Caol Ila 15 Year Old Special Release 2018

Caol Ila 15 Year Old Special Release 2018

(0.7l, 59.1%)


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All the love of a well-aged Caol Ila Single Malt is sweet without the smoke.

In Gaelic, Caol Ila is pronounced "cull ē-la" and it means "sound of Islay." And sure enough, this distillery sits right on the water facing the deep-water strait between Islay and Jura… smack dab in smoky-Single-Malt paradise. The Caol Ila Distillery — owned by Diageo — is a production machine, cranking out 3.5 million liters of the peaty amber liquid each year. But its Whisky is in high demand as a core component to dozens of premium blends — including Johnnie Walker’s top tier. In fact, the major blends take 95% of production, leaving only 5% to go into their signature Single Malts.

This Whisky is NOT the Caol Ila you expect. That’s because even though islay is famous for their smoky peaty drams, Caol Ila 15 Year Old Special Release 2016 is the exception. You see, once per year the distillery scrubs-down the stills and tanks and runs just a few batches of their Single Malt WITHOUT peat. The malt is dry-toasted without smoke at all. The 2016 Special Release was aged a full fifteen years in a combination of ex-Bourbon and refill European casks. So, what you get is a very limited run of sweet Spirit with the influence of land, sea, and air but without the smoke. And it bottled at a powerful 59.1% ABV, so you’re going to love it.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    ** 59.1%
  • Distillery
  • Age
  • Maturation
    ex-Bourbon and refill European casks
  • ** please note that the ABV of this bottle may vary

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Scotch Whisky is almost never aged in new barrels. Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded in various wine casks, such as sherry or port.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Pale Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is strong, yet soft with notes of Meyer lemon, butterscotch, and flan.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is warm and creamy with English toffee, mixed autumn fruits, and field greens.

The finish is clean and satisfying with a definite milk chocolate note on the tail.

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