Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
09 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
60.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Mar 2020 5:17 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 157.17

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93 × member ratings

109 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2010 SV

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.46 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    Head to head with the sister cask #316658
    I just had to have both, and what's more natural than to compare.
    These two casks are distilled the same day and have to have been filled from the same spirit run.
    Any difference would have to be contributed to the cask, and what a difference a cask make.
    To all of you that got this one and skipped the #316658 thinking they are more or less the same, you will never know what you missed out on. (82 vs 89 points in my book)
    • Nose
      83 83
      Loads of cured salty meat.
      Sweet maritime peat.
      Tar and tobacco. Lots of dark chocolate.
      Much "darker" nose than 658 and that can't be just because of the 0,4% higher ABV.
      A battle between peat and fruit, and I don't think any of them intend on giving it up.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Arrives fat and oily, immediately peppery.
      Salty meat, sweet fruit.
      It's hot, but I don't feel the need to add any water, small sips, slow and steady does it.
      Nothing wrong with the taste, but it's wavering, like it can't decide whether to be an Octomore or an A'bunadh. This cask would have benefited from a couple of years more to mellow and settle.
      I like peat and I like sherry, but when combined I like them to get along. This feels more like a screaming competition.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long, spicy, warm as the +60% evaporates.
      Sweet with remarkably little dryness.
      This one wins the price for the smell of the empty glass, as it has a lot of Springbank farmy notes, stable and horse manure. The other one is more sour apple.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Roast Beef with Plums

    Boy, oh boy another one of those very young and very strong Caol Ila, this time from the stables of Signatory, bottled in those mighty decanters from the Cask Strength Collection. They are a pain to pour from but look great in the cabinet. And look at that color… a wonderful, bright bronze. Mouth-watering.

    Delicious nose! Roast beef with plums! Lots of chocolate, chicory, sniffing tobacco and caramel. A truckload of butterscotch. Suspiciously soft peat smoke. A drop of balsamic, crushed banana and a light, non-disturbing touch of rubber. Ship’s ropes. Grand.

    Nicely oily and immediately somewhat piquant on black pepper and cloves. Ashes, tar, cured meat. Lots of maritime notes with a sweet edge of banana, caramel and candied orange peel. Sweet versus salty, actually, and absolutely delicious. Perfect integration of the alcohol, for while I am tasting it need I absolutely do not feel the need to add any water. This is sheer craftmanship.

    Wonderfully long and warm finish, mostly about sweet smoke than lingers and makes you sit back in your Chesterfield with a smug smile on your face.

    I should have become the Caol Ila Charlatan instead of the Toshan Man. Boy, I truly love this malt! Got me a bottle straight away.

  3. karloff scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of peatbogger.
    Is the next one from a different cask better or worse? I don't know but I am looking forward to finding out.
    This was great by the way.
    • Nose
      89 89
      That typical Caol ila nose of smoked meat.
      Also this has the smell of a joss stick, what flavour I don't know but I've lived in a house with four women for many years and there is always one of them burning that shit.
      I actually quite like it sometimes.
      Not just smoked meat but smoked fish as well.
      The alcohol fumes are quite powerful but good.
    • Taste
      90 90
      At 60% this is nice to drink cold blooded.
      Fairly well balanced.
      You get that full chew on profile with just subtle sherry notes of chocolate raisin, dates, tinned prunes and tobacco.
      You would probably come up with something completely different if you added water, good, bad or indifferent.
      I'm enjoying it as it is.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is long and smokey as you would expect with meat straight off the barbecue. A cream jam scone right on the death.

  4. M134481 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice color

    Deep aroma, taste and deep long finish.

    A beautiful whisky, which can be drunk with a drop of water (60.1%).
    • Nose
      88 88
      Grass, sherry, cured meat, red fruit, peat, sweet popcorn, smoke, spices
    • Taste
      89 89
      Salted meat, smoke, sweet popcorn, sherry, red fruit, green apple and pear, spices, smoke and bacon, nuts and sultanas
    • Finish
      88 88
      Salted meat, BBQ, smoke, slightly tart from green apple, pear, sherry, peat, pepper, bacon, creme brulee, nuts, sultanas

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Blackcurrant, almond, peat, apple pie, balsamic vinegar and raisin.
    • Taste
      Peat, dough, curry, dark chocolate, raisin and almond. Water releases a big gingerbread note.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, blackcurrant, smoked ham and curry.

  6. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. ipchrist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. MVDW scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    It's quit good, but not completly my wheelhouse. For me this one lacks a bit of (Caol Ila) character. I much more liked the 2006/2007 SV bourbon brothers.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. OJK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    On the nose there's baby back ribs glazed with barbecue sauce, beef stock with orange liqueur, and some smokey lapsang souchong tea. Oily and enveloping on the palate, very smooth given the high ABV, even when neat. The oranges are more present, still meaty but moving away from the spare ribs and more towards orange glazed duck, followed by a lovely smokey salted caramel finish.

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Compared to Adelphi cask 311710, the salty broth side makes quite a difference.
    • Nose
      Berries upfront. Blueberry and cranberry. Sallted caramel. Broth and cooked chicory too. The peat is only in the background.
    • Taste
      Now there's big peat. Cranberry, gingerbread and caramel. That broth side is still there too.
    • Finish
      Peat, mocha, blackberry and barbecued meat.


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