Caol Ila 14 Year Old
Unpeated Sherry Cask

70cl / 59.3%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Caol Ila 14 Year Old / Unpeated / Sherry Cask
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The latest incarnation of the yearly cask strength 'unpeated' Caol Ila produced as part of Diageo's Special Releases selection. This time it's been aged for 14 years in ex-sherry casks, filled in 1997. There's not a lot of sherried Caol Ila out there and this might be our pick of this year's range.

Distillery Bottling
14 Year Old
No of Bottles
Cask Type


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • White Pepper White Pepper
  • Liquorice root Liquorice root
  • Peach Peach
  • Brine Brine
  • Toffee Toffee
  • Grape Grape

Caol Ila 14 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Rocky

    • Nose:

      Rich nose with toffee, caramel, peach and guava present.

    • Palate:

      Rather warming (as you may expect at 59.3%), with notes of honey turning into spicier white pepper and liquorice flavours.

    • Finish:

      The spicy notes continue in a long, slightly drying, finish.

    • Comment:

      A good choice for those who like spicier whiskies. This unpeated release is a recently added expression to the range and is the style of malt often used in the Johnnie Walker blends, so is interesting to try on its own.

  • Producer's Notes

    • Appeance:

      Clear, bright gold with copper lights.

    • Nose:

      Mild; cautious yet complex. A faint early whiff of Caol Ila smoke soon fades. Gentle early softness (vanilla, sweet oat biscuits with apricot jam) is edged away by a fruity sharpness (lemon and lime zest, ripe Victoria plums, rhubarb or gooseberry). A late hint of treacle toffee? Greater depth with water: first there’s sweet fruit salad, then a honeyed note; imagine slowly-growing sharp notes of stewed rhubarb with soft vanilla cream (or are they winey, then waxy notes with fresh straw?).

    • Body:

      Medium, rich. Coating and comforting, with water.

    • Palate:

      Immediate and intense: a smooth texture, with rich sweetness; gooseberry crumble or crisp, white grapes are the jewels in a rich, honeyed setting. Becoming bitter-sweet (more treacle toffee), all with a distinct, drying maritime saltiness. In all, a warming and spicy mouthfeel. Water cools things and develops the flavour well. Not as sweet, salty or bitter, but still displaying all three. Fresh and clean.

    • Finish:

      Medium length, sweet, yet drying. Water reveals a smooth, aromatic combination of sweet and bitter notes on a soft, digestive biscuit base, with late orange blossom.

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