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.