Caol Ila 1982

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2018
Stated Age
35 years old
Refill American Hogsheads & European Butts
Number of bottles
58.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 May 2018 7:42 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 750,57

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1982

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.92 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur


    When I tried the Caol Ila 30 Year Old earlier this year – which was released in Diageo’s Special Release in 2014 – I described it as ‘perfect’ and plundered my savings account to get me a bottle. Now that Port Ellen and Brora are not part of this coveted series, another top malt had to step in. It’s this Caol Ila, currently the oldest official bottling of this Ileach.

    OMG! The scent of Port Askaig with its salty breeze, rusted tools on the quay, threatening clouds in the sky, a bonfire on the beach, lemon juice and oyster sap, dark fruit, farmer’s butter, menthol, pineapple, apricot, furniture polish, wood shavings… I could go on. This has everything the 30 Year Old already boasted, but with more finesse. More delicacy. More outspoken. Magical.

    Grand! While the very aromatic nose pretended some delicacy, this malt is no holds barred on the palate. Powerful, smoky, spicy, bittersweet. Lots of citrus and salted butter, but also hints of tropical fruit (think pineapple, mango, banana) and even pistachio nuts. A bitterness emerges, but makes for a good balance.

    Wonderfully long finish – starts smoky, then turns sweeter and silky soft before gently fading.

    I realize 750 EUR is a lot of money. A whole lot. For just one bottle of whisky. And it’s not an Auchentoshan, is it? Nevertheless, Piggy bank helped me out and I never looked back.

  2. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Immediately after pouring strong smoke flows from the glass - a fire on the beach, which is extinguished with sea water. Wet flotsam and coal were burnt. With some time in the glass, more flavors come to the fore: berries, a smoldering cigar and citrus fruits. Apple cider mixes with algae snacks as well.
    If you give the malt a further ten minutes, you will see filigree aromas, various teas (Sencha, a very earthy pu-erh, chrysanthemum), vanilla, freshly crushed black sesame seeds, menthol and mint.

    Mouth: very aggressive, biting, bitter as from cocoa. I definitely need water.

    Water: he can handle a lot, and it's fun to experiment with drop by drop.

    Nose: diluted to about 46%, it is quite sweet, vanilla is more visible, but also tropical fruits (over ripe mango). The sweetness holds a beautiful dark chocolate and sparkling sour apple the Libra.

    Mouth: a cocoa-bitter onset, but it develops very quickly to feinherber chocolate with berry filling. And then come the beautiful, classic Caol Ila notes - citrus (lime) and fresh green apples. Walnut oil, dark honey over date, lemon balm, peppermint, a pinch of salt. The smoke makes itself mineral-ashy noticeable.

    The finish is very long, sweet starting and developing fresh down the throat. After a few minutes, a taste of licorice remains in the mouth.

    I like him a little better than the 30yo. He is a touch flatter in the taste, but convinces me through the more complex nose. Furthermore, the great balance of the flavors convinced me.


  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Yes, great! Fruit flavors of lime, grapefruit and gooseberry in wet ash and stale wood. In addition also slightly flowery, maritime-mineral with brook stones, as well as with smoky BBQ, roasted ham, charcoal and soft notes of curry and turmeric. Continue with agave syrup, yellow apple, cardboard and vanilla brittle balls and almonds. Class!
    Harmonious, spicy, slightly sweetish, but also a bit thin on the tongue. Sharp smoky accents of paprika, chili, white pepper, peat and a salty sea breeze. There are also notes of coal, seaweed, wet ash, a little tar and underlaid, green apple. Tasty, but not as complex as its 30-year-old predecessor!
    Long - peaty and sweetish-fruity. Also here again with a lot of wet coal, ashes, campfire, stale wood, dried grain and honey.
    Not the fattest Caol Ila, but good!
    92 points
    N: 93P / G: 92P / F: 91P

  4. Georges scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Refill American oak hogsheads and refill butts
    • Nose
      95 95
      Smoky, light, delicate, tea, earthy, flowery, lemon juice, bread, cocoa, chocolate, cigars, salty, oysters, fruity (apricots, oranges)
    • Taste
      95 95
      Powerful, peat smoke, salty, citrus, fruity (apricots, oranges, pineapple, green apples), fresh, sweet, wasabi, nutty
    • Finish
      94 94
      Long, smoky, sweet, fresh, citrus, bitter

  5. cla041042 scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    Nosing: Rich and complex peat and smokiness, some lemon.

    Palate:Full body, lemon and complex fruitiness , complex peat, dirt and smokiness, some spiciness during my first sip.

    Finish: long lingering dirt and smokiness

    Conclusion: only surpassed by the 150th anniversary 20 yo when compared with Caol ila ob I have ever tasted, one hell of a dram, way to go, Diageo.
    (reviewed neat)

  6. PeterMason scored this whisky 98 points Member Junior

    Nose ever so gentle sweet peat. Mossy, with an earthy estuary. the palette is incredibly well-balanced, a perfect mix of smoke and sugar, brine and treacle. The finish is long.

  7. NeilThompson scored this whisky 98 points Newbie


  8. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Wummy scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Could try this noble drop in the context of a rarity tasting ... and I do not know why ... but he did not tear me off (especially when I later asked what he costs). A few pleasant notes of citrus and a lot of smoke .... I would never buy in me, for he is in my view not complex enough and the price is far too high.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Pese scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Amazing smoke for 35 years, including citrus, grapefruit, sweetness and also maritime notes with salt.
    Smoky on the palate, spicy, but less aromatic.
    Long, smoky-sweet finish


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