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"Oak seems to have “digested” peat. The smokiness is restrained on nose as well on palate but surprisingly comes back on the finish."

Martine Nouet 2005, Whisky Magazine, Issue 50, p.103

The perfect

The only thing you need to enjoy this superb 18 Year Old Caol Ila is a glass.


The tapenade brings out Caol Ila's smoke and salt notes, while the mix of capers and herbs accentuates the vegetal flavours.

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Try Coal Ila 18 with your favourite savoury snacks to find which pairs best.

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7 + 20 /40 68

Caol Ila 18 Years Old On The Flavour Map
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Smoky Rich Delicate Light


Another classic from the Hebridean isle of Islay.




Smoky bonfires, then soapy water and wet wool, with a smouldering beach bonfire in the distance. Hints of mineral oil, then wax.


Firm, smooth, light to medium.


Smooth and mildly sweet start with good acidity and sea salt.


A lingering, charred, slightly sour finish.


Distillery: Caol IlaTM

Age: 18 years old

Strength: 43% ABV

Place of Origin: Port Askaig

Region: Islay


in brief...Smoky aromas, smooth body with sweet and sour character.

in a sentence... Beach bonfires on the nose, with a firm body and smooth taste, long-lived finish with a charred edge to it.


Develops scents of burnt pork sausages!

Don't just take our word for it...

Expert Reviews
Insights from some of the best in the business

"The citrus is now grown-up. It’s gone all candied orange, some of it has morphed into apricot glaze and green banana. Treacle depth. The palate too shows maturity and clear sense of direction, the acidity is smoothed, peat subdued but warmed up and the orange turns into bitter marmalade. 1990s-style radiant blue cocktail type of sweetness. Ginger biscuits and grist on the finish. This is just amazing, Caol Ila at its best, flexing muscles and smiling at the same time.", October 2014

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