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Caol Ila 18 Year Old (2017).
Caol Ila 18 Year Old (2017).

Caol Ila

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (2017)


Distillery: Caol Ila

Whisky Type: Single Malt

Region: Islay

Strength: 59.80%

Age: 18 Year Old

Maturation: Refill American Oak Hogsheads.

Bottle Size: 700ml

Head around to Port Askaig on the isle of Islay and as well as a load of stumbling tourists, you’ll come across a large distillery that’s been in use for over 150 years, Caol Ila. They produce a lighter style of whisky in comparison to its island neighbours, such as this 18 Year Old Single Malt. It is an exceptional dram that has an aromatic nose, a hefty palate and touches of oak, barley and of course, peat. A bottle for those in search of something a little more exceptional. 

Flavour Profile: Nose

Surprisingly weighty, with a meaty backbone that doesn't rely on the distillery's usual smoke for depth. First impressions are lemon flavours along with green-leaf herbs and soft spiciness. A dry mineral then builds in the glass to add a chalky flavour.

Flavour Profile: Palate

A fine line taste between sweet, acidic and salty. It slips into sweet candied fruit, then into intense salted caramel and toffee. Hints of sea-spray dance between the three flavours until the fruit and char unite in triumph.

Flavour Profile: Finish

Warming, soft and long with notes of vanilla. Succeeded by deep warmth which fades to soft spice and oak.

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (2017).

Caol Ila 18 Year Old (2017)