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Overall rating
89.50/100
votes
133
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L7186CM000
Barcode
5000281027098
Added on
04 Nov 2017 7:11 pm by hs305
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 173,81

29 × in wishlist

133 × member ratings

531 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 25-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.50 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  Since a couple of years I am really a fan of long-matured Caol Ila so I bought this new release of the standard 25-years old on the spot (I had all previous releases and the first from 2010 was the best so far - but all were really good).  I bought this bottle for as low as 96 Euro in a special offer from a dutch online shop (and I call this a real bargain these days)...

    ...and this is the best release since 2010, I tasted them all and I swear my rating is honest (according to my taste buds)!  The price point of this special offer simply is unbeatable - a 25-years old high quality Islay dram for south of 100 Euro!  Hey, even nowadays there are real bargains out there...  Grab it while you can!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is old gold but this does not matter as Diageo uses caramel to tamper with the colour (why don't you stop this practice - do you really think that a consistent colouring matters to single malt drinkers, stupid?). The texture shows slow legs and late fat sticky tears. The nose offers an adorable profile of peaty-vanilla-herbal aromas in a close-to-perfection mix. This is the best nose of a 25-years old since the fine 2010 release!
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is truly complex and multi-layered with flavours that show up and leave one after the other as if they march in a victory parade. There are farmy, medicinal, ashy and herbal notes as well as molten sugars, honey and maritime peaty impressions. All pretty balanced and delicate without any off-note.
    • Finish
      90 90
      It arrives instantly coating and warming on the palate with a slight astringent feeling (hot bonfire ashes) that actually is pretty nice. The finish is long and adds more spicy and tobacco flavours to the mix, the latter turn it a little drying (but not unpleasantly). Water is not needed.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  To check my statement from November (where I declared this 2017 edition as the best since the first release from 2010) I do a head-to-head with the 2016 bottling tonight.  Unfortunately (or fortunately for my taste buds) both bottles are already gone that is why I had to buy and open a new set of this delicious stuff - and luckily the dutch online shop renewed its special offer of 96,40 Euro.  That is what I call a bargain these days!

    The nosing profiles of both drams are comparable but the 2016 is a little more punchy and sharp than the 2017 that is more delicate and balanced.  Clearly I like the 2017 better on that dimension.  The initial mouthfeel of the 2017 is nicer because it is more coating and without any distracting moment while the 2016 shows a tiny peppery (hot) feeling (that is not annoying at all).  The taste of both drams is complex and layered.  The 2017 offers slightly more flavours and aromas than the 2016 but it is a very close call.  The finish is a clear draw where both offer a great length and add more flavours (spices) with a minor drying feeling (tobacco ash).  Both are excellent swimmer where the 2016 benefits more from some water added and closes the (small) gap to the 2017 by a fair share. 

    You can nail me down on this statement:  The Caol Ila 25-years old is the best buy in the market these days (if you find it for under 100 Euros, but to be honest: as a drinker I am willing to pay up the 150 Euro for a dram of such quality) and the most recent release is the best since years.  To me this is no surprise as the early nineties are (most probably) the best years of the Scotch whisky industry since the sixties/early seventies.  Why?  Quite simple:  The eighties bust period had just ended and the actual whisky boom not started yet.  So production was in a "normal mode" and not harmed by cost cuts or yield pressures...

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Lots of lovely gentle but deep peat and medicinal flavours in the nose. A liquid ashtray or ash from a cosy campfire in the aftertaste with liquid liquorice. All Islay, straight forward, very well matured and vatted. Hey, a 25 yo @ this price. Dramtastic. Wish other Islay distilleries would have this kind of pricing and quality.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The Caol Ila 25 is already for a long time regularly (ie at least once a month) at drankdozijn.nl (https://drankdozijn.de/artikel/fles-caol-ila-25-years-single-malt-70cl) for under 100 € offered.

  5. sakis scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. sakis scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Tim-R scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Smokey lemon
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet and spicy
    • Finish
      87 87
      Nice peaty

  8. butt scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      98 98
      Smoke; maritime (iodine); but also very sweet; The iodine gives a medical note; some citrus; Honey and malt; Slowly fruits, herbs and nuts (all small nuances, but still there) show some vanilla, some other spices (nutmeg?);
    • Taste
      97 97
      Smoke, salty; Fruit; dark chocolate; maritime, sweet again; Wow, what a prelude; Herbs; then a strong oak tree; but again very sweet;
    • Finish
      98 98
      Oak, dark chocolate, coffee and espresso; some cinnamon; beautiful oak and the coffee gets stronger; really impressive. becoming slightly bitter; the smoke develops into extinguishing fire;

  10. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Caol Ila 25yo (Batch L7186)

    Nose:
    What is really nice about Caol Ila: Even after 25 years in the barrel he proves himself youthfulness. Green apple and citrus are a common thread in the range. With age, the smokiness drops as expected, but here he is still there. Here is the campfire on the beach already extinguished, we smell the last embers and the ashes. There is even more fruit, including one or the other exotic fruit, a passion fruit and a lychee. Gooseberries, peaches, juicy red grapes. Here, the barrel storage is now completely noticeable: nutmeg, vanilla, dark veneer. Herbs and oak spice, again stands out thyme. Walnut oil and a few almonds.
    Everything is very well interwoven, you can drift for a long time and always find new little flavors.

    Mouth:
    A surprisingly woody onset, but the woody note is short-lived, develops into walnut, nutmeg, a hint of ash. A light cooling menthol note, herbs. Only with some time in the mouth develop the fruit notes. The apple occurs here rather than calvados and cider. The citrus fruits are initially more in the background and become stronger over time. Overall, the impression arises that Malt is younger in the mouth. The consistency is oily and he lays nice on the tongue.

    Finish:
    Long, sparkling lime and oak spice are already in tune and set the tone, about 10 seconds after swallowing a slight bitterness spreads.

    Conclusion:
    Clearly the best of the range. Unmistakably Caol Ila, with beautiful maturity. The price is (in the offer) also top, but also the normal price in Germany I find just appropriate.

    90/100

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