Caol Ila 08-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2006
Stated Age
08 years old
First Fill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
59.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Unpeated Style
Bottle code
L8 186 CM000
Added on
21 jul 2007 9:42 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 137.19

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85 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 08-year-old

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.07 points.

  1. Lrandell scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I received a reminder from a friend that WB will automatically convert what I write into English, because what I say may be more colloquial. It is recommended that people with Chinese reading ability still click "Show original language" to see.

    Smell Fragrance: It gives people a feeling of youth and strength. To put it vulgarly, the feeling of alcohol is a bit explosive. To get used to the sense of alcohol, vanilla + woody notes account for most of it. Fortunately, it is not that kind of dead wood, and the overall freshness is still relatively strong. Slowly, the fruity flavors will come out one after another, and maybe there will be more after a while, but I really didn't want to wait. The first sip of the wine went into my mouth and turned around.

    Taste: not burnt. The first impression is a bit of an explosion of sweetness leaning towards the fruity. But it's not really a good thing, the sweetness a little too much overwhelms everything else. It got better slowly, it didn't last long, and various flavors began to come out. It is said to be a variety of flavors, but it is actually very simple. The mixed flavors of fruit candy are clean and have a little bit of everything. You can find shadows, but they are not too obvious. The interesting thing is that it's like that sweet lemon, I don't know if you've ever had a sweet lemon, and the overall acidity is just right.

    End rhyme: Actually, it can be regarded as medium and long. It is not very complicated. It is mainly sweet, and then it has various vanilla and fruity aromas.

    Just a few words: Now, when you pour it back and drink it from scratch, you will definitely feel different. This time, what I brought to me at the beginning of drinking is a bit like the element OP8yo of DL, but it is actually very far away, as if I saw the back of a person while walking, I thought it was him, wait until you catch up and approach Look, not at all, far from it. As the pioneering work of Caol Ila without peat, or as an experimental work, it is actually qualified. After all, it can be drunk, and it may be a bit of a so-called "killing the young", but its significance is greater than the actual effect. At least I made a sample, and I think the effect of this proofing is good.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, it remains too pale and arbitrary, hardly sets any accents. It may be that it came into the bottle a little too young.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Hardly noticeable at first, but then comes vanilla, orange peel, quince jelly. A little spice is now also introduced, although this cannot be further defined. The quince is already quite dominant, rarely seen in this form. Lemon wedges, now pepper, marzipan.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Soft start, hard to believe. Warming, yes, but not a bit burning, which one could have expected at almost 60%. Caramel, honey, citrus fruit. There could be more to come, but unfortunately that's it.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Passes quickly and without a fuss. Here a little vanilla and lemon, there a little more marzipan and cinnamon. That’s it.

  3. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very dominant vanilla. In addition, strong, freshly cut wood. Fruitiness is also present, not very fresh mirabelles and quinces. Pear and floury apples.
    Gooseberries and kiwi are found as sour flavors. And then there is, very hidden, a sweet smoke.
    He tolerates water properly, then the malt opens again and reveals the (for my sensation) typical Caol Ila citrus fruits. Lemon and lime, a little bit of grapefruit.

    In the mouth, cotton candy, kiwi, juicy orange. Then some croissant, some milk chocolate.

    Medium in length, initially sweet, develops into bitter almond with a drop of lemon juice.

    He is young, he is not particularly complex, he realizes. But he has a nice profile and is pretty easy to drink. He doesn't quite meet my taste, other unpeated could convince more.


  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A clear and drinkable whisky. Straight forward vanilla and yellow fruit. Now for me from the aroma profile not my prey scheme, but it is still fun.
    Water kills the intensity but does nothing. But I'm not a friend of water anyway ;-)
    • Nose
      Starts very vanilla, creamy, slightly floury yellow fruit, light sweetness, burnt caramel, slightly greasy, very light smoke, slightly sour, overripe pear, or also mango / passion fruit yoghurt, but the dominant here is really the vanilla
    • Taste
      Wow, very sweet, pure vanilla, light acidity, caramel, intense, creamy, oily, tart, grapefruit, reminds me a little of Laddie, but sweetened Mirabelle
    • Finish
      slightly chalky, vanilla, the fruit is tart, the mouth is still full of aromas, a hint of smoke, sweet yellow fruit, warming, then a little coconut

  5. maltandgrains scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Strong, but also fresh and neat. Fresh herbs, apple, pear and hints of vanilla.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very smooth! A little dry, but salty and fresh. Hints of lemon.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The cask strength produces a nice warmth and the finish is medium-long, nutty and woody.

  6. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Beautiful herbal appearance with notes of thyme, Dost, lavender green, crushed pepper and roses. This is joined by a vanilla sweetness and marzipan. With water: vanilla, coconut, caramel, seaweed, fishing nets, salt and hints of roses.
    • Taste
      Lush and soft in the body. With peppery dryness, oak, salt and coastal aromas. With water: softer, more oak, pepper, salt and juniper.
    • Finish
      Very long, warming, toasted oak, juniper.

  7. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. mika417 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    CAOL ILA 8yo / 59.8% "Unpeated Style"

    Strong but fresh scent coming from alcohol

    The aroma of grass and herbs, apples and faint bananas, vanilla and toast from bourbon casks.

    Feeling fruit and herbs feel strong acidity, gentle sweetness and salty bitter taste without disgust.

    Although feeling the strength of the power, it is a smooth and somewhat oily body.

    A well-balanced finish with good acidity and bitterness.
    This is pretty favorable malt. Taste with condensation.

    Moderate peety in Islay is pleasant, the best taste for feeling mint and herb is Calila.

    (Of course I like Ardbeg and Lafroyig, which are close to the counter electrode, but ...)

    Excellent compatibility with Calila without Pete firing, First fill fill bow cask finish.

    Well, Bourbon, Old Common Wells and Henry McKenna (Tennessee Whisky)? I feel the taste to make me think

    It is a satisfactory taste that the malt flavor was condensed.

  10. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  11. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "The first edition of Caol Ila`s young-ish cask strength unpeated single

    malt. A big success on its introduction in 2006, though some folk swore

    it still tasted a bit smoky."

  12. Willie JJ scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    This is good stuff, but really the 2007 bottling is much better. I know
    MT doesn't like this because the peat is missing and ok, maybe it isn't
    full on, but it isn't peat-free. I think it is that failure to be
    fully one thing or the other that hurts this dram. Very nice, but not
    my favourite 'Highland Style' Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      I know this is said to be unpeated and maybe a night on unpeated
      Speysiders has made me particularly sensitive tonight, but I think there
      is peat all over this. It must have been the first run through the
      system after the peated stuff. Ozone and seashore, iodine and leather.
    • Taste
      Vanilla pods roasted over a peat fire.
    • Finish
      Long with woodspice and tannins.

  13. Lafroy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose gives the sense of power and young age. A lot of fruit and citrus notes, vanilla, toffee, dried fruits, cherry, ozone and freshness.
    • Taste
      It´s very sweet, condense, and lightly sour with lemon and tangerine in the aftertaste. It´s definitely fresh and completely free of smoke.
    • Finish
      Long with a lot of sweetness, nuts in honey and citrus notes.


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