Overall rating
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland - Reserve Casks
Stated Age
11 years old
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Parcel No.1
Bottle code
Added on
20 Oct 2019 7:09 pm by DramTimeNL

Average value

€ 64.22

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40 × member ratings

65 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2008 ElD

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.61 points

  1. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tried this one after a 2009 vintage from Cooper's Choice. This one lacks the fruitiness in comparison, but its dryness is very delicate somehow.
    • Nose
      Dry and oaky, next to the peat of course.
    • Taste
      Again dry, straw-like. Delicate seafood, like oysters. Some brawn (hoofdkaas) as well.
    • Finish
      Again that straw-like maltiness which goes hand in hand with the peat. Dark chocolate. A light tangerine-like fruitiness in the back.

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    peat, spices and intense lemony fruits
    the mouth leaves on a peat quite dry, strong, a little ashy, rather peppery spices, it is round and strong, a little crude, but the scents are tenacious, a little woody and herbs back which decorate well peat;
    fruits on fresh citrus and also a little cooked.
    The finish on a monolithic length but also well balanced.

  3. coldsun scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Peaty smoke, citruses, stewed apples with pepper, cinnamon and citric zest finish.

  4. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The smell of cane sugar, thick caramel, candied candied fruit, and thick jam made of white cherries wafted through the faint smoke. The smell of an old fishing boat. Taste: here! Strong black Azerbaijani tea with thyme and lemon was added to this jam. The smoke tastes like the aftertaste of a lamb kebab. In the mouth there was an amazing combination of good company, a good feast. Nostalgias. This is the best dram in the top three. Aftertaste: you've just finished a lamb cutlet and you're washing it down with tea. Tart, delicious, astringent, bright.

  5. Boiev scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    lemon candy, grass and lime on a background of peat and ash. A few spices sprinkled with ash and fruit sweets - 22
    fairly dry, pepper, ashes, peat and slightly dried grass. Lemon-light candy and a little peach syrup mixed with some kind of butter. Sweet - 22
    Chewed apple seed (bitterness), ash, pepper, some wood and fruit sweetness. - 21
    Balance: 22
    And that - 87

  6. Shining_Bright scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Very VERY pale - until you add water and it turns cloudy. Caol ila fans will love it for its peat, but its not one I will buy again because it is simply 'isn't much like whisky!'

    Will use the rest of the bottle to add a peaty element to my home-blend, however a little will go a long way.
    • Nose
      84 84
      powerful, very obviously spirit driven Ci without any cask influence. so thats phenolic peat (but not smoke), slightly sweet new-make, a touch of citrus.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sugared almonds, white pepper, oily mouthfeel. Very mouthwatering.
    • Finish
      80 80
      slight bitter edge, your mouth is anaesthetised. lingering peat.

  7. BestOfWest scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    For me this small batch brings more flavors and depth than a regular Cask Strength release. Because of the 48% ABV the flavors stick. Considering the price point and balance, well done!
    • Nose
      88 88
      typical Cool Ila notes like seewead, brininess, lemon zest, grass, vanilla, but this small batch is more sweet and fruity. Peach, sweet pears, toffee, candy notes and to top it all of.. a touch of rubber. Quite interesting you could say.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Quite similar to the nose. Seaweed, brine, citrus fruits, lemongrass, medicinal notes, pepper, burned wood, a touch of peat, earthiness, tobacco and again the sweet notes: peach, crème brûlée and vanilla fudge.
    • Finish
      87 87
      mid/long lingering notes of peach, lemongrass, vanilla, sewed, brininess, earthy and again that typical pepper note.


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