Review #534. Caol Ila Unpeated 17yr

Review #534 | /r/Scotch Review #190 – Caol Ila 17yr Unpeated

The Schtick: This is a 17yr old release from Diageo and co, I mean Caol Ila, that is unpeated and barreled at cask strength. Let’s dive in.


Distiller: Caol Ila (Islay)

Bottler: Caol Ila

ABV: 55.9% ABV

Age: 17 Years

Source: Sample


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 it’s way to a Rank 7 but a significantly better finish could have made this bound for greatness. Really shines at cask strength here.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7

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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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