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

€ 114.32

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

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.45 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. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    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. 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

  6. marmeladow scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Several times tasted from a on 1.8. freshly uncorked bottle. Very interesting development, very complex.
    You need a lot of time, at first a lot, later less water and patience.
    Great nose at the beginning, but extreme peppery spice. After just under four months, the wort has been clearly tamed and the complexity is very nice and creamy, see detailed notes.
    A real pleasure from start to finish. A specialty for which you should take your time.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Ripe tropical fruits (mango, coconut), clear vanilla and multi-layered sweetness, lots of citrus and orangeade, hints of marzipan or spicy Christmas biscuits, as well as nut aromas - very inspiring
    • Taste
      94 94
      At around 52%, oak, peppery spice and creamy sweetness are in a very nice balance. Multi-layered aromas, every sip gives new impressions for the palate, similar to what the nose felt before
    • Finish
      94 94
      long-lasting, becoming drier, nice combination of peppery flavor with maltiness, vanilla, citrus and maritime freshness

  7. Likudi scored this whisky 84 points Moderator

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

  8. Joint86 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Didn't live up to expectations from 18 years of aging and barrel strength. In general, I did not remember anything. The taste surprised in a bad sense of the word.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nice, lightweight. Citruses, apples, some hay and wildflowers, some furniture varnish
    • Taste
      83 83
      Tough, aggressive. Strongly loses to the nose in complexity and softness. Varnish, spices, bitterness, a little vanilla
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long, warming, simple. Pepper, oak.

  9. 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.

  10. sarthur71 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88


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