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Caol Ila 18 Year Old Unpeated (Special Release 2017)

(70cl, 59.8%)

Caol Ila 18 Year Old Unpeated (Special Release 2017)
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Caol Ila 18 Year Old Bottling Note

Islay distillery Caol Ila is renowned for its peat smoke – but there's so much more to this single malt than merely its ember qualities, as Diageo likes to remind us every so often with the launch of an unpeated expression. This is what we have here with this 18 year old, American oak hogshead-matured, natural cask strength single malt. Once a year the distillery swaps out its peated regimen for unpeated production runs, and the fruits of that labour shine through in this fragrant little number. But it's still got that Caol Ila signature – we even detected a whisper of smoke on the finish. Tasty stuff.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: At the tasting we attended, "chocolate digestives" was met with universal agreement. Quite creamy with bourbon hints and sliced peaches too.

Palate: Fruitier now, fragrant and concentrated with a little furniture polish. This is complemented by the expected soft caramel and clean seashell character.

Finish: Cake-like with just a hint of smoke (even though this is 'unpeated').

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Caol Ila 18 Year Old Unpeated (Special Release 2017) Reviews

Epic dram

Tremendous whiskey. Has the standard Caol Ila viscosity in a more powerful punch. Cutting with about 5-10ml of water, for me, seems to bring out a perfect balance for this cask strength whisky. I like it better than the 18 neat.

6th June 2018

Pass

This stuff burns... not sure it qualifies as good scotch. The alcohol overwhelms any flavors whatsoever. Need to add serious water or ice just to drink.

29th November 2017

91/100

Superb

6th November 2017

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