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Caol Ila 18 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old

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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.

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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Caol Ila 18 Year Old Reviews

does anyone remember Juicy Fruit gum?

reminds me very much of that flavor, kinda smoky cherry, with some pineapple and other fruit. Gets a solid 91 from me

14th April 2020

A must have!

Strange in nose, really a good surprise in palate. I really love it.

22nd March 2018

well balanced

Top notch whisky very well balanced refined smoke and peat lovely long oily smokey finish
I much prefer older Islay whisky where it is more refined not just a big hit of peat

24th November 2017

use a clencairn glass .......and sit back

One of the best ,not so peaty ,well balanced ....and the discussion where to store (Diageo....)and to distill it
is funny....
Together with bowmore´s 18 year old its a good choice for a dram or two after a hard day.....

15th September 2017

Excellent Islay. One of the finest

A bowl of smoky ice cream drizzled in honey next to the seaside.

19th February 2017

Better is hard to find in this price

After the first sip this whisky has been one of my favourite. Amazing in this price category. The best Caol Ila tested.

10th January 2017


The best whisky I can remember drinking. Easily.

8th December 2016


This is probably not the best Caol Ila and not the best 18 year old I have tried. But it's unique in its own right. Floral notes.

10th September 2016

Pretty Special

Fabulous Islay Malt, a good step up from the 12 year old as you would expect. No water required for me and just enjoy one of the longest finishes in Scotland, the peat is there all the way but at no point tries to steal the limelight, so smooth, beautifully balanced. For me, Islay doesn't get much better than this. Perfect time of year to enjoy it too.........

6th November 2014

One of the finest of Islay malts!

Finally drained the last of my 18 and sadly I can't find it anywhere I've looked in the central US. This has the richness of classic highland malts with the fullness of Islay smoke and peat. Perfect balance of both.

5th November 2014

Fuckin` delicious !

Wow ..... amazing, a pound of taste ... indeed !

11th October 2014

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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