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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  • 5
    1 December 2018

    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.