Caol Ila 1997

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Managers' Choice
Stated Age
11 years old
Bodega Sherry European Oak
Number of bottles
58.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Apr 2010 6:53 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 924,50

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1997

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.67 points

  1. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A single 1997 European Sherry Oak cask of Caol Ila chosen to represent

    the distillery in the cask strength Managers` Choice range from Diageo.

    This is only the second ever single cask Caol Ila released by Diageo

    after the wonderful Feis Ile bottling in 2009 (also a sherry cask,


  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    Pretty good but rather dry
    • Nose
      87 87
      Lot of iodine, seaweed, peat and smoke, fruity
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, creamy, salty, peat, smoke, little sweetness
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long, warm, punchy, little herbal

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Some Christmas spices, honey , bonfire , toffee , chocolate, very balanced, very good

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It looks nice. Looks much older than his age. Especially on the nose.
    • Nose
      93 93
      A lot of camphor. Very cool. Nothing goes beyond Light red fruit.
      Mirabelle lemon. Slightly on the graphite.
      We do not smell alcohol. And the balance is impressive for the age.
      A little coriander?
    • Taste
      90 90
      In the lower mouth we switch to cold ashes, citrus (lemon, grapefruit). Alcohol is more felt.
      Camphor is here. A slight woody.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long finish on ash, camphor, clove. The big black pepper.

  5. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Immediately after pouring wonderful notes pour out of the glass, which are very spicy. Cloves, pine needles, star anise, some rosemary and thyme, painted with blackberries, plum jam and a hint of lemon balm. A hint of chocolate. Fine smoke, a campfire on the beach where algae are thrown. Moist dew and salty spray.
    The aromas play around the nose, and alternate in intensity and make for an exciting game of smells in the nose. Pure from the nose, the malt could also be over 20 years old, with this complexity and elegance.

    In the mouth, the smoke is stronger, and the chocolaty notes come to the fore. The creamy mouthfeel supports the aromas, at times the feeling arises to have a warm chocolate measure from a lava cake in the mouth. Cinnamon and cloves, candied oranges, a fine citrus note (lime). Again chocolate, this time dark chocolate with salt. At no time does the alcohol bite. Licorice, Dutch licorice, a little berry sauce.
    The flavors blend nicely, are very interwoven and not "nervous" flashing.

    Long, but unfortunately not forever. Spicy, light licorice, tart berries, almost no sweetness.

  6. Pxrider did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Note by Whiskyfun

    Caol Ila 1997/2009 'Manager's Choice' (58.0%, OB, cask #14185, 366 bottles) Ex-Bodega sherry European oak. Colour: full gold. Nose: it’s less expressive than the versions at 46% but that’s normal at 58%. It seems that it’s rather leafier and rounder at the same time, with notes of orange blossom water, fresh butter and sandalwood. Not too sure, it’s rather closed so far. With water: paradise. Reminds me of some 1968s and 1969s. Exceptional herbal and ‘preciously’ medicinal notes. Mouth (neat): wowie! Superb and very unusual, starting with many many herbs and spices coated with a mixture of orange juice and vanilla crème. Big liquorice and aniseed. Grapefruit and lime. Absolutely excellent, this was a great cask (I mean, is a great cask, I hope they reused it!) With water: the gardens of Babylon, a GTO, a great Traviata, a PP à repetition or a 1978 Chapelle by Jaboulet. Your pick. Finish: not that long but perfectly mineral now, calmed down, with a dry and clean aftertaste (fresh almonds) that’ll leave your palate as clean as a baby’s. Comments: most commentators have been insisting on the Manager’s Choices’ excessive pricing (guilty as charged) but this wonderful baby IS worth its heavy price tag in my opinion. But twelve years old, really? SGP:357 - 94 Points.

  7. Monsieur Dram scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    What to say ... This whisky is one of those rarities that we only taste once a year, and again, when we are lucky. It's just exceptional. I wish every whisky lover to be able to taste it one day. Today, if you want to taste it, not much solution: the second market (count between 500 and 600 €) or a friend who has a bottle ...
    • Nose
      a first nose not very expressive. A big aroma unraveling project seems inevitable. Let's go step by step. The first: the fat peat, the thick smoke that sticks to the nasals. The second: aromatic herbs galore: thyme, tarragon, oregano, laurel. They come to perfume this fat peat in the best way. The third, sherry notes: candied oranges, dark chocolate, dried fruits, leather, precious woods, squeezed orange juice. Fourth: meat! Smoked bacon notes with barbecue sauce, charcoal, smoke. With the opening, the peat becomes medicinal with hints of camphor and antiseptic. Imagine for a second a barbecue, filled with charcoal which escapes a greasy smoke. On this barbecue, a beautiful chop grilling, on which we put some herbs: oregano, thyme, tarragon. To finish the seasoning of this meat, we just pour a glass of squeezed orange juice. This Caol Ila Manager's Choice is a mix of all that. Peat plays a role of enhancer. It gives depth to all the aromas. With water, the nose is much more expressive. The aromas are clearer, the whole is more chiseled. Herbal and fruity aromas take up more space and the smoke is less oily. Orange is really the dominant note of this nose.
    • Taste
      It is very powerful and the texture is oily. Aromatic herbs take center stage here. The meat is less present, leaving room for aromatic herbs and fruits that bring a little sweet side. The smoke plays wonderfully its role of red thread or spine of this dram, knowing to be forgotten to sublimate the other aromas. The orange remains the main note of this Caol Ila Manager's Choice. The addition of water sends it into another dimension. We thought it was a killing, we were wrong: the water gives it amplitude, consistency and a perfect balance between all the aromas. Everything is in its place. A perfect dram.
    • Finish
      an impressive freshness with mint, eucalyptus and a certain minerality. The notes of oranges and dried fruits are very persistent. A slap

  8. Malt Hans scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and spicy aroma, orange juice,

    eucalyptus, sprucewood smoke, heather honey, dark chocolate, nutmeg,

    cinnamon, orange zest, coal forge, lavender, wet hay and vanilla. Honey

    sweet and smoky taste, ginger, pepper, anise, mint, dark chocolate,

    orange marmalade, lime, parsley and malt. Long, smoky and spicy end.

  9. Dede scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful Caol Ila that gives everything you expect from a peaty whisky raised in a sherry cask.
    • Nose
      Superb combination of greasy peat, full of charcoal smoke, and a rather dry sherry, the marriage of the two resulting in animal barbeque and smoked bacon notes. Fruity notes of pineapple and medicinal (cough syrup) are also in the background. I really like. With water, it becomes enormous, more medicinal, all the aromas are tenfold, sharper, more precise, more powerful.
    • Taste
      It's powerful, dense and fat. A lot of charcoal smoke, but also a nice dose of acidulous fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange), resinous notes, salt. As on the nose, the addition of a little water sublime, fruity is more clear, it also has gentian, liquorice, and always this beautiful coal smoke, all coated with a gangue sweet, sweet, almost vanilla.
    • Finish
      Endless, very smoky and slightly bitter, but also sweet.

  10. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    complete tasting notes here: http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/caol-ila-youngster-meets-oldster-managers-choice-trifft-1966er-centenary-reserve-gm-25150/ Color: pale gold
    Nose: Salty lemon, smoky, hints of cocoa and orange. Otherwise rather subtle flavor training!
    Taste: Very creamy, coarse sea salt, peat, chocolate, cocoa powder, orange marmalade, vanilla and smoke.
    Finish: Long, still salty chocolate cream with oranges and smoky underlays. The peat now really shows its worth.
    Note: Dry peat notes in chocolate cream!
    93 points (nose: 92 / taste: 94 / finish: 94)
    Price: 300 to 350 euros


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