Overall rating
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
3 American Oak Hogsheads
58.2 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
06 May 2018 10:37 am by Connaisseur
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 86,70

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila Cl10 ElD

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.03 points

  1. dillz did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Rino stealing reviews from other sites to earn WB points? Kinda scabby, but also copyright infringement.

    Rotten... nomen est omen.

  2. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 88 points Member 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    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 (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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. butt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  9. elidiot scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    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

  10. 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.


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