Caol ila 15yr old unpeated 2018, 59.1% ABV.

caol ila unpeated

Appearance – A very light straw colour, it beads up in the glass, with very slow thin legs.

Nose – Lots of Sweet candied lemon rind up front, loverly honey, icing sugar, a fainter aroma of red cherries and white grapes, and some lovely white pepper spice.

Palate – A mixture of honey and vanilla coat the tongue with a super thick mouthfeel, red cherries, red currants and some pomegranate follow on, giving a slight bitterness with some drying, they are so warming though, continues onto oak, slightly tannic, but just so bold and rounded.

Finish – Medium to long in length, the warming continues with oak and pepper spices, and when it’s almost gone the candied lemon rind gently makes its last stand.

My thoughts – I’d often wondered over the years, what an unpeated whisky from a generally peated whisky distillery would taste like, we’ll know I’ve tried one, and this one is very nice indeed. Quite elegant, lightly fruity, some bitterness and drying thrown into the mix, makes for a loverly whisky.

Would I buy a bottle? – without a doubt!

Thanks to – The Blind Tasting Consortium (Twitter), @maltmusings (Twitter).

Pic credit – Master of Malt.

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