Caol Ila 35-year-old ElD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland - Director's Special
Stated Age
35 years old
Number of bottles
50.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
20-6038 031
Added on
06 Oct 2020 11:06 pm by Whisky_Addicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1201.51

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 35-year-old ElD

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.88 points

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Moderator

    Wow, great complexity, fruitiness and powerful balance - just fantastic!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Intense, fruity, honey, ripe apricot, jam, pipe tobacco, spices, cloves, little cinnamon, seabreeze, iodine, fine peaty and smoky, also some cooked oranges - excellent!
    • Taste
      95 95
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, little sirupy, good sweetness, more ripe and dried apricot, menthol, peat and smoke, citrus fruits, blond oranges, ginger, pepper, pipe tobacco, little brown sugar and acacia honey, fine woody notes - delicious!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, fruity, spicy, more punchy, cooked oranges again - great!

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Costal peat, brine, candied fruits, citrus, very good as are most of those early 80s CIs

  3. WhiskyAlex scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

  4. WhiskyAlex scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Nose: excellent. There’s seaweed and a slightly sweaty peat, drops of herbal liqueurs, as well as menthol, camphor and subtle fruity touches. Apples, tart plums, as well as some bergamot. Wool and old leather. All this with a lovely, silky layer of ashes and burnt rosemary.

    Mouth: salinity up front. Sardines and olive brine, complemented by a fruity acidity (lemons, grapefruit) and sweeter notes (almond paste and shortbread). Hints of herbal tea, salted bread and menthol.

    Finish: long, mineral, on kippers, almonds, lemons and plenty of ashy notes.

    Another excellent mid-1980s Caol Ila. Complex, balanced, with all the classic markers. Timeless whisky really. Available from The Whisky Exchange soon (although it’s sometimes hard to know whether it’s sold out or coming up…)


  5. WhiskyJug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Caol Ila 35 yo ‘Director’s Special’ (50.9%, Single Malts of Scotland, Elixir Distillers, 2020) Five stars

    Picture of an earlier bottling of Caol Ila in the same prestigious series, as this one is brand new and I haven’t seen a picture yet. In theory, this should be a 1984, but that’s only a theory.

    Colour: light gold.

    Nose: aren’t these vintages eternal? When trying them you could easily believe that they could go to 100 years old effortlessly, really. The glory of good, well-behaved refill wood! As for what’s in there, well I would mention putty (as always), bergamots and kumquats, soft brown liquorice, a little camphor, a few drops from a very old bottle of Bénédictine, and then, which is just amazing at 35, ‘a walk on the beach at low tide’. Kelp, wet sand, seashells and all that. Even little green crabs. Or there, razor shells and cockles (oh agreed, just any shells). Wow.

    With water: lovely notes of fresh oil paint, linseed oil, more putty, leather cream…

    Mouth: oh my is it tight and compact! Citrons, sesame oil, brine, a putty-like almondiness, lemongrass, touches of coriander leaf… Indeed, 100 yo in shy wood, and easily, no problems.

    With water: fab-tas-tic. A little sweeter (crystallised grapefruit), with a few ashes, more almond paste, rapeseed oil, pips… I’m even finding a little chlorophyl, I think.

    Finish: rather long and undoubtedly more coastal. Ashes, oysters, lemon juice, kippers, and yet more putty and marzipan. The aftertaste is incredibly fresh. Pink grapefruits.

    Comments: what a journey. Marvellous ‘old’ Caol Ila that does not taste old at all. And the citrus!

    SGP:655 - 92 points.



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