Caol Ila 1996

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Calculated age
12 years old
Double matured in Moscatel Sherry Wood
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 1000 ml
C-si; 4-468
Added on
11 Sep 2009 12:31 pm

Average value

€ 124.99

5 × in wishlist

56 × member ratings

121 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1996

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.43 points

  1. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. Willum scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. lyndondd428 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This OB malt, distilled in 1996, has spent the last part of his aging in ex-Moscatel Casks (Moscatel is a liquorous portuguese wine produced near Setubal).

    N: initially it seems that a soft smokiness and a hardly peatiness take command: this is no Setubal, this is Islay! Nevertheless, with just a little patience, a lovely aroma of cane sugar, vanilla and a bouquet of candied citrus fruit comes out. Within the expected liquorous notes, tamarind peeps out many times, but with discretion. We like this nose!

    P: the aging in Moscatel has refined the notes of smoke and peat, which come to mouth really softly. Thanks to that, the palate is flooded by ripe fruits (red fruits too and mainly strawberry) and chocolate. Remarkable, even if not disturbing, the vinosity.

    F: it's a real shame that the finish isn't that good: lenght and strenght are frankly limited. It's a hard job to take back the fruitiness and it's all focused on peat and burnt wood.

    In the end, we have to blame the finish, that is guilty of lowering the appeal of this Caol Ila. However the distillery's experiment succeded: the "Ilysh" typical profile isn't upset, but the Moscatel's influence contributes to hide the most prickly and marine characters. So we can appreciate a quite elegant malt, with a never icky sweetness. Price is fair (about 50 euro) and supports our sentence: a good product with no peaks, positive or negative they would be.



  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A bit too diluted, that's a pity. Nevertheless this is a really nice whisky with a good balance between peat and fruitiness.
    • Nose
      Peach, pear, peat, banana, apple, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla and a touch of sea salt.
    • Taste
      Caramel, peat, galia melon, pear, vanilla, peach, milk chocolate, sea salt, oak, kiwi, plums, honey, tangerine, cereals and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      Mainly peat showing up in the identity of dark chocolate, the fruit is pretty much gone now.

  5. granella2003 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Rich and complex aromas of ripe fruit among others, peat, brown sugar, candied fruit, iodine and tones of pepper, licorice, cinnamon, cloves and ash in sight.
    • Taste
      In the mouth there are round and sweet flavors of pineapple, peat, cinnamon, caramel and earthy tones present. Hints of candied citrus, red fruits like berries, fire, smoke, carrot, malted grain, tobacco and fresh vegetable flavors. A very complex flavor that beautifully balanced.
    • Finish
      Long and soft with full notes of smoke and anise

  6. granella2003 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Caol Ila Distillers
    Edition Moscatel Finish Distillers Edition is one
    of the renowned brand Caol Ila, distilled in 1996 and has in recent years
    matured in ex-Moscatel barrels. Moscatel is a drop Portuguese wine made in the region of Setubal, the influences of the wine are very noticeable in this
    whisky. Pleasant notes that the flavors and aromas that extra depth and
    complexity give

  7. tomy63 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The Islay-sherry mix is ​​well mastered
    • Nose
      Salted peat pepper and ripe fruits
    • Taste
      salt, peat, pineapple, pear, earth
    • Finish
      sugar-sel, floral, anise


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