Overall rating
86.47/100
votes
137
Whiskybase ID
WB116841
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
2008
Bottled
2018
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butts Finish
Number of bottles
1206
Strength
55.4 % Vol.
Size
30 ml 500 ml
Barcode
5060532803161
Added on
30 aug 2018 8:32 am by Yeyel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 103.01

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221 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila Cl11 ElD

27 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.47 points.

  1. Glen Valley scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Absolute luxury class, as especially in the taste combine smoke and Oloroso sweetness and form an oily unit.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Immediately fresh sherry sweetness, the typical CL smoke barely gets through. Alcohol is imperceptible. A calm, gentle, very pleasant fragrance
    • Taste
      91 91
      Warming, sweet, oily onset. Now comes the magnificent Caol Ila smoke, but remains beautifully balanced with the Oloroso notes.
      Very good even as cask strength without drinking water, the alcoholic strength remains in the background.
      Very balanced, great as warm campfire smoke blends with a buttery sherry flavor.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium. Could be a little longer.
      But great, as here hardly bitterness comes and the sherry sweetness prevails also in the finish. Again the smoke is perceptible but not dominant.

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  3. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice dram, smoky but not too overwhelming, combined with fruitiness, red and ripe fruits. Some earthy notes. Nice one.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat, sweet smoke, pretty some alcohol, fruits, red fruits, berries. Ashy. Apple sirup.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Powerful, sparkling, but relatively friendly. Licorice, smoke, ash, but ripe fruits as well. Tobacco. Later on even more powerful. Earthy notes now.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pretty smooth now, ashy, tobacco and fruits. A touch of bitterness. Pretty long. Smoky and fruity. Even some vegetal and earthy notes.

  7. nogreg scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Bacon roasted on a burning tire, with dead mackerel. The rest of the tastes and aromas are typical of Caol Ila. I do not recommend it very much.

  8. Malthead90 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
      Voluminous strong smoke, smoked bacon, fresh sea salt, ripe figs, nutmeg and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Lots of heavy smoke, fresh cherry jam, again nutmeg and cinnamon, getting drier towards the end.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, dominated by sweet, medicinal smoke.

  9. Ivynor scored this whisky 1 points Expert Senior

    Ultra sulfur. Undrinkable. Very disappointed ????

  10. LeChiffre scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately for me a musty, musty off note in the taste.

  11. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A simple dram, enjoyable but not among the top Elements bottlings.
    • Nose
      Acidic fino-like sherry, and familiar Caol Ila peat and salt. Smells maritime, but the sherry feels separate from the whole. Tarmac, waxed fruit, tar cola candy, madeira.
    • Taste
      Sweet and well sherried, but sadly the sherry feels like a separate layer from the peat and smoke. Water brings some mushrooms (like you can find in port wine), but loosens the body too much to my liking.
    • Finish
      Short, abrupt, tarry and sweet.

  12. Portfolioman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    very good combination of smoke and sherry
    • Nose
      Smoke, campfire ash, behind it a juicy sweetness
    • Taste
      strong in the beginning, sherry sweetness (dried fruits, especially dates), smoke, pepper
    • Finish
      long and warming, date sweetness, smoky, becoming drier, very light oak tones in the aftertaste

  13. the_muskox scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Hot damn, that’s fantastic! I have no real idea if it’s down to the quality of the sherry casks, but I’d believe it. There’s so much depth and complexity, with that beautifully intense mix of sweet, spice, salt, smoke, and nuts. It’s almost Longrow-like at times. Not to mention those crazy petrichor and fenugreek notes. Easily the best peated Caol Ila I’ve ever had.

    Nose: Warmly spiced. Lots of baking spices, as well as more exotic notes of lemongrass and thai basil. Sweet fruit notes of mango, plums, and baked apples. Some slightly tart fruit too, with some fresh ruby grapefruit and granadilla. Nutty, toasted peat smoke. Beef jerky, smoked sausage, pork broth, and burnt pretzels, as well as a burning paraffin tea light. Salty too, something like an old sharp cheddar. Some sweet barley and maple fudge. A soft hint of elderflower sits underneath, as well as a shockingly clear note of petrichor.

    Palate:Medium-thick texture. Creamy fruit and vanilla up front, with a hit of yeast. Big dry, nutty, savoury smoke on the development, with a wave of dried wood and seaside. Tide pools, smoked fish. The sweetness does punch through in the middle, though: Ripe peaches, plums, craisins, vanilla, and soft caramels. Through the development comes dried meat, roasted peanuts, and a strong flavour of dried fenugreek leaves. On the back end there’s rich, slightly acidic dark chocolate, aged balsamic, and more petrichor.

    Finish: Long and smoky. Salty plums, blueberries, orange, macerated strawberries, barley sugar, crisp bacon, and wood-fired sauna deep in the boreal forest. Vanilla and toasted coconut. More of that sharp cheddar. Extra-dark chocolate. Sticky crystallized honey.

  14. drummer & timmer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Shooting guns at the seashore standing on a wet rock while chewing on a jalapeño pepper.

  15. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  16. matfrl scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

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

  18. hs305 scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2019] I had this dram during a private vertical Caol Ila tasting session.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 66. My notes state a heavily sulphur-spoiled dram straight out of hell. I did not drink it because I was afraid to ruin my taste buds for the rest of the tasting session.

  19. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Another great slim ila.
    • Nose
      Red fruit, smoke, peat, spice, vanilla, mint
    • Taste
      Buttery and sweet. Fruit, ash, sweet bacon, grape, smoke, ham, spice, herbs, and oak.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, and billowing smoke and fruity sweetness on the finish. Smokey sweet aftertaste.

  21. butt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    This whisky was distilled in 2008 and spent the last 18 months of maturation in two sherry butts taken from a solera. The old wood has imparted a dusty, spicy note that plays well against the salt and brine found in Caol Ila’s spirit. Only 1206 bottles were produced.

    Cask details;
    2008 distillate in 2 oloroso sherry butts from a solera system.

    Tasting notes;

    Nose
    Dusty dark chocolate, charcoal smoke and buttered currants. Winter-punch spice is balanced by fresher, greener notes of nettle and elderflower.

    Palate
    Mouth coating and dense, with rich Morello cherries in a thick sweet sauce – the perfect balance of sweet and sour. The peat is herbaceous, reminiscent of aged Chartreuse, and is followed by notes of bitter chocolate.

    Finish
    Cocoa nibs and Arbroath smokies linger.

  23. elidiot scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Nose: white board felt, acetone paint, quite deep smell, pineapple, some banana, flower honey, peat very vegetal although discreet, digging a little iodine, a little cinnamon . Impression rather vegetal, pollenous, while being a little chemically ashy, very well integrated alcohol to the nose anyway. Very surprising, gives very want to taste

    Palate: sweet, very sweet, clayey fresh soil, very powerful and complex, fir-like honey, oaky, almost aged rum, peat not very present but which subjugates the whole. Very harmonious and balanced, greedy, fresh vegetal notes. A bit of salt also, swampy, a pleasure

    End: long, beautiful average of all sensations in the nose and mouth. Very powerful empty glass, several water cleanings needed

  24. Dude1971 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  26. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  28. Mark-E scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  29. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

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

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