Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
25 years old
DL 1358
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Feb 2008 3:17 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 145.00

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13 × member ratings

17 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1979 DL

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.09 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is a bottle that gets better over time. The last dram from the bottle upped my score from 88 to 90. 
    • Nose
      Austere, grassy peat with a hint of sweetness -- sugarcane, green apples. 
    • Taste
      Oily. Good viscosity. Peat. Lots of citrus. Lemon grass. Green apples. Unripened pears. Swims rather well with water.
    • Finish
      Good length. Spicy and peppery. Lingering grassiness. A bit oaky at the end but not egregious.

  2. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great stuff.
    • Nose
      Nutty and mildly peated/smoky as Caol Ila can be. Roasted almonds, oily peat, seaweed, anchovies, pain d'Ardenne,apple, fennel, and lemon. 
    • Taste
      Quite powerful, moderately peaty, but quite dirty and earthy on licorice and putty. Then, there are still these almonds, and soft peach. No trace of any harshness though.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering and peasant. It leaves a salty taste of anchovies, seaweed, cured meat, tropical fruit, and licorice. Just perfect!

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    ScotchWhiskyAuction May, 2015 -- 145 GBP

    Maniac Ratings, average 91

    Serge Valentin 91

    Olivier Humbrecht 91

    Michel van Meersbergen 91

    Konstantin Grigoriadis 89

  4. Ouwe Knatser scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    By Serge:

    Caol Ila 25 yo 1979/2005 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC, DL 1358, 296 bottles)
    Colour: pale gold. Nose: starts on some bold, simple but beautiful fresh fruits (just apples and pears but of the best kinds), together with quite some paraffin and, of course, smoke. The balance is perfect, with also some very clean farmy notes, a little tar and some notes of smoked salmon. Extremely compact and ‘coherent’, I like it a lot. Mouth: rather smooth at first sip, although very ‘solid’. Maybe a little weaker (or ‘less bold’) than on the nose, but with, again, lots of fresh apples. Un-sugared tea, apple skins, fresh walnuts… The finish is long, with something ‘Kidaltonely’ medicinal. Anyway, a superb old Caol Ila, no doubt. Too bad I couldn’t taste it head-to-head with the 25 yo OB, I’ll try to do that one day. 91 points.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91


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