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Caol Ila 2011 AM

Overall rating
87.95/100
votes
40
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Asta Morris (AM)
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
07 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Casknumber
AM 057
Number of bottles
245
Strength
55.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 Feb 2019 1:51 pm by old-smokey
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 90.41

16 × in wishlist

40 × member ratings

67 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2011 AM

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.95 points

  1. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: It will be difficult not to compare it to the previous edition. This one seems to me to be more delicate. The smoke is there, to demonstrate its intensity, the fruit is more velvety. We have this chocolate sensation, a notion of dried fruits. The peat turns to ashes, there are prunes. Cinnamon, bitter orange. Finally there is this beeswax, a texture close to varnished wood. Very frankly this nose has a lot of different facets, which appear one after the other, while flexibility. Despite his young age, do not be in a hurry, he will open slowly. Sandalwood maybe too.

    Palate: Powerful and oily. Soot abounds, seems to burst from everywhere. We remain on this notion of prunes and dried fruits. At times we could almost think of enjoying a sherry, more power and just before a slightly more salty wave intervenes, small medicated notes. Finally come back from this orange, here a little more juicy. There will still be a presence of licorice and if the attack is frank, the rest of the trip will be on a sea of ink. Coffee, slightly chocolate, wax.

    Final: It will present more drought, while preserving fruit. The smoke, on oily peat, will persist a long time. We have this pharmacy scent that is spreading.

    To make an analogy with the jazz world, if the previous version was Ella Fitzgerald, this one is Billy Holiday.

  2. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    Great! Immediately, smoke and sherry are present and in terrific balance. Raisins, chocolate (premium bitter cocoa), menthol, a hint of cumin, menthol and mint. In addition typical Caol Ila smoke - glowing coal briquettes on the beach. A splash of apple cider and lime juice.
    Some air and longevity, and the malt gains nuances of leather and heavy oak furniture, grated walnut.

    Mouth:
    The start is immediately extremely ashy with a short peppery bite from the alcohol - So I imagine to take a piece of coal in the mouth.
    With a few drops of water, the malt changes immediately, and the sherry comes through me dark dried fruit, leather, and dark chocolate. Again in really great balance with the Brennereicharakter, which in the mouth, however, weaker than in the nose. Kohlerauch, but hardly citrus and apple, subtly salty. The mouthfeel is very creamy all the time.

    Finish:
    Very long, again very ashy with a subtle fruit.

    Conclusion: Much better, such a young whisky can hardly taste. Lots of smoke and a lot of sherry, but neither overflowing, especially more complexity than I expected. The really great balance and harmony gives the malt a certain elegance, which I miss with many young sherry smokers. The sherry is often on top of it or the smoke is brutal and covering the sherry, not here.
    Class barrel!

  3. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Especially the nose is amazing, continuously the experience is getting different, continuous development. Haven't experienced this earlier as far as I can remember.
    Unfortunately it sets very high expectations, but body and finish is by far not that versatile.
    Still very good though, great whisky.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sweet peatsmoke, but immediately some fresh fruity notes, some citrus. Then grassy, hay. Followed by rubber and fake leather, tobacco. Later on it's getting more on darker notes, dark prunes, ash, smoke, and lot's of tobacco now hanging around.
      Then suddenly alcohol comes to the front, with a lot of fruitiness, and now even some smoked sausage.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nice full body, subtle pepper, sweet peatsmoke, chocolate, licorice and caramel, some orange and prunes.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still some pepper, full, sweet smoke, chocolate, honey, some tobacco, pretty long finish.

  4. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ruben said: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/caol-ila/caol-ila-2011-asta-morris-am057/

  5. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. SHAKESPEARE scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

  10. SHAKESPEARE scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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