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Caol Ila 10-year-old

Overall rating
86.66/100
votes
164
Whiskybase ID
WB113122
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2018
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Refill US Hogsheads and Rejuvenated EU Butts
Number of bottles
2500
Strength
58.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8032DQ001
Barcode
5000281051512
Added on
01 jun 2018 11:46 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredChillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 213.48

21 × in wishlist

164 × member ratings

363 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 10-year-old

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.66 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2018]  I had this dram during this year's "Feis Ile" tasting session.  The Caol Ila Feis Ile releases are mostly rated average only but I liked them all so far.  They are honest drams from carefully selected casks with no ambition to "glitter" or to showcase something.  To me this is a fair and trustworthy approach when virtually all the whisky world goes crazy thee days...

    Again an excellent cask selection by the Caol Ila team to offer an unmasked, honest and quaffable dram that represents the consistent high quality of this distillery at its best.  I understand why others score this average only (missing the special effects in such a release) but I prefer honesty over cheap thrills...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the texture shows a sticky ring at the top of the glass that very, very late builds some fat tears without legs (a truly great oiliness indeed!). The nose offers the typical young Caol Ila notes with a strong peaty-herbal touch (from the European oak casks, I guess). Straightforward, honest and quite impressive (but nothing special).
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste itself is exactly what one would expect from a 10-years old Caol Ila: Bold flavours of maritime peat and vanilla with some fruits, spices, herbs and more. Again nothing special, simply "you get what you expect" (in a consistent high quality). Water turns this dram more quaffable but it takes away that nice kick the high abv provides to my taste buds. Actually I like it both neat and reduced to about 46% abv.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The whisky arrives warming and not hot at all (despite 58.2% abv) on the palate and immediately coats the whole of the mouth (yes, the terrific oiliness translates into a great mouthfeel, usually). There is a minor astringent moment from heavy tannins (the "rejuvenated" casks work almost like virgin oak) but this is not too distracting. The finish is very long (as could be expected from the excellent oiliness, too) and great to chew - it releases more spices and sugars that way.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Yes, I was in Heaven
    in a special smoky Heaven ;)

    eben ein anderes GUT
    • Nose
      wow das alte Fass liegt voller gebrauchter Mullbinden
      das gelb-braune Jod schimmert grausig
      Deine Füsse haben die schönen Kamillenblüten auf der warmen Sommerwiese zertreten
      was für ein Geruch
      Du setzt Dich in den Schatten der alten Obstbäume
      weicher Harz quillt aus dem Stamm
      er hat die Farbe von wildem Blütenhonig
      Du drückst Deine Finger an das alte Obstholz mitten in seine harzige Wunde
      die jodtigen Mullbinden fallen Dir ein
    • Taste
      weich an den Lippen
      im Mund Rauch und Jod
      süß auf der Zunge
      verkohltes Holz übergossen mit Medizin
      feucht und trocken wechselt sich ab
      süß und bitter ebenso
      viel Spannung
      süß dominiert am Ende
      süß wie Honig & Karamell
      bittere Asche bleibt am Gaumen

      ein anderes gut - wie Helgo es nennt
    • Finish
      lang
      süß - aschig
      Honig / Karamell leicht angebräunt und angebrannt
      Jod

  3. chrisyeo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Blind Tasting in July 2021, Organized by Whisky Hedonist

    Nose - mild peat, some flowery perfume
    Taste - slight spice then sweet
    Finish - some subtle smoke, medium finish
    • Nose
      mild peat, some flowery perfume
    • Taste
      slight spice then sweet
    • Finish
      some subtle smoke, medium finish

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Pretty amazing: not very complex but a very powerful, bright and clean mainly bourbon aged Caol Ila. Perfect proof age and overly active sherry casks aren't always needed to achieve malty greatness.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very bold: bonfires, earthy 'green' peat, seashells, briny salt, fat and oily, salted butter, vanilla, light white and yellow fruitiness and French crêpe like pancakes.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Powerful smoke, butter, salt, vanilla, a subtle fudge like note and all kinds of destroyed wood, mostly ash and charcoal.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Looooooooong: vanilla and honied sweetness, liquorice, a little ash fading into warming, charred and toasted wood notes.

  5. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Yes, great. Great Feis Ile - filling of Caol Ila. The nose conjures up a smile directly on the lips.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Full broadside phenolic smoke. And on the subject broadside: clearly maritime notes with salt, spicy and sun-dried seaweed, chain fat, smell of mud. Bright and fresh fruits resonate. No trace of alcohol.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Phenolic smoke, chocolate chips, honey, vanilla. Strong, but at the same time insinuating start. Sea water, wood chips. Seaweed. A fresh oyster - with a piece of toast (a little bread dough) and a splash of lemon ...
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, pleasantly dry, still very smoky, a hint of lemon, a little baked apple and crushed banana.

  6. Marequiers48 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    I was lucky to get a sample from a friend
    It is a very good Caol Ila , perfectly balance not exceptionnel but very pleasant
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. mudshark scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  8. jykoo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Intensity: Medium
      Sweet peat, lemon, white pepper, vanilla, mint, flora, fresh plum
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily and sour, sweet, some bitterness on the back
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium + finish

  9. peteofbryne scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: peat smoke, unripe pineapple skin, water releases more spice and citrus scents

    Palate: sweet granny smith, more citrusy, with water more briny and ash to the fore, faint steamed vegetable, savory Japanese seaweed. For a moment I thought it has perfect pinch of Ajinomoto thrown in it.

    After taste: sweetness fades into drying mild ash finish, lingering mineral salt.

    A fully pumped up and sweeter version of Caol Ila 12. During a blind tasting of 8 samples, it was the last one I tasted and it saved the night. This is what I liked most, narrowly edged out another peated whisky. Ok, I love young peated whisky, unashamedly.

  10. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Patrick93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  14. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  15. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Taste
      IT: 87
      B: 87

  17. Expraesi scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  18. Igitor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/10/05/revisiting-caol-ila/

    This first sample, I put in my [left] pocket before dashing out to attend the Feis Ile Blenders’ Masterclass [WLP], back in 2018. Two years later, having thought I’d lost it, I find that sample.

    N: Oozing, inviting, citrusy > allium saline dried seaweeds, a pinch of cocoa powder,…. And what of that green tea and those langoustines? Yeah, why not.
    T: Coastal and earthy dirty smoke with a sweeter citrus middle.
    F: Sustained power and good form throughout over yet more coastal-vegetal, salted dry chewy citrus-sweet deep smoky action.

    C: Highly competent youngish Coal Ila that easily overshadows the standard 12yo [WLP81], but at a cost [£100 rrp].

  20. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very ex-bourbon-heavy Caol Ila with only a few notes of sherry, I like it very much, with a nice mineral finish
    • Nose
      A malty start, also cinnamon, vanilla, light smoke, cake batter, freshly baked, in the direction of the cake base, thin coffee, tart lemon in the background, coffee malt, slightly floral, mineral, overall, sweet and creamy with cinnamon and slightly scratchy smoke
    • Taste
      sweet start, vanilla, malt, smoke, but rather subtle, cake batter, espresso, slightly yellow fruity, salt, the second sip is better, some chocolate, now also a sherry note, slightly raisin, if not dominant, it just helps a little to drop and not just to taste
    • Finish
      the ashy smoke becomes clearer, vanilla, light tingling, apple, drier behind outside, very pleasant, chalky and mineral mouthfeel

  22. yggr scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. yggr scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. sakis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  25. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Color: Mellow Gold

    Nose: Lovely medicinal peat smoke and lemons. It comes through in a fresh, clean burst with great clarity, chiseled. For all the talk of rejuvenated European oak, it seems to be the refill American that's singing loudest here. This is straightforward, good-quality, younger-but-mature Islay whisky. As there's a bit more time in the glass, I notice the lemons moving towards lime juice, and Caol Ila's coastal character starts to come more to the fore. So far, I'm getting what I signed up for with this bottling. Water mellows the peat and coastal notes and instead favors some of the woody notes. I prefer it neat.

    Taste: Oh, that's nice. Neat, it is not hot despite the intense 58% ABV. But, to its credit, you get the intensity of flavor and a solid mouthfeel. There's a bit more sweetness and roundness on the palate than the nose, perhaps here the European oak is coming through a bit more. I started to think while nosing this that even if the spirit were not heavily peated, it would still be a fine whisky (that's not always the case). The palate confirms that intuition: vanilla and some spice (yeah, the wood is definitely doing some work, but it's done well). Water isn't a huge difference here.

    Finish: Refreshing and medium-length.

    Comments: Caol Ila is just so damned reliable. I bought this at the distillery shop a year ago (so they had some leftovers from last May). I'm quite pleased with the purchase and this bottle's insertion in my collection. Honestly, that trip was a pretty big success in terms of bottles (also got an exemplary Port Charlotte from the Distillery Valinch and the 2018 Feis Ile Lagavulin 18 yo). In any event, as long as there's not something really crazy going on with the wood, I basically feel comfortable purchasing just about any Caol Ila. That's something you can't say about many distilleries.

  26. Dionysus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  27. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Hunk
    Caol Ila released a 22 years old malt for Feis Ile 2019, but despite my shout out on social media, I have not (yet) been able to get one. Last year, my buddy Manny was on Islay, so I knew that the Feis Ile 2018 release – a Caol Ila 10 Year Old – would find its way to Ghent. It is a vatting of 8 casks: Refill American Oak Hogsheads and Rejuvenated European Oak Butts – whatever that means. Pierrick Guillaume, the French Master Distiller, selected the cask himself.
    The nose is soft and sweet on… baby breath, apples and honey. After that I get maritime notes typical for Caol Ila: seaweeds, salt water and peat smoke. A lovely hint of crab and green tea. I had heard through the grapevine that this one would be less than usual, but I think that is absolutely unwarranted. This is wonderful.
    Perfectly oily with the maritime notes up front: peat smoke (and lots of it), seaweeds, brackish water, fresh oysters with lime juice and black pepper. Then some citrus and young apples. The alcohol is perfectly integrated. An extra sweet note in the guise of honey and peach. Hint of pineapples. Very nice.
    The finish is not too long, admittedly, but remains smoky sweet on citrus fruit with a hint of banana.
    What a hunk! I’m glad I have two more bottles available.

  28. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/feis-ile-2018-caol-ila-part-1/

    N, T, F: Wow, the Feis Ile bottling - but it’s cost a small & select number of us £40 to do so. Utilising refill US & rejuvenated European butts [SW], this is made up from a selection of eight casks, apparently. Pierrick says he likes it. A smokier Caol Ila with langoustines & green tea is all I noted.
    C: Our host points out that most people who buy Caol Ila don’t drink it. If that is the case, why WOULD the distillery bother offering it free for people to try before they buy?!

    [Provisionally scores 86 points]

    A sample I put in my left pocket was never found, so I’ll never know how truly amazing this £100 bottle of 10yo Caol Ila really was. I dash out to attend the Blenders’ Masterclass. In hindsight, I should have skipped this and gone straight there.

  29. Glenjasper scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. Dominique69 scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  31. Sylvia scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. LordIslay scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  33. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Unmistakably Caol Ila. Very powerful and intense maritime scents come from the glass - seaweed on the beach, spray, damp dew. The smoke is also present, with a clear herbal impact. I still find dried red fruits behind the scenes.

    Mouth: At almost the same alcohol content, this malt is much more pleasant to start. Tasty a current 12yo OA
    Steroids. Intense maritime, citrus, a hint of Granny Smith apple. A hint of red fruits is found after some time in the mouth, mixed with a few herbs and a hint of tobacco leaves. Everything is surrounded by beautiful vanilla sweetness.

  34. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  35. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

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