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Caol Ila 18 Year Old
 59.8%   |    70cl

A natural cask strength Single Malt from Caol Ila, an active Isle of Islay distillery. From refill American Oak hogshead, it's delightfully rich, with a fruitiness usually just hinted at in Caol Ila. A fine dram that’s even better with a drop of water.
A natural cask strength Single Malt from Caol Ila, an active Isle of Islay distillery. From refill American Oak hogshead, it's delightfully rich, with a fruitiness usually just hinted at in Caol Ila. A fine dram that’s even better with a drop of water.

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Caol Ila 18 Year Old
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Region

Isle of Islay

Appearance

Pale yellow gold. Moderate beading.

Nose

Surprisingly weighty, with a meaty backbone that doesn't rely on the distillery's usual smoke for depth. First impression is of lemon flavours along with green-leaf herbs and soft spiciness. A dry mineral then builds in the glass to add a chalky flavour.

Body

Weighty, with fast running legs.

Palate

A fine line taste between sweet, acidic and salty. It slips into sweet candied fruit, then into intense salted caramel and toffee. Hints of sea-spray dance between the three flavours until the fruit and char unite in triumph.

Finish

Warming, soft and long with notes of vanilla. Succeeded by deep warmth which fades to soft spice and oak.

Information

Make: Caol Ila 

Age: 18 Years Old 

Strength: 59.8% ABV 

Place of Origin: One mile from Port Askaig 

Region: Isle of Islay

Palate

The taste is sweet (boiled sweets), acidic (bitter lemon) and salty, walking a knife edge between all three. Occasionally it slips into sour orchard and sweet candied fruit, then into intense salted caramel and toffee. Hints of sea-spray dance the edges, along with barrel-char smokiness, oak, black-pepper spiciness and fresh clean notes. Finally, the fruit and char unite in triumph, as fresh-baked apple pies. Water amplifies both fruit and spice, with liquorice and orange zest, the spice gaining heat and a hint of chilli. With water, these primary tastes soften yet remain clear, becoming more rounded and accessible.

Nose

Surprisingly weighty, with a meaty backbone that doesn't rely on the distillery's usual smoke for depth. Initially sharp and prickly, the first impression is of lemon zest, edging towards lemon drizzle cake and lemon sherbet sweets, or perhaps honeysuckle, vanilla cream and egg custard, along with toffee, green-leaf herbs, fruit gums and soft spiciness. Later, a dry minerality builds in the glass, adding a chalk and flint austerity. The addition of water softens the nose and adds fleeting scents of pine-sap and artist’s studio, against a maritime background.

Finish

Warming, soft and long, with notes of vanilla and spiced pastry, succeeded by aniseed, polished oak, bittersweet liquorice and a last burst of red berries, which fades to soft spice, sweetness and oak.