Country: Scotland
Region: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Distiller
ABV: 59.1%
Score: 92 points

Caol Ila 15 Unpeated (2018 Edition). Image courtesy Diageo.Unpeated Caol Ilas have been part of the Diageo Special Releases series 13 times since the series began in 2001, but this 15-year-old single malt is the first of those to bring together ex-Sherry European Oak butts with the usual refill and rejuvenated American Oak hogshead casks. The nose has a touch of lemon pepper spice, along with honey, vanilla, dried flowers, and a hint of butterscotch in the background. The taste is honey-sweet at first, followed by a burst of lemon pepper spice, linseed oil, honey, and a fruity tartness. The finish is long, tart, and vibrant. (September, 2018)