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Caol Ila 25-year-old

Overall rating
88.30/100
votes
631
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

€ 178,29

Tastingtags

83 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
13 Sep 2017 9:57 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 92 points

[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-year 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) https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/17481/caol-ila-1984-bf 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 moments 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 by far (2-3 points better). 

I will do another head-to-head of the 2010 versus the most recent 2016 release soon...

Weighted Rate
91.7
Nose
92
Initial taste
92
Body
93
Finish
92
Price
89
Presentation
90
There is no accounting for taste...
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
26 Jun 2017 10:10 am
hs305 gave this whisky 92 points

[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 year old https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/58218/caol-ila-1983.

Colour:  Both have the same colour of old gold.  The texture of the 25 shows some fast fat legs and late sticky tears.  The 30 shows early but very small tears and some late slow legs and fat tears.

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

Mouthfeel:  The 30 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 25 is smoother than the 30 on the mouthfeel but at least as much coating.  So I give this round to the 25.

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

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

Water is not needed on both of it (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!

Weighted Rate
91.8
Nose
93
Initial taste
92
Body
93
Finish
92
Price
88
Presentation
90
There is no accounting for taste...
Archer
Connoisseur Archer Tasting note
14 Nov 2016 7:25 pm
Archer gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

In der Ferne ein klein wenig zarter Rauch, kaum wahrnehmbar. Und wie ein Windhauch schon wieder vorüber. Eine leicht-würzige Specknote kommt, Rosinen und Feigen arbeiten sich nach vorne. Anfangs eher dezent und zurückhaltend, entfaltet die Süße der getrockneten Früchte nach einer kurzen Zeit ihre volle Kraft. Nun kommen auch Leder- und Tabaknoten, dazu feinherbe Schokolade und Vanille. Schöne Entwicklung in der Nase.

Taste

Hier macht sich direkt zu Beginn der Torfrauch auf der Zunge bemerkbar. Er ist jedoch genauso schnell wieder abgezogen wie beim Verriechen. Auch auf der Zunge kommt nach einer Weile eine schöne Specknote, dazu altes Leder und: schöne alte Eichendielen. Vanille und Milchschokolade kommen. Mit der Zeit wird der "ältliche" Geschmack auf der Zunge herber, pfeffriger, beinahe schon pelzig - und bekommt dann die Kurve hin zu einer angenehm fluffigen Cremigkeit.

Finish

Mittellang bis lang, angenehm trocken werdend, pflaumensüß und mit zurückgekehrtem feinem Rauch.

Comments

Fängt mit einer ganz relaxten Nase an. Und wenn man dann denkt: 'war's das jetzt?' macht er auf einmal wunderbar auf und liefert schöne "ältliche" Aromen. Und das sowohl in der Nase, als auch auf der Zunge. Gefällt mir sehr gut. Bis vor kurzem konnte man den noch für weniger als 100€ finden. Jetzt zieht er an, ist aber immer noch sein Geld wert.

scuse me while I kiss the sky
St. Pauli
Connoisseur St. Pauli Tasting note
04 Jul 2018 10:33 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Deep copper
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. 

Comments

A good whisky. Balanced and well-behaved. 

mosesumike
Expert Senior mosesumike Review note
11 Jun 2018 8:27 am
mosesumike gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89.4
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
87
Price
91
Presentation
87
make difference and always consider: Is it the main thing to keep the main thing the main thing?
Achany
Connoisseur Achany Review note
28 May 2018 9:59 am
Achany gave this whisky 91 points
the nose started slow and maybe it was just my biased expectation. this is a gentle malt! peat, salty, some bacon, some sea fruits, spices, oaky, hints of pepper even, sweet vanilla, some yellow fruits as well, a distant barbecue, some dark chocolate as well. that malt takes time, the finis is nicley and really long lasting. the price is more than all right!
Some very fine old peated sinlge malt. gentle and dignified.
Weighted Rate
90.6
Nose
89
Initial taste
93
Body
91
Finish
91
Price
90
Presentation
88
markkuyper
Expert Junior markkuyper Review note
25 May 2018 12:24 am
markkuyper gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
86.8
Nose
88
Initial taste
89
Body
88
Finish
85
Price
81
Presentation
87
Jambon
Member Senior Jambon Note
30 Apr 2018 7:29 pm
Jambon gave this whisky 91 points

Sweet and smokey.

Koalafant
Expert Senior Koalafant Note
15 Mar 2018 2:10 pm
Koalafant gave this whisky 87 points

Blindtasting 23.02.2018 => 87/100

larswehmeier
Expert Senior larswehmeier Tasting note
05 Feb 2018 11:03 am
larswehmeier gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

Feine, toll eingebundene Rauchnote. Elegante Süße. Honig. die typische salzige Meeresbrise von Caol Ila kommt nach einiger Zeit auch zum Vorschein. Für das hohe Alter überraschend leicht. Tolle Komplexität.

Taste

Cremig und ölig im Mundgefühl. Sehr süß, fast schon klebrig. Wirkt fast wie ein Likör. Dazu ein aromatischer Rauch mit diesem hauch von Salz. Insgesamt sehr lecker!

Finish

Eher leicht. Süß und rauchig.

Comments

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