Caol Ila 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2009
Stated Age
10 years old
First Fill Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
65.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Unpeated Style
Added on
24 sep 2009 6:06 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 103.39

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 10-year-old

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.48 points.

  1. Lrandell scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Smell: The aroma of lemon mixed with pineapple, sweet and sour. Vanilla and woody tones. The alcohol sensation is manageable, palpable, but not outrageous.

    Taste: Heck...I wonder if you have ever drunk the "big white pear" in the Northeast, and replaced that fruity taste with lemon + citrus + pineapple, just that kind of texture. Some indescribable spice flavors, and then very fresh, with a little woody tones, the kind of wood that is full of vitality in the sun, and the feeling of breeze blowing when you go to Forest Park in good weather. Slowly, a little chocolate flavor came out, which was actually quite unexpected. It's just that the alcohol feels a bit outrageous when swallowed, and it still burns a bit.

    End rhyme: The length of this end rhyme is obviously not as good as that of his 8yo brothers without peat. Obviously, the year has improved, but the effect is not very good. In addition to lemongrass, there are also some flowery notes.

    Judging from the age of the wine, it should be the same period of 07SR wine. It seems to be the direction of making Vintage98 into 08SR. It may be that the official is also a little satisfied or tasted the sweetness. But in general, the performance of this 10yo is actually not as good as that of 08SR. The sense of alcohol will play out, and I have no idea what the effect is after two years. Good or bad, good, good or bad, no. Of course, these are all things to look back at. Caol Ila's own peat-free SR has also been released, at least it has come to an end, and I say this is a bit of an afterthought.

  2. molpet scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wow. A textbook example of a cask strength, 10y old, bourbon matured whisky coming from first fill casks. Bursting out with vanilla, honey, toffee, caramel, citrus and light fruits. I very much prefer this over any version of peated Caol Ila I've tried so far.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Unpeated, uhh. Delicious fresh bomb with a nice peat.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. mrgood scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Hay, light fruit pears, apples, peaches, slight aunt jemima. Chocolate fondue. Whew, it burns the eyes if you get too close.  palate works well with water.

  6. molar3rd scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Color: Bright golden sunshine.

    Nose: Without water: Lemon pie. Absolutely fresh, lemony and zesty. I love it! , On the side vanilla ice-cream, with those sweet notes. What a combination! Also some oaky notes, not too heavy but very surprising for a 10 year old malt.

    With a few drops of water the nose becomes even more interesting: the melon notes still shine through, but softer melon and marshmallow notes now appear, so delicate yet clearly pronounced.

    Palate: with water, there is still an evident punch. Lemons tingle the tongue , green apples, some sweeter notes also (fudge?) and some Coacoa powder as well.

    Finish : Medium length with Cocoa, spice and Oaky notes that come echoing back. Quite interesting, and totally unexpected.

    Summing up:

    What a different profile of malt this Unpeated version has. Had you given me two glasses, one with this nectar and the other one filled with the 12 Peated version, I would have never guessed they came from the same stills at Caol Ila. The lemon pie notes, oak and apples with the sweet fudge & cocoa are really a well organized party going on in your mouth and caressing those taste buds. A delight. And at a premium strength. A combo you can hardly go wrong with. As a Peat-head , I must sat this one cought me by surprise, and Kudos to the CI people. A well made, yet very different dram.

    What also struck me was the change both in palate and in the nose that this malt has undergone when adding water. it was good sans aqua, but with a bit of water, it just got more and more brilliant.


  7. barryfox915 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Straw.
    Nose: Sprity, light, clean, floral with some vanilla.
    Taste: Young, spirity, clean, smooth, chewy, with some
    biscuits and vanilla. Diluted, it becomes more floral. The finish is medium,
    round, young, malty, oaky, with some vanilla.
    General Impression: A light fresh, floral, slightly lemony
    unpeated Caol Ila. Rather simple and not much is going on.



  8. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is a peaty unpeated whisky. So is it unpeated? No.. A whisky that doesn't need any water, though it's 65%.
    • Nose
      The aromas is typical for Islay, tar, smoke etc. But it's not as powerful. Smoke light.
    • Taste
      It's smoke and some salt sea breeze.
    • Finish
      Medium long and peaty.


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