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Overall rating
88.62/100
votes
69
Whiskybase ID
WB134329
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Asta Morris (AM)
Vintage
2011
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Sherry
Casknumber
AM 058
Number of bottles
245
Strength
55.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5425038631036
Added on
05 Jul 2019 2:10 pm by Seb.Whisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 399.99

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69 × member ratings

130 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2011 AM

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.62 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sherry & Peat
    In the weeks of the release of a great Miltonduff 2011, Glentauchers 2009 and Glen Keith 1994, Asta Morris also launched another sherry matured Caol Ila. Guess what? Most retailers showed ‘sold out’ before it hit the shelves. Oh, well. Luckily I was able to get a sample from a friend in Holland. I put it head-to-head with last year’s release.
    The nose is very sweet with hardly any maritime elements. The sherry cask was clearly king and offers chocolate with praline filling, walnut liqueur, chewing tobacco and old leather. While it is most likely a sister cask of #AM55 that was launched a few months ago, it is pretty different.
    The arrival is not only very powerful, but also very spicy. Think cloves and nutmeg, even some curry powder. Then the dark and sweet fruit kicks in, but the plums and raisins are having a hard time beating the salty, peaty spirit. The result is quite the party on your palate. Roasted nuts and some ashes complete the picture.
    The finish is nicely long, warm and spicy.
    Stunning! The best of what the combination sherry and peat have to offer. Just a tad better than its predecessor. And a bottle was only 75 EUR. But like I said, completely sold out. Darn! Who can help me obtain a bottle of this?

  2. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted face to face with the Caol Ila Plume from Whisky Live 2020.
    It's a different profile, but I was more sensitive to the Plume.
    It is still a good Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      Not very expressive but rather fresh nose on a fine peat with pretty white fruits and a little pepper.
    • Taste
      It is light, alcohol does not make itself felt at all. Fine mineral peat accompanied by ripe fruit. There is a real freshness.
    • Finish
      Nice length on peat, pepper and dried fruits.

  3. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I liked the previous one (AM055). This one is in the same league. Very good nose, tasty palate. Definitely young but good cask once again.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Tarry & leathery notes strike first, followed by dried fruits (prunes, raisins), tobacco, medicinal notes (camphor, iodine), dark chocolate and spices.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Punchy, juicy and chiseled. Prunes, tobacco, leather, hints of black berries, a pinch of salt, roasted nuts, a few ashes.
      With water, more fruity (black and red berries) and sweet.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, spicy, lingering on tobacco.

  4. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This beauty was voted the "Supreme Winner and best premium whisky" at the MMA - the Malt Maniacs Awards 2020.

    Only 5 of the 6 MM, who scored in this competion, got all samples. But the 5 found a median of 91 for this CI. Nice thang!

    For more info, visit the MMA pages: http://www.maltmaniacs.net/awards/

  5. geriud scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  6. M134481 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Leather, tobacco, white pepper, light peat, smoke, a hint of pear and a hint of tropical fruit.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Tobacco, peat, smoke, salted meat, white pepper, pineapple, dark chocolate, sultanas and slightly iodine and medicinal. What a wonderful taste, wow!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Salted meat, peat, smoke, dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, white grape, white pepper, iodine and medicinal. The finish lasts a long time.

  7. etwa77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    water makes it smoother, but dims considerably the colours of this dram
    • Nose
      93 93
      very nice, thick rolls of smoke and dust barely let the sherry filter through at first.. rose and strawberry jam, figs and black, bitter cherries manage eventually to pull through.. more ash, old leather and plenty of tannins - black Ceylon tea, wet tobacco.. an eucalyptus breeze.. finally floral.. heather and after-rain hay.. ginormous nose and very lively!
    • Taste
      89 89
      oily, thick, spicy.. hot.. once you see the peat, it is overpowering, but it manages to hide well behind the sweet old sherry notes and the bitter herbs. definitely seems much older and quite Longmorn-y.
    • Finish
      88 88
      bitter-sweet and strongly mentholated..

  8. SingleMaltSamples scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  9. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  10. dcsicsak scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

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