Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated
Special Releases 2018

70cl / 59.1%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated / Special Releases 2018
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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.

Distillery Bottling
15 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Lemon Lemon
  • Apple Apple
  • Fruit Cake Fruit Cake
  • Honeysuckle Honeysuckle
  • Sultana Sultana
  • Pine Pine

Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • 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.

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