Caol Ila 18 YO (Special Releases 2017), 59.8 %
The Caol Ila 18 YO (Special Releases 2017) has been matured in refill American oak hogsheads. Not a whole lot more is known really. I wish Diageo would open up a little bit more on the details. Maybe next year?
You can still buy the Caol Ila 18 YO (Special Releases 2017) in the UK at around GBP 99.
Nose: Vanilla and coconut. Apple wax and notes of honey glazed nuts. Apart from that it is somewhat closed and does not reveal too much.
Taste: Full-bodied and a little rough on the edges. This is a dram that packs a punch, even without the peat. The punch is mainly “brute force” through; high ABV and some alcohol sting. Ginger and white pepper are the main flavors. Mild caramel and vanilla. Slightly fizzy in character.
Finish: Medium long finish. I had expected a longer finish actually. It dies off fairly quickly and there is really no further development.
Comments: I do not seem to fully “get” the unpeated Caol Ila. Sure, these are solid drams of high quality, but I keep asking myself “why?”. Why do we need an unpeated Caol Ila, when the peated ones are so great.