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Overall rating
92.17/100
votes
63
Whiskybase ID
WB11335
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Vintage
03.05.1974
Bottled
11.1991
Stated Age
17 years old
Casknumber
5 - 9
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
61.1 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 150 ml 750 ml
Added on
01 Nov 2009 10:48 pm
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Average value

€ 8591.66

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63 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1974 SV

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

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

    WTH WATER

    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

  2. HansG scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Tasted the Dun Eideann bottle that has the same content.

    The one tastes closest to Pre-1974 Caol ila. Or we can infer that the cask number 5-9 indicates it is still made by the old style of making the whisky. Super powerful and bold body that goes to the pinnacle of the whisky in all. The peat unfolded itself by a elegant manner, but lasted in a unbelievable length of time with tons of informations to be perceived. An almost perfect combination of power and delicacy.

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=20

    Colour:
    gold
    Nose:
    Very complex and straightforward, sea flavors with a salty background with a smoky-fruity sweetness. Peaty malt and lots of vanilla.
    Taste:
    Wow, what a gigantic, harmonious mouthfeel is that!
    A combination of creamy malty grain, smoky campfire and a great saltiness with delicious fruity fresh fruit notes. Absolutely no disturbing taste peaks and that at 61% !!! The long time in the bottle rounded off the whisky perfectly (if it wasn't back in 1991). An appetizer that you would never say 61.1% alcohol.
    Finish:
    Infinitely long - straightforward fruit-peat-smoke mix that ends up pleasantly dry at some point.
    Comment:
    One of the best fruit-peat-smoke compositions we have ever tried and so far for us the best Caol Ila.
    96 points
    N: 95P / G: 96P / F: 96P

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Difficult. I expected so much. It's raw, violent, not that complex. I don't understand Serge's note.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very balanced nose. Citrus fruits, zest, cold ash, oily peat. Very well integrated graphite.
      Light vanilla cream.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In the mouth it is quite violent. Lots of citrus. Oily peat.
      I need water to enjoy it.
      Lemon confit, cold tobacco.
      Very pretty.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Final on candied lemon, cold ash.

  5. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 98 points Expert Senior

    Caol Ila 17 yo 1974/1991 (61.1%, Signatory, cask #5-9) Colour: straw. Nose: much straighter, crystal-clean peat and sea elements. Sea breeze, oysters, kelp… Then lemon juice, wet stones, freshly cut green apples. Hints of aniseed and dill. As pure and clean as possible. Mouth: ultra-punchy but very drinkable at such high strength. Very close to the Samaroli in fact, just a tad purer. Please see above. With a little water: extraordinary notes of high-end marzipan, butter apples, smoked salmon, dozens of various crystallised fruits… And so on. One of the greatest, utterly brilliant, will send many Ardbegs/Laphroaigs/Lagavulin back to the Peat School.

    96 points (and many thanks, Konstantin)

    whiskyfun.com

  6. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From Whiskyfun,

    Caol Ila 17 yo 1974/1991 (61.1%, Signatory, cask #5-9) Colour: straw. Nose: much straighter, crystal-clean peat and sea elements. Sea breeze, oysters, kelp… Then lemon juice, wet stones, freshly cut green apples. Hints of aniseed and dill. As pure and clean as possible. Mouth: ultra-punchy but very drinkable at such high strength. Very close to the Samaroli in fact, just a tad purer. Please see above. With a little water: extraordinary notes of high-end marzipan, butter apples, smoked salmon, dozens of various crystallised fruits… And so on. One of the greatest, utterly brilliant, will send many Ardbegs/Laphroaigs/Lagavulin back to the Peat School. 96 points (and many thanks, Konstantin)

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Sweet peat, citrus, some tropical fruits, great balance and complexity, excellent

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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