Caol Ila 17 Year Old Distilled 1997 Islay single malt Scotch whisky

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 55.9%

Proof: 111.8°

Vintage: 1997

Aged: 17 years

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

One of Diageo's 2015 Special Releases, this 17 year old is the tenth limited edition release of unpeated Caol Ila. Drawn exclusively from first-fill American oak bourbon casks.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 23/09/2015


Clear, pale-mid golden amber.


Meaty, almost mezcal-like smokiness. Mineraly pavement (sidewalk) after rain. More peaty with water but this knocks back the smokiness. Faint cardamom spice and fresh coriander.


Dried fruit and fading embers with faint smokiness. Water amplifies fruit and vanilla with meaty underlying smoky peat.


Fresh and fruity finish.


Described as being “unpeated”, the grain may have been peat free but perhaps due to the water this Caol Ila has a delicate smoky peat character. One of my favourite ever Caol Ila bottlings. Fantastic value for money.

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More about Caol Ila 17 Year Old Distilled 1997

Produced by: Caol Ila Distillery
Owned by: Diageo plc
UK distribution by: Diageo Great Britain

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