Caol Ila 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style - 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

€ 123.48

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 18-year-old

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.42 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Super 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. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Pale golden, not quite as pale as straw. Nicely viscous.

    Nose: Pineapple, lemon, vanilla, caramel, honey. Oak. Barley sugar.

    Palate: Sweet caramel, honey, vanilla, bit of smoke. Getting some dried apricots. Touch of pineapple.

    Finish: Hot booze. Needs water. Peppery, some smoke.

    With Water: Needs a lot. Softer.

    Overall: Nonpeated? A bit smoky though. Lots of honey, caramel, vanilla, barley sugar. Quite nice. Hard to get the right amount of water in there.

  5. Likudi scored this whisky 84 points Moderator

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  6. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This whisky was in my burning glass from the start and yet it never turned out to be tested. I would like to thank André all the more today for the great rehearsal. A warm greeting goes to the whisky archive in Schleusingen.
    • Nose
      Creamy vanilla cake with ripe peaches. Then immediately charcoal fire with an ashy accent. He definitely needs water. It balances through the nose with fruitiness and mineral notes. Here and there a fresh pineapple with a touch of all kinds of spices. Everything always stays on the bright and lovely side. Special nose!
    • Taste
      There's a lot going on on the palate. With a full body, delicious and strong, he serves salty shortbread biscuits with a strong malt taste. Almost like dark beer. There are also almond cream biscuits with ripe orange and young apple. Then there is a hint of licorice in colorful candy. In the transition even a bit nutty together with the oak and again these delicate liquorice notes. Then very stimulating for saliva. It always looks deliciously sweet and fruity. A masterpiece. Unicorn palate.
    • Finish
      Delicately melting transition to the finale, spicy and warming. Very masculine finish with woody notes. Spices and herbs are goodbye to say goodbye. Respect to the master. A malt with recognition value. Gladly an 88.

  7. 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

  8. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Robert1robert scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    Excelent. Strong. No pain no gain


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