Caol Ila 25 Year

Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

5.0 out of 5 stars
Day 17. Caol Ila 25. This is probably the oldest whisky I have tried so far. I own a bottle of the 12 and tried the 18 in a bar. But by god, I have to get a bottle of the 25. The real kicker is, this is only 10 bucks more than the Kilchoman Port....and the contrast between those a fishing boat vs the Yamato. The nose is very delicate peat, some salt and vanilla, and a very clear, distinct note of chocolate raspberries. I don't think I had that anywhere else before, and I'm in love with it. The taste is also amazing. A very soft yet still present peat layer, some salty vanilla fudge, a touch of honey sweetness, some herbal notes that I'd probably categorize as basil, and some pekan nuts. Very, very delicious. And it keeps changing with every sip. There is a long, slightly bitter, woody aftertaste with some smoke and nuttyness. I think this has just overtaken the Hibiki 17 and the Highland Park 18 as my favorite whisky so far. I'm in heaven. Caol Ila is very underrated in my opinion. The prices for these are just stunningly low, and they are so worth it.
160.0 EUR per Bottle
  • Rick_M

    @Reverend357 - nice job with this series!

  • Slainte-Mhath

    @Reverend357 Great review. I bought three bottles of Caol Ila 25 over the past few years, as it is an incredible value for a 25-year-old Islay malt. Got my first bottle for 120 €, but now prices are climbing towards 160 €. Still, a good value. And yes, Caol Ila is underestimated and overlooked, which is GOOD. More affordable bottles for us :)