Caol Ila 1982

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 750 ml
Added on
08 May 2018 7:42 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 839.13

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199 × member ratings

283 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1982

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.82 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. Dris scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    It's been several months since I tried this whisky. I have to revise my score favourably. Indeed it may well be THE finest Caol Ila I have tasted. Pushing 95 points in my books. Personally, I much prefer this edition to the 2014 30y/1983 Spesial Release (which was just too oaky fo my taste).
    H2H tasting:

    Sringbank 25y.o. 2020
    91/92/92 - 92-

    Longrow 25y.o. CA 1994
    92/93/93 - 93-

    Highland Park 30y.o. CA 1988
    91/92/93 - 92

    Caol Ila 35y.o. S.R. 1982
    93/94/95 - 94+
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  3. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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.


  4. 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

  5. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very good Caol.
    I did not particularly feel any aggressiveness in the mouth, unlike other tasters.
    Balance and consistency are there. The finesse of the age too.
    • Nose
      At the first nose we take a whiff of spray. We believe we are at the seaside.
      Burnt charcoal, barbecue, peat, graphite: we are definitely on a Caol Ila.
      The fruit is very present: mainly melon and lemon. A little pineapple and its peel.
      Slightly green wood. Salicornia. Toasted almonds.
      Vegetable oil, tiger balm.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is extremely oily.
      Oily peat, fresh cut grass, hay.
      Aromatic herbs, black pepper.
      Salted butter caramel. Toasted almonds.
      Candied lemon, apricot, melon, orange zest.
      Smoke, tobacco, cigar, very light undergrowth.
    • Finish
      Long and fresh finish on peat, camphor, eucalyptus, herbs and spray.
      The fruit shows all its juice, especially the melon.

  6. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  7. rampah scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior


    The best Caol Ila I had so far. Unfortunately the price for a full bottle is far beyond reasonable.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  8. 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

  9. 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)

  10. n11 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
      The best fruity
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is thin


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