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Overall rating
88.28/100
votes
31
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Bladnoch Forum (BF)
Vintage
15.05.1980
Bottled
01.06.2010
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
4684
Number of bottles
264
Strength
53.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 Jun 2010 8:26 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 390.00

4 × in wishlist

31 × member ratings

34 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1980 BF

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.28 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is nitpicking of course, since I feel this whisky warrants a 90 point score, but if the palate had followed along the path of the nose then this would've been a truly great Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      This is really fresh and fairly fruity with a sweet edge. Heather and wet grass with a touch of licorice, but also green apples, bananas and freshly cut pears. Some cotton candy and salted caramel as well as a touch of acidity. Ultra soft wood smoke, really gentle. Clean and crisp. Pretty close to being perfect.
    • Taste
      A nice, oily mouthfeel. The wood smoke is much more prominent here. The peat is clearly present as well. A hint of rubber, as well as salt, pepper and ginger. Oak-y, close to the edge. Not much left of the fruitiness. Too bad.
    • Finish
      Long with lots of smoke and spices.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Flirting with the Tropics

    Some 10 years ago, you could buy this 30 years old Coal Ila from the Bladnoch Forum for less than 250 EUR. A decade later, that has become quite unthinkable. So I’m happy to have been able to score a sample of this one, although I cannot remember who from… apologies (to the person who sold me the sample, obviously). It’s a single cask at cask strength.

    OMG! I put my nose in the glass and my eyes open in pure bliss. I already know that this is a stunner and then some (coming very close to the 25 years old from 1983, released two years prior by the same bottler). Soft peat, mild smoke, but all the more sweet fruit. Think sugared peel of all kinds of citrus fruit – again, I know, it’s just the way it is – and lots of vanilla and buttercups. Outstanding!

    Great mouthfeel – even a bit waxy! – in which the sugared citrus peel goes hand-in-glove with smoky iodine. Soft butter, honey and marzipan. Dried seaweeds and some garden herbs. This is truly great. Midpalate the fruit even starts flirting witht he tropics. Wonderful!

    The long finish offers a mix of maritime notes and citrus fruit with crystal sugar.

    On the nose it reminded me of the 25 years old Caol Ila from the Bladnoch Forum which I just tried, but on the palate and in the finish it surpasses that one with ease. What a grand Caol Ila! Now, where is my ‘to look out for’ list?

  3. Sylvia scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Dominique69 scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

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

  5. Dominique69 scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. whioli scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. hsmithjr scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Splendid!
    • Nose
      Tarred rope.  Asphalt.  Seaweed.  Peat smoke.  Wet wood.  Lemon tart.
    • Taste
      Peaty and salty.  Vanilla cookies.  More tar and asphalt.  Roofing cement.  Dry citrus peels.
    • Finish
      Long and peaty.  Hot.  Sea salt.  Burnt tires.  Cirtic acid.

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