Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Stated Age
17 years old
5 - 9
Number of bottles
61.1 % Vol.
50 ml 150 ml 750 ml
Added on
01 Nov 2009 10:25 pm
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 6416,15

24 × in wishlist

55 × member ratings

43 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1974 SV

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.17 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Peach, straw, peat, honey, macadamia, ginger, pineapple and gingerbread. Slightly farmy too, but that's gone when adding water. Then there's more honey.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Peat, honey, orange, ginger, Printen in chocolate, leather, spice and a vegetal touch. With water apple and a light nutty touch.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Peat, Printen in chocolate, orange, honey and peach.

  2. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Perfect peat and breakthrough flavors! My best CI so far. I think Serge's 96 points are exaggerated a bit, but it's a really outstanding whisky. This is the minimum for the 2400 € bottle, right? :)
    • Nose
      Powerful and complex. Peat, salt minerals, citruses, green apple, coconut.
      Menthol bubble gum, tutti-frutti and punch pudding. Star anise, cooking oil and dill.
    • Taste
      Extremely powerful. Big dose of peat, burnt caramel, honey, freshly grated lemon peel, kiwi. Camphor, menthol, fresh eucalyptus, marzipan, mustard and horseradish.
    • Finish
      Long with citruses and ash.

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    The nose on this is lovely, this is one of those whiskies you can really experiment with water.

    One of my favourite whiskies and one of the very best Caol ila ever, or any whisky for that matter.

    95 points is high, even on my scale I am tempted to give it 96, I rate it that highly.

    Superb, if you like peat you will not find it any better than this.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Neat, this is so smooth you would never guess it is 61% more like 50-52% maximum


    Nose - Still on cake notes, hot buttered toast and a little lemon and a few cheese notes (in a good way)

    Palate - The sweetness has faded a little and the peat is more pronounced and the water has releases some sherbet fizz.

    Finish - Quite long, still smooth and touches of lemon.

    By far the best Caol Ila I have had because it is so light and fresh. This is more than a match for most if not all Port Ellen and puts the likes of all the Ardbegs I have tried to shame.

    I can see why the Malt Maniacs rated this so highly.

    Excellent stuff, but far too expensive now, glad I got it when I did.
    • Nose
      This note from sample saved from full bottle years previously.

      Wow that is good, so fresh and clean but with a recognisable sweetness.

      Bubble gum sweetness, freshly baked croissants just out the oven, lemon, lime, moist light Jam sponge cake.

      There is also brine, washed up seaweed and sweet smoke.
    • Taste
      Massive blast of sweetness mixed in with peat initially, sweet pastry, honeycomb, very sweet toffee.

      Full bodied and quite thick but so restrained with it.
    • Finish
      Very smooth sweet, slight caramel and more lime than lemon with a little salt.

      Right at the end there are a few chalky notes which detracts

  6. Dede scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: it seems at first discreet compared to the 1968 Samaroli and the 1968 Intertrade but quickly gains in power. More chiseled, with first of all fresh vegetal notes (cut grass, star anise, fennel) then lemon, a beautiful and powerful peat, iodine, marzipan, and a mineral side. Textbook Islay Malt, but with a balance that I have rarely encountered.

    Palate: Sharp like a blade ... Lemon, iodine, peat, anise, fennel. Particular combo of vegetable notes, peaty and salty. Even better with a little water.

    Finale: long, powerful, peaty, lemony, liquorice and mineral, with a return of smoked malted barley to the retro-olfaction.

    Excellent, but different from the two 68 tasted in parallel (Samaroli and Intertrade). Peat in particular has changed, more powerful, fatter, and less marked by coal.

  7. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    tasted with Aby and JJ
    • Nose
      briny - salt, oily, sparkling fresh citrus, smoked ham, coconut, some pickle and peat
    • Taste
      briny, fruity, later creamy and salt
    • Finish
      salt, peat, ashes, some grass and wax

  8. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

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