Caol Ila 18 Year Old
Product Description

Extra ageing has calmed the impact of the phenols, with the peat arriving on the palate late, and tempered by smooth oak. A very mellow, mature Islay malt.

Caol Ila 18 Year Old

  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 43%

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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Rocky

    • Nose

      A rather subtle nose with hints of peat, vanilla and liquorice.

    • Palate

      A creamy texture is apparent, with notes of almonds, vanilla, pineapple and grapefruit.

    • Finish

      A subtle yet long finish, with peat and a touch of pineapple continuing to the end.

    • Comment

      A well-aged whisky, elegant yet full of flavour. I can imagine myself slowly sipping this as a post-prandial dram.

Customer Reviews

4.5 (20 Reviews)

  • 5


    Creamy, citrusy and smooth, a tang of liquorice. Incredible Bourbon Cask whisky, very similiar to Deanston 18 but creamier and more refined and of course the ashy, bonfire smoke; sharp yet more approachable than some of its southerly Islay neighbours. Top stuff for 43%.

  • 5

    Richard Burhouse,

    Absolutely exceptional Whisky by any measure, just buy it

  • 5

    Jimmy "The Lobe",

    Light, even crisp on the palate yet rich with deep peaty overtones. Decidedly smoother than for example Lagavulin. 18 year markedly more refined and complex than 12 year ...worth the price difference. Don't go near the unpeated though! It's extremely sharp and flat.

  • 3


    I don't know... I love CL, and this one is good, it just needs more strength to be as good as it should... 46.3% should be great

  • 4

    Jason Debly,

    Nose Warm rounded peat - again, not hitting you over the head, but has a strong presence. Also distinct floral notes. Then a bit of citrus - lemon - and some apricot. An ashy camp bonfire. A bit of salty burned meat, too? Oak and herbal leafy notes seem to be all over the place. Well balanced with the peat taking a bit more of the stage than the others. Palate The beginning is smooth and mellow. A little bit sweet. I also get a fair amount of acidity and a bit more salt. Vanilla and peat start to creep in - a bit of the same ash camp bonfire as detected on the nose. I noticed some almonds and cedar wood. It's clear that the flavor is not as direct as the nose was hinting to me. Finish Warming. That light smoke from before surrounds the end and really rides out the flavor. A bit of the salty notes that I had before remain, still. Also I notice a bit of sweet peat, similar to what the nose hinted at.