Caol Ila 2000 15 Year Old Unpeated Special Releases 2016

  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 61.5%

Caol Ila 2000 / 15 Year Old Unpeated / Special Releases 2016

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Product Description

The Diageo Special Releases 2016 edition of unpeated Caol Ila, yet again shot through with a hint of smoke. It's a mixture of American- and European-oak-matured whisky, adding some richness to Caol Ila's nutty unpeated spirit.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (TWE)

    • Nose

      Fruity toffee and pine needles – Christmas stocking treats eaten under the tree. Behind that initial hit are farmy notes, sweet meadow flowers and grass, with a hint of distant smoke sitting at the back. It continues to develop, with lemon and lime zest appearing along with more pine notes and rosy touches.

    • Palate

      Big and thick, with spiced toffee and pungent leaves – rhubarb leaves (which I know you’re not meant to eat…) and white pepper. It’s concentrated and can take water well, revealing chocolate, more toffee and a mezcal herbaceousness – Serge at WhiskyFun is going to like this one.

    • Finish

      Simple but lingering, with pepper and dark chocolate.

    • Comment

      The Caol Ila is usually the entry I consider buying in each year’s Special Releases, and this year is no different – the cask influence is well balanced and the distillery’s spirit character is clearly in evidence. It works well with water as well, making it almost a whisky cordial.

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Customer Reviews

4 (3 Reviews)

  • 4


    Too good to tell anyone else about

  • 3


    Not one of the better Coal Ilas. Nose, burnt oranges, almandine-chocolate note, and sweet and sour. Its almost a waste of time to review because what's next is not the nose. T: w/water, a least 3 teaspoons per 30ml, Vegetal, oranges, cream brûlée finishes medium dry and quick at the end. Nose: fabulous; taste: don't match the nose. I say about 83 should be 82 but the well a know knobs......

  • 5


    Beautiful whisky!! I watched a Ralfy review of Caol Ila 14 unpeated in which he gave it very high marks. I received an email from The Whisky Exchange saying the 15 year old unpeated was on special, so I jumped on it. Boy am I glad I did. At 61.5 abv, it definitely needs water in my opinion. Water adds a faint peat note that is perfect. Along with some grape and green apple notes, it's wonderful on the palate. Thanks to The Whisky Exchange for having this whisky on special. I probably never would've tried if not for that.