brown herbs are coming
    • Taste
      full and strong on the palate
      Fruit, slightly mineral becomes more, sweet
      with water: spicier
    • Finish
      long!!
      bitter, spicy, dark, coffee
      with water: more oak

  6. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    First impression at 86, after oxidation becomes 89.

    It becomes sweeter and spicier. The peated barley dies subtly leaving a sweeter fruity character.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/feis-ile-2018-caol-ila-part-1/

    Here's a 'Special Release', still widely available currently two years on.

    N: This is a 'large’ dram as the abv would imply. The big cask influence helps bring a tutti & dry fruity concoction with lots of vanilla.
    T: With a pleasing arrival, we’ve more of the same on the palate. Add water for a more flowing, fruity vanilla bouquet and sustained travel.
    F: Turns towards firm >sharpish & tannic fruity vanilla notes thereafter.
    C: Well constructed and straight ahead juice with a rich pleasing hit that is more sustained with water. Give it 20 years in glass and we may be pushing into far higher score territory.

  8. Luigisim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N- Ripe melon, peach, creamy tart baked over charcoal fire, ashy sphere with plenty of spicy spirit that hit on the nose, rounded up with juiciness and exceptional heavy on mineral. After breath, sticky maltose and even some cola and fresh squeeze pineapple with dash of spices. (89/22)

    P- Full, mouth watering with hefty zest, tonnes of roasted malt and stout alike, nutty, almond essence, drops of liquorice and popping candy at the tail. (91/22)

    F- Medium-long, melting, spicy and warming. Masculine with wood phenol, may not be peated, but still not for light hearted. (89/22)

    B/B- 93/23

    Cereal- 2, Fruity- 3, Floral- 1, Peaty- 1, Feinty- 2, Sulphur- 1, Woody- 3, Winery- 2

    Weighted Rate- 89pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Ripe melon, peach, creamy tart baked over charcoal fire, ashy sphere with plenty of spicy spirit that hit on the nose, rounded up with juiciness and exceptional heavy on mineral. After breath, sticky maltose and even some cola and fresh squeeze pineapple with dash of spices. (89/22)
    • Taste
      P- Full, mouth watering with hefty zest, tonnes of roasted malt and stout alike, nutty, almond essence, drops of liquorice and popping candy at the tail. (91/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long, melting, spicy and warming. Masculine with wood phenol, may not be peated, but still not for light hearted. (89/22)

      B/B- 93/23

      Cereal- 2, Fruity- 3, Floral- 1, Peaty- 1, Feinty- 2, Sulphur- 1, Woody- 3, Winery- 2

      Weighted Rate- 89pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  10. Ila-Maus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

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