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
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.
Stewed apples and sultanas lead, with fruit cake not far behind. Rich spice builds along with old oak and pleasantly musty damp forest notes.
Juicy raisins and a touch of menthol.
Weightier than previous editions, but still showing the piney/briney seaside notes that I like in the distillery’s unpeated spirit.