Overall rating
87.73/100
votes
191
Whiskybase ID
WB111839
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
2009
Bottled
2018
Casktype
3 American Oak Hogsheads
Strength
58.2 % Vol.
Size
30 ml 500 ml
Barcode
5060532803116
Added on
06 may 2018 10:00 am by Connaisseur
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 70.38

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila Cl10 ElD

45 users have left 47 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.73 points.

  1. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  2. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  3. boozegeeksouth scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. nogreg scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A strange and intriguing whisky, its taste is its strongest point. 5/10
    • Nose
      85 85
      The nose is acutely smoky and brutal, with fumes of hot tar, lots of bandages and iodine, citruses, green apples, cinnamon, gooseberries and smoked fish in the background. The aroma is off-putting at first, but the more you drink it, it intrigues and draws you more and more.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smoke without a doubt, but the taste of the smoke is different from that of the aroma, it is a pleasant smoke from the fire. The taste is sweet, malty, with apple, candied lemon peel, pepper, walnuts and cashew nuts. Vanilla and caramel. The taste is the strong point of this whisky.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Smoky, because what it should be like. Malt, vanilla and not much more, it lasts a little, but is medium-long.

  5. Vagmanou scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. the_muskox scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A nice and straightforward young Caol Ila. I like the honey, malt, and olive-y notes in here. The Vap-o-rub note is a tad weird and gives a little bit of a tastes-like-grandma vibe, but it’s not too intrusive. The finish is nice, too.

    Nose: Bright and pleasantly tart. Quite a strong Dijon mustard note up front, as well as sourdough bread. Some smoked salami, hay, and salt. It’s fairly sweet too: there’s golden syrup, kiwi (lots of that), green grapes, dates, orange peel, and a hint of banana.

    Palate: Somewhat syrupy in texture. Arrives sweet and salty, before turning herbal and eucalyptus-y. The peat smoke comes next, with black olives and malt. Lots of savoury seaweed in the middle, along with honey sweetness, followed by rich vanilla. A Vicks Vap-o-rub note on the back end, which I have been informed is called ‘camphor’.

    Finish: Medium-length. Pear, clementine, honey, green tea, and malt. Ham comes in here, as well as light black pepper. Cool smoke, seaweed, and iodine. A hint of amber maple syrup. More of that Vap-o-rub and eucalyptus.

  8. sarthur71 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Sharp young malt, which would not hurt to sweat in a barrel for another 5 years. The price is clearly too high.
    • Nose
      85 85
      harsh, smoky-peaty, young alcohols and light fermentation are felt
    • Taste
      85 85
      pepper, peat, smoke, wood angle, smoked meat, sweet fruit, honey
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length, repeats the taste, but noticeably softer

  9. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. STL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  11. matfrl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Mr. D. scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. grinface scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely delicious. Very forward and clear but also a really bold, by no means quiet. I like this combination very much. Full review (in German): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/01/28/ein-trio-caol-ila/

  14. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Unusually phenolic for a Caol Ila - with those seaweed and tar notes he has, you could almost think of Laphroaig. I like it. ;-)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very pleasant, spicy smoke with a hint of Black Forest ham. Phenolic and with warm tar. Kelp, salty sea breeze. Apple and gooseberry provide sweetness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Despite its 58.2% and a strong start, it glides smoothly and creamy over the tongue. Phenolic smoke, seaweed, tar paper, salt. In addition custard with cinnamon, pepper. Caramel candy, some nut.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long and slightly dry finish. The smoke - accompanied by apple and gooseberry aromas - is even more intense in the end than in the nose and on the palate.

  15. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Powerful, on the lemon and the tire. Chocolate and discrete hazelnuts behind. Becomes soft and fat on opening.
    • Taste
      Full, rich, fat. Note of lemon, cocktail of spices, peat.
      With water, it is soft to the touch.
    • Finish
      Consistent with the foregoing, without significant change or intensity. Very long however.
      With water, it gains in thickness and explosiveness with chocolate notes.

      Enthusiasm
      Nose 3/5
      Mouth 4/5
      Final 3/5 (4/5 with water)

      Whisky n ° 2122

  16. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A nice Q / P ratio is very close to the Lagavulin profile as a whole.
    A very nice daily dram, who does the job.
    • Nose
      Peat oil, ashes, lemony freshness (and some other fruits) .... there is almost a Lagavulian side to this Caol Ila.
    • Taste
      In the tradition of the mouth ... peat, lemony freshness and Pep's little side that is good for the taste buds.
    • Finish
      Medium length on very sweet spices, smoke and a hint of chocolate leather.

  17. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet vegetal and herby peat, light smoke, citrus, sea spray.
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy arrival, then immediate oak spice. Sweet peat tempered by pepper, mild pear, ash, and a hint of vanilla. Mellows on the palate.
    • Finish
      Medium-long with herbs, peat, a hint of honey, mild smoke. There is a lingering sweet-peat aftertaste.

  18. butt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  19. elidiot scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Nose: liquorice, vanilla caramelized, quite fresh (eucalyptus type), peat quite discreet, always marine, citrus notes (yuzu?), Candied fruit (apricot?), Quite round, green moss of trees, sugar

    Palate: sweet salty, powerful, honeyed, earthy peat but very well integrated, caramel, very expressive, wedge, attacks the tongue (ouch), really needs water. The water raises a lot sugar, some vegetal notes, a little green tea at the end

    Final: sweet, very very long, nice and navy

  20. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Rounder and sweeter than the previous versions I tried. Tends to a south shore profile a bit. Water softens it up. Sweet citrus (lemons), hemp rope, burlap, chalk and clay.

  21. RobIsrael scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Very nice young (10y) Caol Ila, clean, fresh, simple but very tasty. One of the best young whisky's around.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Typical Coal Ila peat, briny, some lemons, little bit of vanilla, really fresh and clean.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Anchovies, green olives, lemons, very clean and fresh, just a little bit of toasted oak, distillate driven.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sharp, clean, simple, short-medium, green olives, anchovies and lemons.

  22. mothers_finest scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Cold smoke, citrus fruits, blood orange, vanilla pudding, a hint of acidity and a hint of cinnamon.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Much more intense than on the nose. In the smell I would have typed on an exchangeable Islaymalt, not even vigorously; whereas on the palate the cask strength and the caramelised smoke are noticeable. Yes caramel is definitely the first association. The citrus impressions are virtually non-existent on the palate. He is young; the complexity is missing; This Islaymalt scores with power and intensity.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish lasts a long time, but lacks new impressions or moments of surprise. A malt that knows only one direction! The nose and palate / finish are significantly different. A good smoker, if you look at the basic data, that's what he has to do. He does not do more than that, but that's what he does well.

  23. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A straightforward, clean Caol Ila, with a fairly prominent char and wood note on the nose, much stronger than in Caol Ila 12 OB (84 pts.), which compared to this seems rounded and almost tame. I like this very much, but I don't think it's quite on the level of the best Elements Cls 3 (88) and 7 (90). Great price/performance ratio, though.

    Knowing Serge Valentin scored this a 90, I tasted it with another Elements series whisky he scored the same, Lg8. In my opinion this one doesn't hold a candle to that Lagavulin, which unquestionably deserves its 90.

  24. WillemvdK scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: ash, sand, citronella, cotton candy, garden hose (rubber?).
    Mouth: Sweeter than the nose suggests. Assig, mineral, icing sugar, shells and seaweed. Finish moderate.
    Verdict: Nice sweet turf.

    Thanks to the Virtual Blind Tasting 10 of the Whisky Forum!

  25. WillemvdK scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: ash, sand, citronella, cotton candy, garden hose (rubber?).
    Mouth: Sweeter than the nose suggests. Assig, mineral, icing sugar, shells and seaweed. Finish moderate.
    Verdict: Nice sweet turf.

    Thanks to the Virtual Blind Tasting 10 of the Whisky Forum!

  26. butt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Successful combination of smoke (very well integrated), citrus aromas (orange, lime) and saltiness. A wonderful sweet in the end. A great Caol Ila as he must be ...

  27. WSP scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  28. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Opeth83 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  30. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting HWF VBT #10 Whisky #3
    • Nose
      Seaweed, oily, citrus, pepper and plastic/rubber like new sneakers.
    • Taste
      Popcorn, pepper, citrus - lemon, briny and ashes.
    • Finish
      Ashes, lime and plastic.

  31. Dominique69 scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

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

  32. Mark-E scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  33. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Dutch whisky forum 10th blind tasting - sample #3
    A peated and young whisky, probably less than 10 years, aged in a bourbon barrel. Guessed it to be Ardbeg or maybe a Ledaig or a not Scot, turned out to be Caol Ila. The nose is very good, but it's too one dimensional in taste and finish (yes I know it's young). Could have done with less prominent ash notes in the finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Relatively light peat (directly out of the sample bottle it was even hard to pinpoint), clean, vegetal (somewhat grassy). Some smoke, floral, vanilla, a grainy cookie note, shortbread cookies covered in honey, green apple and some citrus. With water and time the peat becomes more prominent also more vanilla and citrus and a whiff of aniseed and nutmeg.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Clear peat, more smoky than the nose, lot's of black pepper and charcoal, honey and vanilla, unripe sour apples, fairly agressive (probably 55% abv) considering the nose is quite mild. Based on the nose I expected a more layered taste.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Bitter, lot's of charcoal and ash, honied liquorice. The ashy bitterness lingers for quite a long time.

  34. Defeatless scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Sample #3 @ HWF VBT10.
    As I am not a peat lover, this score is significant lower than average.
    • Nose
      Neus:
      Peat. Dat wordt lastig ivm met geen vergelijkings materiaal. Dit is relatief milde peat, maar voor mij wat veel. Toch ruik je er nog iets van mint langsop. En er zit ook hier een beetje een muffig luchtje aan. Met een drupje water zit er ook een luchtje aan van smeulend hout.
    • Taste
      Smaak:
      Best fruitig. Een pepertje, wat gember, en de peat zit verrassend wat op de achtergrond in de smaak. Met wat water komen de fruittonen meer naar voren. Voor de rest veranderd er weinig, ja er is iets meer een zuurtje trouwens.
    • Finish
      Finish:
      Lang qua lengte. Een enorme klap peat. Dan een zuurtje en langzaam kabbelt die weg met wat zoet-zuur.

  35. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Strong peater that I like very well; fine oil-like mouthfeel.
    With some water there I have the idea that the peat is getting stronger and some more orange comes forward.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet lemon / lime, assige tones, salty scent and cake
    • Taste
      88 88
      Citrus, firm peat (assig), salt, olive and slightly light medicinals
    • Finish
      88 88
      long with salty lemons and ashes

  36. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My guess was a Ledaig, 58,5% @ 11-yo because of the smell of barn and silage.
    Sample #3 of the HWF VBT 2018.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat, yellow fruit, sour citrus fruit, grapes, honey, candy sweets, minerals.
      With water, the inside of the barn is revealed, some silage lies inside on the earth floor.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong peat, insides of a barn, honey, hay, grapes, citrus fruit, minerals and earth.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Quite long, only slightly bitter, peppery at first, peaty hay rots away in the back of the mouth. Lovely stuff.

  37. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting HWF-VBT 10 Sample 3
    • Nose
      rook, turf, bbq, jodium, citrus
    • Taste
      jodium, rook, aards, turf, as, karamel, hout, peper, citrus

  38. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I can appreciate this one a lot. Very beautiful combination of peat and smoke and sweet and fruity notes, with the strong alcohol being integrated very beautifully.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Ah, very beautiful full scent of peat, gentle sweet smoke as well, and salty. At first some earthy notes too. Along the way the ‘nose’ is getting more rich and full, and even more sweet and fruity aroma’s arrive. Citrus, a little floral too, and vanilla.
      Despite the full scent, the alcohol isn’t very prominent, but very well integrated in the other aroma’s. Later on some tobacco comes through.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Full, herbal and some peppers, but actually it is surprisingly smooth as well! Despite the high Abv, again the alcohol is not present very dominantly. A little sal ammoniac kick in the beginning, as I often experience with peated whisky’s. Then liqorice, again this sweet smoke and ash, salty.
      But besides the smoke and peat again of lot of room for the sweet and fruity notes, vanilla, citrus and some honey.
      Very intense whisky, it also gives a little bit dry mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Still very full-bodied, strong but again it slides away very smoothly. Sal ammoniac, the sweet smoke, the citrus and vanilla, it all remains from the beginning until the end. Pretty long finish, where at the end also the taste of cigar tobacco remains in the mouth.

  39. andre8x8 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasting:
    HWF-VBT10 # 3

    Nose:
    Medicinal, peat, peat, wonderfully warm smell and certainly not irritating. Low in the alcohol probably <48%.
    The first thing that comes to mind on the basis of the smell is Laphroiag, Ledaig, Kilchoman, something from Islay.

    Taste:
    So that comes in say! Probably a Cask Strength.
    Vanilla, peat, iodine, pepper, greasy.

    Finish:
    Long very long and warm. Vanilla, peat, delicious.

    ABV:
    58%

    Score:
    90

  40. fgg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In spite of the peat and the smoke, which is less my thing nowadays, this one is not that bad. Certainly if you first blow it out late '.
    • Nose
      After the smoke has risen I'm going to put my nose in there:
      Of course peat. Citrus, especially orange. Some banana, melon. Some vanilla. Earthly. Something alcohol is noticeable, a high ABV would explain that.
    • Taste
      Taste: Peat here too. And citrus, again that orange. Something sweet comes up, vanilla, caramel. Basterd sugar.
    • Finish
      Nice creamy on the tongue with a sharp edge, but not disturbing.
      Finish: Medium to long. Bitter. Earthly.

  41. Rien scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  42. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  43. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Smoke and cold ashes come from lemon cooked in sauce. It's powerful and fresh.

    Maybe not a classic Caol Ila, but a profile already seen on the reduced traffic jams 2006 "Reserve" from G & M.

  44. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  45. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The entire review is available on mrbarleycorn.com
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet peat smoke, maritime freshness and clear citrus notes of lemons and grapefruit. The alcohol is clearly noticeable in the nose by a slight stinging. Add a few meadow herbs, sponge cake, vanilla and a light earthiness. Very simple and definitely young, but the few notes complement each other really well. A teaspoon of water does not harm the malt.
    • Taste
      89 89
      On the tongue, the nose is reflected almost 1 to 1. Now, however, adds a salty note. I must inevitably think of salt brats. Slightly oily and surprisingly gentle, the CI10 goes down. The flavors are incredibly intense and above all the sweetness stands out. These intense citrus notes and a piece of candied ginger.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long and warm. Pepper, honey and still intensely smoky.

  46. besar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  47. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer:

    This bottling of Caol Ila, from just three hogsheads, showcases the distillery’s characteristic smoke, citrus and salinity in perfect measure.

    Cask details:
    Distillates from 2008 and 2009 aged in three American oak hogsheads.

    Tasting Notes;

    Nose
    Sweet orange combines with butter and wisps of smoke.

    Palate
    A silky-smooth buttery texture sits perfectly alongside zesty bitter orange giving the impression of biting into an orange drizzle cake. This gradually gives way to rich, woody smoke, which slowly rolls over the palate leading to a final hint of salt and medicinal peat reek.

    Finish
    Lingering buttery orange, with a sprinkling of coastal rock salt.

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