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Overall rating
86.37/100
votes
62
Whiskybase ID
WB131519
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2019
Calculated age
07 years old
Casktype
2 Refill Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
1901
Strength
57.5 % Vol.
Size
30 ml 500 ml
Barcode
5060532805776
Added on
14 May 2019 3:56 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 68.97

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila Cl12 ElD

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.37 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. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    With proper bums on the tongue, but very balanced and mature for his age. I had only one sample - with this balanced mix and good integration of the sherry barrel maturation, he would also enjoy a whole bottle of fun.
    • Nose
      87 87
      I just had a Port Askaig 100 proof 57.1% in the glass - and he is not so unlike him; on the contrary. However, it looks more mature and older. Grapes, blackberries, smoke: very tasty combination. Wadden Sea, kelp, machine oil. Nice dirty and rough.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet aromas from the sherry barrel, which are perfectly compatible with the intense peat smoke note. Dark chocolate, fermented fruit, loamy soil, seaweed - what a mixture. Gives a good gas, but does not seem too wet. Milk coffee, thyme, rosemary. The sweet fruits still present.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, slightly dry. Beautiful peat smoke flavor, raisins, grapes, dried dates, blackberries, overripe raspberries. Fascinating how long the fruit sweetness holds.

  3. Tastingbros scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/06/06/message-in-a-bottle/
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It’s young, but it gets the job done. Not a whole lot of cask influence, as expected from a young whisky, and a bit of sourness and ash. I think water makes a big difference here, bringing up those underlying sweet notes and curbing some of the ‘young’ flavours. There’s some really nice tropical fruit and creamy sweet notes in here. The smoke is pretty mild, but savoury and layered. All in all, it doesn’t reach the nearly-impossible heights of that Cl11, but I’m happy to have a bottle. It’s very tasty to sit and sip, especially while watching hours and hours of that Icelandic volcano livestream.

    Nose: Bright, salty peat. Rocky seashore, bonito flake, marshmallow-fueled campfire ash, and swamp. Tangy yellow plums (and plum sauce), mango salsa, and white cherries. Some toasted coconut, banana bread, shortbread biscuits, oyster crackers, and honeycomb. Ginger, black pepper, and rice vinegar.
    A couple drops of water add some more nuttiness and savouriness.

    Palate: Medium-full texture. Sweet and savoury, with soy sauce, white miso, and mushrooms on the arrival, then a wave of tropical fruit. Salt-drenched coconuts on the beach, pineapple, granadilla, apples, and apricot. The smoke comes in gently, ashy and a bit tart. Then toasted coconut, coffee cake, toasted walnuts, and nougat. Some nutmeg and lemongrass.
    The water evens things out a bit, bringing out more sherry fruit, some Rice Krispies squares, and a bit of a potpourri note. The texture is creamier too.

    Finish: Medium-length, surprisingly fruity. Toasted coconut, pineapple, plums, apricot, grapefruit, and banana. Coffee ice cream, oatmeal raisin cookie, and some gingerbread. Lingering sea salt, sauteed mushrooms, and char-grilled shrimp.
    Water extends the finish a bit. There’s more ginger spice and some extra barley richness.

  5. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. blacknapkins scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Highlander65 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Scent of ash, fruit, bread, malt. You absolutely do not feel alcohol, just as I do not feel the influence of sherry (youth?). With water, the fruity note increases.
    • Taste
      In the mouth strong notes of smoke and ash, the alcohol now feels all right, the body is dry and light, a slight sweet note in the background. With water the alcohol is felt much less and the flavor becomes rounder and less edgy
    • Finish
      Long and ashy finish

  8. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Cured meat, bacon, maritime notes, honey, and lime.
    • Taste
      Sweet and savoury arrival. Honey ham, spice, mild lemon, saline, sweet peat. Great, complex palate.
    • Finish
      Long, with ash, peat, lemon, honey, and sea foam. Ashier on the very end.

  10. Wilco scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

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