Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
3 American Oak Hogsheads
58.2 % Vol.
30 ml 500 ml
Added on
06 May 2018 10:00 am by Connaisseur
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 69.28

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila CI10 ElD

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.76 points

  1. 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;

    Sweet orange combines with butter and wisps of smoke.

    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.

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

      Whisky n ° 2122

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Vagmanou scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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


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