Caol Ila 18 year old (Diageo Special Releases 2017), 59.8%
Price: $100 ● Issue: Winter 2017 ● Reviewer: Gavin Smith
This unpeated version of Caol Ila was matured in refill American oak hogsheads. The nose is quite reticent, with subtle vanilla and milk chocolate notes. Big, fizzy-sweet fruit notes on the palate, with caramel, rock pools, hot spices, plain chocolate, and very mild wood smoke. Bubble gum and peppery chocolate in the medium-length finish.