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Caol Ila 22-year-old

Overall rating
90.70/100
votes
88
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2019
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Sherry-treated American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
3000
Strength
58.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2019
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
26 May 2019 1:28 am by maltaholic
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 368,72

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88 × member ratings

339 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 22-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.70 points

  1. Archer did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Issue Price: £ 130 (€ 147)

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I can't remember having had a Caol Ila of this age with such incredible complexity. Endlessly pleasing.
    • Nose
      Soft minerals with a subtle sherry influence, mature wood smoke, and cured meat. Hints of seaweed, a whiff of strawberry, some smoked paprika, a bit of burlap. Slightly minty and herbal, but also enough room for plums. Annoyingly complex.
    • Taste
      Incredibly elegant, even at this high strength. A sweet and rich fruitiness, and pleasantly oily. Hints of smoked bacon, maple syrup and wood smoke, but also leather, tar and iodine, and salted to perfection. Just a tad of cracked black peppercorns.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices, yet subtle. 

  3. AlexPt scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    92pt by Angus on Whiskyfun .
    http://www.whiskyfun.com/#300519

  4. SFWC scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Initial tasting of this reveals a real lack of distillate balance with the sherry casking. The sherry has quite a bit of sulphur. Gunpowder and candy sugared sweetness. This lacks the grace of other bottlings. Its good but its not very good and its certainly not great. We will revisit when the bottle has a bit of air in there and the sulphur has relaxed a bit.

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. mema82 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
      IT: 93
      B: 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  8. galg33 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose : ripe strawberries, cured meat, herbal and enticing. Soft smoke, seaweed, soft and light sherry sweetness, wood and more ripe berries engulfed in smoke, limestone, Kashmiri chilly, old wood and hint of iodine.

    Palate: nice entry with spicy peppery notes, glazed bacon strips, sweet sherry, and more iodine, even some tar, we’re taking Islay after all. Very refined and layered with a touch of cinnamon, and also salt. The sweet, and salty interplay is very nice indeed. The sweet smoke is always there too.

    Finish : long with the sweet smoky bacon strips, sweet peppermint, pepper.

    Conclusion: One of the better OB Caol Ila I’ve had in recent years. This is a highly enjoyable and complex dram showcasing how good older CI’s can be. The sherry seasoned casks add a lovely sweet layer to the peaty, medicinal Caol Ila DNA. Highly drinkable, and highly enjoyable, although it needs time… Well done. Expect to see those pop on many online sites for twice as much as the original price, very soon.

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