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Caol Ila 25-year-old

Overall rating
88.43/100
votes
773
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2010
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
14000
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0139CM000
Barcode
5000281027098
Added on
22 Jun 2010 11:59 am
Colored

Average value

€ 169,74

102 × in wishlist

773 × member ratings

2990 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 25-year-old

89 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.43 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during the First Annual Caol Ila Feis Ile Dinner (yes, this was the official name of it!) at the Ballygrant's Inn.  And I did it head-to-head versus the 30-years old (WB id 58218).

    Colour:  Both have the same colour of old gold (yes, Diageo uses caramel to fix it that way).  The texture of the 25y shows some fast fat legs and late sticky tears.  The 30y shows early but very small tears and some late slow legs and fat tears.

    Nose:  The 25y offers this adorable sweet and strong phenolic profile with maritime aromas and some nice OBFs that I adore, one to sniff for hours.  The nose of the 30y is more subtle but on the same profile.  Hard to say which one is better - the 30y is more complex and delicate while the 25y is more powerful and impressive. Finally I opt for the 30y.

    Mouthfeel:  The 30y instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a slightly peppery feeling but without any distracting (bitter or drying) moments.  That is really good!  Surprisingly the 25y is smoother than the 30y on the mouthfeel but at least as much coating.

    Taste:  A very mellow and complex sweet-peaty-phenolic-maritime profile on the 25y that is multi-layered, really excellent.  The 30y counters this with more punchiness (surprisingly) and a greater complexity of flavours adding more spicy and malty aromas to it than the 25y.  But again I like the 25y a little better (on a very high level).

    Finish:  Both are very long with the 30y vanishing in several waves without any distracting notes.  Close to perfection it is (remember Yota)!  The 25y finishes a little shorter (just long, not very long...), but again without any flaws or off-notes.  This round wins the 30y year old.

    Water is not needed on both (it does not really harm and smoothen the drams even further, but it takes away some power, too).  I am really blown away by the high quality of both drams, the only flaw is the drinker-unfriendly price tag choosen by Diageo for the 30 year old.  I am willing to pay as much as 250 Euro for the 30 year old - but not a single Cent more!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  What is better:  A batch that contains the flavours of many different casks or a carefully selected single cask release?  To check this I selected two 25-years old Caol Ila from the great 1984 vintage for a head-to-head namely this original bottling (OB) bottled May, 19th, 2010 and a Bladnoch Forum release (BF, WB id17481) with 52% abv.

    Colour:  The OB is at old gold (but remember Diageo uses caramel to fix the colour) while the BF is at jonquiripe corn.  The texture of the BF shows medium fast legs and many small sticky tears.  The OB shows much slower legs and late fat sticky tears so its oiliness is better.  

    Nose:  The OB offers a real great nose on lots of different aromas with adorable peaty, fruity, malty and spicy wooden notes and some OBFs.  It is very complex and beautiful balanced, one to sniff for hours.  The BF is more closed due to the abv but owns a peaty, malty and wooden profile too, just the fruits are shy in the background.  I like the OB more here.

    Initial mouthfeel:  The OB instantly coats all of the mouth with a warming feeling, no distracting moments (just as the texture promised).  The BF is coating too (but less than the OB) and it has a slight drying feeling (metallic).  Again I like the OB better.

    Taste:  The BF shows a peaty-barley sugary-herbal flavours profile that is somewhat layered and easy to sip.  The OB is truly multi-layered and multi-flavoured on the palate, very delicious.  I do not name all the different flavours but it adds nice chocolatey and honey-sweet notes to the peat and fruits.  This is simply "lecker".  I prefer the OB by several points.

    Finish:  Both own a long finish that nicely vanishes in waves.  The OB is really sticky here and I still taste it even after minutes with all of its beauty.  No bitter or drying notes at all.  The BF adds more sugars to the finish and has no distracting moment either.  Nevertheless I prefer the OB again.

    Water opens the BF up and the nose gets more complex as does the taste - now it comes closer to the OB and guess what, I like it best when reduced to about the same strength as the OB.  Water is not needed on the OB (it just gets flatter).

    So this head-to-head showed a clear result:  A batch of many (good) casks provide a greater aromas and flavours variety and a more balanced profile than just a single cask (of course, it all depends on which single cask was choosen).  As all bottlings of the 1984 vintage of Caol Ila (that I tasted so far) were great the 2010 Diageo 25-year old should be and indeed is a stunner.  I tasted all later 25-year Diageo Caol Ila releases and they are good too, but this one is the best so far.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Start with a very relaxed nose. And when you think, 'was that now?' he opens up wonderfully and delivers beautiful "elderly" flavors. And that both in the nose, as well as on the tongue. I like it very much. Until recently you could find it for less than 100 €. Now he's getting dressed, but still worth his money.
    • Nose
      In the distance a little bit of soft smoke, hardly noticeable. And like a breeze over again. A lightly spicy bacon note comes, raisins and figs work forward. At first rather discreet and restrained, the sweetness of the dried fruit unfolds its full force after a short time. Now come also leather and tobacco notes, to fine-sour chocolate and vanilla. Nice development in the nose.
    • Taste
      This is where the peat smoke on the tongue makes itself felt right at the beginning. However, he is withdrawn just as quickly as when Verriechen. Also on the tongue comes after a while a nice bacon note, in addition to old leather and: beautiful old oak planks. Vanilla and milk chocolate are coming. Over time, the "elderly" taste on the tongue tart, peppery, almost furry - and then gets the curve to a pleasantly fluffy creaminess.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, pleasantly dry, plum sweet and with returned fine smoke.

  4. Glenjasper scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Egge scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      First very subtle smoke, then bacon. The figs and raisins move forward pleasantly, a few dried fruits.

      Leathery books, such as an old library, slide forward, then vanilla, chocolate and figs again.
    • Taste
      91 91
      In the beginning strong peat smoke, which, before you know it, is gone again. There remain bacon and leather, old, dignified oak.

      Then mild chocolate, but it gets tighter.

      A pleasant, somehow old taste remains on the tongue. I would compare the mouthfeel with chocolate cream. Quite pleasant, full ... great!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Rather long than short. Pleasantly dry without being exhausting. The smoke rises significantly in the finish, in the background a sweetness, which I can not accurately assign.

  8. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A good whisky. Balanced and well-behaved. 
    • Nose
      A fair amount of peat smoke, sea spray, crispy bacon, vanilla, yellow fruit, but also raisin and other dried fruit. Then, barley and a hint of mint. 
    • Taste
      Again, the smoke is fairly decent. Now, it's even more in the direction of wood and bbq. Glazed, barbecued spare ribs, bacon and the like. Then there is dried fruit, lemon, cardamom and allspice. 
    • Finish
      Long and lingering, not aggressive, only mildly spicy. Most noticeable is still the peat smoke, now a bit earthier with licorice. Then, orange and dried fruit. 

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