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Caol Ila 18 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Caol Ila 18 Years Old

Brand
Caol Ila
Expression
18 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
18 years old
Abv
43.00%
Produced at
Caol Ila Distillery
Region
Islay
Website
www.malts.com
Availability
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Martine Nouet

Nose
Grassy and herbal. A faint smoke scent from a distant dying bonfire. Oak covers the peat character and releases sweet herbal notes.
Palate
A smooth, mellow, sweet, malty. Herbal character as announced on the nose.
Finish
Lingering, with a swift smoky come back. And a phenolic touch. Ends on dry ashes.
Comment
Oak seems to have “digested” peat. The smokiness is restrained on nose as well on palate but surprisingly comes back on the finish.

Dave Broom

Nose
Intense with an oyster like freshness, fish in early stages of being smoked, slightly medicinal. In time a note reminiscent of a muggy day in Islay.
Palate
The smoke travels low and fast across the top of the tongue, then the rich, textural oiliness calms it down and mixes it with light fruit.
Finish
Still a mix of oils and dry smoke, then a hint of tinned fruit.
Comment
The peatiness is less ‘peaty' and is more in the area of light phenols. It's there though.
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