Caol Ila 15-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Manager's Dram
Stated Age
15 years old
Sherry Cask
63.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
10 Apr 2010 8:04 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 7875,96

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 15-year-old

14 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. dutchdrammer scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    This is most certainly the best Caol Ila there has ever been bottled. Tasted this several times form several bottles and all the beautiful layers of full on sherry and the coastal peatiness of CI are just wonderful. Unfortunately there are some bottles around that are seriously tainted by a soapiness....so buyers beware, there is a 10-20% chance that the bottle is a dud...

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Sherry and meaty peat with some chocolate leather orange, dried fruits, figs, raisins, very dark sherry

  4. 55606882 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Perfectly aromatic flower honey

  5. 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
    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

  6. 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  

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The nose is still elegant almost distant but still similar to when neat.
    Slightly less syrupy, more plum and more ashy with water
    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.

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

    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.



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