Caol Ila 16-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2020
Stated Age
16 years old
Refill then Amoroso-treated Hogsheads
Number of bottles
53.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Feis Ile 2020
Added on
06 Jun 2020 12:18 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 389.94

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11 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 16-year-old

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.13 points

  1. Pizzaboxy did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Was sold out within 3 hours...
    Original bottle price 120GBP incl. UK VAT

  2. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Fèis Ìle under Covid 19 conditions. While you have to travel to DIE Insel at "normal" times to get this bottle of festival, this year you "only" had to be able to show a UK address - or know someone who has one in store. ;-)
    On the tongue and in the finish it reveals its full potential - I think it could have started in the nose. You have to be able to deal with his reluctance. But ultimately, complaining is at a high level ...
    • Nose
      86 86
      Freshly poured, it uses its flavors fairly sparingly. First there is only a hint of lemon and something green and fruity that goes in the direction of kiwi. There is little smoke. Chervil, tarragon and a little dill add flavor. His reluctance in the nose, which is somewhat surprising at first and may even appear boring in the beginning, does not go away in the further course of the nosing.
      But: now the dry smoke is there, accompanied by the spice of the herbs, garnished with a few chocolate sprinkles (flavor: De Ruijter Hagelslag Melk) - you can develop joy in this nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      On the tongue it shows itself as you would have expected it from the beginning: strong, spicy, smoky, dry. A fruity sweetness of grapes, raisins and dried figs resonates. Licorice snails, some menthol. Hearty peat smoke, I would have liked to have had it on my nose, but 16 years of storage and the Amoroso barrels will have done their part to make sure it wasn't. Over time, a pleasant cocoa aroma spreads on the tongue. In addition, coffee powder, milk chocolate, some malt and remove fresh cake batter.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long and dry. Still the sweet grapes and raisins, now accompanied by wild berries and blueberries. Pleasantly rich peat smoke.

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    ** Carbol soap **

    No Feis Ile this year due to corona (spicy detail: not one case has been registered on Islay), but Feis Ile releases of course. Then online via a special website. The fans were on their back legs - rightly so! - because for 'tax reasons' Diageo only sold the bottles to customers with a delivery address in the UK Fortunately, I know a few people who wanted to help me out of the emergency and so I managed to manage both this Caol Ila and the Lagavulin get 2 bottles. At three o'clock this Caol Ila, limited to 3,000 bottles, was sold out. The malt first matured on refill bourbon hogsheads and then got a finish on Amoroso-treated Hogsheads (and let that be the type of barrel used for the Distillers Edition of that other valve from the Diageo stable: Talisker). Now hope - but I am reasonably confident - that it is also very tasty.

    Although the DNA of Caol Ila (citrus, seaweed, peat) is clearly present, it is mainly the large dose of sweetness that surprises me here - pleasantly surprised, let me be clear. Lemongrass, Haribo bears, wine gums and candies. Then some green herbs, something floral and soft medicinal notes follow. Carbol soap. Surprisingly subtle and very summery - for a Caol Ila. Wonderfully different from what I am used to from Caol Ila.

    Oh yeah! It arrives nice and well seasoned, even a bit creamy and very clean. I suck on a pineapple cube while I'm in the kiln. A big floral touch is now at the very front that makes me frown for a moment. It won't turn into carb soap, will it? But no, luckily he doesn't get soapy. In fact, after those top notes he suddenly becomes quite maritime. Pepper and salt appear, are smoothly drowned out by ginger, while the smoke - which was so subtle on the nose - now spreads throughout your mouth, making it nice and warm. Not much is left of the subtle of the nose, but it is all great.

    In the finish, the Amoroso barrel no longer stands a chance. Now the malt shows its true nature again: salty, peaty, smoky and absolutely fantastic.

    I had high expectations and they were fully met - at that short moment in time where it threatened to go to FWP. A delicious, somewhat atypical Caol Ila to enchant you.

  4. Harzhof did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    People are nuts these days. I am sure we will see lots of +95points from the buyers... ;-)


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