Caol Ila 22-year-old

Overall rating
90.59/100
votes
343
Whiskybase ID
WB132216
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
Barcode
5000281057026
Added on
26 may 2019 1:14 am by maltaholic
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 629.36

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343 × member ratings

670 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 22-year-old

52 users have left 55 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.59 points.

  1. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Fruit, smoke, peat, menthol, lemon, salt, pepper... A little worn leather and metal. Mineral and dry. 22.5-23-22.5-23
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. JeanChan scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Variety of changes, rich layers&long aftertaste.

  3. JeanChan scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  4. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ----------------------89
    Flavor--------------------91
    End rhyme--------------------90

  5. vk666 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. K C Wong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Petitcham scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is well aged, complex and complete, and the character of the distillery is well alive.

  8. K C Wong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Beiredelarue scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Perfect in balans
    • Nose
      Fruity, banana, rubber, tropical, nice smoke notes. Wood, slightly floral. Very much to discover
    • Taste
      Fairly straightforward. immaculate. Fruity, some marzipan, sherry, round. There is also a lot to discover here. Tasty bite.
    • Finish
      Long. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

  10. nomad_soul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  11. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Tastingbros scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/05/02/some-2019-festivals-bottlings/
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Grand, powerful, elegant, playful... great bourbon and sherry notes combined. As an avid Lagavulin friend I must admit that this one turned out even better than the 19 yo counterpart from the south of Islay. Bravo!

  14. Макс scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  15. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    well matured, needs some water to open it
    • Nose
      88 88
      cold, sour smoke from a cold campfire, grape juice - some ventilation and water open up a herb garden - lovage, meaty beef broth
    • Taste
      88 88
      tizzles peppery on the tip of the tongue - smoked ham, but also maritime, gooseberry - with water, the expected menthol note finally appears
    • Finish
      87 87
      long with intense sweetness and sharp smoke

  16. n11 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  17. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  18. DoctorRockter scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    direct, simple in its beauty, it is very reminiscent of lagavulin cask strength 16th release 57.7%. to the nose initially very strong alcohol, after a few minutes to the peat nose, an iodized, marine side, a traditional coastal salinity, attenuated by the addition of water, which amplifies a sweeter side of vanilla and very light sherry. on the palate it is direct, a lot of peat, smoked bacon, seaweed, iodine, but there is also a sweet vanilla aftertaste and a sweet and waxy side of herbal honey. with water a peat, sour, almost spicy or of white pepper emerges even more. spectacular!

  19. Seanzhang scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The secret favorite from 2019. A really tasty Caol Ila. Not overwhelmed by the sherry, exciting interplay of flavors is fun!
    • Nose
      starts quite fresh, slightly floral, light honey sweetness, the smoke is there, but not very strong, kiwi, fresh and sour, vanilla, creamy, dark chocolate, a little tobacco, caramel, biscuit, with time it gets better, more and more Towards cake, nut cream, the smoke has a nice tobacco flavor, slightly dirty, at the back there is also a bit of red fruit, but at first there is no sherry bomb, raspberries, sweet and slightly effervescent
    • Taste
      ui, good start, intense, sweet, definitely sherry, raisins, chocolate, also in the mouth super creamy, salty, vanilla, biscuit dough, some cinnamon, subtly spicy, delicious, you have to smack, the smoke is there and goes hand in hand with the salt impact
    • Finish
      now really maritime, smoky, warming, fresh, some mint, slightly floral, in the mouth he somehow plays the program from the nose backwards

  21. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. matfrl scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The iodine and peat dance together, coated in a light smoke, quite appetizing white fruits, wood and dried banana. The sea air is felt, we are far away, lost in the middle of the ocean. Finely refined salt, shrimp fritters. Very smooth on the palate, very apple-vanilla, mirabelle plum and lemon, but rather quickly the pepper and spices rise, coconut, to introduce an explosive and very long finish, with something pastry, nougat, turrón, l almond, and an ounce of charcoal, earth to give depth. Egg yolk in retro-olfaction.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/09/caol-ila-22-yo-feis-ile-2019.html
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Malthead19 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    very cool Caol Ila, significantly more intense and even better than the 25 year old standard bottling, stays in the mouth longer, significantly better aroma, surprisingly intense fruity sweet aroma
    • Nose
      very pleasantly soft and sweet, sweet fruits, peach, but also the high% clearly noticeable
    • Taste
      oW: sweet, intensive, massive approach, very strong, powerful development, light smoky notes, a lot of fruity sweetness, yellow fruits;

      mW: soft, sweet appearance, almost zero smoke, peach, yellow fruits
    • Finish
      long soft finish
      long sweet aftertaste

  26. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Newly opened bottle.
    • Nose
      92 92
      A bit closed. It is winter in NYC here. With time, fresh mentholated notes, eucalyptus, citrus, peat, earthy vegetables and herbs.. a bit all over the place actually. Quite jumpy, with flavors dancing on your tongue. With time, dill and pickles. Very nice. Very subtle. Will have to try this when the temperature is warmer.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Wow... lots of little explosions here. Not just due to the high ABV, but a reflexion of its high quality. Initial salty entry, followed by a blast of peat, peppercorn, and mineral and maritime notes. Honeyed sunflower tea. It is complex, but almost in a linear kind of way, if it makes sense. There are myriads of flavors, but they not very wide and don't branch out much. Anyways, high quality here. Compared to many of the indie 30-something year old Caol Ilas being released in the last five years, this is perhaps more subtle, but at the same time has added complexity, and is slightly darker and more brooding. Very "nervous" and jumpy, which is a good thing.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very long. Lingering pepperiness. Good balance. No off flavors. A star, not a superstar.

      With air, 91 --> 92 points.

      After drinking this for the umpteenth time, I can't help but imagine what this would taste like with 30-40 years of bottle aging. This is quite perfect in a lot of ways already, but extra aging may put this over the top. Perhaps I should buy another bottle and just put it away in storage? But then, I would be 70-80 years old... Would my palate stay the same? Ahhhh, 2am in the morning is a contemplative time for me...

  27. Ostap scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very good work, consistent, interesting and delicious. Good for tasting, rich in nuances. Drinks chic.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Smoky, peaty, barn (odd mix of steamed milk, cows and goats), juicy fruit, vegetable, tomato juice, seafood, seafood, marmalade, ash, lemon peel, tanned skin, mint, wormwood, degree tickles nose, notes spices (cloves, vanilla, anise ...), honey, oatmeal, milk, tobacco, and a hint of sherry.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet ash, pepper, smoke, lemon in sugar, oak, bay leaf, tobacco.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Meat, pepper, smoke, ash, dried fruits, oily, long-lasting, knits, oak, lemon, peat, bay leaf.

  28. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  29. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  30. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  31. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A vibrant Caol Ila, tasty and moreish. I didn't expect such fruitiness but well, it's already a 22 years old after all.
    Congratulations for the selection. A 22 years old of this quality for the initial price. Now if Diageo could do the same again with Lagavulin. I did enjoy this year bottling but the price keeps going up and the quality doesn't always follow.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, tar, hessian, coastal and mineral notes (seashells, seaweeds), a few ashes, hints of lemons. Classic very good Islay nose. With time, more fruits (juicy and candies) with apricots, grapefruits.
    • Taste
      Rich, oily, fruity, smoky and peppery. Yellow and exotic fruits. A touch of leather, a pinch of salt. Juicy and thick.
    • Finish
      Long, spices, lingering fruitiness.

  32. Mark-E scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  33. maltaholic scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A strong smoke smell.
    No ordinary Caol Ila.
    It smells of cold smoke, fireplace, ham smoking.

    Violently the first sip!
    The full aroma.
    Strong, very intense.
    Charcoal, wood, fruits, cloves.
    A light sweetness over the whole.

    There is much to discover.
    Very complex.

    Really good!

  34. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It is a caol Ila who moves away from his usual profile but who finds himself better.
    The best bottling of Feis Ile 2019.
    • Nose
      Peat fat, coastal, saline and lemony.
      All this being in a beautiful orchard.
      Nice and complex nose.
    • Taste
      It's lively but balanced. It is fat, unctuous and dry on fruits, earthy and mineral peat and various spices.
    • Finish
      Nice length on salted and lemony peat oil then on slightly chocolatey oak.

  35. Teresa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Finally I decided to open my bottle! Hope I get rewarded!
    • Nose
      91 91
      Refined nose of a middle aged Caol Ila is the first impression. The oak is not loud at all, the whisky is very herbal and slightly medicinal nose with quite a pinch of salt. In my opinion it goes a bit towards an Ardbeggy profile. It´s very balanced and very clean. Ointments, bandages,wool, a touch of linseed oil, lemon balm in the background. Sea air and bonfire smoke.
    • Taste
      92 92
      At this strength I prefer to only take very small sips, but a few drops are enough to coat the whole mouth with the nicest flavours. The sherry can be felt but it keeps modestly in the background. Still slightly herbal but leathery notes and flavours of dried black olives take over. Liquorice, salt,
      with water: it even gets better with a few drops, really intensely flavoursome
    • Finish
      90 90
      very long, prickling, on mild liquorice and tar.

  37. Bretorianer scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  38. penumbra scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Seems to be the highest OB in the Shirley barrel by Caol ila? At first taste, Shirley had little influence, but the whole wine was polite and powerful, and implemented the official aesthetics very well. It was rare to see each other for a long time.
    • Nose
      Gentian violet, bandages, lemon juice squeezed in the inner wall of oyster seeds, CaCO3, algae spores cross the waters, wet twine, salty smell.

      Condensed lard oil, tar, quietly burning oats and wormwood, cooking smoke from pine, cinnamon syrup, spices.

      A picture of a northern seaside family returning home in the evening and setting the sun on the steaming dining table in the evening.

      The ocean and mud gas are not heavy, and then supplemented with various types of grains to give a feminine beauty. Although it is sweet and rich in fat, it still cannot cover the smell of a lot of limestone and chalk.
    • Taste
      Peat is relaxed, eggplant ash, brown soil, leather, iodine, tar, crushed black pepper, brown sugar.

      More salty and fresh fruit than smell, dried flowers, sweet baked wood, a small amount of spices, sherry and Laga-style Chinese medicine.

      The vintage of Caol ila that Xu drank in the past is too high, and it is much stronger than the peat in memory.
    • Finish
      Very long, wood embers, caramel, beets, slightly bitter herbs, peat. Oh yes, there is a clear milky taste when gargle.

  39. rsprong scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

  40. markjedi1 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    #happydance

    I had to wait for it for a little while, but thanks to a Scottish pal I was finally able to get my hands on this Feis Ile 2019 release from my favorite distillery on Islay: Caol Ila. Very refreshing to see that they very transparently put on the label that the whisky matured on ‘sherry-treated American Oak casks’.

    OMG… I already notice upon pouring the dram: this is going to be an extremely good Caol Ila. It starts with that lovely, sublte influence of sherry on the nose, that offers up a hint of strawberry and heathery honey. But make no mistake: this is a grand coastal nose with sea salt, shells on the beach, dried sea weeds, jute bags filled with lemon and a few leaves of mint with finally a hint of bandages. Despite the high ABV, this is absolutely approachable on the nose.

    Oh, I’m already doing a #happydance (funny hashtag that I launched on Instagram, by the way), because on the palate too, it’s bull’s eye. Lovely mix of sweet versus salt with red fruit, maple syrup and even chocolate with praline filling versus black olives, leather, lemon and mandarin, sea salt and tar. Some green tea, black pepper and smoked ham. But what an elegance! And perfectly drinkable, even though the alcohol is felt more than on the nose.

    The finish – well… the Finish – is quasi perfect, in which the sweetness makes room for the saltiness.

    Out of this world! The sherry was subtle, though unmistakable and a stroke of brilliance if you ask me. Thanks, Neil, for getting me two bottles of this beauty!

  41. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Anyone who appreciates a large sample of this Caol Ila would be happy - ideally at the issue price that you can not (nowadays) complain about. Very nice original bottling.
    • Nose
      91 91
      In the nose, he greets you with roasted lime peel, dry seaweed, oak and pepper. Chain fat and warm tar. Smoke. All very discreet, but insistent, as you would expect after 22 years of aging. After some time leather notes and flavored tobacco push forward. Nutmeg, clove powder and a small dash of anise give spice.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Although he gets close to 60%, he has only a wonderfully soft and warm start with well-integrated alcohol. The smoke was more intense and penetrating than in the nose, accompanied by kelp, warm tar, salt, oak, leather, tobacco, raisins (where were they in the nose?) And lime peel. Sugar beet syrup and ripe peach put a pleasant sweetness on the other flavors. In between pepper and pepper and a little cumin flit through.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, slightly dry, clear smoke, milk chocolate, coffee beans, pepper. He does not want to leave his tongue. As a more than welcome guest but you can go through it very happy ...

  42. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Really enjoyed this wonderful dram. I'm a big fan of the caol ila 25y distillery bottling (price quality just unbeatable to me) ... this one however does even a bit better with more complexity and a longer finish.

    Stunning dram !
    • Nose
      91 91
      Soft peat smoke gently accompanied by spearmint, strawberry, oranges and dark chocolate. A whiff of seaweed on the background as well. Some old wood as well. Quite a complex and interesting nose if you ask me ... impressed
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste starts a bit sour but really brings some fruitiness in your mouth ... the sour start with the sweetness afterwards does point me towards oranges again. Of course the peat is unmistakably there but again a lot more then peat alone. The taste brings me back to my childhood with strawberry sour candy.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The finish long, warm and satisfying. A nice smokey bbq aftertaste with the oakiness lingering away in your mouth.

  43. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Love this Feis Ile bottling from Caol Ila. It’s very subtle like older Caol Ila can be, but even though it is very subtle there’s a lot going on in this one. Very interesting and enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Subtle smoke, a hint of citrus but this disappears rather quickly. A little bit of leather and some sherry sweetness. Then brine and seaweed. There’s some mint. Later tinned apricots. Followed by fresh oranges. And Cola balls, oddly enough. Those silver ones?
    • Taste
      A sweet honey note. Sweet oranges. Tinned apricots. A subtle layer of peat, but really in the background. Iodine. A little ashy and somewhat salty too. Caramel. Sweet cherries. Cola balls again. And some spices.
    • Finish
      Long and thick, peat. Leavy. Burned caramel. Somewhat salty here too. And a bit spicy.

  44. Patrick93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  45. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    finish for the feis island 2019!
    • Nose
      earthy peat, lemon, iodine and seaweed
      a meaty smoked side that also stands out
      sherry fruits (in the current fashion!), but also an important sweet sensation, almost rare there!
      dry and smoked
    • Taste
      delicious!!!
      spices on the front a little peppery, a little sweet on nutmeg, and cinnamon, candied fruits on citrus fruits, a little caramel well cooked, dried fruit zest too
      iodine, salt, peat in place almost creamy so it seems to associate with other scents
      return of smoked a little bacon, lemon, soot and spices, with the saddle of horse!
    • Finish
      long, on the same scents, but in a diverse and intense way
      no more soot and grass at this time!

  46. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Good for five minutes, first of all, very little. Sea air and smoke.
    But then he opens up and gets it right, really good.
    The complexity in the nose makes many 30+ yo Caol Ila competition.
    Moist dew, algae, almond oil, olive oil, walnuts. Milk chocolate, rosemary, salt, a dash of lime juice. The Sherrytreatment has a great plum sweetness like a thin cape laid over the distillate, reminiscent of Umeshu.
    Since I can smell forever!
    With water, the maritime side comes through stronger, the Sherry sweetness steps into the background.

    Mouth:
    Strong start, a sip of North Sea water, grilled shrimp. The longer it stays in the mouth, the stronger the finer flavors of the maritime carpet. Green tea and black tea, a teaspoon of lemonade. Olives and the lake in which they are inserted. Another splash of Umeshu.

    Finish:
    Very long, he remains very strong maritime. A little salted almond.

    Conclusion:
    Absolute buy recommendation. Is worth every pound, which is easy on the level of many 30yo Caol Ila from the 80s. The sherry keeps in the background and sets in the right places accents.

    92/100

  48. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    My, what a great Caol Ila this COULD have been without the "sherry treatment". I have the impression that they spoilt the greatness of the original cask by adding some kind of sherry sweetness that is not well integrated. The kind of modern sherry profile that seems to be "manufactured" in their process of "cask management".

  49. mema82 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  50. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  51. 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.

  52. SFWC scored this whisky 83 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.

  53. 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. 

  54. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  55. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Issue Price: £ 130 (€ 147)

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