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

€ 118.35

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

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.52 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. Soderberg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Room temperature when drinking: 16 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: golden yellow

    Smell Nose: green grapes, green grapes, mare's milk, a little fermented dough, winter dates, honeydew melons, milk, weak wooden furniture, grass, green apples, spring, February orchid, a little fruit yogurt. Green fruit, mint refreshing feeling, no fat, deduct points

    Taste Palate: imported high acid, lemon candy, melons, green grape juice, horse milk, grass. In the middle is the milky fragrance, wood ash, alkali, soil, and weak bacon brought by the wooden barrel (wait, isn't this peat-free?). Mouth slightly irritated and burning, tingling

    End rhyme Finish: medium length, first brewed green tea, back sweet, pineapple syrup, green tea, honeydew melon, white stubble wood

    Body: Medium, with a bitter bottom, high fat, strong wrapping, no tannins

    Nose: 84/100

    Palate: 85/100

    Finish: 84/100

    Body: 88/100

    Overall: 85.5 / 100

    Overall: I guess I don't like the smell of the peat-free version of Calrila.

  7. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  8. Apikalov scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    At first glance, a simple malt, but this is not at all the case) water and time definitely help in revealing. Branded salt is very finely present in the aroma, but breaks only with aeration. With different amounts of water, it plays differently. For myself, I determined three drops per drum, it helps in disclosure, it’s bigger / easier, it’s easy to drown. Not any frivolity in aroma and naughty notes on an empty glass. Alcohol is very well integrated; there is no alcoholism.
    A very underrated molt, really liked, in my bar be????????
    • Nose
      without water, quite enclosed. Three drops reveals this dram.
      Baking, oatmeal cookies, Tofi, vanilla, ripe red apples, special salt breaks through a light background.
    • Taste
      bright and powerful, medium sweet, buttery even with water. White pepper and spicy herbs dominant, then a sweet apple, apricots and pastries. At the end, metal motifs.
    • Finish
      long, longer than average. Pleasant astringency of oak, salted nuts, lime and metallic notes. Burnt match heads. Peat? ????

  9. Izzino scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Very light fresh, easy drinking dram

  10. 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.


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