Caol Ila Distillery Island of Islay Scotland Whisky from 100 to 200 euros

Caol Ila 18yo

Review of Caol Ila's high ageing.

Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 43%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: Yes
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Diageo
Average price: € 130.00
Official website: www.malts.com
Vote: 84/100

Having tried the ‘crippled’ version of Caol Ila some time ago, with a certain poetic justice I find in my glass the same ageing with the distillery’s usual peatiness.

The first official version was released in 2004, with little change over the years, although I do find reports of natural colouring and no chillfiltration in older versions, but these are details that should always be treated with caution when dealing with large distilleries.

Tasting notes

The nose is very caressing, soft, with the pungent, sulphurous peat initially remaining a little on its own, giving way to apricot, peach, vanilla, orange peel, a hint of hazelnut and liquorice. A fresh and herbaceous component is also present. Over time, the peat component grows without overpowering, with a pleasant salty touch. Very delicate, age has made the whisky decidedly wise and calm.
On the palate it confirms its gentle spirit, while revealing a rougher aspect of leather and tobacco that is grafted onto the fruity and herbaceous notes, more dense thanks to the smoky and salty peat that becomes more present. Lots of liquorice, a touch of honey, a bitter note of rhubarb, toasted wood. Round and compact.
Medium finish of burnt wood, liquorice, orange, hazelnut.

A higher alcohol content would have given it more character, which is a pity because the qualities of a truly remarkable whisky are all there, with a maturation that has in any case greatly benefited the spirit.
It remains a very pleasant dram, but not exactly unforgettable.

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