Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Exchange (TWEx)
Bottling serie
The Magic of the Cask
Stated Age
09 years old
Gonzalez & Byass Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
58.7 % Vol.
30 ml 50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
19-6253 196
Bottled for
Whisky Show 2019
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
01 oct 2019 7:17 pm by lrb85
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 104.54

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 2009 TWEx

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.68 points.

  1. Kensay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    nice young island whisky. nothing stands out, but there are no failures.
    • Nose
      Dense sweet smoke, sherry, spoiled apple, a little iodine and spices. In principle, it is easy to confuse with many young barrel sherry releases Caol Ila, Lagavulin or Laphroaig. Saturated, tasty, but fairly standard
    • Taste
      Oil with spices, squeezed orange juice, wine notes, sea salt and peat, quite saturated, but does not burn and is easy to drink
    • Finish
      salt with spices and tannins, wood, medium duration

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  3. thebonewolf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Musty, smoke, ash. It’s got a sharpness that I almost want to call plasticy, but don’t want to suggest it actually smells of plastic.
    • Taste
      Mustier, hints of tart fruit behind an earthy smoke.
    • Finish
      Similar mustiness and smoke. Long.

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Very nice and drinkable
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruity, peaty, smoky, red fruits, grapes, apple, plum, iodine, honey, tobacco, spices, vanilla, toffee, fruit tea, earl grey - quite nice
    • Taste
      88 88
      Punchy, oily, citrusy, yellow fruits, honey, good sweetness, spices, peaty, smoke, little kippery, seaweed, green tea
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, burning, peat smoky, citric, spicy, herbal

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Iodine, industrial peat, red fruits, citrus, young and powerful with a very balanced sherry influence, very nice

  6. zstone scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Very enjoyable on the nose. There's peat smoke, some rubber but thankfully it's behind the smoke, grilled apples. Earthy but sharp enough. The palate is a little harsher and it's more dominated by the peat smoke and some heat. The smokey finish is detectable for a while.

  7. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Really good combination of classic Islay peat smoke and sweet sherry on the nose, with neither being allowed to dominate. Industrial smoke (like an old steam engine) and salty sea air mix with lemon drizzle cake, honey roast cashew nuts, strawberries, pear, oh, and some petrol-drizzled wood. A drop of water helped release more intensity, without changing the profile. Much more pure Islay smoke on the palate, with the sherry cask disappearing into the background. There are hints of sweet fruit and some buttery fudge, but they never manage to rise above the ashy peat smoke. Slightly dry and bitter finish (perhaps revealing the relatively young age), which then fades to leave a lovely, lingering ashy note. Excellent nose, but I feel that the palate and finish might have benefited from longer in the cask.

  8. Ostap scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Saturated, "loud" whisky, with a traditional profile of Caol Ila (although in the blind you can think of Lagavulin). This "volume" is the result of a combination of young age and degree. The character is a little too much in it ...
    • Nose
      88 88
      Ash, a bunch of lemon, smoke, sea minerals, iodine, medical bandages, candied pumpkin, fuel oil, the degree is felt (tickles the nose), dust, lemon monpansier, vanilla, notes of fish on the grill, sherry extract is obvious.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Lemon, ash, smoke, noticeably sour, chemical-industrial notes, at the end of the anchovy on the grill.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Oily, ashy, smoky, long, lemon, crispy, bites a degree, burnt rubber, knits and bitter.

  9. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. sakis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Caol Ila 9 Year Old – TWE for the Whisky Show

    The Whisky Exchange is celebrating its 11th annual Whisky Show with a series of show bottlings entitled ‘The Magic of the Cask’, highlighting the mystery of a cask’s influence by keeping the details on each whisky’s label hidden until ready to be revealed. A first for whisky labels, they are printed with an ink sensitive to UV light, hiding the details of each whisky until a torch, included with every purchase, is shone onto the label to reveal the hidden text.

    The theme of Whisky Show 2019 – ‘The Journey of the Cask’ – celebrates both the effects that casks have on maturing whisky as well as the journey that a cask takes from forest to filling and beyond. This year’s show bottlings delve deep into that magic, each presenting a different way that a cask can shape a whisky…

    Sadly I was unable to attend the show (once again, bummer. it always falls on Jewish holidays and you know life get in the way of whisky again…). Fortunately for me, I was able to pre-taste the 4 whiskies released for the show (all will be online after the show on the TWE site, no worries). The first of which I am about to taste is also the youngest of the bunch, and also the peatiest… A Caol Ila matured in a very old Sherry cask. Bottled at the tender (but peferfect age for peaty whiskies) of 9, and bottled at a very nice 58.7% ABV.

    Caol Ila 9 Year Old – TWE for the Whisky Show , 58.7% , £84.95

    Nose: Lovely stuff on the nose, been a while since I had a nice sherried Caol Ila… This one’s deep and earthy, with sweet notes and musty touches, mushrooms, dunnage warehouse, peat and black tea. Ground pepper and wood smoke on top of notes of licorice and ash. Very nice.

    Palate: quite a lot of wood smoke, more black tea, licorice and fruit, with a touch of lemon zing, smoky baked apples, soot and spicy chocolate bon-bons. mouth coating, and very pleasing, a nice combination of fruit, wood smoke, peat and dark musty goodness.

    Finish : More of the smoky fruity goodness, hint of ash and over-grilled apples.

    Conclusion: This is an excellent sherried Caol Ila. One of the better ones I’ve tried recently. Good choice of cask and profile there. As it is the cheapest of the range It is really is an easy buy for me. I know I’m going to get one. Good work , lads.


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