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Overall rating
88.61/100
votes
18
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Jury (TWJ)
Vintage
10.2008
Bottled
06.2020
Calculated age
11 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
twj-Ci02
Number of bottles
280
Strength
53.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
10 Jul 2020 9:13 pm by thewhiskyjury
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 95.00

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18 × member ratings

59 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2008 TWJ

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.61 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blink

    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…

  2. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. MikerG2k scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Mark-E scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Baanaanaabob did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Oatmeal, orchard fruits, grass, bit of coastal peat, not bad

  10. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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