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Overall rating
87.00/100
votes
10
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2019
Calculated age
07 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
1901
Strength
57.5 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
14 May 2019 3:56 pm by Tauti
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Average value

€ 71,17

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila Cl12 ElD

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.00 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    This whisky from Caol Ila was distilled in 2011 and aged for seven years in two refill sherry butts which yielded a total of 1,901 bottles. A solid coastal malt, it balances briny freshness with minerals, young grassy flavours, herbs and peat.

    Cask details;
    2011 distillate aged in two refill sherry butts.

    Tasting Notes;

    Nose
    Classically maritime. Slate tiles, saltwater, warm tarmac on a sunny day. Sour apple sweets, Pouilly-Fumé wine, aguardiente, rhubarb and custard.

    Palate
    Astringent smoke with salt and liquorice. More orchard fruits, alongside green grass and citrus zest. Lots of cigarette notes, cold smoked meats, chervil and tarragon.

    Finish
    Peaty finish with cloudy lemonade, coal dust, fresh herbs and grapefruit peel.

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A nice, if slightly unusual, young Caol Ila, but perhaps it was bottled a bit too early or would have needed more active casks to stand on its own legs at 7 years old? It's pleasing, but doesn't hold a candle to most of the Elements Cl bottlings, and is a far cry from the magnificence of the 9yo retro label sherried Ledaig TWE put out some years ago.

    After a few drams I am reminded of certain Islay OB NAS bottlings from a place that's higher in the alphabet than Caol Ila, and isn't Bowmore, although they may be even younger :(

    P.S. If you have a sample to sell me from Cl1, Cl9, or Cl11, I'm interested. Those are the only ones in this series I haven't tasted.
    • Nose
      Plenty of young, slightly rubbery peat. Not that far from a Kilchoman. Some syrupy sherry notes and liquorice, but it's all a little underdeveloped, as if still in the process of becoming something. Every now and then some blood orange notes remind me of the Caol Ila distillate, but to be honest this could be almost any young heavy peater. A bit of grilled meat maybe? A brisket?
    • Taste
      Liquorice, heavy coal-y sootiness even for a Caol Ila, faint ink, a bit of salt, and cough syrup. Two things come to mind: the G&M first fill sherry Caol Ilas from 2000s distillate (although they are slightly more developed) and young 2000s distillate Ledaigs from Signatory (although they are less peaty and more complex).
    • Finish
      Some heavy liquorice notes and soot, and some sherry. Here again the youth of the dram shows clearly, as the finish lacks finesse and certain "togetherness" that further maturation would have granted it.

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