- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Feis Ile 2019
- Stated Age
- 22 years old
- Sherry-treated American Oak Casks
- Number of bottles
- 58.4 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- Feis Ile 2019
- Added on
- 26 May 2019 1:14 am by maltaholic
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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 22-year-old
21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.59 points
- Issue Price: £ 130 (€ 147)
- I can't remember having had a Caol Ila of this age with such incredible complexity. Endlessly pleasing.
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.
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.
Lingering spices, yet subtle.
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!
- 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".
- 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.
- 92pt by Angus on Whiskyfun .
- 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.
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.
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.
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 ...
- finish for the feis island 2019!
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
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!
long, on the same scents, but in a diverse and intense way
no more soot and grass at this time!
- 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.