Caol Ila 15 yr Unpeated: JAWS Rating 8.7/10​

Caol Ila

Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated

A Whiskey Review by The Whiskey Noob


An unpeated Islay Scotch?


I didnt know they made these and damn I was pleasantly surprised.  It had a great flavor and just a hint of peat smoke which was just enough.

I tried this at my new favorite spot with the greatest selection in San Jose, Ca.  55 South (

The bartender suggested this to me and I was glad he did.  I’ve seen this before, but never pulled the trigger to buy a whole bottle, but now shiieet, I just might!

This scotch just is a great example that breaks any stereotype that one: all scotches are peaty and two: all ISLAY scotches are peaty.

This is a very common theme that I keep hearing from Noobs, that all Islay scotches are peaty.  I actually thought the same thing as well when I first started my whiskey drinking career.

Almost to the point where I completely AVOIDED all Islay scotches because I thought all of them were too smokey for me, which I didn’t prefer at the time.

Luckily, I never give up and keep chuggin along (literally!) and found this great dram…

I suggest you do the same!

Cheers ma noobs!


Caol Ila 15 Year Old Unpeated

Nose: ethanol, citrus, lemons, toffee

Palate: light peat smoke, sweet, burnt toast

Finish: Long, peat lingers but not overwhelming, dark chocolate, toffee


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