Overall rating
88.50/100
votes
119
Whiskybase ID
WB171981
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Cask Series 011
Vintage
2009
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
410
Strength
58.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 dec 2020 8:55 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 67.01

18 × in wishlist

119 × member ratings

200 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 2009 NSS

32 users have left 32 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.50 points.

  1. Captain Teague scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    N: Caol Ila smoke and peat multiple layers( BBQ, pipe smoke, burnt wood.,).. cooling ..sweet raisins/plums and nuts... Oranges, Lemons (more w..water)...some spices (need to come back)... dirty harbour smell ( Wet wood, ropes etc)..some iodine..

    T: Fat and creamy.. Peat smoke, sweet medium dark honey/ raisins...oranges, lemons ( again more w. water) .. decent vanilla .. slight iodine..

    D/F: chocolate, nuts, lemonpeel .. drying..a short chilli catch... sweetnes, ash/ coal.. matches...quite long

    Classic balanced but not overloaded CI w Sherry. No off notes. On the edge w. Matches to sulfur but never over it...Takes water really well ( though alcohol is perfectly integrated) it takes some sweetness/ raisiness brings out brighter notes... appears older than he is..I really like this one..it cracked the 90 instantly - danger my comfort zone.

    .... i'm glad to have found it in 2022 still for 68 EUR. -- a no brainer Islay FF Sherry butt over 10 yrs!!!!...the parameters alone without good content will ask for more in 2022.

  2. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Warm roasted malt, salty pancakes, salty lemon, inferior dried fruit (because there is a lot of white sugar on the surface of the dried fruit), almost no alcohol. Then the dirty characters began to appear, the stinky insoles girl, the wet fishnet warrior, the moldy charcoal man, hahaha, and the aroma of spices can not be ignored, ginger, pepper, cloves, cinnamon, wow ha ha, very rich .

    Drink: The wine body has a good oily feeling, salty, salty, salty, fresh, honey, licorice, the second half is like the feeling after drinking compound syrup when sick, very enjoyable.

    Overall: I was obsessed with SMWS 53.330 for a while, dirty, rough, uninhibited, wild, but full of attractiveness, and this made me seem to see another one.

  5. Julia E S scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Vanilla ice cream, bananas, pineapple, chocolate and a nice campfire smoke with matitime notes in the background. The bottle has been open for a while now and I imagine the smoke was much stronger at the beginning.
    A sherry cask matured Caol Ila that works very well for me because the sherry is very subtle and is very well integrated.
    No maritime smoke monster but a super fruity Caol Ila with nice vanilla notes. Simply awesome to slurp away. Priced for the issue price of 65 € really super fine!

  6. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      buttery
      floral
      salty
      iodine
      charcoal
      clay
      marzipan
      vanilla
      sulfur
      grapes
      leathery
      sherry!
      melon
      sweet tobacco
      wine cellar
    • Taste
      91 91
      salty
      iodine
      medicated
      peat
      burnt wood
      chili
      very intense
      oily
      citrus
      nutty
    • Finish
      91 91
      chili pungency
      burnt wood
      long finish

  7. TimkoT scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. P.K.S scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I got a 3ml sampel and when I opend it woow bacon
    • Nose
      88 88
      Bacon,salty,idoine,anis star, amazing oily, plums, rosin, peppery
    • Taste
      89 89
      Its in yore face with flavers yum yum
      Creamy, salty,maritime amazing idoine and peppery
    • Finish
      89 89
      Mouth drying, idoine and maritime peppery, dry oak

  9. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. szkomaromi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. yarikovsky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  13. PRV scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    22/21/22/22

  14. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    20+ 22 20 21 84+

    Hmm, not bad, but I expected more from a whisky with such input parameters ... ok, powerful, but too dry for me ... and the aftertaste from dryness is not impressive ... in general, a good whisky to drink in winter, nothing more. ..

  15. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Bacon, tar, salty hemp ropes, dried kelp, fat/oily notes, cured lemons, clean wood smoke, iodine. (90p)
    TASTE: The arrival is pure smokey barley juice with sparkling fresh sea water. On the mid palate it becomes richer and oilier, adds some black pepper, fat olives and lots of cured lemon brine – bring out the tagine! (90p)
    FINISH: More lemon and fat smoke. Or smoked lemon. Or fat lemon smoke. Pick the one you like, either way it’s juicy and nice. (90p)
    OVERALL: A lovely semi-youngish whisky from the smoked bacon factory which is Caol Ila. Water does not change it very much. Consistent quality production, Caol Ila and good cask selection, North Star! TOTAL SCORE 90 points.

  16. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A Caol Ila with an age statement of over 10. From a Sherry Cask? Count me the fuck in. Normally these whiskies are over 100 but this was available for a super fair price of around 80€. For that price. This is a must have! Luckily I got one of only 410 bottles.
    • Nose
      89 89
      quite earthy and muddy, salty, smoked deer meat, cold ash, wet tobacco leaves, limes, different spices, is that wasabi? black olives and if you dig deep you get a nice sherry note in the background with raisins, dark grapes and blackberries.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Smoke is very subtle, sherry is on the front foot here, starts sweet with blackberries and cherries and rasberries followed by black olives, then the peat kicks in very meaty and salty, I get cooked pork ,dried salted cod, limes but then it takes another turn towards a sweet mouth with orange peel honey/maples sirup and another kick of limes and it takes another lap back to where it started… IMPRESSIVE
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very long: Starts again quite earthy and smoky but the smoke is not dominant and rather in the back and well integrated, this is soon replaced by olives, artichockes, basically a lot of Italian antipasti and a freshly done road in the heat. The sherry is in the background but keeps pushing to the front with dark berry marmalade orange peel and raisin. This is then followed by a stunning saltiness and that classic caol ila smoke.

  18. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  19. sg3356 scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    Not a life changing dram.
    But very well crafted sherried peaty whisky.

    Sherry influence is little shy right after opening.
    Just give it a little time and things change.

    Peat & Sherry influencest are not too heavy. Just pleasent.

    I am typically very sensitive against sulphuric notes when it comes to sherried caol ila, but this one is free from any sulphur as far as i can tell.

    Right amount peat combined with right amount of sherry from great casks free from sulphur.

    Again, nothing exceptionally special.
    It is simply a very well crafted whisky offered at a great msrp.
    But again, maybe that's something exceptionally special these days. You know, we just can't find good whiskies offered at a just price!

  20. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat, apple, buttery caramel and cherry.
    • Taste
      87 87
      More peaty. Blueberry. A lighter fruitiness peeking through when adding water. Apple.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat, blueberry, gingerbread, apple and smoked ham.

  21. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The characteristic aromas point to Caol Ila, so the sherry barrel was used well and does not kill the distillate. With only 11 years of maturation enough power remains, but without disturbing immaturity becoming noticeable.
    • Nose
      88 88
      fine smoke and cold ash mixed with caramel and sweetish vanilla, plus oak wood, oily hints of cured fish and smoked ham, candied citrus fruits with pepper, ground cloves and cinnamon, pistachio, medicinal tones and plaster of paris, a little honey, banana, you notice the sherry first the occasional raisins and then subtle red berries and nuts, some balsamic vinegar and popcorn, tea and rosemary
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet vanilla with smoked malt and cold ash, tons of liquid honey, spicy oak after ground clove, light sherry influences, a little caramel, salty and oily with a touch of pepper, earthy citrus and cocoa notes, again slightly medicinal, banana and nut mix, traces of sulfur
    • Finish
      88 88
      Honey sweet and cold ash, salty and earthy and oily, malt and citrus hints, caramel and cocoa, dry oak with moderate spice, banana and vanilla, smoked ham, resinous pine needles, removes sherry and leather

  22. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/03/27/swag-wiyc-feb-2021-part-2-2/

    N: Our last dram of this 12-dram flight is this second offering from PM who had reservations about sharing it as he regards it highly,.. so thankyou. Octomore & Glen Scotia are initial guesses which means I could be on the wrong island,.. or peninsula. Leathery > meaty < malty,… oily-medicinal-clean garage-y/metals/sweat/dank notes. It’s “,.. off profile”, says PM. [Revealed, I’d have never guessed Caol Ila]. This whisky must carry a very high abv. It screams of barley despite the [PX or oloroso?] sherry influence.

    T: Boy what an abv. I reckon this is the strongest of the night [60+?], and yet it’s somewhat easily accessible with water. SMWS Laphroaig > Ardmore?,… not really. Salty-dry – toffee-ish – maltiness all the way with a touch of ground pepper seasoning, this dram is making me hungry. It also prompts the previous banana-ey toffee-d Deanston – in a dirty way – yet this dram is anything but dirty. It’s firm and direct, no messing. Complexity lies in the transition. Nice!

    F: As a youthful [< 10yo?] presentation, the [PX?] cask influence isn’t exactly passive yet the powerful eggy-ish custard-powder/hot chocolate spirit remains un-ruffled/untouched. I should be guessing Caol Ila now but I‘ve been drawn away by the [delicious] ‘off profile nose and palate.

    C: Proof that abv carries flavour. A cracking malt, and for £54, it’s a bargain!!  

  24. Petrovitski scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  26. Dominique69 scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Marcmoritz scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. harriedv scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  29. drummer & timmer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Delicious.
    Not oversherried,not too smokey and full of spice.

  30. whiskytornado scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. GIngi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. SRB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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