Overall rating
89.30/100
votes
32
Whiskybase ID
WB17481
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Bladnoch Forum (BF)
Vintage
13.11.1984
Bottled
11.07.2010
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
5391
Number of bottles
212
Strength
52.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 aug 2010 8:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 320.00

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 1984 BF

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.30 points.

  1. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

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      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

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  3. Squinugie scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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      90 90
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      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

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      89 89
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      90 90
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      90 90

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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      90 90
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      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  What is better:  A batch that contains the flavours of many different casks or a carefully selected single cask release?  To check this I selected two 25-year old Caol Ila from the great 1984 vintage for a head-to-head namely this Bladnoch Forum release (BF) versus an original Diageo bottling (OB) bottled May, 19th, 2010 https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/16393/caol-ila-25-year-old with 43% abv.Colour:  The OB is at old gold (but remember Diageo uses caramel to fix the colour) while the BF is at jonquiripe corn.  The texture of the BF shows medium fast legs and many small sticky tears.  The OB shows much slower legs and late fat sticky tears so its oiliness is better.  Nose:  The OB offers a real great nose on lots of different aromas with adorable peaty, fruity, malty and spicy wooden notes and some OBFs.  It is very complex and beautiful balanced, one to sniff for hours.  The BF is more closed due to the abv but owns a peaty, malty and wooden profile too, just the fruits are shy in the background.  I like the OB more here.Initial mouthfeel:  The OB instantly coats all of the mouth with a warming feeling, no distracting moments (just as the texture promised).  The BF is coating too (but less than the OB) and it has a slight drying feeling (metallic).  Again I like the OB better.Taste:  The BF shows a peaty-barley sugary-herbal flavours profile that is somewhat layered and easy to sip.  The OB is truly multi-layered and multi-flavoured on the palate, very delicious.  I do not name all the different flavours but it adds nice chocolatey and honey-sweet notes to the peat and fruits.  This is simply "lecker".  I prefer the OB by several points.Finish:  Both own a long finish that nicely vanishes in waves.  The OB is really sticky here and I still taste it even after minutes with all of its beauty.  No bitter or drying notes at all.  The BF adds more sugars to the finish and has no distracting moments either.  Nevertheless I prefer the OB again.
    Water opens the BF up and the nose gets more complex as does the taste - now it comes closer to the OB and guess what, I like it best when reduced to about the same strength as the OB.  Water is not needed on the OB (it just gets flatter).So this head-to-head showed a clear result:  A batch of many (good) casks provide a greater aromas and flavours variety and a more balanced profile than just a single cask (of course, it all depends on which single cask was choosen).  As all bottlings of the 1984 vintage of Caol Ila (that I tasted so far) were great the 2010 Diageo 25-year old should be and indeed is a stunner.  I tasted all later 25-year Diageo Caol Ila releases and they are good too, but this one is the best by far (2-3 points better). I will do another head-to-head of the 2010 versus the most recent 2016 release soon...
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  7. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. christophe_carles scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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