Caol Ila 17yr Unpeated Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Caol Ila 17yr Unpeated

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  • Distiller:

    Caol Ila

  • Bottler:

    Caol Ila

  • ABV:

    55.9%

  • Age:

    17 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: Very very good, just a little hard to follow. That’s me, obviously. A malt unlike any other.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Reduced, there’s more of a soft flow, though there’s still a touch of green olive minerality. A steal at this price. Snap it up.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: There’s no shortage of activity and excitement in this whisky, but I still feel like it’s trying to find a way to completely gel. How many more years that will take is anyone’s guess.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: The nose and palate are really something but I was left a hair disappointed by the finish. That being said, the palate was awesome and I love the uniqueness of one of what is already my favorite Islay distilleries.
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  • Intro:

    This is a 17yr old release from Diageo and co, I mean Caol Ila, that is unpeated and barreled at cask strength. Lets dive in.

  • Nose:

    Honey, melon, Dole fruit syrup. White better, butter cream. It's all sweet, all fruity. There's a faint hint of pepper but this is like Dole syrup straight from the bottom of the fruit cocktail can.

  • Taste:

    Sweet cream, brine, pepper. Melon, especially honeydew. Caramel, nougat, pepper, faint smoke. Again, massively fruity and sweet with wisps of smoke and pepper here and there.

  • Finish:

    Medium length, no heat. Faintly bitter but loaded with honey and faintly smoldering smokiness.

  • Overall:

    The nose and palate are really something but I was left a hair disappointed by the finish. That being said, the palate was awesome and I love the uniqueness of one of what is already my favorite Islay distilleries. It squeaked its way to a Rank 7 but a significantly better finish could have made this bound for greatness. Really shines at cask strength here.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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