Caol Ila 18 Years Old 43% NV
€ 87,50 (incl. Vat)
|Distilled date||Not Specified|
|Cask Number||Barcode 5000281016344|
Serge Valentin (87)
Would you imagine that last time I tried this neat 18 yo, that was in 2007! I feel shame…
Nose: oh this is subtle, mellow, complex and yet ‘focused’, with whiffs of copper (maybe that’s because I’ve just pictured the stills in my mind while writing the lousy intro), a working kiln, a light brine, fresh butter and then wet bark, a little moss, cider apples and just a little toffee. I guess you could describe this as ‘fresh and elegant.’ It’s only mildly smoky.
Mouth: there, the citrus fruits that were missing in the nose. Orange juice and brine with the smallest kippers and then some apple juice and a wee metallic touch again. Still very elegant, rather fruitier and softer than other Caol Ilas.
Finish: medium length. Rather lemon than oranges, a little smoked tea.
Comments: it’s gentle indeed, complex, well-mannered Islay. Probably and excellent introduction to the peated Islays, especially for wine freaks methinks. SGP:555 (how balanced is that)els