smoky
phenols
oily
peaty
malty
honey
citrus
sweet
dry
Spiral Caol Ila 18 Year Old
Caol Ila
18 Year Old
Tasting Notes
Appearance / Color
Crystal clear antique gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Highly aromatic with fresh-cut grass, malt, fresh cooking herbs, and the sea

Flavour / Taste / Palate
Full and round with more grass, grains, wet oak, turbinado sugar, and charred peat

Finish
Long and thick with oiled wood, soft smoke, and autumn rain
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Caol Ila 18 Years Old is like a fine Dominican Cigar on a chilly evening.

In Gaelic, Caol Ila is pronounced “cole ī-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 Distillerie — owned by Diageo — is a production machine, cranking out 3.5 million liters of the peaty amber liquid each year. But it’s Whisky is in high demand as a core component to dozens of premium blends. In fact, the major blends take 95% of production, leaving only 5% to go into their signature single malts.

Where a young peated Whisky can whip you in the face with charcoal and campfire smoke, it is amazing what time does to this classic Islay dram. A full eighteen years of patient maturation calms the harsher phenols into a gourmet tray of smoked delicacies. You are left with a creamy, smooth, and dense single malt that lingers on the palate with a savory sweetness and pronounced notes of fresh-picked herbs. Where some lesser Islay Whiskies are like chain-smoking a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, Caol Ila 18 Years Old is like a fine Dominican Cigar on a chilly evening by the sea.
  • Style
    Single Malt Whisky
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Caol Ila
  • Bottler
    Caol Ila
  • Age
    18 Year Old

Caol Ila

18 Year Old

(0.7l, 43%)


9/10
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Member Reviews and Ratings of Caol Ila 18 Year Old
john
john,
i love it -it is not finished yet. it has a pleasant flavour, almost as good as the 25yo that has finshed a while ago. i find the phenols in the younger ones somewhat overpowering
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