Caol Ila 18
Added on Wednesday, Jul 9, 2008 at 08:07 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 18 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $70 Availability: Better Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
The center stage is shared by fruity flavors as much as the smoke, and the smoke is a subtle-yet-there delicious type (as compared to the more in-your-face of Laphroaig or Ardbeg).  My main criticism would be that it's a bit hot for 18 years and 43%.  But it's priced about right, and an excellent go-to for when you want some peat, but not overwhelmingly so.  Delicious. 
N: Peat.  Very nice peat, with some purple smells.
P: Smoky sugar, with a blankness in the mid palate, the heat seems to mask the flavor.
F: Dry and somewhat short but then a final floral note emerges. 

n: Brine, molasses, and cheap plastic toy (new beach ball?)


p: grassy and earthy.  Makes me think less of smoke and more of a wet Scottish marsh.  Decaying peaches, especially with the hint of sugar.  Nice finish that continues as more of the same. Solid.


N: Sea salt, cinnamon and smoke

P: Spicy with good amount of peat, but not too much.

F: Dry and smokey

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