Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated
70cl / 59.1%
Special Releases 2018
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
A sherry-forward edition of the yearly Diageo Special Releases unpeated Caol Ila. While whisky from the distillery is usually very smoky, this yearly release looks at the distillery's other, less well-known side: unpeated spirit. The 2018 bottling was matured in refill and rejuvenated American-oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts, which give a balance of elegant vanilla and orchard fruit, and richer, sherry oak flavour.
- Fruit Cake
Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated Reviews
Tasting Notes by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Nose: Flowery forests: honeysuckle and bracken. Sweet pine and brine notes follow along with a touch of meatiness. Then the sherry-casks make themselves known: raisins and sultanas, chocolate and a touch of citrus peel.
Palate: Stewed apples and sultanas lead, with fruit cake not far behind. Rich spice builds along with old oak and pleasantly musty damp forest notes.
Finish: Juicy raisins and a touch of menthol.
Comment: Weightier than previous editions, but still showing the piney/briney seaside notes that I like in the distillery’s unpeated spirit.