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Caol Ila 15-year-old

Overall rating
93.55/100
votes
82
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 8:04 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 7475.57

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82 × member ratings

56 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 15-year-old

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.55 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. Jazzhawk scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Grandiose Sherry Caol Ila near perfection ...
    Definitely plays in the Champions League of top whiskys ...
    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  3. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Finally, a legendary Caol Ila, I have to say I'm quite disappointed due to the presence of sulfur. I understand it may not be an issue for others.
    • Nose
      Huge sherry, old beautiful sherry, quite sulfurous on the other hand. Very unfortunate, could be legendary.
      red fruits bouquet, candied plums, huge huge iodine, high-quality parma hams.
    • Taste
      Intense, blackcurrants, one of the most beautiful sherry maturation, seaweeds, very hot, still some sulfur, very salty, big, inky, ham umami.
    • Finish
      Long, dried fruits, a bit sulfurous.

  4. Luigisim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Luigisim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The many faces of Peat
    Old and Rare Show Tasting 2020

    Here is my personal ranking

    1. Lagavulin 12 yo, OB green glass, 43%
    1. Port Ellen 10yo, Scottish Wildlife SV, 43%

    3. Caol Ila 15yo, The Manager's Dram, 63%
    3. Bowmore De Luxe, OB '70, 70 proof

    5. Ardbeg 11yo, Sestante, 59,4%
    5. Laphroaig 10yo, Batch #001, 57,8%

  6. dutchdrammer scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    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...

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 55606882 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Perfectly aromatic flower honey

  9. 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

  10. 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  

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