Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Jury (TWJ)
Calculated age
11 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
53.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Jul 2020 9:13 pm by thewhiskyjury
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 105.00

18 × in wishlist

52 × member ratings

87 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2008 TWJ

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.33 points

  1. Kovalyoff did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Serge Valentin 90 pts:
    If our friends ever need someone who would do cask numbers that do not sound like the names of Star Wars droids, I’m their man. Colour: straw. Nose: yay brake fluid and mown lawn upfront, then sunflower oil and green bananas. And then the expected oysters, lemons, seaweed and ashes. Yay. With water: more bread, smoky husk, green almonds, putty… That’s always very nice. Mouth (neat): a sweeter one indeed, with a few rooty notes too (gentian), more green bananas, limoncello, seawater, grass smoke. With water: herbs and saps coming in, that’s a treat too. Oils and waxes too. How old is this one? Wait, 2020 minus 2008, that’s well 25! Finish: long, firm, drier, and really very salty. This feeling of having swallowed seawater. Comments: the most complex and ‘mature’ this far. Doesn’t feel twelve or eleven, neither does it feel ‘botoxed with oak’. Well done jury.
    SGP:557 - 90 points.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Belgian bottler The Whisky Jury does not have many releases on its resumé so far, but what they’ve released has been great so far. In less than a year’s time Joeri has built up an ironclad and well deserved reputation, which means his bottles sell out very quickly. Thus I missed out on his Caol Ila 35 Year Old 1983 upon its release and it took a lot of cloak and dagger (yeah, right) to obtain a bottle at last. And look: this year he again releases a cask from my favorite Islay distillery, albeit much younger. This single cask from 2008 was bottled at cask strength after 12 years of maturation. Looking forward to this one!

    Young, powerful nose on ashes, citrus (mandarin!) and a truckload of seaweeds. Some mud and diesel fumes. Wonderfully dirty, just the way I like it. Stock fish and mud, really! Great.

    Oh, oh, OH! The nose was great, but the palate is outstanding! Perfect strength. The alcohol integrated beautifully, so your tasted buds get to concentrate on all the wonderful sweet notes of vanilla, candy floss and honey that are opposite the salty notes of brackish water, oyster sap and seaweeds. The smoke becomes very big and keeps things cozily warm. As dirty as was the nose, so clean it is on the palate. This is Pleasure with capital P.

    The long finish is a veritable battle between sweet and salt, ending in a draw. But what a match!

    I am happy to perform a #happydance for this one, mind you. But alas also completely sold out. Darn, you cannot even blink when a release is announced. If you do, you’ll miss it. High time for Joeri to start a system with subscriptions, I say…

  3. etwa77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    sweet little Caol Ila that absolutely convinces from nose to finish.. perfect drinking strength and a perfect mix of notes!

    grass.. fields of smoke-covered grass without end..

    since God himself has spoken on this whisky, i dare not add more.. a happy dance from me, too!

  4. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat, apple-cinnamon pastry and orange. Slightly buttery.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Peat, apple, gingerbread, orange and vanilla sugar.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat, gingerbread, apple juice and almond.

  7. bvrsky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. MaltMonkeyPetro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Banzai scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. pbe3300 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very rich palette for a 12 yo ...

    Smell: little 'grass', green bananas and sea air
    Taste: clear peat, green fruit and nicely balanced. sweet salt

    Finish: pleasantly long with peat salty aftertaste

    First fill Bourbon?


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