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Caol Ila 18 Year Old

(70cl, 43.0%)
Caol Ila 18 Year Old

Caol Ila 18 Details

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Insider knowledge: Caol Ila 18 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Caol Ila 18 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.

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Caol Ila 18 Bottling Note

A wonderfully balanced expression from the core Caol Ila range, this 18 year old is malty and thick with notes of Caol Ila smoke and phenols, a lovely Islay single malt without extreme levels of peat.
Caol Ila 18 (3cl Sample)
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Aromatic, darkness. Herbal, vegetal. Grassy, creamy malt.

Palate: Big, refined sweetness, leafy. Well integrated oak, smoke, oily, peat. Barley.

Finish: Long, herbal notes, gentle smoke, soft peat. Oily wood.

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User Reviews of the Caol Ila 18 Year Old

Oh that was nice!

That was the comment my wife made once the peat hit her! Smooth and sweet, with a hint of honey and that lovely smokey finish

10th September 2014

Best Scotch I have ever tasted!!

I was turned onto this gem about 8 years ago, when a dear Friend of mine brought a liter back from Heathrow airport. This is, and was, a great value @$69 a liter back then, but I would gladly pay twice that amount. For many of my Macallan fans, this soon became their new favorite. If you love Talisker as I do, this will be a nice lil departure... Now, if I can only find a bottle of it...

13th August 2014


Of all the "older" expressions of single malts that I have I think the Caol Ila 18 is the best. It is a wonderful extension from the 12 year old, smoother but just as peaty as its younger relative. Very easy to drink!

15th May 2014

strepitoso !!!

strepitoso !!!

4th April 2014

Will miss this bottle dearly

Just finished the last ounce as the winter fades and the snow melts and rolls off my roof. The finish pulls long, a sweet slow burn with just right smokiness. I will search far and wide to find its replacement.

11th March 2014

Best so far!

I think I've tasted about 100 different kinds of Scotch, American, Japanese whisky, but this is by far the most pleasing of them all. The nose is brilliant, the taste keeps on developing and the finish is long, warm and smooth, fantastic stuff. Get one while you still can!

4th March 2013

Link for my own review of Caol Ila 18 Year Old

Taster's Club Review of Coal Ila 18

1st August 2012

Fantastic. Just Fantastic.

This is a great well-rounded scotch. The nose is simply excellent. Not as smoky as the 12 year old, with a bit more citrus. My favorite note in it is the campfire that felt really present. It has elements of citrus as well that are outstanding and subtle. Read the rest of my review here:

1st August 2012

just tried a sample (drinks by the dram)

I really support the previous comments, especially from "the taste of ordinance"(disregarding the 'man's drink' bit) but I know what he means. Some Islay drams are more floral, some more phenolic and/or oily,and a spectrum between. But this is definitely somehow industrial strength Islay. Not as coarse as some, and not dominated by peat, this has a big complex nose and oily massive great mouth to match, with a spicy bitter cordite hint. I really think this is the best Caol Isla I have tasted by a long way. Glorious stuff.

15th April 2011

the taste of ordnance

this whiskey smells of grease and oil and tastes of the maintenance man's dream. Burnt powder and over heating of break linings. A man's drink.

22nd January 2011

One of my favourites for a long time

I really like this one, it´s so smooth and the nose is fantastic. Compared to the 12Y this is less smoky and not as rough. Excellent stuff!

20th January 2011

Ahhhh, yes.

The best Caol Ila in the range. I! Buy this and judge for yourself. Way to go, Diageo!

5th December 2010

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