Islay malts seem to be the rage these days. Whisky aficionados are slowly moving from the traditional Highland Malts (Macallan & all the Glen_ labels) to the more pungent and richly flavoured Islay style. As you must know by now, Lagavulin is one of our favourite Islay whiskies (if not our favourite whisky), although we have yet to do an official scoring of the Ardbeg and Laphroaigs that we own. Stay tuned for those tastings...Tonight, we sampled the Caol Ila 18 years to discover if it is the 'hidden gem' in Islay as boldly stated on the label.
Taste Profile The Scoring
Conclusion: This is quite a decent whisky with nice citrus notes combined with the peaty, salty flavours of the sea. It is one of the lighter Islays out in the market.