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Caol Ila 25-year-old

Overall rating
89.04/100
votes
107
Whiskybase ID
WB121618
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
26.09.2018
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8269CM003
Barcode
5000281027098
Added on
26 nov 2018 1:59 pm by hs305
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 212.21

19 × in wishlist

107 × member ratings

321 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 25-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.04 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] It seems the 25-years old Caol Ila sells very well these days - no wonder given its attractive price tag of less than 150 Euro (by the way: I bought my bottle in a special offer for just 99,95 Euro what I call a real bargain!). So Diageo released a second 2018 batch - the first was filled on February, 21th (bottle code L8052) and this one on September, 26th (bottle code L8269). I tasted (almost) all releases of the 25-years old Caol Ila so far and it seems that quality improved over the last years (contrary to most of all other whiskies) except for the very first 2010 edition that I liked best so far (it contains casks of the legendary 1984 vintage of Caol Ila). For sure I have to check if this latest release rides this quality wave too and this is done best in a head-to-head versus a sample of the benchmark 2010 (WB id 16393)...

    ...and actually, it does! The profile is completely different to that of the 2010 (missing both the maritime and OBF aromas) and the 2010 wins on the nose while I like both the taste and the finish of the 2018 (2nd batch) better. This is mainly because of a more impressive flavours mix with heavier phenols and more herbal and spicy impressions. Well done, both Caol Ila (congrats to all the staff that produced this very fine dram) and Diageo (for selecting these fine casks and a heartfully thank for - until now - not increasing the price for us drinkers). Highly recommended to all lovers old style Traditional Scotch Islay drams, I will stack some bottles for my retirement...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is amber and hence significantly darker than the 2010 (but remember, Diageo uses caramel to adjust it and because of German laws this is stated on the backlabel in german "Mit Farbstoff (Zuckerkulör)"). The nose offers a fine herbal and peat-driven profile with rather shy sweet aromas that take a while to enfold, finally. It is all very balanced and delicate but far away from the great 2010's nose with much more phenols, maritime notes and an adorable OBF. Nonetheless, still the 2018 owns a very fine nosing profile, no doubt. Give it at least 10 minutes (better 20) and it will reward you for your patience (and adding some drops of water is good for additional two points in my book)...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is much more smokey-peaty than the nose but the sweet barley sugars and honeys counter this greatly. It is multi-layered with herbal and waxy flavours join in later, after that delicious fruits show up and finally the spices kick in. Hey, this is great movie on my palate without any flaw or off-note at all. I like this taste a little better than the 2010 actually but the two are very different and hence hard to compare. Some water opens up the nose nicely and turns both the taste and finish smoother and sweeter, but actually I like the neat dram better (except for some drops to improve the nosing experience).
    • Finish
      92 92
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with a tasty phenol-driven mouthfeel and no distracting moments. The finish is very long and adds an additional layer of delicious chocolatey flavours (both dark and white). It vanishes in slowly fading waves with just a minor bitter touch from the phenols (what is the best bitter note I can imagine, so this is rather an asset). Both the mouthfeel and finish are (a little) better and more impressive than the 2010 (that still is on a very high quality level).

  2. Bam scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I think the word 'Elegant' is a bit strange to describe a whisky, but here the word simply fits nicely. The smoke is already clear, but it remains unmistakably an Islay whisky.
    • Nose
      Immediately the typical Caol Ila camp fire smoke, where I always have an association of cashew nuts. In addition a nice citrus note, after freshly squeezed lemon juice. Grilled peach and a fine vanilla / caramel note. The oak looks kräutrig, and almost a little floral. Suddenly I have fresh, green apple. After a few minutes, the smoke changes, and now more like leather and pipe tobacco, with a maritime touch.
    • Taste
      Light onset, then comes strong lemon, which slowly changes to the green apple, underlaid by a beautiful vanilla. The smoke is slowly spreading, the oak spice comes to it.
    • Finish
      Longer finish, characterized by herbal notes, oak, lemon and again vanilla. Salivation begins. Some pepper.

  3. YosemiteSam scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Genial whisky, very balanced
    • Nose
      93 93
      subtle, spicy aromas, notes of corn, malty sweetness and ripe fruits
    • Taste
      95 95
      Pleasant soft notes of peat smoke, slightly spicy, honey. Delicious!
    • Finish
      93 93
      The finish is long and subtle. Again peat smoke and sweetness. A party!

  4. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The parallels to the 18 are very easy to see. In contrast to this, the 25 is extremely round and balanced: very solid, finely smoky and slightly minty.
    [Edit: 11/20/2020]
    • Nose
      First impression: a lemony, almost grassy freshness. Added to this is the camp fire smoke, cinnamon and allspice wort.
    • Taste
      The taste is much more intense than the smell. The smoke goes towards medical notes. In the background you can taste cinnamon and herbs.
      Mouthfeel: extremely round
    • Finish
      Cinnamon, chocolate, umami. From the smell to the finish, the full-bodiedness continues to build up.

  5. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Herbaceous, fine peat. After shave. Cereals. Fugitive fruits, citrus fruits by small touches.
    • Taste
      Melted with a subtle mix of honey and salt, we have some woody notes. The whole is a little too small, and lacks intensity.
    • Finish
      Final not very intense but very long, well salted, with a note of coffee.

      Enthusiasm
      Nose & Finale 4/5
      Mouth 3/5

      Whisky n ° 2108

  6. SebStar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very nice standards. At cask strength, of course, that would be fantastic. It's a shame that the days when you could get a bottle for €99 on sale are over.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very nice, harmonious nose with a delicate, maritime-style smoke. Campfire on the beach, light mineral sea breeze, honey, vanilla, citrus notes, pastry, freshly cut twigs, malt, green apples.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Slightly oily body - does not appear watery despite the low drinking strength. Delicate smoke, vanilla, apples, aloe vera, brine, bundt cake, malt, caramel, oak spice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mid-length finish. Fine oak, malt, smoke, citrus notes.

  8. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A bit more straightforward than the 2012 version that I tasted next to it. Less honeyed and less grassy. Still a very good one though.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Candied orange, peach, apple, honey
    • Taste
      88 88
      More peat and leather. Apple, orange and honey.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Cocoa, peat, apple, orange and biscuit.

  10. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Astonishing nose, full of secondary peat and sea breeze.
    Unfortunately at mouth you feel the watered down effect, becoming a great standard Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. yarikovsky scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. krtek911 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. Apikalov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. claymore84 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 03-12-2021.

  16. Whizkas scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    A nice well wood-matured dram, with subtle wood-vanillas, and mildly matured peat.
    A slightly higher strength would definately have improved this whisky. Now, maybe one or two drops of water at most allowed. Without water some pepper and chili coming through. Flavour intensifies after waiting for at least half a hour.
    • Nose
      88 88
      nice subtle matured wood, vanilla, cinnamon
    • Taste
      89 89
      Nice matured wood, slightly sweet, subtle vanillas, some cinnamon again and ginger
    • Finish
      90 90
      very long lingering, mild smoky wood en gingerflavours

  17. Abraxas98 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Wonderful and complex. Definitively one of my favourite whiskies.

  18. whisky_garage scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: Intense. The first wave is a powerful, energetic peat-fruit-berry theme, but its time is fleeting. A new era comes quickly enough. Fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, vanilla, some citrus fruits????????, monpasier, marmalade. A bonfire on the seashore????????, here you have a whole set .... Light smoke and minerality, a sea theme and salinity. The perfect balance of the barrel. The background screen saver to this abundance of aromas goes a slightly perceptible, almost phantom smell of pasture in summer, dry weather (without cattle) ????‍♂ and engine oil????‍♂.

    Taste: Bright, dry. For the most part, this is a story associated with peat and its components. A touch of vanilla, fruity themes, minerality, a hint of saltiness.

    Finish: Long lasting. Peat theme, vanilla, barrel. By the end of the finish, fruits and ash appear.

    Conclusion: A good aroma, moderately light, with a sufficient number of shades and undertones.
    Nice taste.
    Correct finish.
    Seemed not corpulent enough, which of course spoiled the overall picture.

  19. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Furosin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Citrus appears. After some time in the glass, the fruit basket begins to fill, peach, apple, mandarin ..
      A slightly sour note builds up in the background, a little oak spice appears
    • Taste
      89 89
      creamy, oily appearance with a slight liveliness; smoky, fruity and sweet. Alcohol is also very well integrated here. Maritime notes, nuts, oak, pepper and chocolate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium length, smoke, herbs, chocolate oak

  21. marmeladow scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    It only opens fully after 15-25 minutes of breathing time in the Glencairn glass with all its variety of mild campfire smoke, sweetness, fresh fruit, malt, oak, pleasant spice, seaweed and a very elegant maturity

    Overall, surprisingly fresh for its ripeness and at the same time elegant, gentle peat, maritime, malty. Creamy sweetness on the palate, paired with pleasant spice and smoke / salt - great barrels with very good maturation. Long finish - in its perfect enjoyment it can easily compete with Laphroaig 30yo or Wemyss Caol Ila 33yo (1980-2013). Here Jim Murray with my 95.5 points hits my first impressions

  22. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Ziggy24 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  24. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Really refreshing, easy drinkable and enjoyable - very good!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very fresh, citric, vanilla, fine peat and smoke, sea breeze, iodine - very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Punchy, fruity, good sweetness, peat and smoke, salty - great!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, warm

  25. 11insomnium scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Ripened in the sherry barrel would have become the right class. More voluminous in the nose than in the mouth.
    • Nose
      Aromatic, slightly phenolic smoke, citrus, sweet, bright fruit, mild and set
    • Taste
      Smoky, sweet, slightly floral-fruity, spicy oak
    • Finish
      Smoky, dry and slightly dry

  26. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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