Caol Ila 2008 JE

Overall rating
85.62/100
votes
39
Whiskybase ID
WB165932
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
James Eadie (JE)
Bottling serie
Sherry Cask Finish
Vintage
23.11.2008
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Amontillado Sherry Cask Finish
Casknumber
356845
Number of bottles
325
Strength
54.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060485430827
Added on
22 sep 2020 9:03 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 96.43

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 2008 JE

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.62 points.

  1. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I really enjoyed the combination of caramelization and fruit on the profile which contrasted well with the salt and meat. The complexity of the nose and palate were well balanced and enjoyable to sip on straight up or with a few drops of water. Water highlighted the sweet citrus and a bit of creaminess while subduing the meatier notes.

    Mental Image: Flaming Citrus Peel Cocktail Garnish
    • Nose
      Sweet, citrus, and smoke. Opened with a burning candy shop, salted caramel apples, and a salty sea breeze. The maritime meatiness of lox and capers with lemon pepper as well as sweet citrus notes of lemon drops and 7-UP.
    • Taste
      Thick, viscous, and loaded with sweet char and briny seafood. Charred meat, herbal smoke, and smoldering sweet wood in the smoker. A sweeter side cut in with brunt brown sugar, burnt bitter orange peel, lemon drops, and saltwater taffy. A few drops of water brought out a nice creaminess and accentuated the sweet citrus.
    • Finish
      Lingering melted sticky candy sugars

  2. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  3. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Successful Caol Ila, the influence of the Ex Amontillado Sherry Cask Finish is clear. The whisky opens up clearly with a little water (diluted to 48 to 50%).
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat smoke, slightly medicinal. Hazelnuts and almonds, thyme, lime, sea salt, red berries, citrus and green apple.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peppery start, peat smoke. Nut and almond flavors. Spices like thyme. Leather. Sea salt in interplay with minimal sweetness. Light fruits.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Relatively long. Nut and almond flavors in connection with the peat smoke remain. Dry.

  4. M134481 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, light caramel fudge, hazelnuts, orange peel, peat, plaster, leather, honey, green apple and fresh oak.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Green apple, plaster, honey, hay, some wax, leather, caramel fudge, green apple but also tropical fruits such as pineapple with nuts with smoke.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Green apple, plaster, honey, hay, leather and some wax with hazelnut on the end.

  5. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This one needs a little bit of water, it gives it a lot more flavour.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Steviebee scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. swk27844 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is how you can expect a caol ila. Smoke, but not too medicinal, nice and present but not overpowering. A very nice example of a funky caol ila. Warming and fruity. Don't skip this one!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoke is there, but it is not dominant. Nutmeg, ginger, rosemary, thyme, dried fruit, wet wood, vanilla.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Warming, liquorice, ginger, syrupy, vanilla sugar, overripe bananas, baker's paste, hay, honey and in the background that delicious typical caol ila smoke that is perfectly balanced! No major taste changes, but a very nice dram!
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is good, especially the smoke remains and no new things are added, but you can taste the sweetness for a long time.

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