Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Drampaigne extra brute
Stated Age
09 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
59.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 jul 2019 8:04 am by dramspotter
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 72.17

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 2009 SMWS 53.294

3 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.33 points.

  1. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    new review, blind tasting.

    the boring this with this one was initially it was VERY smoky. but after second digestion and nosing the peat was almost gone. Typical Caol Ila im afraid.
    • Nose
      87 87
      peat, salt, fruitiness
    • Taste
      86 86
      alot of peat initially, salt
    • Finish
      86 86
      bacon, saltyness, smoke

  2. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
      Salty peatyness with some citrus notes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Salty and smoky.
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A powerhouse of a Caol Ila, this is tremendously peaty compared to other examples of this house. Vive la différence ! Oh, and by the way, it's still very good, despite its obvious youth.
    • Nose
      Very young and very green, this has green peppers and mezcal with roasted pistachios and burnt tires. Gherkin juice, smoked salt. And maybe, indeed, some kind of extra dry and extreme champagne.
    • Taste
      Really a nice profile, though it's an extreme one. Very tarry and coaly, barbecued green pepperoni, burnt tire, black pepper, gherkin juice again, touches of artichokes and just simply a lot of peat. Who said Caol Ila was "lightly peated" spirit, who ? This is bruuuuutal stuff.
    • Finish
      Delicious notes of big barbecued whelks. Artichoke, on a kind of sweet and salty peat.

  4. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Ausgabepreis Juli 2019: 63,00 GBP


    Notes von der SMWS Website: "The Panel found this one started quietly but quickly roared into life with notes of green peppercorns in brine, German Rauchbier, smokey wash, hot grist, mandarin liqueur, pear flesh, sourdough starter and an autolytic aspect like a good Blanc du blanc Champagne. With water notes of rosemary, smoked hickory wood and pickled onions all emerged alongside lime zest, fish sauce and red chilli. The palate was hugely medical with notes of gauze, embrocations, iodine, lemon juice, cough mixture and tar liqueur. Water heightened the complexity with subtler notes of juniper, black pepper, gentian eau de vie, seaweed, sushi rice with white wine vinegar and twiglets."


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