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Overall rating
91.94/100
votes
82
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottling serie
Smoky Nectar
Vintage
1983
Bottled
2018
Calculated age
35 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Number of bottles
211
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Wemyss Cask Club exclusively
Added on
18 Feb 2019 6:06 pm by MaltMusings
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 589.56

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1983 Wy

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.94 points

  1. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    EYE / NOSE
    Cognac color. Golden amber in the glass. JURA and other distilleries try to hit this tone when they "refine" their malt with sugar coulour. Long oily streaks are drawn by the old Caol Ila in the glass. Very nice. In the meantime, he has taken some temperature in my Glencairn and also had enough time to breathe. From the glass a wonderful smoky carpet flows to me, which transports a colorful round of other flavors. First a fruity sweetie. Baked peaches, Austrian apricot roaster and ripe yellow pear. Then again leathery waxy notes. Everything is embedded in the massive sweetness of warm maple syrups. Finally, maritime notes. Sea kelp and sea salt crust, which I like to use on the Iberian Peninsula for packing oven fish, I notice right away. With something antiseptic. Hansaplast and the typical Brenneral character of Caol Ila greet. It is said that about 80% of the total aromas are perceived via the nose. Here, the Smoky Nectar knows how to convince all along the line. Just great.

    PALATE
    And that's what I'm trying to do, as I would with a Bruichladdich in 1970, a Bowmore Seadragon or an Islay Trinitity. So calm with time and leisure in the mouth. Intense and velvety at the same time, tongue and palate signal back. You do not want to let go of the Smoky Nectar with its fine, oily consistency. The smoke is still wonderfully present, which may be due to the fact that was operated in 1983/84 at Caol Ila with exceptionally high phenol content in the malt. The longer I enjoy it, the more balanced the malt becomes and the more complex the flavors are. The impressions from the nose continue seamlessly. No disturbances of the oak. The Hogshead must have been absolutely flawless at the time, considering that about 60% of the taste is due to the barrel influences. Probably even more, after so many years. The powerful spiciness that brings Caol Ila from home is underlined all along the line. The baked peaches, the juicy apricots and the other aromas from the nose are gradually re-establishing themselves. In addition, honey butter comes to my mind. I can hold on to a thing forever and enjoy the elegance and variety. I love that, wonderful mouthfeel with a truly equal taste.

    FINISH / CONCLUSION
    The flavors found in nose and mouth go clean in the reverberation. In the end, as is often the case, the special strength of Rauchamalzes comes to light. Long and warm it smolders and finally turns into a mixture of fruity-fresh sweetness and cold ashy-chalky acting smoke. The smoke in the finish reminds me of a burning, small campfire in winter. The branches are still slightly damp and a bit resinous. At this level of philosphy over weaknesses and failing notes, it's basically forbidden by itself. No tannins or bitterness, no excessive dryness. What is sulfur? The malt is just incredibly dangerous good drinkable. At this point, I consciously avoid the verbs "full-bodied" and "tasty", although I must confess that they would have fit like a glove here.
    Downer? Formally, the reduction could be advertised to 46% ABV, for which there may have been numerous reasons. I have, in addition to purely economic considerations, one or two other ideas why this is the case, but I do not want to speculate wildly. The malt itself is likely to have had 8-10 volume percent more alcohol before the addition of water. But that does not matter. Because the fact is, the Smoky Nectar itself has certainly not harmed it, rather aromas have been added. I spare myself here to enumerate all the classics, which were also reduced and are fantastic. Bowmore's legendary Seadragon, Murray McDavid's Islay Trilogy, Springbank 21 Feis Ile Madeira 2018 and countless others. By the way, 46% -48% alcohol remain, for me personally most of the time an ideal drinking strength.

    All in all a fantastic whisky, excellently selected and in its balance almost perfect. A nectar, that is divine food, in the truest sense of the word.

    More notes and reviews on Facebook at #Maltkanzlei.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I find the nose extraordinarily intense, tasty and noble - on the palate it cannot quite keep up the level, overall very exciting how intensely aromatic a malt with 46% can be
    • Nose
      93 93
      Sugar crust, vanilla, sea salt air, seaweed, very crystalline white fruits, flowers and tea aromas

      dense, lively, intense
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting and special Caol Ila for me. No bad notes, but for me personally not a simple whisky either. Now I just remember that it was drinking strength. I didn't miss the barrel strength here.
    • Nose
      A surge of sour yellow fruit with a good dose of smoke suits you, orange is definitely included, apricot, nice fruit sweetness, including vanilla, pepper, some yoghurt, new wine, now more lemon than orange, rarely such a clear citrus note in Smelled whisky, some oak, always so out of the back, if you don't just smell it briefly, a little honey, varied
    • Taste
      wow, yellow here too, sour, strange somehow, smoke, ashy, spicy, vanilla, honey, in short he confused me, the fruity note at the start was a bit unusual, now the lemon
      with the second sip I grab a little quince, apricot, even here a slight association of orange, very sweet overall on the start, almonds, and yes there is a wood note in the background all the time, which has confused me and I assign it somewhere to the fruit wanted to
    • Finish
      Lemon on the tip of the tongue, ashy smoke on the palate, light sweetness, now also a little oak, slightly tart, nuts, a hint of mint

  4. rampah scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really tasty malt. I love it. Despite its age, there is still a certain freshness in it. Very elegant and almost tender for a malt from Islay.
    However, you have to pay for it properly.
    Just put the Caol Ila 25 in the glass. The acts in direct comparison almost uncouth and rough. Also smokier and oakier. Just not so elegant. But do not get it wrong now. The 25er is for the price (my closed bottle I bought a few months ago for 100 €) a very good malt.
    • Nose
      The smoke is already there, but after 35 years, as expected, withdrawn. In addition, a nice fresh touch. Cliché sea breeze. So a campfire burns away while taking a beach walk. In addition, pears glazed in butter. Acacia honey. Also citrus fruits. Candied oranges. Maybe from shower sticks. Then wood notes. Rather freshly cut branches and tree sap. After a few sips, I think the smoke is a bit stronger.
    • Taste
      Nice sweet and oily at first. Sugar candy. Maple syrup. Then again pears. Now rather a pear and apple compote with a dash of lemon. Lychee. Then it tingles. Ginger and wood flavor. Only now comes the elegant smoke, which nicely accompanies the whole thing.
    • Finish
      Wood sugar. Now the smoke is getting stronger and colder. Again citrus. It gets drier but not bitter.

  6. Coldorak scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely fantastic dram, complex, elegant, just great.

    Color: Chestnut. After a swirl, legs take so much time to form and descend that it's almost legless.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Old peatiness, maritime, sea breeze on a humid morning, everything is really delicate. Then vanilla, citrus, sweet peat, bonfire, old leather, I may smell this for hours.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Absolutely elegant, like you take a walk with a lady. Delicate smoke, that takes the upper hand on the sweetness, then gentle waves of fruits, apple, then really noticeable tropical fruits. Yummy.
    • Finish
      93 93
      I'll tell you how long it is if it ever does finish. The gentle smoke stays with you until the end of times.

  7. Arwen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

  9. Othorion scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      Dark and heavy, sweet, sea aromas interwoven with smoke, pancakes with apricots, leather, spicy honey, a little iodine, lemon juice, algae, campfire, tree sap, pear jelly
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, bacon with barbecue sauce, peaches, apricots, ash, pear, a little ginger, lemon and orange jam
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, waxy, ash, a few roasted walnuts, honey,

  10. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Opened my bottle on Saturday July 6th, 2019 to celebrate the start of the Tour de France 2019 in Brussels, Belgium (“Le Grand Départ”), commemorating the first Tour de France victory of our Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx 50 years ago, in 1969.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

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