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Overall rating
88.46/100
votes
78
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Asta Morris (AM)
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
AM 055
Number of bottles
580
Strength
56.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
misprint: Coal Ila
Added on
07 Aug 2018 7:28 am by Mag Stillicious
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 67,00

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2011 AM

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.46 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Hand-in-Hand
    When Bert Bruyneel launches a Caol Ila, you had better get your skates on. Mostly the bottles are sold out before I even get the change to order one. This is one of those releases – albeit 580 bottles strong – that I missed. Thanks to a buddy in Holland (yes, I do have friends there, believe it or not) I was able to get my hands of a sample. I’ll try it head-to-head with the new release from 2019. Funny detail: the label says Coal Ila, but the misprint was discovered too late.
    Wonderful nose on tobacco, old books, toffee and fresh figs, followed by vanilla and cookie dough with the chocolate chips just put in. Delicious. A hint of barbecue (the day after) and only mildly coastal on sea weeds. Like I said: delicious.
    The arrival is oily and spicy. Immediately it’s a battle between three parties: sweet sherry with dark and sweet fruit and tobacco, ballsy peat and a big salty note from the spirit. No… wait… battle is not the right word, for they do not fight each other. On the contrary: they are perfectly matched. They stroll through the surf, hand-in-hand, while the bonfire on the beach behind them slowly dies.
    Very long, mildly piquant and softly drying finish that makes me slouch on the couch.
    Delicious Caol Ila, despite the young age. And even though you can taste that, it is nearly impossible not to love this. And to think it was for sale for only 70 EUR. No wonder they were gone in the blink of an eye.

  2. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: While the attack is powerful and peaty, made of fire and a certain animality, the barrel will let operate the magic. Quickly we will have these notes of heavily roasted coffee, chocolate and stewed fruit. There is wealth, complexity. Fig appears, accompanied by a syrup of fruits of the same nature, dried fruits toasted and always this peat which leaves nothing to chance. Notes of cinnamon surrender at the end of a nose that I personally find great.

    Palate: In the mouth its power will carry a salty peat and greasy at a time. It is then that its maturation will bring that extra soul that I hope for each whisky. We will have black berries, licorice. We find this sweet side on fruits typed dried figs. As always, it's Bert Bruyneel's paw, a multi-layered whisky, which takes time, patience, but in the end is just perfect, in keeping with the promises of the nose. What to say ? It's a pleasure.

    Finale: Dries just right, strong coffee offers a little chocolate. Salt again comes to give the reply to this sweet-bitter character. Long, very long with vegetal notes, mint tea or eucalyptus. Finally tobacco.

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    coal ... caol ila very young !!! but amazing!
    • Nose
      peat fat, heavy, black, caramel, a little toasted meat, even burnt, malt, a little brown sugar,
      intense vanilla return that can make you think of a bourbon!
    • Taste
      strength of alcohol!
      then greasy peat, more peppery spices, cooked and caramelized fruits, a little strawberry sugar tagada, a meaty side on the return, rather strange.a bit of nuts also grilled.

  4. 3S007 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

  5. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very young Caol Ila but the sherry cask worked wonders. Tasty and moreish. Great selection from Asta Morris.
    • Nose
      Dried fruits, balsamic, toffee, roasted nuts. Tobacco and leather after a while. Red fruits in the background. Very good.
    • Taste
      Strong. Peat, roasted nuts, toffee, tobacco again, dark chocolate, lemony notes and ashes.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky with lingering sherry notes.

  6. Big6230 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Little peat, sherry, CS, ... Competitive price

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Mark-E scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Steven79 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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