Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
34 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
57.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Jun 2018 9:46 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 320.00

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51 × member ratings

84 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1984 CA

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.14 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] 1984 is the best vintage year of the modern Caol Ila distillery because they used the highest peating level ever (in the modern Caol Ila history) what lead to extremely complex and balanced drams 30+years later...

    ...just like this one. Another great 1984 Caol Ila with an excellent profile that is both extremely interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable. Hey, this dram is certainly worth every buck of its release price (I paid 203 Euro for this bottle)...
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a bold and incredibly complex aromas mix of fruity, peaty and waxy-oily flavours. After some breathing more interesting notes develop that remind me of the smoker's room in an old Scottish gentlemen's club with cold cigar smoke, old leather and furniture polish. Some maritime notes (sea weed, shells) appear later together with mossy aromas (fishing nets, hemp ropes). Hey, I like that!
    • Taste
      93 93
      The taste is nicely layered on fruity (pears, peaches), meaty (fried bacon), smokey (bonfire) and spicy flavours in a firm wooden structure. All perfectly balanced and without any flaw, great stuff indeed! Water releases more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate what turns the dram even more interesting and quaffable. I like this dram best when reduced to about 48% abv.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The whisky arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate with no distracting feelings whatsoever. The finish is very long and adds some interesting (smoked) kippery flavours together with both hot and cold bonfire smoke. There is a minor drying moment from the ashes of these fires but this is rather tasty and not distracting at all.

  2. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful, powerful Caol Ila which has comparatively "much" barrel influence. This lacks in my eyes the youthful freshness of many similar bottlings, and the splash of citrus fruit (which I both so love and appreciate) which he can make up for by far by his variety of flavors.
    • Nose
      First, the wonderful smell of a delicious apple cider emerges. But these were not normal apples, these have probably been smoked over beechwood for a very short time. The cider was refined with Ceylon cinnamon and freshly chopped vanilla pod. I enjoy the smell in my Herrenzimmer with lake view. Discreetly caresses the idea of ​​a touch of sea air and the smell of noble dark wood and old worn leather. On my fingers are still some crumbs of grated nutmeg that make themselves felt. Another smelling Caol Ila with which you can spend an entire evening.
    • Taste
      Here you notice for the first time the alcohol content, he needs water. With water again to the nose: It is even more fruity - Umeshu is added, the nose is lighter and the woody smell goes to lighter woods. It smells like a pipe that has gone out. The malt easily lays on the tongue, and immediately makes a pleasant unobtrusive sweetness wide. A meadow honey in which only a short vanilla pod was inserted. Again, the cider mixed with Umeshu. Is there a hint of mango and passion fruit? Discreet is there still the taste of chewing tobacco.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet-smoky and with a minimal touch of bitterness, like a tonka bean.

  3. Tastingbros scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    23-23-23-23, major league ..

  5. Jnpons scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: mahogany, copper highlights, beautiful color.

    Nose: smoky, fine and bewitching peat, gourmet notes with almonds, chocolate, bourbon vanilla. Saline notes, which go very well with the whole.
    Palate: magnificent, smooth, gourmet smoke, bacon, vanilla, with an earthy, grassy, twig hint.
    Final: a finish on lemony grass, medium.

    Comments: a well-integrated alcohol,

  6. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  7. Ostap scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic saturation, expressiveness, balance. Major league.
    • Nose
      Saturated, voluminous, delicate smokiness, smoke, light peat, farm notes, citrus acid, some exotic sour fruits, filling of "Rachki" chocolates, green apples (Semirenko), delicate savory salinity, fruit marmalade, chewing marmalade, chewing gum cupcake, vanilla, barberry, leather furniture. Very revealing over time.
    • Taste
      Rich, citrusy, smoky, smoked, exotic notes, juicy, sour, sweet.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, warming, citrus (orange), again exotic notes, apples, pepper. Endless.

  8. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This one needs patience and proper aeration but boooooy is it complex and well-composed ! What I especially like is that, as opposed to many similarly aged Caol Ila's were the "eternal youth" of the aromatic profile is praised, we're well in the presence of an *old* Caol Ila here. This one is not ashamed of its age, and displays its subtle woody influence proudly. That said, the finale retains an extreme freshness, which is almost a miracle. This further lifts its interest and makes you beg for another sip. 92 !
    • Nose
      On essential oils and noble woods. Ravintsara steaming in a sauna. Eucalyptus, big time, with resinous touches, and mint. Think Lipton's "Alps" infusion. Chartreuse as well. You might begin to have an idea of the picture. Dry earth comes afterwards. The peat has really "decomposed" and infused its influence in all these aromas. Bitter grapefruit and blood orange are quite clear. Very evolutive nose, but needs patience. The Caol Ila DNA, besides the aforementioned citrus touches, is still recognizable in a few coastal notes, with bladderwrack (very typical) and driftwood. There's some camphor going on with the eucalyptus that still dominates. Chai Tea, with a spicy-earthy register that grows and grows, dried mud again, pine cones, and the smell of clothes that have been worn around a campfire. You get it : it's complex. Oh, and it happens to be super enjoyable, as well.
    • Taste
      Yeeaaaaah ! A bit of bottle aeration has really polished the high alcohol content, which is now perfectly integrated. The attack is warm and full, even more generous, since the initial noble wood theme transitions to some torrefied notes of coffee beans, super black chocolate, maybe even some cherries ? Gets back on a super authentic earthy-resinous combo afterwards, with that eucalyptus signature again. After waiting for around an hour, the late palate is getting incredibly mineral and waxy. Amazing ! Really another whisky ! A ton of paraffin, fresh laundry and graphite.
    • Finish
      As I remembered, this has a splendid transition to cleaner and fresher territories. There's a splendid lemon juice feeling at this point, making it super refreshing, with nettle and shiso. Mineral and minimalistic, this is similar to some very dry white wine. Incredible transition : this could have continued on something woody that might have gotten cloying, but it didn't. After an hour, the huge wax-graphite transitions in the finale as well.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur


    Another ‘gold’ coloured label continues the theme.

    N: This one’s a bit special. Initially, nutty and smoky with a hint of pickled sweetness. On opening up, I’m loving this for its particular & delicious boozy smoky >farmy > herbal squidgy sweetness, aged/softened to a commanding hush.
    T: The softest 57.6% abv arrival [following on from the SMWS bottling], but then again this is marked as 0.9% stronger. Like the 1965 Springbank [WLP], the years & cask have been kind & rewarding. Nom nom.
    F: A salivating buttery smokiness, a liquorice tincture-y-ness and a punchy/spicy hollow freshness [like sucking through a straw hollowness]. Eventually after a long & gentle unravel, we’ve a Smarties casing barley sugar conclusion with smoky butter cream. A touch bitter at the death.
    C: A lovely lovely cask.

  10. Luigisim scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This whisky brings me directly in the small tasting warehouse at Caol Ila distillery: smell and flavours of the dram seems taken from the small place looking a t Jura
    • Nose
      91 91
      Salty mold, rusty tools, old peated wood. What else to day? Beautiful
    • Taste
      92 92
      Peat and iodine, very gentle alcohol. At blind would not give more than 45%. Example of how long cask maturation could keep the aroma while releasing some strength. Excellent
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium and liquer style, sticking gently around


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