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Caol Ila 15-year-old

Overall rating
93.80/100
votes
68
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Manager's Dram
Bottled
25.07.1990
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
63.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Added on
10 Apr 2010 8:20 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 8590.42

60 × in wishlist

68 × member ratings

48 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 15-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.80 points

  1. ctu scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Easy to drink at 63% (feel ~ 45%), it's amazingly impressive. A sumptuous sherried Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Sherry, dried fruits, beech smoke, smoked ham, salted minerals, cocoa, mint and gunpowder.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oily. Sherry, mixed fruit jam, big tannic oak. Smoked meats, citruses, cocoa and phosphorus.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, sweet.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    After last nights Port Ellen peat fest I thought I would continue the theme with some peated sherry monsters as follows in a mini H2H with some saved samples.
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/5622/brora-1972-dl-brorageddon 93.93p

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/15343/caol-ila-15-year-old 93.98p
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/1215/talisker-20-year-old-1981 93.84p
    Result
    Talisker 1981 20 year - 95 points
    Caol Ila 15 year Mangers dram sherry - 94.5 points
    Brorageddon 94 points (perhaps 93.5 is about right)
    Basically they are all excellent.
    See https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16768/the-head-to-head-whisky-thread-for-tastings-h2h?page=3

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Out of a H2H tonight this was the result. 

    Longrow 1974 56% bottled 1987 Samaroli   

    Glen Garioch 1971 Full proof 59.6% Samaroli    

    Ledaig 1973 14 year 56.3% Sestante Castle Label   

    Brora 4th Annual Release 1975 30 year 56.3% OB   

    Lagavulin 1976 37 year 51% OB   

    Port Ellen 10th Annual Release 1978 31 year 54.6% OB   

    Laphroaig 1967 27 year cask 2957 50.1% Signatory dumpy   

    Caol Ila 15 year Manager`s Dram sherry 63% OB   

    Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2390 LMDW 53.1% OB  

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This peat wise is almost punishing and the sherry is very heavy I think my original score of 92-93 points is still about right, a dram for the serious whisky drinkers I feel. This needs lots of time to appreciate the complex layers of flavours.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    One of the best Caol Ila I have tried, , an excellent whisky.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER
    Nose
    The nose is still elegant almost distant but still similar to when neat.
    Palate
    Slightly less syrupy, more plum and more ashy with water
    Finish
    Medium now still sweet.

    A great whisky, what elevates this over old grumbly sherry monsters of quality from Glenfarclas & Glendronach and the usual suspects is the fact that there is no counter balance to the sherry where as here the peat, brine and ash break the sherry dominance up and this is heavy sherry for sure.
    • Nose
      The sherry is restrained with Turkish delight, chocolate, ripe plum, fig, and wood smoke with a little brine mixed in with peat.
    • Taste
      Thick, syrupy, smoky, briny its all there but also ashy and drying , it is more like 46% than 63%.The sherry increases with plum but between bitter & sweet and it alternates between the two, Slightly bitter chocolate notes emerge mixed in with coffee beans, smoked bacon and treacle tart.
      In time the peat grows but you need to leave it a while before it overtakes the sherry but it does slowly and with great finesse.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, powerful, drying.

  7. P.A.O.K.you_are did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Caol
    Ila 15 yo ‘Manager’s
    Dram’ (63%, OB, for the SMD
    staff association, bottled 1990)

    Colour: dark amber. Nose (neat):
    sure it’s powerful but it’s
    also rather ‘nosable’,
    even at such high strength. First
    it’s very meaty, mainly on
    smoked ham, then the peat starts
    to come through, together with quite
    some coal smoke and flints…
    And then we have the sherry, with
    first notes of peonies, blackcurrants
    and green pepper (almost like a
    young Bordeaux – premier cru
    of course) and then the more usual
    coffee, toffee, fruitcake, chocolate,
    mint leaves, pepper…




    The balance is really
    fantastic, absolutely fantastic.
    Superbly compact, with strictly
    no offbeat notes and not the slightest
    flaw. We’re approaching perfection
    here, but let’s see what happens
    with water: ok, it doesn’t
    really get nicer – which would
    have been nearly impossible –
    but water brings out notes of fresh
    almonds, old books, camphor…
    Again, wonderful. Mouth (neat):
    immensely powerful but drinkable,
    starting on 100% peat plus 100%
    sherry. Lots of chocolate and quite
    some salt at the attack, hints of
    soy sauce, quite some liquorice,
    balsamic vinegar, pepper, prunes…
    Hugely concentrated and rich, I
    guess one could use this one as
    a sauce (why not with foie gras!)
    With water: more caramel and more
    liquorice, gentian eau-de-vie, roots,
    smoked tea… Brilliant, and
    no need to talk about the very long
    finish, I decided to slow down with
    maltoporn ;-). But what’s
    stunning is that there’s also
    lots of elegance in this bold whisky.
    Legendary. 96 points.

    Whiskyfun.com

  8. barryfox915 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Amber.
    Nose: Very peaty, mineral, on old ashes, bloody oranges,
    tangerine and some papaya. A beautiful balance between the peat and the
    sherry.
    Taste: Salty, spicy, peppery, peaty, slightly meaty, mineral,
    with some cinnamon powder, seaweeds, cold ashes and sweet fruity flavours. The
    finish is very long, mineral, on cold ashes, quite fruity, on seaweeds, camphor,
    and with a beautiful sherry.
    General Impression: An old fashion Caol Ila, mineral, with a
    beautiful sherry influence.

    http://www.whisky-news.com/En/tasting13.html#11dec09

     

     

  9. aMaltea scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  10. ALouis scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Color :
    Amber

    Nose : Very meaty, on a fine peat and farmhouse , added to that a
    Sherry without any flaws and you get one of the best Caol Ila.

    The peat is made
    more presents, on the cold ashes, then some notes of
    cereals and minerals are emerging.

    The sherry is on the
    chocolate, nuts, spices and pepper.

    Some oranges in
    background.

    Despite the degree
    of alcohol, a hyper balanced and expressive nose.

    With a little water the
    peat is more present and sherry less, it spoils the equilibrium
    initial of this whisky.

    Mouth :
    The alcohol is a little more in the mouth but it is far
    to be aggressive.

    Peat is a little
    more present but still here superbly mixed with sherry.

    Mix peat
    medicinal, cold ashen, iodine, chocolate, orange, candied fruit,
    pepper and you get this masterpiece of complexity and
    aromatic concentration.

    With a little water,
    unlike the nose it is less peaty and more sherry.

    Final:
    Endless,
    peat and sherry do not leave the palace, high class.

    Despite its 63% not
    need water for this jewel.

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