Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
R. W. Duthie & Co. (RWD)
Bottling serie
Full proof
57.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Italy Italy
Added on
07 aug 2010 5:20 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2440.00

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60 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 1968 RWD

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 95.21 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    He's very awesome, I don't think I have to explain the grading, especially as a vintage Caol Ila fanboy. But the rating on WB is very funny, all the top 7-8 ratings (98-100 points all) are all Italian-sounding usernames .... yes, yes. : D
    • Nose
      Very interesting nose, I am undecided whether it is Old Bottle Flavor or not, as it is perfectly married to the elegant smoke, like old, slightly damp parchment that is burned, with aromatic incense sticks, hazelnut, macadamia nut, gentle, black pepper, earl Gray, chamomile tea, tick lemon peel, salt, vanilla, camphor, candied ginger, sage
    • Taste
      Almonds, pistachio, ginger, chamomile tea, nice citrus notes, lime, lemon, but also white grapefruit, earl gray, nutmeg, soft pepper, camphor, like absolute Caol Ila (1980s) concentrate by syringe, tick banana, kiwi, old parchment, walnut , Chestnut, autumn leaves, anise, gingerbread and speculoos, ginger
    • Finish
      Cardamom, cinnamon, some great, spicy Christmas cookies, anise, almonds, a hint of iodine, leather, very long

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  3. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    this bottle needs much time to awake
    • Nose
      99 99
      Best Caol Ila of me, print ink, engine oil, Almonds, Pecans, Ginkgo, dried fish, oyster, prawn oil, cold medicine, reed, seasalt, wood, honey, lemon, dried apple, medical tea. Best mixture of all Caol ila flavours
    • Taste
      94 94
      unbalanced body, very powerful, camphory and aggressive. Fruit sweet, brown sugar, ginger tea, lemonade, seasalt, smoke fish, bacon, sauerkraut, print ink, Camphor, seawater bitterness, pepper, ginger, mint, banana peals, spices bitterness and impact
    • Finish
      93 93
      print ink, A4 paper, smoke, cigarettes

  4. MaltMinute scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    An utterly stunning Caol Ila that tastes nothing like you'd expect a Caol Ila to taste.

    Lots of herbal embrocations like camphor, tiger balm, pine resin, lacquered oak, eucalyptus, earthy rainforest, etc. The taste is an explosion of lemon cough syrup with briny saltwater, gunpowder tea, honey mustard, beeswax and propolis (did Highland Park have a hand in this???), maybe a bit of minerality like limestone. Just superb, even more to my liking than the Manager's Dram.

    A list needs to be compiled of everything that was happening at distilleries in the 1960s, from the barley source/quality to the methods of Signore Samaroli himself. This isn't just whisky, it's magic in a glass.

  5. Lorion scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wow. What a whisky. I am very stunned! It has little to do with Caol Ila as it is produced and bottled today. A fabulous fruit bomb. 91 points.
    • Nose
      91 91
      "Incredibly fruity. A whole fruit basket full of exotic fruits. Mango, pineapple, passion fruit and mild lemon. Fantastic. There is a cooling smoke next to it. There is a hint of mint. The smoke is subtle and unusual, it appears almost moist. The fruit dominates Everything. Delicate tobacco aromas are added. A touch of herbal honey. The alcohol tickles the nose a little, but not particularly annoying.

      Water: So creamy. The smoke almost disappears. Honey increases and oak comes through. The nose is now noticeably more herbaceous, the fruits are a little less. "
    • Taste
      91 91
      "57%? I can hardly believe it. The mouthfeel is extremely creamy. Sweet and fruity, again the whole range of exotic fruits. The smoke here is initially stronger than expected. It is almost classically smoky. But it changes quickly Smoke and becomes an intense and incredibly aromatic pipe tobacco, the taste is sweet and sticky and becomes drier by the second.

      Water: The smoke becomes more intense. The fruit is going back a little. "
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long. Sweet. Getting drier. The smoke creates a pleasant bitterness.

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is a very nice caol ila but I was expecting it to be better but a pleasure to try all the same
    • Nose
      92 92
      The nose is a little subdued, but the overall effect is lovely, a creamy fresh type of peat with faint hints of spearmint (possibly) anyway?
      As you nose this you get a sense of the depth of profile
      Very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      The peat grows and grows in your mouth, and it has a dirty oily edge to it, but not much fruit coming through.
      Ever so slightly cardboardy and bitter which surprises me.
      There is lemon, a little lime, a little ginger and a few other spices to boot.
      With a few drops of water the nose has definately opened up with more fruit on show and some waffle notes with syrup.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Creamy finish, with the pepper and peat rejuvenated by a few drops of water and more fruit is released

  7. zzs0529 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Elegant and long Carrilla
    • Nose
      95 95
      Smell the fragrance: grassy, earthy, lemon and particularly strong pepper style. I didn't expect it to be so strong and powerful after being opened for so long.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Entrance: Sour plums, red apples, lemon notes, maple sugar, pine branches, like the bonfire of a stove, with the smell of salted butter, right, and peat ...
    • Finish
      94 94
      Final rhyme: a touch of peat, smoky, sugary black tea with earthy flavor, a tapestry taste of the old hotel.

  8. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Strong, heavy smoke, with a very slight mustiness (Old bottle flavor?), In combination reminiscent of an old coal cellar. Freshly crushed Szechuan pepper, smoked eel, damp dew at the port. Some freshly cut green apple.

    Quite mild for 57% on first try, nut oil and citrus. Strong pepper only comes with the second wave of flavors. Salty and maritime, like lip licking after a walk on the beach. Apple, again smoked eel (a little more greasy / fatty than eg smoked salmon).

    Medium to long, salty-sour, becoming bitter towards the end


    Right, really great whisky, heavier than the character today but still clearly recognizable as Caol Ila. Very complex and intense for 14 years

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful! lemons, yellow fruits a touch of spiciness and such an elegant peat.

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Photo Moderator

    Extremely well balanced which makes it a great overall experience - fantastic!
    • Nose
      97 97
      Seabreeze, intense iodine, smoked fish, citrus fruits, lemons, peaches, hints of peat, honeydew, spices, more fruity, very well balanced - perfect!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Punchy, oily, fruity, salty, peaty and smoke, hints of vanilla, more lemons - excellent!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warm, last breath, fading fruitiness

  11. Dede scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind.

    Nose: The first nose is a marvel. Fruit compote, wax, encaustic, old library, precious wood ... A malt Chesterfield. A hint of smoke too. And especially a big aromatic power. It is quickly more austere with aeration, much less fruity and gains a medicinal dimension, but also something exotic, lemon confit. The peat, elegant, makes its place. Turpentine. The impression of having passed from the banks of the Spey to the coasts of Islay. Strange ... but far from unpleasant! Second pass: same ... Palate: Powerful (we must type well in the 55%), complex and melted. A salty side, very fine peat, cough syrup, sweet citrus, a little pineapple and a nice licorice / gentian bitterness, resinous notes. Second pass: idem. Post-blind note: Coal smoke! How could I miss out in blind?

    Finish: Long, intense, marked by gentian, peaty malt, resin.

    Conclusion: A magnificent malt. An old Islay? Ardbeg ??

    Regressed in parallel with the 1968 Intertrade and the 1974 Signatory C # 5-9, I pass its rating from 94 to 96.

  12. goran scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    To quibble a little, it's a pity that the pepper is so present, it hides a little fruit but it's still very good (BT2015)
    • Nose
      peat, citrus fruits, exotic fruits, mint
    • Taste
      peppery, herbaceous, the fruits of the nose
    • Finish
      peppery and fruity


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