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Caol Ila 2008

Overall rating
84.83/100
votes
62
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

€ 63.23

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62 × member ratings

206 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2008

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.83 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Lcluy scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  5. LaurensVD scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

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

  6. Ficelli scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  7. jenstungeln scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  8. 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

  9. whiskytornado scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  10. DistiLesha scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Quite an interesting and unusual whisky. It does not develop or close in any way, it just is. A little more smoke is released with water.
    • Nose
      sage, musty leaves under a rotten autumn log, slightly smoky
    • Taste
      spicy-spicy, sour tea leaves, the same musty leaves, sweet-sour-bitter, smoky bourbon candies, like the legacy of bourbon and Isla.
    • Finish
      very smooth and not bright, slightly smoky-fruity

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