Caol Ila 25-year-old

Overall rating
89.09/100
votes
213
Whiskybase ID
WB109913
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
21.02.2018
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8052CM001
Barcode
5000281027098
Added on
29 mar 2018 3:11 pm by hs305
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 304.54

56 × in wishlist

213 × member ratings

686 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 25-year-old

38 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.09 points.

  1. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Bembel scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Slightly peppery smoke with floral notes. sweet fruits.
      Later very sweet. The smoke is reminiscent of bacon.
    • Taste
      Oak and smoke occupy the mouth. getting dry.
      Subtle sweetness, citrus, sherry, spices, leather.
    • Finish
      medium length Smoky/Dry, Bacon, Earthy.

  3. JNuyts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Koning scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Same rich profile as the 2016 edition of the 25-year-old (WB 80803), the peat is slightly drier and more ashy.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Mild peat, slightly burnt. Then aromatic: floral, a touch of honey, green olive, citrus and savory. Stop cough!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Medium peat. Green olive, honey, citrus, darker (coffee and chocolate), slightly spicy. Hugely juicy in the mouth, develops and keeps coming!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium peat, very juicy fruit. Slightly aspartame, salty, dry spice. Dryer assiger peat.

  5. KDD scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. molpet scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    That's how a 25y old Islay single malt whisky should taste like! Incredibly complex, the smoke is present, but has mellowed out over the years. The wood has done its thing over the two and half decades loading the whisky with vanilla, caramel and spices of all sorts. Just breathtaking!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. MaroFF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Great, great and once again great.
    Perfect whisky, it makes me want to drink it. With each sip, I looked back so I could wet my mouth again and savor it endlessly. One of the best whiskys I've had in my life. You can buy a bottle as soon as possible !!!!
    • Nose
      90 90
      delicate, sweet, fruity, plums, raisins, apricots, peat, smoke
    • Taste
      92 92
      creamy, sweet, caramel drops, fruit, vanilla, raspberry juice, chocolate, a bit of sea salt, breeze, ash from the fire
    • Finish
      91 91
      long, pleasant, seaweed, a bit of pepper and in the end delicately burnt milk.

  8. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Will_iam scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. L_Gillian scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  11. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      warm aromatic smoke, some campfire, a little tar, fruity-sweetish, yellow fruits, dried apricots, slightly creamy, maritime idea, citrus fruits, hint of honey, wood / oak notes, a bit herbaceous, baking spices (vanilla).
      89-90
    • Taste
      91 91
      warm, slightly oily, a little spicy and smoky, some tar, sweetish and fruity, citrus fruits (orange), soft, now a hint of tart with oak / wood notes, a little spicy, spices, coffee, smoke and herbs, a little ash and a hint of salty . Yummy!
      90-91
    • Finish
      89 89
      smoky and somewhat fruity, sweetish, slightly herbaceous, wood / oak, hint of tarry, spices, a little ash, idea malty and salty.
      88-89

  12. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Jolemann scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Raisins, sweet berries, jam. A touch of aged peat smoke
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet. Light, pleasant smoke, very slight bitterness
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium long and mild

  14. Ralf777 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

  15. Flo_Be scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Complex, strong, and expressive beyond 43% of expectations (even in winter). Here, I can feel the breath of ancient Caol ila, metal feeling, a lot of herbal oil, and mysterious green plants. Such Caol ila is always good for me. It is an inexplicable attraction, oil-rich nuts, such as pine nuts and batam wood, fine smoke, clean dried fish. If I time every glass of whisky I sniff, this glass will definitely make it into the rankings.

    Drink: The wine is full-bodied, and the nutty flavor rich in fat is more obvious in the mouth. Metal, waxy, and charcoal smoke are released in the final rhyme, bringing out the wonderful combination of honey and lemon peel.

    Overall: Single and changeable, warm and cold, durable and easy to drink.

  17. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Gentle, old and dignified ... This Caol Ila exudes an incredible calm and serenity, its old character is always infused with this incredibly refreshing herbal note and it is precisely this interplay that makes this 25-year-old Caol Ila a taste experience! Tastes good and convinces!

    22/22/22/23 (89P)
    • Nose
      Amber shines in the glass, on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter thick and oily "legs" pull their endless paths back into the glass. Caramel and hazelnuts rise heavily, dark peat with a minimal smoky note dissolves from dried yellow fruits, dried herbs play with old wood, sugar and a hint of vanilla, the old Caol Ila caresses the nose softly ... The alcohol is wonderfully harmonious involved, I'm looking forward to the first sip!
    • Taste
      The first sip flows softly and slightly wooden through the mouth. A subtle peat note with greasy smoke moves voluminously through the palate, fresh meadow herbs with a few crumbs of hard caramel dissolve from cozy warmth, wall honey ends slightly resinous on the palate, the mouthfeel is surprisingly refreshing with floral notes. Another sip gently flows over the tongue, gradually mild pepper initially intensifies on the tongue and massages the tip of the tongue. Old, spicy wood sticks to the inside of the cheeks, mint and meadow herbs detach from the earthy and minimally smoky note of peat, the mouthfeel is characterized by voluminous freshness, the flow of saliva is slowly stimulated ...
    • Finish
      Mint and herbs refresh the palate, a pinch of pepper still sticks to the tongue, hazelnuts swim in the excited saliva under the tongue, caramel and a touch of milk chocolate stick to the palate. The aftertaste remains in my memory for a long time and leaves a satisfied grin on my face ...

  18. elipszis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Very rounded with time, with typical tropical fruits, salty air, very easy to drink, nothing ostentatious, simply good, inhabited woody notes can be seen

  19. MickMatrix scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A bomb for less than 100 €!

    Unfortunately now too expensive. But I'm glad I had a bottle.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Cool smoke between a campfire and a slight medicinal note. A full load of citrus fruits. It's a great mix. Looks very settled and mature. Burnt orange peel. Wort logs on. Ex-Bourbon notes can also be seen in the background.
    • Taste
      94 94
      It'll be really good in the mouth. Sweet, smoke, ripe lemon, roasted almond. Then spices and a peppery note take care of it. Vanilla. Fat and oily. A wonderful mouthfeel!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Nice long, warm finish. Sweet vanilla and a slight bitter spice remain.

  20. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It doesn't sound like a 25 year old. However good and original, especially for the difference between the nose, which is darker and more complex, and the palate, which is fresher.
    • Nose
      almonds, fresh grass, vegetable peat, cocoa powder, dried plums, there is also a creamy note, coffee powder and some wax. Alcohol not invasive at all.
    • Taste
      surprisingly fresh, mint and lemon, peat (burnt), spices
    • Finish
      fresh and spicy, vegetable peat

  22. Menko scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is probably one of the most underrated whiskys currently for sale. Compared to the Coal Ila 18 the 25 is deeper, more intens and multi layered. Give it some time in the glass to breathe and take your time to enjoy it, for it is one of the few pearls that are not yet overpriced.

  23. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  24. DramJammin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  25. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice age malt at a reasonable price.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. JimJaws scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nice round whisky. Overall, very gentle, alcohol is very well integrated and there is little smoke.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. TechnOBY scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Max70 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. wataya scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  30. PX-Michl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. PX-Michl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. HW74 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    At the first tasting I was a little disappointed, since there was little smell, taste, finish. The malt takes time in the bottle and in the glass to unfold. After the bottle has been open for a few months, the whisky unfolds more and more. Meanwhile, I am very excited. Luckily have several bottles .....

  33. Dexter606 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Patches of ointment left over in sweet fruit nectar, not too smoky, smoke is there, but no bomb, relatively easy for such old whisky

  34. Moses scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I bought it somewhere for just under 100 EUR. Viewed from this top PLV, it wasn't far to test this malt as well. Now I'm happy to have 2 of them left. House whisky.
    • Nose
      The nose is a dream. A campfire by the sea with sweet fruits and leathery, soft smoke. Light apples as well as spicy dark herb peat. Christmas ingredients like nuts and clementines in a dusty, musty leather bag. Is there some thyme in the background? Very very fine.
    • Taste
      Unfortunately, the palate does not keep what the nose promises. But wonderfully oily and creamy, it hits the oral cavity. Now more towards a wood campfire and bitter coffee notes. Salty dried fruits in the middle part and the sour apple with it. It's okay, but not as good as expected. Still top level.
    • Finish
      Medium to short but with a soft finish, these dried fruits with drying oak and spicy wood notes. Some citrus notes with sweet peat and again the sea breeze. Very pleasantly mild and soft, it always tempts you to refill. Great malt.

  35. Kaleva scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful whisky with very gentle and complex nose. The taste is kind of medicinal and maritime but very balanced and mild with rather long pleasant aftertaste. The price is quite affordable as for this age and quality and on some offers can drop even below 100 euros. A definite must have for whisky lovers.
    • Nose
      Very gently smoky, creamy, floral notes, vanilla fudge, sultanas, dried apricots, overripe pears, candied orange peel
    • Taste
      Smoky, slightly sweet, a bit industrial, salty and coastal, smoked almonds, green olives, slightly medicinal
    • Finish
      Medium-long, smoky, nutty, slightly salty and sweet with leather notes

  36. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  37. kevinmrn scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    Nose: dustyness, earthy followed by almost dank greenness, underneath fresh fruits citrussy, fresh strawberry. Nice oakyness at the back

    Taste:
    Charcoal smoke fruity, gingery lemonny transforming into fresh herbs then some spicyness occures

    Finish:
    Medium but decent length more medicinal followed by nut notes

  38. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  39. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  40. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2018]  The new yearly bottling of this 25-years old Caol Ila has just been released, quite early in the year.  It was bottled on February 21th and I paid 96 Euro for one bottle (what a bargain!).  But now I am curious about it:  Is it as good as last year's release or even better?  To verify this I do a head-to-head tasting versus the 2017 (WB id 103198) and 2016 (WB id 80803) edition.  

    Another very fine release of my adored 25-years Caol Ila still with an unbeatable price these days.  Finally I like the 2017 edition best but this 2018 is not far away from that - it offers more fruity-sweet and a little less herbal flavours (so it all depends on your personal preference).  But all these drams are excellent and (given you like this profile) probably the best bang for your bucks...

    [December, 2019] I had this dram during a private vertical Caol Ila tasting session and fully confirm my old review and solid 90+points score.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is almost the same at old gold but it is adjusted using caramel (as usual with Diageo's standard releases). The texture shows slow legs and late fat tears, basically the same as the other two releases. The nose offers this typical complex profile of old Caol Ila: fruits, peat, barley sugars, herbs and spicy wooden aromas in a fine balance. This 2018 is more fruitier than the previous two releases what I like. The 2017 offers significant more herbal aromas as does the 2016 edition but the ripe fruits of the 2018 are great, too. Still I like the 2017 best closely followed by the 2018 and with some distance the 2016.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is nicely layered mainly on sweet and peaty flavours with lesser herbal impressions than the previous releases but some fine spices and honeys that pop up after a while. The 2017 owns more herbal notes as does the 2016 that is a little bit more peaty than the other two. Again I like the 2017 best closely followed by the new 2018 and 2016 that are different in their taste but on par point-wise.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The 2018 arrives warming and coating in the mouth with no distracting moments at all. The mouthfeel of the 2017 is basically the same whereas the 2016 is a little bit weaker (one point). The finish of the 2018 is of medium length and adds more herbal aromas to the party. No distracting moments again (like bitter or astringent notes). The 2016 has a finish of comparable length while the 2017's finish is longer and somewhat more impressive than the other two (still they are great, no doubt!). Water is not needed, this dram is perfect when neat (of course as Diageo diluted the batch to 43% abv already).

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