Caol Ila 2000
15 Year Old Unpeated Special Releases 2016

70cl / 61.5%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Caol Ila 2000 / 15 Year Old Unpeated / Special Releases 2016
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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.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
15 Year Old
Vintage
2000
Bottling Date
2016
Country
Scotland
Region
Islay

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Heather Heather
  • White Pepper White Pepper
  • Grass Grass
  • Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate
  • Toffee Toffee
  • Resin Resin

Caol Ila 2000 Reviews

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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