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Caol Ila

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Official Moch 88/100
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Official 8 years "Unpeated Style" 88/100
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2 0 Forum
Official 8 years "Unpeated Style" (2008) 85/100
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Official Feis Ile 2009 89/100
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0 1 Forum
Official 8 years, unpeated (2007) 0/100
Official Cask Strength 87/100
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2 4 Forum
Official 12 years 84/100
12
6 6 Forum
Official Distillers edition 1996 84/100
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0 1
Official 10 years "Unpeated Style", 2009 79/100
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1 0
Official 18 years 87/100
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4 7 Forum
Official Rare malts, 21 years 84/100
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1 0
Official 25 years 86/100
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2 0 Forum
Official Manager's Choice, 1997-2009 94/100
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0 1 Forum
Adelphi Adelphi 23 years 0/100
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1 7 BT2008
Alc-hem-ist Caol Ila 1996 84/100
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Asta Morris 1999, Gordon & MacPhail for Asta Morris 88/100
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Berry Bros and Rudd Caol Ila 1982/2008 for La Maison du Whisky 90/100
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Berry Bros and Rudd 1982 86/100
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2 11 BT2009
Berry Bros and Rudd 1984-2010 for La maison du Whisky 88/100
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0 11 BT2012
Berry Bros and Rudd Berry's own selection, 1979 93/100
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Berry Bros and Rudd 1979-2010 90/100
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0 1 Forum
Berry Bros and Rudd 30 years, cask #4415 89/100
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Bladnoch forum bottlings Aged 29 years, cask 4937 0/100
Bladnoch forum bottlings aged 29 years, cask 4939 88/100
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Bladnoch forum bottlings Aged 25 years, Cask 4806 84/100
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Bladnoch forum bottlings Aged 24 years 88/100
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Cadenhead 13 years 88/100
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0 1
Cadenhead 12 years Cadenhead 84/100
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Cadenhead 1991-2013 87/100
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0 9 BT2013
Cadenhead 1991-2013 + E-150a 85/100
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0 9 BT2013
Dewar Rattray Cask collection, 21 years 86/100
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Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask, 25 years #2001 91/100
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0 1 Forum
Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask, 25 years #DL1358 79/100
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Douglas Laing Commemorative bottling, 30 years. For Douglas Laing friends. 0/100
Dun Eideann Dun Eideann, 1995 Oloroso 70/100
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Dun Eideann Dun Eideann, Chateau La Nerthe 74/100
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Duncan Taylor 27 years, Battlehill 88/100
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Gordon & MacPhail 12 years 90/100
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Gordon & MacPhail 7 years, for The Bonding Dram & Flemish Malt Whisky Society 89/100
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0 1 Forum
Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail) 82/100
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Gordon & MacPhail 1981-2007 86/100
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Gordon & MacPhail 1994, Sassicaia wood finish 86/100
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0 11 BT2014
Ian McLeod Chieftain's Choice 12 years 81/100
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Ian McLeod Chieftain's Choice 10 years 79/100
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Ian McLeod Dun Bheagan 15 years 85/100
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Ian McLeod Chieftain's Choice 11years - rum finish 81/100
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Ian McLeod Chieftain's Choice 13 years 83/100
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0 1 Forum
Ian McLeod Chieftain's Choice 12 years - claret 70/100
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Ian McLeod Dun Bheagan 22 years 88/100
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0 1 Forum
James Mac Arthur 12 years 82/100
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0 1
Jean Boyer "Le puits à whisky" 0/100
Jean Boyer Caol Ila 9 years 0/100
Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland 1995 88/100
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Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland 2000 84/100
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1 0
Jean Boyer 16 years, One shot 87/100
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0 1
Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland 1983 87/100
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1 0
Jean Boyer Best Casks of Scotland 1979 88/100
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3 1 Forum
JohnMcDougall Golden Cask 1996 79/100
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Kintra 10 years 69/100
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Mackillop 12 years 65/100
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0 1
Malts of Scotland 1981, Bourbon hogshead 85/100
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Malts of Scotland 16 years for Scots Whisky Forum 60/100
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0 1 Forum
Malts of Scotland Images of Islay, Port Askaig 88/100
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Malts of Scotland Dunes an Oir 0/100
Malts of Scotland 1993, Sherry Hogshead 88/100
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Malts of Scotland 1990-2012, Bourbon Hogshead 89/100
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Malts of Scotland 1981-2011 91/100
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Malts of Scotland 1979, Bourbon Hogshead 89/100
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1 21 WDTS2012-08
Master of Malt 30 years (1980-2010) 86/100
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1 20 WDTS2011-01
Meadowside (The Maltman) 30 years 90/100
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Murray McDavid 1994 Bourbon-Mourvèdre-Syrah 82/100
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Natural Color Caol Ila 20 years 65/100
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QV.ID 27 years 91/100
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0 4 Forum
Samaroli Coiltean 1984 95/100
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Samaroli 1968 92/100
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0 11 BT2015
Scotch Single Malt Circle Charity bottle for the Japanese tsunami & earthquake victims 86/100
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Signatory Un-chillfiltered collection 1989 84/100
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Signatory Straight from the Cask 1994 88/100
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Signatory Very Cloudy 7 years 84/100
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Signatory Un-chillfiltered Collection 1999 81/100
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Signatory 1999-2011 80/100
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Signatory Un-chillfiltered collection 1991 Port 81/100
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Signatory Flagon collection (Signatory) 1991 80/100
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Signatory Vintage 1981 (Signatory) 85/100
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Silver Seal 1981 88/100
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Specialty Drinks Ltd Port Askaig, Cask Strength 0/100
Specialty Drinks Ltd Single Malts of Scotland, 9 years 84/100
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Specialty Drinks Ltd Port Askaig, 17 years 79/100
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Specialty Drinks Ltd Elements of Islay, Cl 1 88/100
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Specialty Drinks Ltd Single Malts of Scotland, 16 years 88/100
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Specialty Drinks Ltd Port Askaig, 25 years 81/100
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Specialty Drinks Ltd Single Malts of Scotland, 15 years 84/100
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Specialty Drinks Ltd Single Malts of Scotland 24 years 91/100
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Taste Still Taste Still 1979 89/100
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1 1 Forum
The Nectar Daily Dram: Local AI, 23 years 84/100
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2 8 BT2008
The Vintage Malt Whisky company Coopers Choice 1991 81/100
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The Whisky Agency 1983-2009 86/100
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1 2 Forum
The Whisky Agency Perfect Dram 26 years 86/100
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0 1 Forum
The Whiskyman 1990 for Vinothek Massen & de Tongerse whiskyvrienden 91/100
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Whisky Import Nederland First Cask 1982-2007 83/100
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Whiskybase Fourth release, 30 years 88/100
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Wilson & Morgan Distilled 1998, Limited edition 87/100
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Wilson & Morgan 1990 85/100
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Wilson & Morgan Distilled 2000, 30th anniversary edition 0/100
Wilson & Morgan 30 years old, 1983/2013 87/100
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Wilson & Morgan 18 years 87/100
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Wilson & Morgan Twenty Seven 89/100
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Wilson & Morgan Thirty 92/100
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Caol Ila: Official bottlings

Caol-Ila

12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
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Forum84/100
The colour is deep straw-wells. The peaty nose (oily peat) reveals some iodine, smoke and sweet almonds hints. It goes later on to ash, acid drop and liquorice.
The palate, oily and slightly medicinal, develops on smoke with dried fruit hints.
The final, flowery and grassy, evokes smoky malted barley. It finishes on praline and moka hints.

(la Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
The rich smoky peat flavours from this Islay malt announces a great whisky. wonderfully sweet and rich, this bottle is a perfect illustration of the know-how of the distillery. A great moment. I recommend this bottle to anybody.
A real Caol Ila like one loves it, a wonderful balance. Everything is present without excess. Iodine, salt, seaweed, high seas, everything contained in a whisky which gave me a strange feeling of calm and fullness. A very great malt. The finish is remarkably long, and the pleasure stays long in the mouth.
84/100
The second tasting just confirmed the first one. A very great Islay malt, at least for those who appreciate smoke and peat.
84/100
Peat, but refined and powerful at the same time, with hints of smoke and iodine and touches of bee wax characterize the nose of this very nice whisky. In the palate, the delicate side of this whisky, peated and salted, but very sweet and complex contrasts with the smoke, however very well balanced as well. A nice finish, delicate just as the whole. Some milk chocolate, perhaps...
84/100
The nose is clearly marked by peat and the associated humid undergrowth smells. A touch of smoke, but rather discrete. The mouth is pleasantly oily, with this excellent peaty hints and a touch of acidity which gives it a kind of freshness. Very nice impression of quiet strength, even if this strength is quite monotone. The finish is rather long and quite smooth, with still the presence of this refined peat. An excellent introduction to peated Islay malts.
84/100
The first nose is rather fruity, mix of plum and citrus fruit with nice but first discrete peaty hints, which gradually become more dominating, to finally overwhelm the fruits.
The palate is quite pleasant too, with slight chocolate dominating hints, a bit of nutty bitterness and amazing enough, no fruits at all...
The finish is rather short and the memory of peat is clearly present.
This bottle has been opened for many months now, this could explain this a bit confusing tasting notes.
79/100
Comment by J.L. Zamora
Nose: smoked some how burnt grass or wood (in my lenguage: xerdu), salty,polish antisepthic?. Mouth: spycy, oily, dry smoke whith good intensity. Finish: long, smoked fish and salty This bottle probably remeber a port ellen?henr
87/100
Appearance: Chardonnay white wine.
Nose: Delishiously sweet nose with lots of rubber, smoky and malty scents. Quite complex and interesting. Minty and peaty aromas emerge from the addition of water. There's also a wiff of old books, surgical spirit and a slightly bitter tingle that lingers.
Body: Medium and quite firm.
Palate: Sweet and malty to taste, not so much of the smoke carries over. There's a long, feinty tingle that seems to last forever. Development: After four months, less than a third of the bottle remains so I thought I'd do an evaluation. The nose is much dryer than I remembered it, the predominant expression is of burnt lumber that has soaked in water. There's some cocao in the background together with some burnt rubber and roast.! The palate s still sweet and balanced with a truly majestic finish that is quite smoky and a little sherried. Elegant palate. I rated the 4 month old bottle slightly higher than the newly opened one.
90/100
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour: Golden white wine (coloured or not, the label don’t say anything so this beauty lets me think it is not, but I may be wrong...).
Nose: Like other Ileachs like Laphroaig or Lagavulin this has its very own class - A very beautiful and clear defined combination of nifty peatsmoke arranged together with different impressions like lime peel, pears, quinces, photo developer, apple vinegar, old but freshly polished leather boots, sawdust, cold ashtray, boat rope and wet newspaper.
Taste: Here we have the impressions named above (leave out the pears, quinces and the apple cider) complemented with forest earth and moss, soaked in rainwater. This very appealing combination leads towards a very expressive
Finish: with citrus notes and chemicals combining themselves more and more with very fine and elegant herbal bittersweet (Campari) notes.
Conc.: The perfect opener for a good meal, and a great companion for preparing a such. Also great with dark chocolate or very old Gouda cheese. An old time favourite for me, I just don’t know why they talk on the label of “hidden malt”, I think this times are long ago. I would be glad to try such an old hidden malt bottling.

Tasting date: 01/10/2010
Price in Germany: 39,00 Euro -1 Liter bottle
88/100

Caol-Ila

18 years

Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Official
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Forum 87/100
The colour is yellow-gold. Net nose, complex, is marked by peat, iodine (salmon eggs), spices and citrus fruits (lemon, clementine).
The palate is elegant, and reveals hints of candy, sweet almond and dry peat.
The finish is long, smooth and firm, and develops on smoky malted barley sweetness.

(la Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
Happiness begins from the very moment the glass reaches the nose. Lots of complex fragrances, combining peat and smoke to more acid hints announce a very great malt. This is clearly a great quality Caol Ila. The happiness continues in the mouth where an explosion of complex tastes make it a real feast. A long finish crowns the ensemble. A very good bottle, don't miss it.
88/100
The nose is very subtle, mixing light peat hints to sea smells, but remaining rather fruity. This whisky does not have the powerful character of some others from the island, but is full of nuances and suability. In the palate, the complexity of this whisky is confirmed, with a taste going from sweet citrus fruits to malt, through a range of discrete spices. A very pleasant and long finish, where all the detected aromas are reviewed again.
88/100
A marvelous nose, smoky but with such a delicacy and however so powerful. A very nice peat with something more, specially pleasantly frangranced, with a slightly acid touch of citrus fruits and some spicy hints. Short, a very nice nose. In the palate, a great impression of hapiness, mixing smoke with citrus fruits, malt spices. A lingering and very interesting finish, where remains of what is described above come back and in addiction some very fine and discrete woody impression, which makes the whole even more attractive.
88/100
A very pleasant nose marked by oily and generous peat. Some rather smooth citrus fruit hints on the background. Smells of marmalade or plum jam.
In the palate, a nice peat too, rich and pleasantly balanced mixes with slightly fruity and nicely bitter notes. Some spices in addition.
Nice finish, lingering and marked by both peat and touches of smoke.
84/100

Caol-Ila

25 years

Age
25 years
Alcohol percentage
59,4 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 86/100
Caol Ila 25 ans
Personal Comment
The nose is very subtle, complex and fruity (pear or peach) with discrete peated hints on the background. In the palate, a very great mildness, despite its high degree of alcohol, a mix of ripe fruits, citrus on peated background, with very nice smoky touches. The impression of complex and refined smoothness is so great, that the nearly 60% of that marvelous bottle are immediately forgotten. A very nice finish, lingering, fruity and marine at the time, passing successively through slightly acid citrus notes and dry hints of peat. Moving alternatively to salted and sugared notes.
88/100
The nose is basically on roasted cereal and develops slowly on nutty notes and on quite an interesting woody impression. A slight tingling announces probably some high degree of alcohol. Some farmy hints, wet hay and a touch of animal smell. A relative freshness, somewhere between cut grass and citrus fruit tries to emerge behind this first impressions. A subtle peat combined with a sea sensation harmonises the whole.
The mouth is rather complex, mixing hints of leather with notes of too ripe oranges (quite rotten ones). A very nice whisky anyway, even if the alcohol impression is constantly present without being boring.
The warm finish is marked by hints of chocolate and leather before developing on nice malty and pleasant warm notes.
84/100

Caol-Ila

Cask Strength

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
55,3 %
Bottler
Official
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Forum 86/100
Caol Ila Cask Strength
COLOUR: Yellow with greenish glints.
PALATE: Smooth, rather oily and salted. It reveals progressively some herbal hints (fresh malt, fresh tobacco) fruity hints (prune, pear), some chocolate and smoke.
FINISH:reveals malted barley and continues on fine dry fruit hints (hazelnut almond).
(la Maison du Whisky)
Personal Comment
The nose, very complex, is marked by peat on a floral background and some remote smoke hints. The palate is rather complex too, and the peat, the smoke and the salt are mixed with some ripe fruit notes. The long and pleasant finish ends on malt and smoke, after some strong nut hints.
84/100
The nose, wel marked by peat and floral smels, is deliciously complew and annouces a great whisky. In the mouth, the taste goes from earthy peat hints ot nut notes, and then on nice fruity touches, nicely fresh and finally to a kind of woody bitterness. Smoky hinst are perceptible as well. The finish is lingering and warm, somewhere between smoke and woody bitterness.
84/100

Caol-Ila

8 years "Unpeated Style"

Age
8 years
Alcohol percentage
59,8 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 88/100
Caol Ila 8 ans Unpeated Style
Colour : shining pale gold.
Nose: sparkling, tingling, it developes on stewed apple, fresh cut grass, green lemon peel, marzipan and some roasted bread. Notes of fresh ginger and banana. Medicinal after aeration, with a touch of toffee.
Mouth: oily, smooth and concentrated. Becomes soon herbaceous (dry and aromatic herbs). Nice developing of all primary tastes. The fruity and rather smooth character (pineapple, lichee) is balanced by the acidity and the salt.
Finish: very clear, it goes on on oaky notes and herbs (sesam seed).

(la Maison du Whisky)
Personal Comment
A very nice nose, both floral and spicy. A touch of smoke and light woody notes mixed with very discrete violet or lavender hints. A kind of "must drink immediately" feeling. THe mouth is first rather dry, complex with first some fruity hints, quickly developingon woody notes, through a touch of violet flavour. The mouth becomes more and more oily as the time goes. A very nice finish, deliciously long and warm. Rather complex too as the different fruity notes of the mouth are reviewed before ending on a slightly woody note.
88/100
A clearly floral nose with a fruity character, with its aromas of pear in alcohol, nice peppery notes and a light veil of smoke, An expressive nose anyway.
The mouth is immediately very pleasant, with a mix of bitter and acid notes, even if the presence of alcohol is over obvious. The bitterness is enhanced by nice fruity notes and some chocolate hints. Nice complexity expressed by the clear contrast between bitterness and acidity.
A very long and warm finish, marked by clear malty notes, very close to chocolate.
An excellent bottle.
88/100

Caol-Ila

10 years "Unpeated Style", 2009

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
65,8 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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79/100
Caol Ila 10 unpeated
Personal Comment

A nice floral freshness fills up the first nose. Behind this first vegetal notes, some nice smooth and fruity flavours seem to be present. Honey notes mixed with dried flowers on a fresh cut grass field. Peaches and bananas in addition.
The first mouth is quite acid and marked by alcohol. Some pear alcohol impression which quickly degrades on some neutral alcohol but burning seriously the palate. What a contrast with the nose.
The finish is short and keeps very few memories of this whisky after its violent trip through the mouth.

Note: The great deception was to discover the whisky (this was a blind tasting note), because I expected much more from this version, specially because the 8 years old version was very great.
79/100


Caol-Ila

Rare malts, 21 years

Collection
Rare Malts
Age
21 years
Alcohol percentage
61,3 %
Bottler
Official
Dates
Distil: 1977 Bottling: 10-1999
Bottle
0 of 2410 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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84/100
Caol Ila Rare malts 21
Personal Comment
An amazingly fresh nose, slightly medicinal (ether) with nice notes of citrus fruit and a veil of smoke and on the background relatively discrete peat hints. In the palate, a beautiful fresh bitterness or a beautiful bitter freshness.
The mouth is first dry and relatively complex, marked by citrus fruits before developing on nice notes both woody and peaty.
The finish is very long and warm. Peat remains present, even if merged with malty notes.
84/100

Caol Ila: independent bottlings

Caol-Ila

Chieftain's Choice 11years - rum finish

Collection
Chieftain's Choice
Age
11 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Ian McLeod
Cask
Rhum
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81/100
The nose is aromatic and powerful, although elegant. Peat and seaweed are predominant.
The taste is a perfect harmony between sweetness, sea perfumes and smoke.
The final is sweet, recalling honey, spices and smoke.

(la Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
Rum finish is still unusual in the whisky world. Apart from this Caol Ila version by the independent bottler Ian McLeod, there are some other bottlings like a cask strength from Springbank. This bottle is a real pleasure. All the Islay typical peaty sweetness is present in this very good whisky. The long finish leaves an happiness impression in the mouth. The bottle is unfortunately very hard to find nowadays.
84/100
The very good impression this malt let me last time is completely confirmed. The nose recognizes a Caol Ila immediately, due to its peaty sweetness which is so characteristic. The rum finishing adds a kind of smoothness to this complex "maritime" malt. The finish could have been longer, but this does not affect the quality of this exceptional malt.
84/100
Iodine, peat and smoke are dominating fragrances leaving however some room to spicy notes. In the palate, first a great sweetness, but spices, honey, smoke and peat appear soon for our greatest pleasure. The finish is rather long, smoky and spicy. Remote sweet hints due to the rum are revealed after a while. A great success.
84/100
A quite difficult to define nose with discrete hints of smoke and peat, but something else, which seems to be superimposed to the classical Calo Ila notes. A kind of farm smell, wet hay but still discrete. The same kind of sensations in the palate, a kind of mix of traditional Caol Ila with something else. Malty hints in retro-olfaction (beer?) with a kind of veil probably created by the finition. Between salty-smoky and sweet-smoky ... A rather long and warm finish but quite impersonal, just like the nose and mouth were.
74/100

Caol-Ila

Chieftain's Choice 12 years - claret

Collection
Chieftain's Choice
Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
46,0 %
Bottler
Ian McLeod
Cask
Bordeaux Wine
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70/100
Personal Comment
Caol Ila is one of the most outstanding distilleries of Scotland, used to produce excellent whiskies.
Chieftain's Choice (Ian McLeod) is one of the best collections from independent bottlers.
Claret is one of the best wines.
One could reasonably think the combination of these 3 elements would produce an excellent whisky.
I probably didn't taste it in the best conditions, because this bottle didn't evoke any of the marvelous memories I keep from other Caol Ila versions. It just deserves a 15/20. Probably a second tasting could change my mind...
70/100
The second tasting did not take my perplexity away neither... The nose detect undoubtedly an Islay whisky, with its hints of peat, well mixed with some other sweeter fragrances. In the palate, some remote violet hints quickly hidden by a taste somewhere between something very pleasant and something frankly sickly. The rather long finish prolongs the impression left by the palate. A strange combination, between this Caol Ila and red wine...
74/100
A third tasting just confirmed the strange impression this whisky leaves. The nose is rather indistinct, however dominated by some hints of smoky peat, but hidden by other smells, more difficult to identify. In the mouth, first an acid impression followed by a monochord taste before a quite indefinable finish... Strange combination, this Islay with claret....
65/100

Caol-Ila

Un-chillfiltered collection 1989

Collection
Un-chillfiltered collection
Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
46,0 %
Bottler
Signatory
Cask number
single cask 5369
Dates
Distil: 18/12/1989 Bottling: 16/10/2001
Bottle
404 of 862 btls
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84/100
Caol Ila 1989
The colour is yellow. The well balanced nose recognizes earthy peat, iodised, malted, liquorice en menthol hints.
The full and oily body develops on malted sweetness and a light pungency, due to peat.
The finish is long and oily, and goes on sea and peaty hints, with some exotic fruit fragrances.

(la Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
Caol Ila stays obviously one of the best distilleries from Islay, and even from Scotland. This bottle is a marvelous one also. This is probably due to the combination of know-how of the distiller and the excellent bottler, Signatory. Despite the very pale colour (white wine) which could disappoint some people, this whisky is really remarkable by the balance of the fragrances, and the immoderate pleasure it gives in the mouth. This pleasure stays for long minutes in the mouth because of a long and pleasant finish. One more illustration of the quality achieved by non chill filtering.
84/100
The nose is marked by peat and iodine, with some violet hints on the background; A rather complex nose, announcing great things. The taste does not really respond to the expectations rose by the nose and is relatively plain, allying malt with some slightly acid touches. The finish is long and evokes peat and salt.
84/100
A clearly fruity nose, with a mix of liquorice and iodine on a background of quite discrete peat. Nice fragrance anyway, slightly acid and salty. In the mouth, a kind of acidity mixes with nice malty and menthol hints. A nice lingering finish, rather salted and very pleasant. The difference with the previous notes is amazing.
84/100

Caol-Ila

Un-chillfiltered collection 1991 Port

Collection
Un-chillfiltered collection
Age
11 ans
Taux d'alcool
46,0 %
Embouteilleur
Signatory
Fût
port wood finish
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liens et cote moyenne
81/100
Personal Comment
Another excellent combination between the know how of a good distillery and an imagination full bottler. The Un-chill filtered collection from Signatory has produced another unforgettable version. The combining of peat and smoke, so typical for Islay whisky with port finish (giving some sweetness), bottled at 46% without chill filtration gives an exceptional result. I recommend this bottle.
84/100
At the second tasting, the peaty character combined with this something special made me recognize a Caol Ila immediately. The nose is slightly medicinal, with some ripe fruits (peer?) hints. In the palate, a veil of peat and smoke covers some slightly acid and very pleasant hints, marked by spices and some background pepper. A rather interesting finish, where spicy hints remain. However, the whole has a lack at density, and therefore, the quotation is lower than the first time.
79/100
The nose is quite rich, mixing discrete peat to fruity hints inherited from the port cask, and is very pleasant, promising lots of pleasure. In the palate, the nice balance between the smoothness of the fruit and the bitterness of peat makes room to a higher complexity, where woody touches mix with sweeter fruity and spicy hints. A nice finish, even if it could have been longer, where woody memories and pleasant spices remain present.
79/100

Caol-Ila

Flagon collection (Signatory) 1991

Collection
The flagon collection
Age
11 years
Alcohol percentage
43,0 %
Bottler
Signatory
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80/100
Smoky/iodinated (peat) character with fruity hints
Personal Comment
This great whisky in an old fashion packaging is again a great success due to the combination of an excellent distillery and an excellent bottler. The extraordinary balance between smoke, peat and iodine on one hand and the great sweetness on the other hand makes this bottle an absolute must in each whisky collection. The packaging adds something to its charm. It's just a pity it's impossible to see the colour (extremely pale) and to determine how much is left in the flask.
84/100
The conclusions of the second tasting were exactly the same as the first one. A very long and pleasant finish which confers these malt a unforgettable smoke-sugar character.
84/100
The impression at the third tasting contrasts with the two first ones. Is this a consequence of the evolution of my own taste or of the taste of this whisky, or is it due to circumstances, I do not know, but there was a great contrast between the nose (very pleasant, smoky and with just enough peat) and the taste which is close to insipidness, a bit like the "white wine" colour. The finish was rather short. This bottle deserves certainly a new try, because the contrast between the last tasting and the two first ones seems too great.
74/100
A fourth tasting tends to confirm the third one. A rather interesting nose, developing smoky and peaty smells, with some discrete fruity notes. In the palate, a lack at body contrasts with some fresh notes on a background of malt and bitter chocolate. Anyway, a nice contrast but somewhere unsatisfying. The finish is relatively short.
74/100
A pretty smokey nose with nice hints of dry peat on the background. Some medicinal touches are present too. In the palate, a very nice complexity, fruity notes (peach, melon), some liquorice and a nice peaty warmth overall. A nice finish, lingering and warm, keeping the memory of peat smoke for a while, with however in addition some slightly acid touches which give the whole a nice freshness.
84/100

Caol-Ila

Vintage 1981 (Signatory)

Collection
Vintage
Age
22 years
Alcohol percentage
58,3 %
Bottler
Signatory
Dates
Distil: 1980
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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85/100
Personal Comment
The first contact is rather pleasant, but the alcohol is predominant. After having added some water, the fragrances develop, and the exceptional complexity is revealed. A great taste richness in the exceptional malt. The finish is shorter than I had hoped. But its price makes that this bottle is not a must in a good whisky collection. But the happy few who own it must have no regret...
84/100
At the second tasting, the contrast between the nose and the palate was really obvious.... A rather aggressive nose, probably due to the alcohol degree. A great smoothness in the palate, despite the high degree of alcohol. Peated and slightly smoky, the whisky presents also some discrete liquorice hints. The whole in a wonderfully complex context. A pleasant and rather long finish.
84/100
A very nice nose with a kind of tyre smell and some leather hints hiding more discrete fruit flavours. In the mouth, after the first alcohol impression, a very nice complexity where fruits (dried appels) take an important role and some smokey and peaty touches. Some hints of liquorice and spices too. A nice finish, contrasting with mouth and nose and the memory of nice malted barley remains for a while.
88/100
The nose is rather impressive, and has lost all aggressivity it had during the first tastings. Very pleasant, at the time smokey and slightly acid, peated and fruity. In the mouth, the first impression is quite dry, peaty, but the taste developes on coffee notes and finally on milk chocolate hints. The finish is pleasant and the memory of malted barley and peat remains in the palate for a while.
88/100
The nose reveals both malted barley and clear yeast smells trying to hide some citrus hints. In fact, the first nose is not really pleasant... before opening on some rather heady floral notes. Peat notes complete the overview. In the palate, a mix of honey and bitter oranges with an evolution on more pleasant notes of smooth malt and a touch of slightly bitter nuts. The finish is long and in reality nice than the nose and mouth were. Hazelnut and malt. Light peaty hints. In the light of the differences with previous notations, it seems this bottle has suffered from the time and lost part of its qualities. The bottle has been opened for a few years.
79/100

Caol-Ila

Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

Collection
Private Collection
Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
40,0 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Cask
Porto
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82/100

Very nice colour with delicate pink glints.
The nose, peaty, goes on to spices (pepper) and to fruity hints (melon, candied fruit) with a smoky dominance.
The palate is smoky (smoked barley) and fruity.
The finish is elegant and balanced (smoke, spices, fruits).

(la Maison du Whisky)

Personal Comment
The nose reveals subtle hints of peat and smoke. The very pleasant and complex, but sweet taste confirms the peat and smoke touches of the nose, with some sweet fruit hints. A long and pleasant finish hesitating between sweet spices and malt, which is dominating after a few minutes.
84/100
A second tasting just confirms the first one. A great sweetness, a great malt.
84/100
The nose is very rich, and smells of peat and smoke mix with other very pleasant and fruity fragrances, between peach and orange, but without any acidity with however a slightly spicy touch. In the palate, a pleasant sweetness where peat and smoke are mixed with malt and some discrete fruity hints. The finish is sweet and slightly spicy.
84/100
A clear nose marked by nice fresh and fruity notes (unripe plum jam), touches of yeast and of peat, hidden behind a light veil of smoke.
In the palate an unusual mix of bitterness and acidity with fruity notes (again this jam of unripe acid plum), peat (but very discrete), the whole being dominated by the acid character noticed earlier.
Quite a short finish with still the same impressions, both pleasant and strange of acid fruit and some remote peaty hints.
74/100

Caol-Ila

12 years Cadenhead

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
46,0 %
Bottler
Cadenhead
Cask
Bourbon
Dates
Distil: 1993 Bottling: 2005
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84/100
Caol Ila Cadenheads
Nose Medicinal; smoke; burnt sugar; embers.
Palate Lovely palate, nutty, smooth, not oily. Very drinkable.
Personal Comment
A nose clearly marked by smoke and peat, with indisputable marine influences. A very nice and complex nose. The palate is relatively complex too, going form sweet notes to clearly salted touches, with always some woody or nutty hints on the background. Sometimes, a fleeting impression of acid drop behind a veil of smoke. The finish is very pleasant, of average length, and continues on bitter woody notes.
84/100
Even if this happens not often, I have nothing to add to my previous comment about this nice bottle. I could however mention some citrus hints in the finish, I didn't describe the first time.
84/100
A smell of barbecue ashes immediately gives the pitch. This is a nice peaty whisky. Beyond the peat, nice fresh fruity notes (smoked kiwi..?)
In the palate, the same peat is very present and the whole is relatively complex: fruit, pepper and peat.
The lingering finish is marked by this interesting mix of peat and peppery fruits.
84/100

Caol-Ila

Coopers Choice 1991

Collection
Coopers Choice
Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
46,0 %
Bottler
The Vintage Malt Whisky company
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81/100
Caol Ila 1991
Personal Comment
A nose clearly marked by the smoke and the peat and giving the impression to be near the seaside, with salt and seaweed... so typical from a Caol Ila. In the palate, a very nice impression, where hints of oily peat are mixed with a kind of citrus acidity, which gives this whisky an unexpected freshness. The alcohol impression is rather strong, much more than expected for a 46% whisky. Its just a pitty the finish is so short and discrete. Anyway, an excellent bottle.
84/100
The first nose consists of quite a clear peat hiding pleasant fruity notes. the nose is rather complex, with medicinal hints and a mix of smoke and sea spray.
The mouth is rather fresh despite the peaty heaviness announced by the nose. However, this peat is very present, together with some alcohol tingling after a while. Classical mouth for a peated malt.
The warm finish is of medium length. Also essentially marked by peat.
79/100

Caol-Ila

Best Casks of Scotland 1995

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
58,2 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Dates
Distil: 1995 Bottling: 2006
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88/100
Caol Ila 1995 Best casks of Scotland

Nose: Sea and phenolic hints. In the rain going out undergrowth fire. Mineral, wet stones. Fresh rosemary, sweet curry. Touch of chalky humidity (oozing wall). Amazing smoothness. Sweet as velvet. First, a malty sweetness, followed by a spicy explosion. Pepper and ginger.
Finish: Tingling, spicy, with smoking coming back by waves.

(Martine Nouet)

Personal Comment

A very well balanced nose, wheree peat and a great fruity freshness are the dominant hints. Some tinglings due to the percentage of alcohol are present without hindering. Oily peat. Very nice nose. In the palate, this oily character of the peat is also dominant, giving the whisky a remarkable balance, without any aggressivity to this special Caol Ila. The mouth is not really complex, but so balanced... developing on tones between peat and moke or chocolate. A lingering warm finish where all the chocolate memories from the mouth remain. An excellent Caol Ila.
88/100

Caol-Ila

Cask collection, 21 years

Collection
Cask Collection
Age
21 years
Alcohol percentage
58,8 %
Bottler
Dewar Rattray
Cask number
single cask 6266
Dates
Distil: 12-12-1984 Bottling: 6-9-2006
Bottle
251 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength (For the Nectar Belgium)
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86/100
Caol Ila: Dewar Rattray 21
Personal Comment
The nose is very fresh, marked by the vanilla, cut grass and citrus fruits. A nice impression of discrete and refined peat behind the first sensations. A light veil of smoke as well.
In the palate, a nice acid bitterness, or a bitter acidity, complex. A very pleasant mix of peat and citrus, the whole making it a nicely balanced whisky.
The finish is long and warm, on the same taste palettes as the mouth. After a while, it becomes dryer, with clear spicy notes. Exceptional finish.
84/100
A discrete peat beside a nice freshness characterises this very pleasant and nuanced nose. Citrus fruit and grass, harmoniously mixed with a touch of smoke and some farmy notes.
The same nice balance is present in the palate too, and first some acid motes appear, quickly followed by peat and some woody hints.
The finish is fresh and lingering. Really contrasted, just like the nose and mouth were. Nice contrasts/
Another great bottle.
88/100

Caol-Ila

First Cask 1982-2007

Collection
First Cask
Age
25 years
Alcohol percentage
60,8 %
Bottler
Whisky Import Nederland
Cask number
single cask 741
Dates
Distil: 09-02-1982 Bottling: 17-04-2007
Bottle
220 btls
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83/100
Caol Ila First Cask 25
Personal Comment
The nose is very clear and direct. Peat and smoke. A nice kind of oily peat which does not really filter out the nice fruity smells champing at the bit behind an impressive veil of smoke. Even a kind of freshness is guessed even if it is rather difficult to qualify behind all this peat smoke. The palate is really creamy, with no hinder at all from the high percentage of alcohol. A trip between peat and smoke through nice fruity, and others close to chocolate notes. Discrete citrus fruit hints are detected too. The finish is lingering and warm. Peat is still dominating, merged with a nice smoke and some hints of too ripe fruits. Wonderful finish, just lingering and full of nuances.
84/100
First nose impressions are pepper, undergrowth smells with some nice fruity hints after a while. A light tingling too. Nice complexity, mix of freshness and bitterness. The whole well balanced.
The first mouth is clearly more aggressive than the nose was. Alcohol is the very first impression, first frankly acid followed by whiffs of bitterness and a clear unbalanced character, and last but not least a quite unpleasant presence of alcohol. After a few minutes of aeration and after adding some drops of water, this whisky gets much more civilised. Alcohol remains a concern, but it presents now a nice complexity and a lovely combination of fruit and peat.
The finish is powerful and lingering. Just a pity that alcohol anaesthetised the papilla's which makes forget the charms of this dram
First tasting was made on a sample, and today we opened the bottle... Could be due to a lack at aeration...
82/100

Caol-Ila

Single Malts of Scotland, 16 years

Collection
The Single Malts of Scotland
Age
16 years
Alcohol percentage
57,9 %
Bottler
Specialty Drinks Ltd
Cask
Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 851
Dates
Distil: 11-1-1991 Bottling: 14-3-2007
Bottle
298 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Caol Ila 16 The single malts of Scotland
Personal Comment
The nose is quite complex and no so easy to describe at first nosing. Smoke, freshness and a mix of peat with citrus fruit and a kind of medicinal impression associated to a very nice presence. This announces lots of pleasure anyway.
The mouth is first rather dry and develops quickly on a nice oily and very pleasant peat. Very nice palate, complex and contrasted. No doubt, this is a high quality whisky.
The finish is warm and specially lingering. A nice fine peat is clearly dominating.
88/100

Caol-Ila

Old Malt Cask, 25 years #1358

Collection
Old malt cask
Age
25 years
Alcohol percentage
50,0 %
Bottler
Douglas Laing
Cask
refill hogshead
Cask number
single cask DL 1358
Dates
Distil: 05/1979 Bottling: 04/2005
Bottle
296 btls
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79/100
Caol Ila 1975 Old Malt Cask
Personal Comment
Colour: Straw
A relatively fresh nose with hints of metal and some notes of yeast give me a first rather uninviting impression.
Then some timid peat appears.
The palate confirms the nose, alas ... Slightly acidic with hints of fruit and a mixture of flavors that gives it some complexity, but nothing spectacular. The whole gives an impression of imbalance, even if some nice notes of coffee seem to find a way.
The finish enhances somewhat the level of the bottle. First bitter, it slowly becomes much fresher, and that feeling of freshness lasts for many minutes.
This whisky not unpleasant, but certainly not essential.
79/100

Caol-Ila

Old Malt Cask, 25 years #2001

Collection
Old malt cask
Age
25 years
Alcohol percentage
50 %
Bottler
Douglas Laing
Cask
Refill Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 2001
Dates
Distil: 1979 Bottling: 2005
Bottle
323 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered
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Forum 91/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Commemorative bottling, 30 years. For Douglas Laing friends.

Collection
Old malt cask, 60th
Age
30 years
Alcohol percentage
57,4 %
Bottler
Douglas Laing
Dates
Distil: 1979
Bottle
150 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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0/100
Caol ila For Douglas Laing Friends
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Daily Dram: Local AI, 23 years

Collection
Daily Dram
Age
23 years
Alcohol percentage
52,7 %
Bottler
Bresser&Timmer / The Nectar
Dates
Distil: 1984
Bottle
198 btls
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BT2008 84/100
Caol Ila Local AI
Personal Comment
The first nose is rather fresh and develops fast enough on unobtrusive peaty notes at first but which eventually supplant all fruity fragrance but without being very dominant. In short, a peaty nose full of nuances, and I am not really able to tell if it is great or if it is just characterized by a pathetic platitude. After a few minutes, notes of citrus point in the same range of nuance and subtlety.
The mouth is also very subtle and peat is present here too, remarkably incorporated into a rather complex whole where hints of smoke appear. The marine character of the whisky is pretty obvious.
The finish is relatively long, salt and still this subtle peat.
84/100

Caol-Ila

Berry's own selection, 1979

Collection
Berry's Own Selection
Age
30 years
Alcohol percentage
53,1 %
Bottler
Berry Bros and Rudd
Cask number
single cask 4412
Dates
Distil: 1979 Bottling: 2009
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93/100
Caol Ila Berry Bros 1979
Personal Comment
An amazing and incredible subtle nose, very smooth and rich. Peat is present, accompanied by beautiful chocolate notes, hints of citrus fruit and smells of ripe fruit mixed with new leather behind a light veil of smoke. A very complex nose announcing a superb whisky.
The mouth just confirms the nose. Very complex too and even subtle than the mouth was. Leather notes seem to dominate a light acidity made of discrete lemon hints. What a great whisky!
The finish is lingering and develops from memories of milk chocolate to leather touches, the whole being perfectly balanced and nuanced.
This whisky is not far from perfection. From far the best Caol Ila I ever tasted.
93/100

Caol-Ila

Aged 24 years

Age
24 years
Alcohol percentage
51,6 %
Bottler
Bladnoch forum bottlings
Cask number
single cask 4809
Dates
Distil: 12-10-1983 Bottling: 18-8-2008
Bottle
17 of 253 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Cal Ila 24 Bladnoch
Personal Comment
The nose is gently marked by discrete and refined peat masking hints of cut grass and some citrus fruit on the background. Smoke as well, the whole in a perfect and promising balance.
The mouth is amazingly fresh and citrus fruits which were on the background at the nosing take advantage on the peat which remains refine and discrete. This tasting being not a blind one, I can say that this bottle is quite a nice surprise. Far from the warm and sometimes heavy peated character of some other expressions from this distillery.
Finish is at top level as well. Subtle mix of peat and citrus fruits, freshness and happiness. Very long happiness...
88/100

Caol-Ila

Aged 29 years, cask 4937

Age
29 years
Alcohol percentage
55,5 %
Bottler
Bladnoch forum bottlings
Cask number
single cask 4937
Dates
Distil: 21-05-1980 Bottling: 18-06-2009
Bottle
78 of 374 btls
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0/100
Caol Ila Bladnoch 29
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Elements of Islay, Cl 1

Collection
Elements of Islay
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
62,9 %
Bottler
Specialty Drinks Ltd
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Caol Ila Elements of Islay Cl1
Personal Comment
Nice oily peat and a veil of smoke characterise the nose, before developing on chocolate and coffee notes.
In the palate, the same aromas embellished with discrete slightly acid and lightly fruity notes. A remarkable smoothness despite the high level of alcohol.
The finish is lingering and quite warm, and the memory of the coffee notes of the mouth is dominant. Fresh and acid notes seem to have disappeared.
88/100

Caol-Ila

Port Askaig, 25 years

Collection
Port Askaig
Age
25 years
Alcohol percentage
45,8 %
Bottler
The Whisky Exchange
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81/100
Port Askaig 25
Personal Comment

Color: Gold
The nose is more complex than it appears at first contact. At first it seems quite marked by yeast (a smell that I appreciate very much). After a few moments slightly woody notes and smoke appear. A hint of hay and a distant reminiscence of peat.
On the palate lovely notes of cocoa and a tingling sensation caused by alcohol. A beautiful warmth evenly. The chocolate seems to dominate and a few discreet notes of peat are emerging on the end.
The first thing that appears in the final is the contrast with the mouth. Some peaty bitterness quickly takes over, whereas this element was rather quiet in the mouth.
When I saw tthe bottle, I was quite surprised. I expected to have a much more peaty effect with a Caol Ila . ..
81/100


Caol-Ila

Port Askaig, 17 years

Collection
Port Askaig
Age
17 years
Alcohol percentage
45,8 %
Bottler
Specialty Drinks Ltd
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79/100
Port Askaig 17
Personal Comment
Colour: straw.
A very fresh and rather pleasant nose, even if complexity is far to find at the first contact. Citrus notes mixed with hay hints. Some discrete peat.
The first feeling in the mouth is quite hard, rather aggressive and gives few pleasure to the papilla's. After a while, some discrete peat appear, and the domination of acid hints (citrus fruit) is still there. During the tasting, peat feeling grows but alcohol remains very present too even though the nose did not let expect this.
The finish is rather short and not very expressive. The memory of peat mixed up with the memory of alcohol are clearly dominating.
79/100

Caol-Ila

Port Askaig, Cask Strength

Collection
Port Askaig
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
57,1 %
Bottler
Specialty Drinks Ltd
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0/100
Port Askaig CS
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

30 years (1980-2010)

Collection
Single Cask Series
Age
30 years
Alcohol percentage
57,4 %
Bottler
Master of Malt
Cask
Refill Hogshead
Dates
Distil: 1980 Bottling: 2010
Bottle
154 of
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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WDTS2011-01 86/100
Caol Ila 30 Master of Malt
Personal Comment

A smell of barbecue ashes immediately gives the pitch. This is a nice peaty whisky. Beyond the peat, nice fresh fruity notes (smoked kiwi..?)
In the palate, the same peat is very present and the whole is relatively complex: fruit, pepper and peat.
The lingering finish is marked by this interesting mix of peat and peppery fruits.
84/100

WDTS2011-01
Comment by Pompix
On the nose, a marine peat (seaweed) is combined with a discreet smoke. We also detected a mineral influence (wet stone) and notes of hay and wet straw. There is also a nice fruitiness, not exuberant, on white fruits and citrus (solutricine?). Beautiful nose, elegant, complex and not “too much”.
The palate is velvety with a pleasant acid /sweet attack, reminding the nose (oily smoke / seaweed) and then turns on salt, a fruity touch and something grassy and mineral rather difficult to describe, but which is very nice. Nice bitterness in finish (charcoal?).
The final is long, complex with a salty notes.
Undoubtedly the most interesting whisky in this session for me, the most complex, most powerful. I bet on an IB, cask strength, average 15-25yo, from a distillery not necessarily popular. 90-91 pts.
91/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by GaxMalt31
Nose: Powerful, it is a cask strength. Quite balanced, which makes it surprisingly complex. Green tea, spices, honey, fresh herbs, mineral, mediterranean cuisine. The whole consistent and intertwined. It is superb. No unpleasant emanation, one would remain for hours in the glass to nose it further, but the desire to bring in the mouth is too strong.

Taste: The alcohol is present. Herbs and cut grass as well. All accompanied by peppery spices? It stays fresh on the vegetal, the tea comes later. This is not a whisky for the ladies, a few drops of water adds a bit of ash on the nose reflecting a presence of peat. The vegetal side is more discreet, the sugar is almost like red fruits from a sherry cask. These few drops are good for him, making it creamier and sweeter.

Final: On the spices, fresh thyme. Rather long and certainly very good. Big favorite.
91/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Stephane
Nose: Wow! Fun, attractive, unusual and intriguing. Evoking deliciously fruity candies, licorice, floral potpourri, and especially the original notes of vegetables (tomato, pumpkin, peppers, eggplant ?...), cooked dishes in sauce, herbs and spices (chervil, paprika .. .).
But in the kitchen of which leader is it does so ??...

Taste: Re-Wow! It is also really special to the height of the bunch if not more. Strange and fascinating blend of flavors, very ripe juicy fruit, citrus crystallized notes vegetables cooked with a southern accent sometimes and sometimes exotic herbs and spices including a mid-palate that builds up spicy (pepper / paprika, curry, ginger), the limit of excess, but falls over seconds to stabilize at a superb balance.
A whisky that gives a frank desire to eat, probably old enough, which stands out for its originality, its rise to power and its overall balance, complexity, length ... BRAVO!
90/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Jean-Michel
Nose: Powerful and some kind of woody dryness. Burnt rubber and coal. This one spent time in the cask, or the latter was seriously recharred. Let's give it some time to open-up. Mhhhh… It's much better now. Dried fruit peels (hazelnuts). The wood gets older. Smells like in my cellar. My nose is on the cork of an old bottle. Let's wait a little more… The beast gets more citrusy and aromatic. Orange butterscotch. Boiled sweet. And even hints of green tomatoes. That's strange: The more you wait, the younger it gets… Let's try with a drop of water. Oh! That works well! Now I have some smoked ham too. And the orange turns to lemon.
Mouth: Bold, fruity and spicy, it's a full blast attack on dried orange peels. The charred wood is still there, but arrives later. That's more to my liking! Creamy feeling of a hazelnut liqueur. Very nice balance between the wood's harshness and the fruit's voluptuousness. Or rather a very nice unbalance, as our senses are torn between both worlds. And an example alcohol integration for a whisky that probably reaches 57% or 58%. The alcohol perfectly holds up the aromas of a never boring mouth. With a drop of water, the sooty notes turn to be more citrusy, ala Caol Ila.
Finish : Long, fruity, sustained by the pungency of the charcoal.
Comment: A great multifaceted and ever evolving malt. At the same time pungent, creamy, fruity, and sooty, it deserves all of your attention. So book your agenda for an evening when you have time!
90/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Blackmalt
Gold color
Fine and delicate nose. Fruity smell (exotic fruit) of chewing gum with strawberry. I think I detected a note of ash. But without much conviction. Some peanut notes. On aeration, a note of cereal.
Mouth is hot and bubbly, quite gently. A taste of coconut beads (dessert Cambodian). Some fruitiness always very present.
Final continuity pungent. Very discreet bitterness in the background. More exotic fruits. Lacks a little length.

89/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Alexandre
The nose opens with fresh sensations, with medicinal ferrous and cold ashes hints. Not unitary or disturbing, however. Then light hints of wood and nuts (walnuts) bring the nose to warmer flavors towards heady flowers and citrus (lemon), concludes this very complex trip. The alcohol rate allows all these flavors to be nicely blended, and offers a good balance and fair power to this actually quite unorthodox nose. By adding water, smoked ashes and strawberry will dominate the whole.

The palate is syrupy, sweet, with hints of malted barley. In a atmosphere strong enough, the mouth then develops with smoked bacon and grilled aromas. Very well balanced, aerating allows very discreet notes of bitter chocolate to emerge.

The finish is long and grandiose. A cascade literally fall on much more nautical flavours than the mouth led to mean: peat option navy, fresh grass, all on a background very farmer and wet. Drying, it leaves a very pleasant salty memory. Water brings more sweetness and a nice tip of lemon.

In conclusion, a rather unconventional whisky, which leads to a full visit of flavors, all with remarkable power and subtlety.
89/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Mars
Nose: peaty and medicinal with some iodine, salt and seaweed. A few fruits and citrus in the background. Peat is translucent with aeration as it was powerful in the beginning.
After some breathing appear notes of varnish, vanilla, white fruits and exotic. It also softens.

Taste: Explosion of ripe fruit and alcohol within the limits of endurance (calms down considerably with aeration). Dried fruits are mingled with a little lemon. The water brings out the citrus.

Final: First peaty she quickly replaced with fruit. It is salty, iodine and lemon with citrus. A little short. The addition of water enhances the flavor but destroys the balance of flavors and dries. After a long aeration, the final is very long and citrus.

This whiskey is better without adding water and a long breathing. Aeration reveals, I think. My notes going from 84pts to 90pt. (I put the final note at 89pts)
89/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Dede
Color: Gold

Nose: Fresh, expressive and very pleasant at first. Juicy pear, vanilla sugar, a little licorice. Then all evolving towards a profile more maritime, sea spray and sea salt, without departing from its original softness. It is also very subtle peaty. Some animal notes make their appearance during the second tasting.

Taste: Powerful and fat from the attack, plenty salty, it plays on spices (white pepper) and licorice, letting a hint of fruit and bitter orange peel. It warms the palate but alcohol is well integrated. Maybe a hint of peat? The second tasting confirmed the presence of a hint of peat.

Finish: Quite long, it extends the fruity / bitter and salty mouth.

Conclusion: A very good malt, well made​​, balanced and expressive. Not the whiskey of the year but certainly an excellent dram. It makes me think of some peated Benriach Single Malt Of Scotland. From my point of view, by far outperforms the other malts selection.
88/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Jmputz
Color: Gold
A nose of great complexity, combining scents of ripe fruit, some bitter notes of dried fruit, a hint of smoke, perhaps a touch of honey and spices. The nose is extremely promising, anyway.
The palate is very complex. After an attack on the fruit, with an explosion of fruity acidity, a very slight woody bitterness it continues to evolve on fruity. The palate is very fresh despite an obvious presence of alcohol
The finish is relatively long. Unlike the mouth, which was characterized by a great freshness, this finish is warm while keeping the same dominant aromas.
An excellent bottle full of surprises.
87/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by RX21
Nose: Light Peaty. Agrumic
Mouth: Strong Attack on lemon. Tickling. Aromatic grass (thymus) Iodic. Nice expression of peat without any aggressivity.
Final: Short despite of persistent peat. Salty
87/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Bpoujol
Old gold, amber.
Sweet nose, thin, rather rich. Very ripe fruit. Spices. Hint of sherry (coffee). A little smoke.
Sweet, tasty, fruity. Slightly sweet. Evolves on the smoke. Woody notes.
Rather long final, not very intense, on smokey notes. Slight woody.

86/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by ALouis
Color: straw yellow
Nose: Quite original, sour and bitter on the lemon zest, Pulco, vanilla, sweet notes and a few light smoke in the background.
Taste: Again it is acidic and bitter Pulco, sugar and ginger.
The palate then evolves on a discrete peat farm.
Long finish, acid and spicy.
A weird whisky.

86/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Piazzolla
Nose: very weird, unattractive, so far seems very complex but closed. Opens slowly and becomes much more sympathetic. Salty. Freshwater fish (despite the salt!).
Mouth: a little hot, very draining. Light peat (or just smoke), some fruit (apple), cereal / beer.
Final: final average, slightly bitter, pepper, more ocean.

Receding side which both seduces (for makes you want to capture it) and even discourages disconcerting as the nose and mouth. A may need lots and lots of ventilation (more than an hour in the glass and / or in the bottle)? One feels a complexity and aromatic range is interesting but remains very disturbed by this side elusive.

85/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by mapi
Medium gold color
Nose: Fine peat with a nice freshness.

Taste: A powerful whisky with a sharp attack, on the alcohol. It opens on exotic fruits, including fresh coconut. It is softening while it develops.

Finish: The finish is dry and spicy and ends with notes of apricot.
84/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Canis_Lupus
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: nose first on Indian spices and sherry vinegar. Moving very fast on the fruit vinegar with a little solvent, turpentine. Hints of white chocolate. Gin, possibly ginger tiny keys. The remaining vinegar acid notes throughout. A bit of white bread, tiny touches of almond powder, a few hints for muscle pain ointment (Actygo Voltaren) or burns (Biaffine). Coffee with milk aeration. A little vinyl adhesive. Finally, gravy or viandox, very slightly.
The water has no influence on the nose.
Mouth: sweet but very quickly pecking. Smooth. Alcohol is present but not excessively. The notes are pretty close to the nose. Evokes Indian spices, and potpourri.
Adding water erodes the presence of alcohol, and reveals the expressive advantage of the mouth, with notes of honey and enough pleasant red fruit.
Finale: Short and in the extension of the mouth.
Like the mouth, the water develops the final.

Comment: A strange whisky with uncommon notes, elusive, and not easy to enjoy. Seems a bit unbalanced, disharmony and melted, but fails to show youth. Adding water is advised. This whisky a powerful but difficult to master.
84/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by PatGVA
N: bitter orange liqueur, artichoke, chard cooked meat, cinnamon, potato juice.
M: Marine Note, cinnamon, light peat
F: tarragon, sage, meat
84/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Amor57
The first nose is clearly peaty but peat is nto too oppressive, wood, fruit against a background of strong Mediterranean character: eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender. The fruitiness develops gradually with the sugar of the peat that gums out the bumps. But it also gives a slight fruity character nice and fresh acid. Rare notes of fresh tobacco.
In the mouth the first impression is dry, rough, raspy and immediately hand over clear notes of toffee and a strong alcohol. A nice bitterness of coffee? no instead of cocoa gives a very nice bitterness that the caramel has, thankfully, difficult to cover. With a drop of water, a plumf based fruitiness (mirabelle, quetsch) develops.
The finish is first alcohol and then back on the citrus, eucalyptus woodland with astringency and peat.
A beautiful nose portends a great tasting but that leaves to the dogs. And fortunately a nice bitterness to offset the peat.

83/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Sebou007
Colour : gold

Nose : at first, seems to be a great dram. We start with hints of tart apple and lemon then we have a nice smoke. We then follow with hints of milk chocolate and grilled almonds and nuts. Nice finess, very fresh and lemony.
With water, becomes a bit rounder and sweeter (a bit of a perfume).

Mouth : a little behind compared with the nose but still interesting. Nougatine, lemon and smoke. A certain sharpness, with hints of white dry wine. Light oaky bitterness at the end.

Final : pretty long on the lemon sharpness. Bitterness but not too strong.

A nice dram, showing complexity but a bit too oaky for me.
82/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Dadamien
Nose: Soft, fruity (apple, yellow fruits), honey, heather, sea air? Vanilla, lemon, acid drops. Nice. Hint of peat?
Mouth: Starts soft, then a bitter explosion, bitter, vegetal. Hard. Lemon.
The final is harsh too, vegetal, then, sea air, peat?, bitter.
The nose was promissing, but not the rest.
80/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Lemichtral
Nose: grapefruit, light acidity and just smoke (discrete) and alcohol.
Taste: on alcohol, pepper and tar. Too medicinal for my taste!
Final: still on alcohol and tobacco

79/100
WDTS2011-01
Comment by Savoureur
Appearance: light yellow
Nose: low intensity, alcohol fairly well integrated, veil of smoke, malty sweetness, red fruits
Taste: moderate intensity, chili, smoky, dry
Finish: short to medium
Conclusion: Basic whisky, the chili catch gives a distinctive personality. Personally I do not like this flavor in whisky, others will love it
74/100

Caol-Ila

Best Casks of Scotland 1979

Collection
Best casks of Scotland (Carafe)
Age
26 ans
Taux d'alcool
46,0 %
Embouteilleur
Jean Boyer
Dates
Distill: 1979 Embout: 08-2008
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Forum 88/100
Caol Ila 1979 BCS
Personal Comment
The nose reveals both peaty and spicy (pepper) notes. Both dominants are perfectly balanced and make a very coherent whole. Some stealthy fruit hints appear as well. The mouth is first peaty, dry peat developing on more smoothness. A nice complexity with tastes developing from peat to fruit (apple, banana?) through nice and refined woody notes. Very nice balance between bitterness and freshness. A lingering long finish, very pleasant.
84/100

Caol-Ila

Charity bottle for the Japanese tsunami & earthquake victims

Age
11 years
Alcohol percentage
59,3 %
Bottler
Scotch Single Malt Circle
Cask number
single cask 303383
Dates
Distil: 22.02.1999 Bottling: 27.01.2011
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 86/100
Caol Ila Japan tsunami
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Twenty Seven

Collection
W&M Collector's Edition
Age
27 years
Alcohol percentage
53,2 %
Bottler
Wilson & Morgan
Cask number
single cask 2932
Dates
Distil: 1983 Bottling: 2011
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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89/100
Caol Ila 27 Wilson & Morgan
Personal Comment

Color: Gold
The nose is very subtle though a slight discomfort caused by the presence of alcohol is undeniable. A pretty oily peat, a little butter and a dominant discretion characterizes the nose which, without being very complex, is nonetheless particularly balanced.
On the palate, this whisky is a bit more complex and powerful. After a slightly acid first impression, mouth quickly returns to the peat. While not complex, the mouth is very subtle and perfectly balanced. The heat of the mouth is really nice. Just happiness.
The finish is long, warm and pleasantly marked by peat with distant chocolaty recollections.
89/100


Caol-Ila

Dunes an Oir

Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
55,6 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Banyuls finish
Cask number
single cask 15036
Dates
Distil: 2000 Bottling: 2015
Bottle
36 of 245 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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0/100
Caol Ila Dunes an Oir
Personal Comment

Caol Ila:samples

Caol-Ila

Taste Still 1979

Collection
Taste Still Selection
Age
26 years
Alcohol percentage
57,4 %
Bottler
Taste Still
Cask
Refill sherry hogshead
Cask number
single cask 2796
Dates
Distil: 1979 Bottling: 2006
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 89/100
Caol Ila 1979 Taste Still
Personal Comment
The first nose is very medicinal, a bit unusual for a Caol Ila. But very soon fruity smells develope giving it a nice freshness on a background of peaty smoke. The nose is a bit tingling. In the palate, the first thing one denote si a delicate peaty smoke, followed by woody hints and it further developes on chocolate notes. A very nicely complex mouth. The lingering finish is somewhere beteen the malt and the chocolate, with a slight bitterness, nutty hints. A very high level bottle.
88/100

Caol-Ila

Best Casks of Scotland 2000

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Dates
Distil: 2000
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84/100
Personal Comment
The nose is quite a traditional Caol Ila nose, smoke and dry peat, some iodine and discrete fruity hints. In the palate, the whisky seems first to be too weak, but it is remarkably complex, with nice contrasts between slightly acid notes and some more baically peated ones. After a while, no regrets anymore, because it is so rich in surprises and contrasts. The finish simply prolongs the mouth, long and warm, with a slight acid domination, while the mouth was more marked by the peat. This is a very nice Caol Ila bottling.
84/100
The nose is clearly spicy (pepper) and slightly medicinal (touch of ether). Peat and smoke, but none of them really dominating. A kind of freshness and hints of hay. The whole marrying harmoniously. In the palate, peat and smoke try unsuccessfully to hide the nice slightly fruity hints while a clear presence of alcohol is obvious without being hindering. The finish is long and extremely pleasant, marked by the memory of the smoke and clear bitter hints. Wood and gentian. Impressive finish.
84/100

Caol-Ila

Best Casks of Scotland 1983

Collection
Best casks of Scotland
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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87/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Single Malts of Scotland, 15 years

Collection
The Single Malts of Scotland
Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
58,8 %
Bottler
Specialty Drinks Ltd
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84/100
Personal Comment
A typical Caol Ila nose. Plenty of nice oily peat hiding a veil of smoke. The sea is nearby, sea spray and seaweed smells. Salt, iodine, peat and smoke. Enough to make the Islay amateur happy. Nice classical nose. No default at all in the palate. Nice fruity notes keep the peat company. Besides the fruits (apple, citrus, exotic fruits) interesting bitter hints, a light woody touch contributes to the happiness of drinking this whisky.
A flawless mouth but a surpriseless mouth too. Nice classical mouth. The finish prolongs exactly the feelings of the mouth and the nose, with however very nice development on the peat which becomes first spicy and then expresses clear citrus notes,
A finish full of surprises, much more interesting than the mouth or nose were. Lingering and warm. Very nice finish, much less classical than mouth and nose. Very nice bottle.
84/100

Caol-Ila

Single Malts of Scotland, 9 years

Collection
The Single Malts of Scotland
Age
9 years
Alcohol percentage
60,7 %
Bottler
Specialty Drinks Ltd
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84/100
Personal Comment
A very nice nose where coffee aromas develop behind peat smells and wet hay notes. Toasted bread and smoke, rubber and farmy hints. Quite impressive.
The palate is rather complex and the same components which were so characteristic at the nosing are present here too, especially this intense impression of smoke mixed to coffee hints.
The finish is exceptionally long and warm, prolonging perfectly the mouth, even amplifying some aspects of the palate.
84/100

Caol-Ila

8 years, unpeated (2007)

Age
8 years
Alcohol percentage
64,9 %
Bottler
Official
Bottle
0 of 0 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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0/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Dun Eideann, Chateau La Nerthe

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
42,0 %
Bottler
Dun Eideann
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74/100
Personal Comment
The first nose is typically a Caol Ila nose, Smoke, peat and stable with wet hay. The wet impression improves with the time. Very pleasant nose, even if it is a bit monotonous. Anyway, it is far from being discrete.
In the palate, the enthusiasm is half-hearted. as the whisky gives the impression of a mix of coffee and red wine.. I did not try this before, but I imagine that it would have a taste close to this Caol Ila. Looks like a mess... A good whisky mixed with a good wine does not necessarily produce a good whisky finish...
The finish is short and a bit strange. Seems to be made of slightly acid red wine hints mixed with some alcohol.
The nose was great, but mouth and nose are clearly deceiving.
74/100

Caol-Ila

Dun Eideann, 1995 Oloroso

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
42,0 %
Bottler
Dun Eideann
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70/100
Personal Comment
A peaty nose and hints of smoke, the whole being rather discrete. We are far from the usual presence of a Caol Ila. The mouth is clearly deceiving, with that impression of peat dipped in a kind of acid solution, made from citrus fruit and vinegar. The peat impression survives as best it can, but the general feeling in the mouth is some tasteless acidity. The finish is quite inexistant, on the same acid tones as the mouth was.
70/100

Caol-Ila

Golden Cask 1996

Collection
Golden Cask
Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
58,5 %
Bottler
John McDougall
Cask number
single cask 6481
Dates
Distil: 1996
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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79/100
Personal Comment
A very nice nose, very typical of the distillery: plenty of peat and smoke . The sea is not far away neither. Right now, a great classic.
In the palate, the traditional warmth of a Caol Ila with its smoky and peaty notes and some fresh citrus notes above. Not an exceptional complexity, but quite a good whisky anyway.
The finish is very long, with still this mix of smoke, peat and sea spray in the mind. Unfortunately, alcohol remains dominant during the whole tasting. This whisky deserves some drops of water, and probably another tasting.
79/100

Caol-Ila

Caol Ila 1996

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Alc-hem-ist
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84/100
Personal Comment
The nose is clearly marked by a smell of oily peat and some sea hints.
In the palate, a nice smoke and a beautiful variation on one unique theme: peat., even though rather discrete. Despite a kind of monotony, this mouth remains rather complex. Pleasant and smooth.
The finish is rather long and remains on the same register as nose and mouth, which gives it quite a smooth character.
84/100

Caol-Ila

"Le puits à whisky"

Age
9 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
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0/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1983-2009

Collection
The Perfect Dram
Age
26 years
Alcohol percentage
55,3 %
Bottler
The Whisky Agency
Cask
refill sherry
Dates
Distil: 1983 Bottling: 2009
Bottle
240 btls
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Forum 86/100
Personal Comment
Colour: Old gold
The nose is quite aggressive and tingling probably due to alcohol are quite annoying. A mixture of unobtrusive peat and acid notes characterized that nose. Fortunately tingling disappeared after several minutes of aeration.
After a first impression in the perfect extension of the nose, things are improving in the mouth. A nice complexity surfaced and peat, strangely discrete at the nose, appear with just enough chocolate and bitterness and mingle with acid hints . The taste is more pleasant than was the nose, but we are not dealing here with a very great whisky.
The finish is relatively short and the pleasure of the mouth does not extend very long.
This tasting was not done blind.
81/100

Caol-Ila

10 years

Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
62,6 %
Bottler
Kintra
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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69/100
Personal Comment

Colour: Straw
A fairly aggressive nose dominated by ... alcohol. Some peat, but also a great discretion if we except the inconvenience caused by alcohol.
The mouth is also very aggressive. One feels the presence of peat, but a clear impression of "too young" dominates the tasting. This is a whisky that would have gained much to stay a few more years in cask. One can hardly help thinking of a "new make" that has slightly evolved in the cask. This whisky is certainly still far too immature and unnecessarily aggressive.
Here is a whisky that would certainly not have been bottled.
Avoid it.
69/100


Caol-Ila

1981, Bourbon hogshead

Age
30 years
Alcohol percentage
52,9 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 11009
Dates
Distil: 05/1981 Bottling: 08/2011
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85/100
Caol Ila 1981 MOS
Personal Comment

Color: Gold
Quite an unusual discrete nose for a Caol Ila. A distant peat and some fruity notes complemented by pepper and spices. The nose is surprisingly fresh ...
On the palate, peat is more prevalent, subtle and balanced. I am not used to such a subtlety with Caol Ila. Tje more the whisky remains in the mouth, the more it reveals its charms. A perfect balance, always in the framework of discretion and without complexity, but this whisky gives great pleasure.
The finish is long and warm. Mainly dominated by notes of chocolate milk, it prolongs perfectly the mouth. It also contrasts so much with the nose was extremely discreet.
85/100


Caol-Ila

Distilled 1998, Limited edition

Collection
Barrel Selection
Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
48 %
Bottler
Wilson & Morgan
Dates
Distil: 1998 Bottling: 2010
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87/100
Caol Ila 1998 WM
Personal Comment

Colour: Straw
A very present peat that will not squish the nose. Beyond the peat, fine notes of smoke, barbecue. The nose is very fresh despite an otherwise nice bitterness (cigar box).
The first impression in the palate is that of a fairly big freshness. A mixture of peat and citrus. The mouth is very pleasant without being overly complex. Spices compliment this amazing mouth freshness.
The final also plays in the register of freshness. All impressions of the mouth meet there. The finish is long and very pleasant.
87/100


Caol-Ila

Thirty

Collection
W&M Collector's Edition
Age
30 years
Alcohol percentage
58,8 %
Bottler
Wilson & Morgan
Cask number
single cask 4688
Dates
Distil: 1980 Bottling: 2011
Bottle
66 of 196 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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92/100
Caol Ila 30 WM
Personal Comment

Colour: Old gold
The nose is first of all marked by an intense smoke that commands attention. Citrus fruits are not missing either. A lovely combination of both gives us a very balanced and complex whisky.
Peat appears a little later and is relatively unobtrusive in front of the smoke and citrus notes.
On the palate, we find the same mix of smoke, citrus and to a lesser degree of peat. A mouth at once spectacular and extremely enjoyable.
The finish is very long and hot. The same impressions in the mouth and nose: smoke, citrus, sod, balance and complexity.
92/100


Caol-Ila

30 years old, 1983/2013

Collection
Barrel Selection
Age
30 years
Alcohol percentage
57,5 %
Bottler
Wilson & Morgan
Cask number
single cask 1096
Dates
Distil: 1983 Bottling: 2013
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Forum 87/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1993, Sherry Hogshead

Age
19 years
Alcohol percentage
56,1 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Sherry Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 12037
Dates
Distil: 03/1993 Bottling: 06/2012
Bottle
225 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Personal Comment

Color: Gold
The first nose is distinctly peaty with quite warm farm hints. Peat a well integrated, but isolated. Besides the pleasant odor of peatthis whisky does not seem to offer other scents.
A first impression in the mouth of pleasantly peaty, with a hint of smoke and a touch of chocolate. The mouth is free from defects but no originality of its kind. A typical nose of a good peaty whisky.
The finish is relatively short, and here also the memory of peat ...
88/100


Caol-Ila

1999, Gordon & MacPhail for Asta Morris

Collection
Exclusive
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
50 %
Bottler
Asta Morris
Cask
Refill sherry hogshead
Cask number
single cask 305341
Dates
Distil: 08-1999 Bottling: 2012
Bottle
350 btls
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88/100
Caol Ila Asta Morris 99
Personal Comment

Color: Gold
At first oily peat. Peat, however, does not fully crush citrus and ripe fruit. No aggression.
Quite an amazing first impression. The mouth is very acidic peat at first contact. The nose shows ripe citrus and lot of freshness.
Once past this first impression, this mouth is pleasantly complex. Peat, lemon, a little iodine.
In the final, the acidity disappears again up to the pleasant oily peat like at the nose. The finish is long and warm, which contrasts fairly with the mouth.
88/100


Caol-Ila

18 years

Collection
Barrel Selection, Cask Strength
Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
57,5 %
Bottler
Wilson & Morgan
Cask
Sherry
Cask number
single cask 10027
Dates
Distil: 1995 Bottling: 2013
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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WDTS2013-05 87/100
Caol Ila 18 WM
Personal Comment
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Whiskywardrobe
“A delicious dram! It looks old and with a great taste on the peated side of life”
This dram has a copper-like color.

Nose (92): (5)more than average. peat, wood, spices, honey, earth, citrus, vanilla.

Taste (92): powerful, oily. peat, wood, citrus, spices, honey, earth, cocoa. Maybe a Caol Ila?

Finish (91): (5)longer than average. peat, wood, cocoa.

92/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Jeep
Nose: The nose is powerful. Gunpowder, notes of wine (grape juice), others slightly toasted and also dried meat smoke notes. It teases but I also find a strange acidit smell.
Taste: Powerful too. Many spices including pepper. Chili pepper too, is amazing. The wood is very presentbut it's still very pleasant, notes or rubber or oil ... chocolate, yet dried meat and smoke.
Finish: Very long on chocolate, ash and smoke.
Conclusion: Really good, complex, powerful and yet, to my taste, I think it lacks a little something to make it huge. Needs a review.
90/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Dekyriel
Color: Caramel
Nose: The nose has mesmerized me for a long time because of its complexity. Markers of a good sherry peat. Smoked fresh caramelized toast, butter, farmer, blood orange, fresh grass notes of mandarin, raspberry. This is great.
Mouth Oufff it is salty. Tangy, earthy, woody, minty, again, it is very iodized. Rubber. Raspberry brandy.
Final: Exotic its spices (ginger), pastry (dough freshly pulled), herbal (green tea), marine and farm again.

Comment: Very nice complex nose, I think of an old whiskey here. His mouth is extreme and will not please everyone. Personally, I loved it.
90/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Wiski
Color: Deep Amber.
Nose: On the toasted bread, grilled, blackened the barrel, but has a very fine peat and complex. Very barbecue meat with these notes (meat over a wood fire) and greedy with the caramel with salted butter. Opens slowly on floor polish notes (parquet varnish) and smoke grows (fire). Grows on old softwood.
Palate: sweet on the caramel, cream, coffee and bitter cocoa, nuts, charcoal, soot, licorice. Very rich. Quite tannic (the sherry? Or port? ... Or Rioja!) Offsetting a complex and fine peat.
90/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Corbuso
Colour: Old gold
Nose: Smoky, round, maritime, aromatic, peaty, with some seabreeze, camphor and bandage.
Taste: Oaky, round, peaty, smoky, maritime, salty, on seaweeds, some tar, camphor, iodine, wood spices, some citrus and light farmy notes. The finish is long to very long, on tobacco smoke and quid, peat, seaweeds, TCP, creosote, tar, some ashes and farmy notes, with a twist of lemon, oak extracts and some vanilla
Impression: A very good, balanced and rather peaty whisky, probably from Kildalton?

90/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Mathieutaz13
Nose: Very expressive and complex with iodine , menthol and a hint of wood glue mixed with a delicate peat and softer notes of honey and dates.
The complexity is there, alcohol is well integrated. Brief pleasure is immediate !
With aeration we have the cold smoke ( a smell of stale ashtray filled the room ! ), licorice and some maritime freshness emerges .
It really is a nose that makes you want to go on!

Palate: It is more powerful than the nose lets seem!
The attack is smooth with notes of sweet (maybe a little plum ) and peat rapidly invades the palate followed by a big wave of spices such as white pepper and nutmeg.
The minty sensation returns to finish and brings a bit of freshness.
The finish is long and complex one hand on the scorched earth and cold smoke seems to rise from the bottom of our throat and just revive spice mid-palate to finish with a touch of bitterness (nuts ? ) .
With a little water becomes more accurate the final and recalls licorice sticks and blond tobacco.

Conclusion : It is powerful but controlled, complex but not too cerebral brief excellent whisky !
89/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Applecross
Nose: Peat, sherry nose, burnt sugar, expresso, cereals, roasted nuts

Palate: Sweet and creamy, roasted coffee beans, oak
Complex and well balanced taste

Finish: Long and peaty finish, again with brown sugar, a hint of salt and sea breathe

Very nice Whisky, I think I should buy a bottle.

89/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Kundalini
Nose: intense smoke
Mouth: sweet palate, very smoky, complex, oily
Finish: long, warm

89/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Jmputz
Color: Old Gold
Oily peat seems to dominate the nose that fortunately has other smells in addition. Smoke, hints of firecracker and even some discrete fruits hidden behind it.
The first impression is surprisingly sweet, but soon appears the warmth of the alcohol at the same time that some unexpected bitterness before ending in triumph on peat. A fairly complex palate, although ultimately it is the peat that was the first impression of the nose that dominates without surprise.
A pleasantly long finish, with a mixture of peat and a slightly acidic bitterness.
88/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Savoureur
appearance: Riesling
nose: medium to strong intensity, well integrated alcohol, old ashtray, smoked ham, marine, cloves, dry oloroso sherry, not really complex but very pleasant
taste: medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, a pleasing mix of classic peaty / sherry
finish: medium

87/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de RX21
Color: Copper
Nose: stewed fruits (peaches and apricots)
Mouth: Old ron demarara, wood, dried raisin, overriped melon, hazelnuts
Finish: On dried fruits

87/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Singlemalt71
Nose: Dry, smoky fruit tones, aromas of flint and wet autumn leaves. More peated tones and some tar after a while.

Taste: A combination of some sourishness and sweetness. Also characteristics of smokiness and some bitterness as well.

Finish: Gentle, long and spicy.

86/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Loic43
Nose: mineral, smoky, cold ashes, peaty, slightly citrus (orange peel), dried fruits.

Palate: The smoke is clearly dominant, citrus and nuts are setback. A nice fruity finally speak. The acool is quite present and the addition of water does not change it, furthermore it shows a rather unpleasant astringency. Poor swimmer!

Finish: medium length, on peat, with a slight bitterness in the end all.

Comment: For peat lovers.

86/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Samhain
Colour: dark orange.
Nose: light smokiness, red fruits afterwards.
Palate: peat, red fruits, ham, later and with some water chocolate comes up.
Finish: long and peaty.

Overall: very interesting malt, nice to play with water.

85/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Jbrice
Nose: Quite closed. Takes a long time to express itself . That being said, after about fifteen minutes , quite discrete aging in sherry aromas appear. I almost feel smellin old Banyuls rather than whisky. The second nose has more spices and nuts (almonds, walnuts ) . It also has a slight "fragrant" and floral side , I almost feel a little violet and lavender. Peat comes after a while but dominates the nose over time .

Palate: The palate does not surprise me , it is powerful , woody, slightly oily , typical of a cask . Many spices . Surely some peat too.

Finish: very long with spicy , floral and peaty hints .

Comments: A very special whisky profile. Is it a complete aging sherry or finish ? I 'm not necessarily amateur although admitting it is easily drink. Was I wrong in my comprension of the peat ? In any case, it is atypical. Is this a young Ledaig ? A Highland Park? A Bunnahabhain ? A Campbeltown ? Hard to say ...
84/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Dagde
Nose: The aromas are quite powerful. A sweet medicinal peat (smokeless), orange caramel, malt and some nice notes of olives (tapenade). De facto, it gets a little salty. By wave come marshmallows that breaks a little harmony. Nevertheless, it is rather tempting when almonds join the party. A pretty greedy but not too ostentatious nose. Water adds pear vanilla notes.

Palate: This is bold with a medicinal peat, a little meat (light), artificial sugar (it is less nics), vanilla and dark chocolate (little). Damage sugar is too far. This makes the mouth a little too aggressive and obsequious . Adding water does not fundamentally change the situation and does not rebalance the whole.

Final: Peat lasts long with a sweet balance without compensation chocolate. The aftertaste returns to the orange and chocolate, coffee and a hint of olive .

Comment: A whisky that pays its punchy peat-sugar combo . It quickly becomes overwhelming and when you leave the nose, there are more than offset the abrasive component. One can appreciate the texture and long finish but it lacks a bit of peripheral flavors. The aftertaste gives it the right way (especially olive notes) .
82/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de ALouis
Color: Amber
Nose: fine and elegant, see shy.
dried fruit, spices, a little polish, chocolate and vinous notes.
Some marine notes in the background.
Mouth mouth pretty shy too.
Some fruit, slightly bitter, chocolate and spices.
A very discrete peat (too) in the finish
Final: average.
82/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Flonews
color: dark with orange reflections

Nose : powerful, moving on smoke then lets go exotic notes. Alcohol quite present . Adding water scares the exotic nose first to reveal more farm notes . The new profile can alienate... my wife separates from the tasting !

mouth explosive attack without dilution is bitter , woody and destructive. Highly water and aeration ! After a few adjustments, it is finally available but reveals nothing greedy. The beverage is salted, smoked and very herbaceous with an astringent wooded back . Evolution is pretty well controlled but you really forget the promises exotic nose before dilution. Tar eventually settled dipping drink in a little more bitterness .

final : The musky bitter nose extends the final moves on a good length. Not against , we must appreciate this kind of fragrances that it becomes a fatal flaw !

The nose , although smoked , suggests something more greedy. The mouth is inaccessible to me without dilution , but the addition of water completely erases the first profile . Remains a whisky with a clear identity but rather off-putting . While the mouth is between the farmer and marine atmosphere, the nose does not soften with time . It is powerful but frankly turns into bitterness and hay soaked . In conclusion, a whiskey with a strong personality that makes no concessions . To keep for a stormy day !
81/100
WDTS2013-05
Commentaire de Jean-Michel
Colour: Polished mahogany
Nose: A great dry hot sherried peaty nose, with a slight winey note. Not really sophisticated, but quite efficient!
Mouth: Wild peat leads the dance. The kind of gamy peat I do enjoy. Very big and bold. Mouth invading. Unfortunately, gets quite sugary after a while, almost cloying. Reminds me of some kind of Tokaji finished Longrow.
Finish: long, heavy and sticky.
Comment: First nose was quite thrilling, with this big wild peat, but quickly loses of its relevance one the sugary side takes the lead. Too bad...

80/100

Caol-Ila

Images of Islay, Port Askaig

Collection
Images
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
53,2 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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88/100
Personal Comment
Color: Gold
The nose offers a nice pretty vegetable fat peat, typical of this distillery located in Port Askaig. There is no doubt about the source of this whisky. A very pleasant nose although sometimes a bit monolithic, leaving little room for anything other than that pretty peat.
The first mouth is more aggressive than the nose implied. More complex too. Alcohol is very present and some acidity predominates, though leaving a beautiful place this mixture of peat and vegetal acidity.
A long, warm finish marked both by the typical peat and acid notes of the mouth.
88/100

Caol Ila: not in collection

Caol-Ila

Caol Ila 20 years

Age
20 years
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Natural Color
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65/100
Caol Ila Natural color
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Mackillop
links & average quote
65/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Straight from the Cask 1994

Collection
Straight from the Cask
Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
61,3 %
Bottler
Signatory
Dates
Distil: 1994
links & average quote
88/100
Caol Ila straight from the cask
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Chieftain's Choice 12 years

Collection
Chieftain's Choice
Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Ian McLeod
Cask
Hogshead
Dates
Distil: 1993 Bottling: 2005
Bottle
1146 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered (casks 9144-9146)
links & average quote
81/100
Caol Ila 12
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Chieftain's Choice 10 years

Collection
Chieftain's Choice
Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Ian McLeod
Cask
Hogshead
Bottle
1320 btls
Particularity
(casks 745-747)
links & average quote
79/100
Caol Ila 10
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Very Cloudy 7 years

Collection
Very Cloudy
Age
7 years
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Signatory
Dates
Distil: 1998 Bottling: 2006
links & average quote
84/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1994 Bourbon-Mourvèdre-Syrah

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Murray McDavid
Dates
Distil: 1994
links & average quote
82/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1990

Age
13 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Wlson & Morgan
links & average quote
85/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Caol Ila 1982/2008 for La Maison du Whisky

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
55,4 %
Bottler
Berry Bros and Rudd
Cask number
single cask 756
Dates
Distil: 1982 Bottling: 2008
links & average quote
90/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

13 years

Age
13 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Cadenhead
Dates
Distil: 1997-2008
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88/100
Caol Ila Cadenhead
Personal Comment
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour: Riesling
Nose: The first impression is very surprising fruity one: Pome, quince, pears, obstler. Backed by a very nifty peat smoke, a great and very complex Caol Ila announces itself. Later there is dark cocoa powder and soft hints of honey. Soft burning embers. Not a bit chemical but peaty for sure. This nose is making it a great pleasure to wait and same time look forward the first sip.
Taste: Yessss! This is the perfect balance between peat-reek, barley, fruits (getting weaker here on the palate) and a very complex sweetness (brown sugar, glucose). The 46% seem to be the perfect strength here, there is no need to add water and also no wish for more strength (says I, who usually prefer cask strength bottlings...).
Finish: Here now the sweetness delivers a ver! y entertaining wrestling match with an upcoming wooden bitterness which finally gets the upper hand.
Conc.: A perfect Caol Ila. There is no more to say.
Date: Nov/26/2008
Price in Germany: ca 49,00 Euro
88/100

Caol-Ila

12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
50 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Cask
sherry wood
links & average quote
90/100
Personal Comment
Date of tasting: 27/3 2009 (SWS tasting)
Apperance: New Gold
Nose: Peaty with some burnt twigs. Pretty spirity with a little acetone. Pine forest, burnt wood. With water some cigarrette butt emerges.
Palate: Remarkably sweet. Roasted seeds which remains all the way through. Well balanced and over all very good. Drier the second time. Some cigarette butt in the diluted finish as well.
90/100

Caol-Ila

Coiltean 1984

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
45 %
Bottler
Samaroli
Dates
Distil: 1984 Bottling: 05-2007
links & average quote
95/100
Personal Comment
Comment by Johan Brugge
Colour: dark gold

Nose: Peat, some smoke, medicinal and yet somewhat sweeter than the average Islay whisky. I notice in the background some citrus notes like orange peels and fresh hay. With some water it becomes more open. It's like standing on the beach with a nice breeze. I can sniff this for hours. The citrus notes are a bit more pronounced but not overwhelming. Everything is in perfect balance.

Palate: More peat and smoke but it's not over the top. Some wood, which makes me think of licorice and a hint of vanilla. It's an oil-like whisky which sticks to your mouth. Lovely complexity. It makes me think of a very peated Longrow. Can't be bad. With some water it's a tad sweeter. I prefer it neat. It remains in perfect balance.

Finish: Long. A bit softer than the 'heavy hitters' like Ardbeg or Laphroaig. A little bit of saltiness stays on the lips. After a few minutes I can still taste some wood like the Laphroaig QC.

Comments: A real stunner. I'm glad I openend this bottle. Now I don't have to wonder how this one would taste. A big 95/100!!
95/100



Caol-Ila

Adelphi 23 years

Age
23 years
Alcohol percentage
57,3 %
Bottler
Adelphi
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links & average quote
BT2008 0/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1982

Age
26 years
Alcohol percentage
54,8 %
Bottler
Berry Bros and Rudd
Cask number
single cask 6502
links & average quote
BT2009 0/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

aged 29 years, cask 4939

Age
29 years
Alcohol percentage
55,1 %
Bottler
Bladnoch forum bottlings
Dates
Distil: 1980 Bottling: 2009
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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links & average quote
88/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

8 years "Unpeated Style" (2008)

Age
8 years
Alcohol percentage
64,2 %
Bottler
Official
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
links & average quote
85/100
Caol Ila 8 years 2008
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1979-2010

Collection
Berry's Own Selection
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
55,6 %
Bottler
Berry Bros and Rudd
Cask number
single cask 4604-4605
Dates
Distil: 1979 Bottling: 2010
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
links & average quote
Forum 90/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Moch

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
Forum 88/100
Caol Ila Moch
Personal Comment
Comment by Johannes_Sauer
Colour: White Wine, Riesling (Colour added).
Nose: Fresh peat together with citrus fruits. Very enjoyable and easy notes of leather polish and sea driftwood on the beach.
Taste: The peat takes a very good step foward. Strong but not overwhelming. Still this beautiful mix of sea air, grapefruits and suede leather in the back. Not as easy as the nose, but very delicate and enjoyable.
Finish: Prickly and very well peppered, still mingling between fruits and smoke.
Conclusion: It’s this beautiful easiness together with nifty peatsmoke which separates most Caol Ilas from other Islay whiskies.
Date: 28. February 2011
Price in Germany: 33 Euro

89/100

Caol-Ila

Un-chillfiltered Collection 1999

Collection
Un-chillfiltered Collection
Age
10 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Signatory
Dates
Distil: 22-11-1999 Bottling: 03-06-2010
Particularity
Non chillfiltered (casks 3/11082+83)
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links & average quote
81/100
Caol Ila Signatory ucf 1999
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Distillers edition 1996

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Moscatel sherry finish
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links & average quote
84/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

27 years, Battlehill

Collection
Battlehill
Age
27 years
Alcohol percentage
52,7 %
Bottler
Duncan Taylor
Dates
Distil: 1983 Bottling: 2011
Bottle
6 of 18 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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links & average quote
88/100
Caol Ila Battlehill 27
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1999-2011

Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
43 %
Bottler
Signatory
Dates
Distil: 1999 Bottling: 2011
Particularity
(casks 3100476+77)
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
80/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Aged 25 years, Cask 4806

Age
25 years
Alcohol percentage
52,7 %
Bottler
Bladnoch forum bottlings
Cask
Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 4806
Dates
Distil: 12-10-1983 Bottling: 9-2-2009
Bottle
262 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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links & average quote
84/100
Caol Ila Bladnoch forum 25 years
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1981-2011

Age
30 years
Alcohol percentage
59,2 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
ex-bourbon hogshead
Cask number
single cask 11009
Dates
Distil: 1981 Bottling: 2-11
Bottle
117 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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91/100
Personal Comment
Nose: Immediately very pleasant, subtle peat influences, sparkling, fresh, but also sweet as licorice. In the nose are all wood influences noticeable characteristic of an older whisky. Overall a wonderful nose.
Taste: Delicious strong, warm with a subtle sweetness and soft peat tones. This all nicely balanced
Finish: Very long...The subtle peat influences remain present long.
91/100

Caol-Ila

1979, Bourbon Hogshead

Age
33 years
Alcohol percentage
52,3 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 12022
Dates
Distil: 03/1979 Bottling: 04/2012
Bottle
37 of 280 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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WDTS2012-08 89/100
Caol Ila 1979 mos
Personal Comment
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Jean-Michel
Colour: Ripe corn
Nose: Now we’re talking! Starts on a whiff of diesel oil before opening up on a peculiar mix of peat and cooked vegetables. And very ripe prunes. Rotting prunes? And a heavy cheesy note as well. I like this profile, very farmy and very complexe at the same time. Seems really strange, but this is soooo entertaining! Actually, there’s nothing closer to this than a 30yo Brora.
Mouth: Oh yes! This is farmy indeed! I just went through the farm yard through the hens for a little walk in the cow stable, eating a 36 months old piece of old Salers cheese. Balance is great, alcohol (53% ?) is perfectly hidden, wood remains discreet (no bitterness, not overwhelmed by soft spices). Great stuff.
Finish: Long, endless, cheesy, sappy, great.
Comment: OK, you got it, I deeply loved this one. And if you tell me this is no old Brora but another 1992 Ardmore, all I will answer is that this distillery has moved one step further and time has come to store as many bottles as you can. Anyway, a second great Christmas present from our favourite sponsor (well, one of them !).

95/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Savoureur
appearance: yellow straw
nose: medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, sea air, fresh fish and shellfish, peat, light smoke, farmy (cows manure with straw), white fruits, flavors are well melted
taste: medium to strongintensity, well integrated alcohol, hot pepper, taste in line with the nose with smoke in the foreground, then the farmy flavors followed by the other flavors
finish: medium to long
Conclusion: A nice peaty and farmy whisky enhanced by other flavors, well melted and linear flavors on nose and taste

92/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by ALouis
Color: Gold
Nose: Some light and elegant notes of rancio, ripe bananas, spices, some citrus and a bit of smoke in the background.
Very nice balance between tertiary notes and fresher fruit ones.
Taste: Very complex, ranging from spices, vinous notes, fresh fruit and a lot of spice.
It has a slight peat bottom, a little chocolate and beautiful floral notes.
Finish: long and fruity notes of smoke.
91/100
WDTS2012-08
Commentaire de Dagde
Nose: The milk strikes first. Vegetal smoke appears with a little lemon juice, pepper and a little iodine. It is accompanied by hazelnut and malt. There is also a bit of fresh litchi in the background. A really nice nose, both smooth and accurate.
Taste: A very fine peat (marine and ash) that grows progressively as the mouth accompanied by a fat donut (middle), lemon and chocolate spicy (pepper). A very well balanced mouth happens to retain flavor.
Finale: In the line of the mouth with a comeback chocolate and chilli. Great length that keeps all the ingredients, leaving the salted comes and goes.

Comment: A peaty marine whisky finding a nice balance when lightly sprayed with water. Yet this lack of flavor when it came to really convince in the mouth. The final is more convincing, revealing underlying flavors.
91/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Sebou007
Color: Gold
Nose: It starts with superb ashy and lemony notes at the same time. This is coastal, but not only. We have roasted almonds, a little licorice, but not too much, a little peat. Some complexity, with a beautiful blend peat / lime. A slight meaty side (sherry?). A slight astringency, but that adds to the complexity. A little vanilla, white pepper. We finally passes on exotic notes (passion fruit).
Palate: This is again very nice, on peppery notes, smoke cream. It is sharp, alive, with notes of lemon and exotic fruits. Smoke, ash, peat. Very nice combo. Finally, some wood that gives just a little perspective. Finally, a little vanilla and pepper, which could make the whole sickening at high dose.
Finish: Long, on exotic fruits, wood and smoke.

Conclusion: An excellent and complex whisky, which focuses both on the exotic side and on the peaty / smoky one. A great power and a great depth.

91/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Dede
Color: Gold
Nose: Interesting. We are not here on a sexy bomb type fruity whisky / vanilla. Was jumble of plastic (like new car inside), the apple a little chard, iodine and sea spray, Velleda felt a little too vanilla and a hint of peat cutting. Everything is melted, and changes only very little.
Palate: On the palate the complexity of the nose, with a nice bitter green, well controlled, tangy notes of citrus, malt, white pepper, iodine and salt, mineral (limestone), of green apple and still this aspect a little chemical (plastic?) and a tad thin peat. The texture has just the fat needed to be comfortable while maintaining a certain nervousness in the mouth, the strength is perfect.
Finish: Quite long but relatively intense, it is dominated by mineral and citrus. There is also a little iodine and green apple.

Conclusion: An excellent malt, nice complexity to coastal whisky lovers.
91/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Borg
Color: pale gold
Nose: Peat, fruit, sweet alcohol.... very nice
Taste: Alcohol boost, peat and sweet, than dryness and malt. Very nice and balanced peat
After: medium dry malt and oak with again balanced peat.

This is great!

90/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Malt1972
Colour: old gold
Nosing: leather and shoe polish, like stepping into a shoe repair shop! Lots of earthy notes. Slightly rubbery and some peat.
Tasting: now much more smoke than the nose. Tobacco and citrus notes intermingle very well. Leather again, you can't miss that in this dram.
Finish: long with smoky and tobacco flavours.

Comment: a very nice whisky; mellow, rich and balanced. I particularly like the nose.

90/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Alexandre
The nose, dominated by peat, is powerful, fresh and chopped. There is a lot of cold ashes, sap of pine, a little leather and smoke. It really is very fresh, almost cold. Complex aromas and well integrated aeration brings out even more the smoke smell. Water makes it deeper. Very good work.
Mouth attacked by a great tip of coffee before a wave of peat very fresh again, which dominates all the other flavors that can be found, namely, dark chocolate and a little farm. It also has cold ashes. Aeration reveals citrus (lemon) and water a little dark chocolate. This is again very complex and integrated.
The finish is peaty, but on a more earthy peat. It also has a bit of spice. It is long and on cold ash and smoke.

In conclusion, a very good peated whisky, fresh and chopped

90/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Jmputz
Couleur: Jaune pâle
Le nez est caractérisé par un mélange de fumée et d'agrumes. Une belle tourbe par-dessus le tout. Ce contraste entre la tourbe et les agrumes lui confère une belle complexité. Une légère gêne cependant, due à l'alcool qui est bien présent.
La première impression en bouche est un agréable mélange entre les agrumes et la tourbe, une fusion subtile et parfaitement équilibrée. Du chocolat, du café avec cette pointe d'acidité. La bouche est plus agréable que le nez et ici aucune gène due à l'alcool. Que du plaisir.
La finale est longue et chaude, avec surtout le souvenir d'une belle tourbe. L'acidité des agrumes a disparu.
90/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Singlemalt71
Nose: Delicious and warm tones of peat, citrus, light vanilla and even scents resembling tar.
Taste: Spicy with some sweetness and wood tones.
Finish: Medium to long with a little bit of bitterness.


89/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Jbrice
Nose: there's peat in there! The nose is very interesting I think. Peat is not "classic". Indeed, it seems to me "cool" and very vegetal. I can feel it also earthy. Quite a lot of chlorophyll or menthol (almost medicinal) and green banana. It is strange butthe nose reminds me of my breakfast, namely a bowl of muesli with banana slices and soy milk.
Palate: powerful (alcohol well controlled) and really in the extension of the nose even if a peat smoke dominates the mouth. A bit of astringency in the mouth and earth, but it is not unpleasant to the contrary.
Finish: long on peat smoke and medicinal.

Comments: I almost feel like I have a glass of Laphroaig and I love it!
88/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by RX21
Color: Gold
Nose: Peat, Seawind, Lemon
Mouth: Peat, ashes, bonfire, iodine
Finish: On peat and salt

88/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Whiskywardrobe
Honey, citrus, green apples, floral, ginger, spices.
Nose is quite good but there is something greenish that is really distracting me

87/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Hoke
Colour : Gold
Nose : A lot of smokiness is coming, great some vanilla
Taste :again smokiness all around
Finish : Long and warm

Overall : Very nice balanced Islay

87/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Canis_Lupus
Colour: Straw.
Nose: nose first on the elastic band and pungent, slightly acidic, a little sugar honey. Heady flowers. Wood. Perhaps the resin? Pastry and cereal. Wax also. Elderberry, too. Notes pastry. Note bacon fleeting. Litchi. Some hints farm from time to time.
Water brings a soapy hand.
Palate: Smooth. Found wax, bacon and lots of wood. Slightly fruity.
The water makes the mouth rather commonplace.
Finale: In the line of the mouth.
The water has the same effect on the palate.

Comment: Starts a curious nose, which hops from one subject ot another. Mouth and the finals are a bit more traditional.
86/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Wiski
Colour: Gold
Nose: The nose combines exotic fruit to the fine underlying peat. Grapefruit, citrus (lemon, lime zest), all dry, almost smoky peat. Almost on agave notes that also brings a higher profile medicinally.
Palate: The fruit is intense on exotic fruits in particular (those of the nose, lemon, lime, grapefruit). Menthol notes bring freshness, accompanied by herbaceous notes. Smoke takes over at the end with notes of pepper, toasty wood, fire chimney that grow in power and pungency.
Finale: On the notes of lime smoked dry.
85/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Roblanza
color: wet hay
nose: very 'spirity', floral and sugared fruits, lots of vanilla, hints of bacon
taste: very mild but also 'spirity', lots of flowers and vanilla, little bit salty taste with peppery notes

84/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by Amor57
At first, the peat is clear with clear notes of iodine and salt, but also fresh plaster. The sea takes over while notes of freshly cut wood appear. At aeration, peat decreases and is replaced by spices, bile. The marine character remains. And, far behind, we can distinguish burnt paper, grapefruit and a slight smokiness. In the palate it is sweet and slightly bitter, becoming downright bitter. Difficult to distinguish behind the salt, gypsum and rare citrus. The final which has a beautiful length shows peat, licorice and some rare fruits.
This whisky has not really a profile I like, and is, in addition, not served by a aggressive mouth .
82/100
WDTS2012-08
Comment by TTN
Nose: Nice smoke, bacon accompanied by beautiful citrus notes.
Palate: Lots of peat but also grapefruit and violet. A little metal note .
Finish: rather long, floral and bitter.

I really like the nose, mouth less ...
79/100

Caol-Ila

27 years

Age
27 years
Alcohol percentage
54,5 %
Bottler
QV.ID
Cask
refill sherry cask
Dates
Distil: 1983 Bottling: 2010
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
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Forum 91/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1984-2010 for La maison du Whisky

Collection
BBR for LMDW
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
55,7 %
Bottler
Berry Bros and Rudd
Cask number
single cask 5382
Dates
Distil: 1984 Bottling: 2010
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
BT2012 88/100
Caol Ila BBR lmdw
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Manager's Choice, 1997-2009

Collection
Manager's choice
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
58 %
Bottler
Official
Cask
Bodega Sherry European cask
Cask number
single cask 14185
Dates
Distil: 1997 Bottling: 2009
Bottle
366 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
Forum 94/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Dun Bheagan 15 years

Collection
Dun Bheagan
Age
15 years
Alcohol percentage
50 %
Bottler
Ian McLeod
Dates
Distil: 1993 Bottling: 2008
Particularity
(cask 9147/9148)
links & average quote
Forum 85/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Dun Bheagan 22 years

Collection
Dun Bheagan
Age
22 years
Alcohol percentage
48 %
Bottler
Ian McLeod
Cask
Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 3704/2705
Dates
Distil: 1990 Bottling: 2012
Bottle
593 btls
Particularity
(Hogshead 3704/2705)
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
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Forum 88/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1990 for Vinothek Massen & de Tongerse whiskyvrienden

Age
22 years
Alcohol percentage
52,1 %
Bottler
The Whiskyman
Cask number
single cask 12505
Dates
Distil: 1990 Bottling: 2013
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
Forum 91/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Perfect Dram 26 years

Collection
The Perfect Dram
Age
26 years
Alcohol percentage
55,3 %
Bottler
The Whisky Agency
Cask
refill sherry
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
Forum 86/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1990-2012, Bourbon Hogshead

Age
22 years
Alcohol percentage
55,6 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 12042
Dates
Distil: 1990 Bottling: 2012
Bottle
280 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
89/100
Personal Comment
Commentaire de Loic43
Blind tasting
Nose: smoke, peat, alcohol is well integrated. Followed by white fruits on a background of candied citrus. After a few minutes the nose becomes very greedy. then appears a little something that I've found in young peaty but I can not define.
Mouth: Peat clearly dominates the start, followed by ripe fruit and some floral notes (jasmine, violet), all mixed with a hint of iodine and salt.
Finish: medium length, dominated by peat.

An excellent Islay fine and balanced!

89/100

Caol-Ila

Fourth release, 30 years

Collection
Archive
Age
30 years
Alcohol percentage
51,2 %
Bottler
Whiskybase
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 758
Dates
Distil: 1982 Bottling: 2012
Bottle
207 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
Forum 88/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

12 years

Age
12 years
Alcohol percentage
64,8 %
Bottler
James Mac Arthur
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
82/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Chieftain's Choice 13 years

Collection
Chieftain's Choice
Age
13 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Ian McLeod
Cask
Medoc finish
Dates
Distil: 1996 Bottling: 2009
Particularity
(casks 90301/90317)
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
Forum 83/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Single Malts of Scotland 24 years

Age
24 years
Alcohol percentage
58,2 %
Bottler
Specialty Drinks Ltd
Cask number
single cask 1063
Dates
Distil: 1984 Bottling: 2008
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
Forum 90/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1981

Collection
Sestante Collection
Age
31 years
Alcohol percentage
54,2 %
Bottler
Silver Seal
Cask number
single cask 2930
Dates
Distil: 1981 Bottling: 2012
Bottle
256 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
88/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

30 years, cask #4415

Collection
Berry's Own Selection
Age
30 years
Alcohol percentage
53,3 %
Bottler
Berry Bros and Rudd
Cask number
single cask 4415
Dates
Distil: 1979 Bottling: 2010
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
Forum 89/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

Feis Ile 2009

Age
13 years
Alcohol percentage
58 %
Bottler
Official
Cask number
single cask 19313
Dates
Distil: 1996 Bottling: 2009
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
links & average quote
Forum 89/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1991-2013

Age
22 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Cadenhead
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 637
Dates
Distil: 1991 Bottling: 2013
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
BT2013 87/100
Caol Ila Cadenhead
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1991-2013 + E-150a

Age
22 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Cadenhead
Cask
Bourbon Hogshead
Cask number
single cask 627
Dates
Distil: 1991 Bottling: 2013
Particularity
(Same bottle than nr 5 of the blind 2013 with some caramel added)
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
BT2013 85/100
Caol Ila Cadenhead
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1981-2007

Collection
Cask
Age
16 years
Alcohol percentage
62,7 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Dates
Distil: 26/03/1981 Bottling: 11/1997
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength (casks 2087-2093)
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
Forum 86/100
Caol Ila GmPh 81-97
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

16 yearsm for Scots Whisky Forum

Age
16 years
Alcohol percentage
60,1 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Port hogshead
Cask number
single cask 10047
Dates
Distil: 29/08/1985 Bottling: 17/09/2011
Bottle
299 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
links & average quote
Forum 60/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

16 years, One shot

Collection
One Shot
Age
16 years
Alcohol percentage
46 %
Bottler
Jean Boyer
Dates
Distil: 1995 Bottling: 2011
Particularity
Non chillfiltered
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
87/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

7 years, for The Bonding Dram & Flemish Malt Whisky Society

Collection
Exclusive
Age
7 years
Alcohol percentage
56,5 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Cask
Refill sherry hogshead
Cask number
single cask 306202
Dates
Distil: 18/07/2006 Bottling: 03/2014
Bottle
309 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
Forum 89/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1994, Sassicaia wood finish

Collection
Private Collection
Age
18 years
Alcohol percentage
45 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Cask
Sassicaia finish
Dates
Distil: 30/09/1994 Bottling: 11/2012
Bottle
1100 btls
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
BT2014 86/100
Caol Ila Sassicaia GM
Personal Comment
see comments BT2014

Caol-Ila

Feis Ile 2009

Age
13 years
Alcohol percentage
58 %
Bottler
Official
Cask number
single cask 19313
Dates
Distil: 1996 Bottling: 2009
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
links & average quote
Forum 89/100
Personal Comment

Caol-Ila

1968

Collection
Full Proof
Age
14 years
Alcohol percentage
57 %
Bottler
Samaroli
Dates
Distil: 1968 Bottling: 1982
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros=25 euros
links & average quote
BT2015 92/100
Caol Ila Samaroli 68
Personal Comment
See tasting notes: BT2015

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