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Caol Ila 2008

Overall rating
85.28/100
votes
106
Whiskybase ID
WB166801
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
2008
Bottled
2020
Casktype
Moscatel Cask Finish
Casknumber
C-si; 7-480
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281062525
Added on
05 oct 2020 9:44 pm by Astrid
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 68.70

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2008

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.28 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    After a bottle of Caol Ila 12yo had just been emptied, the resulting gap in the local bar had to be filled. The choice fell on this Distillers Edition, which has a lot of the 12yo, but is also very independent with its fruit and berry notes. Without much fuss: a really nice classic that I'm already looking forward to having in my glass again and again in the near future.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Cold campfire smoke, a sunlit corrugated iron roof, nori sheets, salty sea spray, blackberry jam - what a tasty start. In contrast to the 12yo original bottling, it is much more fruity on the nose and also more accessible (“more accessible” in the sense of: also suitable for non-Islay lovers), the Moscatel barrels seem to have the ashy and dryness that the 12yo has in the nose , to cover. Rum-grape-nut flavored chocolate, marzipan, a little ginger bread.
    • Taste
      88 88
      But then on the tongue: the first contact immediately gives the tongue an Islay feeling, brings that nice, really dry peat smoke note, which brings with it a hint of pear sauce. A compote of green apples enriched with crushed blackberries and red grapes. Marzipan, hazelnuts, grated almonds - and there is always a sweet fruitiness in the background. A pleasant note of pepper builds up over time, accompanied by marjoram and chervil.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length and only slightly dry finish. Berry sweetness, some marzipan and - of course - dry and ashy peat smoke.

  2. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not too smoky, but overall well-rounded with a maritime touch. And very tasty.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet and salty (interplay), peat smoke (not too intrusive), grapes, citrus, light fruits, mint, seaweed.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Peaty, ash. The sweetness of candied fruits, again in the interplay with salty sea water. Seaweed, citrus, and grapes. I would like a higher alcohol strength better, it leaves a somewhat watery impression.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length. The sweetness of the candied fruits, salt and peat smoke remain.

  3. Koning scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The moscatel casks of this distillers edition add some depth and sweetness, mainly to the lovely nose.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat and sweet. Sweetness of candied fruits, vanilla and green olives. Some cinnamon and peppermint. Also quite maritime.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Peat and a rather clean mouthfeel. Sweet vanilla, peppermint and olive oil. A bit of seaspray and mineral water, it's lighter than expected.
    • Finish
      84 84
      More ashy peat now. Some fishy notes, cracked pepper, and candied fruits again.

  4. Gous scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. SAND scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Sweet and fruity peat. Maritime notes of fresh sea water, lemon and bitter yellow fruits. An oily aspect as well. Mild smokiness. Lovely development with time in the glass, including mild bacon notes. (89-90p).
    TASTE: The arrival is slightly sweet and citrusy (qumquat, lemon, orange). On the mid palate medium sweet but so, so quaffable. Mild smoke astringency. (90p).
    FINISH: Semi sweet lemon and orange water, with a little acidity and astringency and a little black pepper (88p).
    OVERALL: A ripe and sweet peated lemon. Total score 89 points.

  6. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Slight ashy smoke, some pepper, spicy honey, a slightly sour wine note, nice spicy sweet note

    taste
    Ashy, creamy, oily, spicy, a little pepper, tingling, smoked bacon

    finish
    Medium length, sweet, spicy, becoming dry

  7. Halkyon scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Moscatel cask sweetness is very well integrated. Great combination of smoke and sweetness with creamy mouthfeel. Everyday treat
    • Nose
      88 88
      Strong maritime vanilla smoke mixed with strong fruity apricot sweetness
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very creamy, strong ashy peat mixed sweet apricots fruitiness, a hint of coconut
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, ashy, herbal and candied fruits

  9. MarcinCh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet smoke. Ash. The smoke and sweetness are intense. The sweetness is like a good dessert. Campfire. Light salt. Earthy and light herbal. Caramel and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Smoke. Sweetness. Caramel. Herbalism. Earthiness. Sea. Salt. Spices. Pepper. Quite dense, oily and creamy.
    • Finish
      Sweetness. Caramel. Vanilla pudding. Spices, pepper. Lots of smoke. Ash. Slightly warming up. Vanilla pudding and caramel again. Long finish.

  10. Gweddry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      apple jelly, apple cider vinegar, fresh, medium smoke, pineapple yogurt, orange yogurt, salted caramel, fruit muesli, sweet white wine, weaker omelette, pine, candied fruit, cinnamon, lavender, shrimp chips, pistachios, shortbread biscuits
    • Taste
      sweeter, candied fruit, charred potato, sweet white wine, gradually turns into salinity, shrimp chips, potato pancake, spiciness
    • Finish
      smoke, pickles, gooseberries, sweet white wine, apple jelly, pear

  11. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Caol ila Distillers Edition 2020 vs. Caol ila Feis Ile 2021

    Both Moscatel finishes, with Feis the finish time is even known. Let's look for similarities and differences.

    Nose:
    The Distillers Edition is nice and sweet on the nose, candied fruits (orange, pineapple), some elderberry, rose water. But the maritime Caol ila character is not neglected either. Seaweed, crab chips and fine citrus notes, plus a smoke that I would name here with a smoldering coal fire. In any case, the sweet side that comes into the bottling through the Moscatel barrels is dominant.

    The Distillers Edition is significantly sweeter than the standard 12, while the Feis bottling comes closer to this, especially with water, but adds an additional odor dimension.

    Mouth:
    The Distillers Edition is sweet, soft and fruity to begin with. Fruits glazed with honey. Vanilla. Rauch rather in the second row, especially in a direct comparison.

    Finish:
    Distillers Edition and Diluted Feis Bottling are both sweet on the finish, the Feis has a strong oak finish. Undiluted, the Feis has too strong oak in the finish.

    Conclusion:
    I find it exciting how sweet the Distillers Edition comes off in this comparison. I don't remember previous batches so sweetly, maybe it's just the day's shape

    86/100

  12. Lcluy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. LaurensVD scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  14. Ficelli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. jenstungeln scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  16. Deckbutt scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      You smell it from afar, intensive smoke, burnt wood, seaweed, maritime, get you to the rocky beach on a cool day
    • Taste
      Complex, lot of smoke, again burnt wood and fireplace, fruity, bit of sweetness and enjoyable spiciness
    • Finish
      Mildly long, brilliant smoky aftermath in your mouth, fruity, feels perfectly balanced, but shorther than you would like it to be

  17. whiskytornado scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. DistiLesha scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Quite an interesting and unusual whisky. It doesn’t develop or reveal itself in any way, it’s just how it is. With water, a little more smoke is revealed.
    • Nose
      sage, musty leaves under a rotten autumn log, light smoke
    • Taste
      savory-spicy, sour tea leaves, the same musty leaves, sweet-sour-bitter, smoky bourbon candies, like a legacy of bourbon and Islay.
    • Finish
      very smooth and not bright, slightly smoky-fruity

  19. yfalkov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It's fine and balanced, but not too complex. More peat than in classic Caol Ila and more sweetness. Would be ok for a daily dram but as a DE it could be more interesting.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Smoke, then yellow fruits, sultanas, salt and burned wood. Marshmallow, caramel
    • Taste
      85 85
      Medium peat, oily, salty, fruity.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long, sweet, black pepper, spices, smoke and ash

  20. besar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. Ludwig1975 scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Nice dry peat, vanilla with a layer of pepper, lots of depth in the aftertaste, nice long aftertaste.

  22. Ludwig1975 scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    Nice dry peat, vanilla with a layer of pepper, lots of depth in the aftertaste, nice long aftertaste.

  23. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

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