Caol Ila 10-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2018
Stated Age
10 years old
Refill US Hogsheads and Rejuvenated EU Butts
Number of bottles
58.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
01 Jun 2018 11:46 am by holborndrinker
ChillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 171.05

16 × in wishlist

138 × member ratings

308 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 10-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.57 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
      süß - aschig
      Honig / Karamell leicht angebräunt und angebrannt

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. yggr scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

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

  6. yggr scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

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

  7. sakis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  8. 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.

  9. Dionysus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  10. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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.


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