Caol Ila 18-year-old - Unpeated Style

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Refill American Oak Hogsheads
59.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
01 May 2017 8:38 pm by Dris
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 111,99

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

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.03 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. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is another "Unpeated Style" whisky from Coal Ila that fits right into the space. Lovely fruits (ripe fruits), very direct like other unpeated versions of Caol Ila. A bit dry at the end.Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Vanilla, tropical fruits (banana, pineapple), some coconut, salt, yellow fruits (ripe oranges, apricots), ripe apples, pears, some caramel.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, tropical fruits (banana, pineapple), some coconut, yellow fruits (ripe oranges, apricots), apples, some caramel.
    • Finish
      Long. Fruits (ripe oranges, pineapple) and some sweet fruity oak with some spices. Getting a bit dry at the end.

  4. 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

  5. Izzino scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Very light fresh, easy drinking dram

  6. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    For me the best of the unpeated series so far.
    Has its own character, which embodies the rugged and maritime of Islay even without a peat.

  7. penumbra scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Vanilla, wood ash, white bridge, soap.
    • Taste
      Sea salt, chalky soil, citrus stalks, soap foam.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, saponin, vanilla, milk foam.

  8. M134481 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, mowed grass and something meaty
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sherry, vanilla, meaty, grass, caramel, bourbon, salt and slightly peat I think.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Sherry, sweet, salty, vanilla and grassy.

  9. 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

  10. 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
      bitter, spicy, dark, coffee
      with water: more oak


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