Caol Ila 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2019
Stated Age
28 years old
Refill American Oak ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2019
sc Scotland
Added on
26 May 2019 4:17 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 2089.00

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1990

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.71 points

  1. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior


    Focused and straightforward. Maritim (wet dew and algae chips), citrus (a splash of orange, a splash of lime), olive oil, nut oil. Banana, some passion fruit, red apple.
    Even in the 1920 Blenders glass of alcohol is barely felt - very very well involved. The smoke is very discreet, campfire with flotsam.

    Very oily in the mouth, peppery onset, then maritime, with vanilla and nutmeg, the fruit from the mouth is discreet, banana and algae chips, ashen smoke. Subtle seasoning.

    Finish: slightly spicy, vanilla and salty-maritime

    Awesome single cask! Reminds me of the "Masterpieces" of SMS, just more complex and less aggressive. Pierrick had not promised too much when he announced this single cask as something special


  2. Onair88 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Rating on Whiskyfun by Serge

    Caol Ila 28 yo 1990/2019 (55.3%, OB ‘Feis Ile’, cask #9373, refill bourbon barrel, 180 bottles)
    I remember there was quite a fussy queue for this one on the day of release; something to do with the card machine not working… Colour: gold. Nose: we’re in some kind of halfway house between the early 80s style and the mid-90s. A very attractive mix of petrol, tautly structured minerality, pink sea salt, pine cones, sandalwood and more tertiary aromas of hessian, camphor, oily rags and rope. There are wee moments where it could almost be a 1990 Ardbeg with these oily and tarry aspects. I find it quite elegant, subtle and impressively complex. With water: saltier and showing a greater degree of precision and purity now. Also with these meaty notes of pork scratching, frying pancetta and something like smoked olive oil and ink. Mouth: wonderfully intense oiliness. Glisteningly tarry, mentholated, herbal, sooty and showing this almost waxy peaty quality. Some kind of salty, aged mead, heather ales, pine resins, putty, seawater cut with petrol and pickle brine. Beautifully concentrated, textural and direct but never losing this sense of captivating complexity. With water: salty butter with chopped green herbs, anchovy paste, langoustines, fabrics, lanolin, seashells and hints of iodine and herbal mouthwash. Finish: long, limey, lightly ashy and showing hints of raw ingredients like sourdough, smoked cereals and smoky wort. This very lovely briny and lemony aftertaste lingers with notes of smoked teas. Comments: I will say one thing for Diageo, they know how to pick a cask! I love how this one seems to get brighter and more youthful with evolution and water. It also makes sense that they would pick this cask as it seems to showcase multiple Caol Ila eras and personalities rolled into one.
    SGP: 467 - 92 points.

  3. penumbra scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    In my mind, it is a victory of 30 and 35. In terms of body, it is currently the best Caol ila. Having said that, without going down the low-lying floral path, the ceiling of Bourbon Barrel is within reach.
    • Nose
      Citrus peel oil, orange muffin, honey, tart peel, Cointreau, sweet and sour berries, pomegranate, lotus mist, vanilla, wood ash, creamer, chalk, pebbles, cold mountain stream. The style of peat wine appeared in the latter part, but the taste of fireworks, iodine water, and western medicine remained very astringent.

      The whole is sweet and cold, slightly dry.
    • Taste
      Strong, rich fat, slightly sweet, no sourness, no bitter bottom, no spicy feeling.

      Palate: mineral water, western medicine solvent, seaweed ash, smog, brackish. Very greasy cheese, banana, curd, honey, petals, vanilla.

      The wine strength is straightforward and the flavor is not overly modified.
    • Finish
      For a long time, a little pepper, sea salt, soot, black clever, iodine.


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