Caol Ila

18 Years Old

ABV 43%
REVIEWED Issue 25, Issue 50
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Specifications
Brand: Caol Ila
Expression: 18 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 18 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Fragrant. Menthol. Markedly vegetal. Vanilla pod. Creamy.
Palate: Firmer. Much bigger. Much more expressive. Sweeter. Leafy sweetness. Spring greens. Crushed almonds. Rooty, cedary.
Finish: Some peaty bitterness. Big. Long, warming.
Comment: The most vegetal and assertive of the three expressions. Lots of contribution from the wood.
8.5
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Darker in colour, some vanilla and a heavy floral note (bluebell). Light oaky notes, orange/lemon and some smoke.
Palate: Rounded and quite sweet to start then begins to dry in the centre. Good weight. Some oak.
Finish: Lightly smoky and herbal (dried thyme).
Comment: Dry, crisp and mature with more of a contribution from the cask (not OTT though).
7.3
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Intense with an oyster like freshness, fish in early stages of being smoked, slightly medicinal. In time a note reminiscent of a muggy day in Islay.
Palate: The smoke travels low and fast across the top of the tongue, then the rich, textural oiliness calms it down and mixes it with light fruit.
Finish: Still a mix of oils and dry smoke, then a hint of tinned fruit.
Comment: The peatiness is less 'peaty' and is more in the area of light phenols. It's there though.
3.0
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Grassy and herbal. A faint smoke scent from a distant dying bonfire. Oak covers the peat character and releases sweet herbal notes.
Palate: A smooth, mellow, sweet, malty. Herbal character as announced on the nose.
Finish: Lingering, with a swift smoky come back. And a phenolic touch. Ends on dry ashes.
Comment: Oak seems to have 'digested'
2.5
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