Caol Ila 18 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Caol Ila 18 Year Old
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Customer Rating
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.
Distillery Bottling
18 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Liquorice root Liquorice root
  • Pineapple Pineapple

Caol Ila 18 Year Old Reviews

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.

16 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    16 May

    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.

  • 5
    15 December 2014

    A beautiful taste with such rich smokiness, this is the whiskey that people who don''t like whiskey will enjoy. It is mellow , rich and smokey with none of that nasty burn that I previously associated with whiskey.

  • 5
    14 September 2014

    Perfect dram, blows all other away.

  • 5
    10 August 2014

    Beautiful dram, much more developed and smooth when compared to it's younger sibling

  • 3
    22 June 2014

    Much better than the 12, but pales compared to independent bottlings of similar age. I suspect it's the chill-filtration that lessens this official bottling. If you're into "smooth," but flavorful drams that don't exercise your palate too much, this is a good choice. Adventurous drinkers looking for more intense flavor and mouth-feel would do better to check out a non-chill-filtered independent bottling.

  • Julio Heng 7 June 2012

    One of my favorite whiskies. Much richer than it's 12 yr. brother though the palate doesn't live up to the promise of the nose. Nice finish where the peat and smoke balance the sweetness of the extra aging. My second favorite after Bowmore 18. This dram has dissapeared from the shelves of stores in Central US. If anyone knows where it can be found please post and thanks in advance.

  • Anonymous 18 May 2012

    This is an outstanding whisky-so much smoother than the 12 year old. Love the warm peaty rounded nose. Exceptional.

  • Anonymous 27 February 2010

    To follow on from my Sep 21 review, this stuff is great, I prefer it to Laphroaig 15 now, I can only assume I had a bad bottle first time around, although I was advised to open any new single malt bottle for 15 minutes when you are about to take the first dram from it, to let it "breathe" and this , I find, makes a difference to many Single Malts.

  • Anonymous 26 February 2010

    The nose on this is insane, the late peat attack is nice , but not quite as good as anticipated, but the nose is amazing, A Quality Dram

  • dasir 3 February 2010

    this is a whisky that grew on me. At first i wasnt impressed but after few more tries i got converted and it is one of my favourites. very nice stuff

  • Matt 13 January 2010

    I take back my last post, after getting to the end of this bottle. This stuff is sublime and seems to taste better every time I come back to it. Like a lot of full flavor scotchs, it needs to breath a little to be at its best. A new favorite! This is definetely better than the Laphroaig 15!

  • Matt 9 October 2009

    I found this very similar to Laphroaig 15, not better, but just a little different. I agree this is much better than the 12, which I did not care for much.

  • Anonymous 21 September 2009

    For some reason I didnt take to it, Laphroaig 15yo blows this out of the water

  • James Saxon 28 September 2008

    I wouldn't say it outclasses its younger sibling by that distance. I'd say it is a case of marginal gains: in each area it is that little bit better, and I think the 12 YO is one of the very best. The cask has done its job. This is mellower, deeper, sweeter. It's just fantastic.

  • Anonymous 28 September 2008

    Caol Ila 18 has a beautiful nose, restrained compared with other peaty whiskies, but something you don't want to quit smelling. Peat and honey. The palate is a bit disappointing after the nose; it's weak, thin, watery. Too bad! Anyway, the flavors are consistent with the nose. The finish picks up again. Peat, some burn. Nice! Improves overall with time on palate and finish. Pros: nose, finish, bang-for-the-buck (reasonable compared to other Islayers). Cons: weak palate.

  • Rodger Anderson 6 July 2008

    My wife bought me a bottle of this lovely whisky for my birthday last year to drink on our holiday in Cyprus. I had tried the 12 year old which I enjoyed.However the 18 year stood head and shoulders above it. It is superb