Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Oloroso Sherry Butts Finish
Number of bottles
55.4 % Vol.
30 ml 500 ml
Added on
30 Aug 2018 8:32 am by Yeyel
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 87.65

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124 × member ratings

213 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila Cl11 ElD

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.69 points

  1. 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;

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

    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.

    Cocoa nibs and Arbroath smokies linger.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

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

  5. 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.

  6. Ivynor scored this whisky 1 points Expert Senior

    Ultra sulfur. Undrinkable. Very disappointed ????

  7. LeChiffre scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

  9. Portfolioman scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    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

  10. the_muskox scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    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.


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