Caol Ila 1997

Overall rating
86.14/100
votes
269
Whiskybase ID
WB177581
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2015
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
17 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Casks
Strength
55.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Diageo Special Releases 2015
Bottle code
L5133CM000
Barcode
5000281041889
Added on
20 feb 2021 8:20 pm
ColoredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 152.96

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 1997

59 users have left 61 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.14 points.

  1. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  2. weekendwarrior scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
      I love a non peated Ila - pure perfume. Floral, peaches, quince, pears, subtle smoke and ash. Lovely!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Spicy, sweet, a bit thin.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dry, tannic, warming. Sweet aftertaste.

  3. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A lovely funky parmesan cheese rind leaps out of the glass followed by a rainbow of salty notes. There are bandages, cleaning solution, maritime sand, iodine, tide pools, and that lovely salty cheese. There are some sweet hints of lemonade, but I am taken with just how coastal this dram is.
    • Taste
      Silky smooth mouthfeel with lovely brown sugar. There are bits of lime and lemon, perhaps more like scented cleaning product than actual fruits. Bit of saltwater taffy and mineral oil. Puckering salted rim of a margarita.
    • Finish
      Lingering citrus notes, lemon peel, lemon rind, dried lemons.

  4. MaroFF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I am asking for another dram clearing
    Great whisky. It is true that the taste is only good for me, the aroma, and in particular the amazing finish, puts this whisky in the front row. The end with that salty grapefruit aftertaste is unearthly. I have it in my mind all the time. The alcohol is completely imperceptible, I don't even try to taste it with a drop of water, because I don't consider it necessary. The power of this drink is at a sufficient level that is absorbed by the body.
    • Nose
      88 88
      sweet, fruity, peach, apples, vanilla, young oak, slightly mint tip
    • Taste
      87 87
      slightly sweet, fruity, raisins, lemon peel, vanilla, a lot of cigarette smoke, a smokehouse at the end, slightly salty with notes of spicy chocolate
    • Finish
      89 89
      very long, sweet, rich in peach flesh, turning into dark chocolate and heather honey, gently warming with a hint of salt and grapefruit.

  5. maurisso did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    cork alert for me, no points on this.

  6. Simo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Lrandell scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smell: The salty and sweet sea breeze sounds strange. A variety of melons and fruits with more delicate herbs, and a little smoky flavor.

    Taste: The aftertaste of the seaside barbecue, the kind that is about to dissipate. Relatively fresh herbs, such as mint and licorice. chocolate. Wait a little longer and slowly more fruity flavors are released. Smooth and delicate, with plump layers.

    Finishing rhyme: medium-length, warm, woody tone begins to appear, and then there is a sweetness.

    The SR of this peat-free series has been increasing in years until this time, and the things shown are actually more and more interesting. From the year of bottling minus the aging time, go back and calculate, basically, they are all distillation products in the same time interval. Through different aging times, they are actually giving us a good teaching material for vertical drinking. You can always find a little pattern or shadow, but they are actually different. Isn't this whole set the best learning material?
    87/100
    In fact, as a product line that advertises itself as no peat, there should be no taste of peat/smoky, which are almost linked together. But in fact, many people will inadvertently overlook one point, the barrel can provide smoke, such as baking barrels and the like.

  8. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. whisky666 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  10. DrunkDude scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    scbp-5462, although there is no flavor, but the wonderful distillation characteristics are fascinating, especially when I learned to use peatless malt.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Are these peat-free Cal Rila's re-enactments of 1974 in a sense? Summer white flower lemon fragrance, slightly smoky, sea water, oranges, melodious green apples, plum jam, moss, star anise, pepper, animal fats after wake up, less alcohol irritation. 88
    • Taste
      87 87
      Mild to moderate smoky, campfire, lemon peel, lime, maltose, micro fish sauce, sea water, concentrated mint, left blank afterwards, with a sense of essential oil. The wine is medium in strength, oily, slightly salty, with restrained salinity, not bitter and slightly astringent, with barley sugar and mint combined. p88b86
    • Finish
      88 88
      Concentrated mint, cool, licorice. 88

  11. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  12. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      seaweed, salty, custard, cistrus, coastal,
    • Taste
      84 84
      vanilla, green herbs, pear, tea
    • Finish
      85 85
      solid, black pepper, nice alcohol infused, light dry and wood driven

  14. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Dry and malty at first, with spices, heather, wood, roses and some light seaweed, almost like a HP at first.
    A bit stronger on the taste, pepper, tobacco, wood, leather and nuts, with a salty finish. Good stuff this.

  15. Don Cassi scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Unusual CI: Alternating between wine gum and a touch of chalk? and milk chocolate on the nose, totally strange.

    In the mouth and finish the CI typical citrus and grass notes, just without the smoke. In the end, oak is relatively present.
    Length: 4/10

    Interesting bottling, but clearly inferior to the classic CI profile for me. With the exception of the oak in the finish, unfortunately little else indicates the age.

    Grade: 2

  16. Jean_Dubois scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  17. Nagai5000 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  18. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    solid, easy-drinking-dram
    the malt is OK, but not a candidate for me to buy
    • Nose
      Lemon, slightly moldy wood, earth (slightly damp), maritime (salt?), Young unripe apple, a strange note, becomes sweet and vanilla comes easily
      with water: sweeter, vanilla, sweet candy, slightly flowery becomes more, slightly liquorice

      made of 1920 glass:
      Vanilla, lots of earth, bitter honey
      with water: Edding, solvent, raffia / rattan
    • Taste
      creamy, full and strong on the palate
      very earthy, minimal smoke, peanuts, chocolate so 60%, spicy, maritime
      with water: sparkling, light milk chocolate
    • Finish
      medium to long
      slightly salty, oak, spicy
      with water: sparkling, very earthy, tart, a strange note

  19. the_muskox scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It smells so innocent, but that’s a meaty earth bomb of a whisky! I would have 100% guessed it was a Springbank, or maybe an earthy Bruichladdich. I really liked what the water did to it, though it did lose some of the nice dry notes. Tasty, but for me it doesn’t reach the crazy heights of the 18.

    Nose: Rich and musty. Caramel and toffee aplenty. Orange oil, banana chips and apple. Lots of dark malty notes, with vanilla, gingerbread, and a touch of cinnamon. Nutty – candied almonds? Coastal influence as well: leather, iodine, minerals, and seaweed.
    I added about 10 drops of water, which brought out a bright floral sweetness. Wow, that brightened up tons! Lots of banana and vanilla, and a sweeter, more pastry-ish malt note.

    Palate: Oily texture. Woah, bring on the funk! Springbankian notes of engine oil, Play-doh, and pork fat, with sea salt. Dry and nutty at first, before developing to earth, tobacco, coffee, dark chocolate, old oak, and just a touch of malty sweetness. Just a touch of sour-ish stonefruit on the arrival as well. Some tart apple buried in there. A good dose of vanilla throughout.
    Water made it much sweeter. Plenty of apple, banana, and peach now. Those tobacco and umami notes definitely still come through in the development. The oak did get a bit sharper though.

    Finish: Heavy, earthy, and dry. Lingering pork fat, cooked mushrooms, salt, soy, and earth. Dried spices, dried orange peel and herbs. Dried apple slices. Dry dark chocolate. Pretty long.
    Sweeter and more floral with water, with the baking spices dialed up a notch.

  20. sidqi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The unique Caol Ila!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Intense aromas,oak spices,mossy,brine,sweet honey,toffee,a hint of light smoke,sugaring citrus and lemon oil.Water brings out more smoky note,interesting nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and oaky,beeswax,tannin dryness,oily,spicy and salty. A little smoky and bitterness in the back.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and spicy,waxy and mouth-coating,brine and toffee.Some warm spice,bitter tangerine,a hint of light smoke.Very pleasant finish!

  21. besar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. ThorstenH scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  24. tw_xbein scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    nice whisky (May 20, 2017)
    • Nose
      light with a strong alcoholic note, fruity
    • Taste
      medium fresh body,
      Aromas of honey, vanilla, delicately woody, fruity, raisin with a strong alcohol note,
    • Finish
      lovely

  25. dontwatchtv scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Roasted cake on the nose, whipped cream, vanilla, forest fruits. Very fresh in the mouth, almost like a lemonade! Mint/spices hit your nose, it's sweet and bitter. Finish is long the bitter fresh fruitiness stays. Both the nose and the taste are very intense!

  26. Igitor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  27. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    A subtle fruit note with apple and orange. Malt, oatmeal and caramel follow. Bitter chocolate, oak, ginger with a fresh, slightly acidic citrus note. The malt becomes maritime and slightly smoky.

    Taste:
    Strong start with a sharp pepper note. Orange and chocolate are reminiscent of Jaffa Cake. Vanilla, oak flavor and apple follow. Freshly cut grass and some salt complete the taste profile.

    Outlet:
    Medium length and warming, a little spicy with chocolate and dry oak.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  28. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Malty sweetness and after ten minutes in Glencairn the alcohol sting also flies. Citrus note in the middle part, but rather full, rather than fruity fresh. The more time passes, the better the nosing. Even rounder and better with water. It already has power, but without being flat, tropical at the back.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Round on the palate, sparkling, rather light, a little salt, more sweetness and a bit bitter on the back. Doesn't stay super long, but as the first whisky of the evening after a week it's a great dram.
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. TsiAI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 15 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: golden yellow

    Smell Nose: mint, condensed milk toast, milk ice cream, locust nectar, fresh but not thin floral fragrance, Xu is chrysanthemum, grass, small white flower, February orchid, pear flower. Winter jujube, mate tea, green mango, kumquat, cucumber, a little wheat aroma, fresh wood. It's really refreshing, but it's not oily enough, it's not a Bourbon bucket that als likes, deduct points!

    Taste Palate: medium sour, medium sweet, probably the sweetness of bananas, slightly smoked, all kinds of green oranges, green mango peels, apple peels, citrus peels, melon peels. Qingti, honeydew and other blue fruits are sweet, frankincense of figs, coconut milk, fresh oak.

    Finish: Finish, long, slightly tingling, vanilla milk, celery, horse milk, honeydew melon, floral

    Body of the wine: the fat feeling of woc, the smooth feeling bursting, the fat feeling bursting, solid and strong, no bitter bottom, with tannin

    Nose: 86/100

    Palate: 88/100

    Finish: 88/100

    Body: 88/100

    Overall: 88/100

    Overall: Facts have proved that the expressiveness of the Kalilila in height is not inferior.

  30. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  31. Canucks89 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Scent: sea and light smoke. Grated lemon peel. Vanilla candy floss. Polar bear chewing gum.
    Taste: light vanilla sugar. Sea salt. Seaweed. A bit of smoke. A little pepper.
    Aftertaste: long. star anise. Let peat. Eg.

    It is very oily in the mouth.

  32. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    So unpeated is not for me. Light smoke is already there to hear. Overall, a rather fresh malt. Herbs, citrus notes and the obligatory sea breeze.
    In the mouth then a little sweeter and there are still yellow apples.
    Very nice. I prefer the normal Caol Ilas.

  33. mothers_finest scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Wow!
    Great whisky and an absolute surprise! Sweet, maritime, oaky, cereals, syrupy, caramel, smoky (yes, smoky, because no one need tell me something unpeated) and again sticky powdered sugar sweet. The alcohol is super involved. The whisky is somehow strong, appears ripe and is round in the taste. Finish impeccably, medium long, pleasantly sweet (again). I would not have thought for a standard Caol Ila .... great!

    I just hope the sample is real - because I order now a buddy ....

  34. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Mild, slightly fruity. Apple Cake. Some marzipan and vanilla. Cornflakes, white bread. A touch of lemon peel.
    • Taste
      Sweetish, grassy, spicy. Physalis, lemon cookies. Chilli. Fresh hay. Green tea. White chocolate.

  35. St. Pauli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The nose was great, but unfortunately the rest couldn't quite catch up. I found this one way too dry and think that a shorter maturation would have been much more favourable.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Colour: yellow gold
      The nose is certainly maritime. It's not smokey, but some elements from the coastal heritage of the distillery are there: brine, kelp, even some fish. Next, there is some almond, vanilla, barley sugar, ginger bread, and cooling mint. It's a style that is rarely present in the whisky landscape, and it fills this gap with dignity as far as the nose is concerned.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Now it's fresher and fruitier, having lost most (if not all of) the coastal element. There is yellow fruit (peach) and white fruit (apple), plus some citrus (lemon). Further, the wood has delivered vanilla, but also dry nutmeg and ginger. At the end, there may be a pinch of salt.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Rather dry and woody, with a salty tang. There is plain wood, a lot of ginger and nutmeg, a hint of tinned peach, and brine and kelp.

  36. hillgod scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  37. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Macheye scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I find Caol Ila 1997 17 year old Unpeated Style to be both tasty and also fairly complicated. This is not simply a whisky with one of its distinctive characteristics removed - the absence of peating allows for some of the underlying character to shine, whilst still remaining firmly grounded in its fruity, malty and slightly grassy roots. It takes water well if you’re looking for increased fruit and sweetness, but works equally at 55.9% where the earthy and spicy flavours really pop. It might be different to the Caol Ila norm, but it’s still pretty scrumptious all the same. Worth trying.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/caol-ila/caol-ila-1997-17-year-old-unpeated-style/
    • Nose
      Malty, fruity and woody. Barley and cereals are immediate and are supported by a medley of fruits – pear (as one would expect), ripe apples and gooseberries. Older wood comes through quite strongly – hints of brass polish and varnish, warehouses and years old decking. Honey and vanilla are joined by some bakery aromas – a touch yeasty in fact – waffles. In the background there’s both wet soil earthiness as well as some minerality – almost peat smoke, (even though this is from unpeated barley). The addition of water increases the sweetness levels, adding more honey, it likewise adds some underlying grassiness.
    • Taste
      Malty again with a good arrival that delivers much of what the nose promised. Roasted peaches, apricots, apples and pears, again with some bakery/breadiness – rather akin to a mixed fruit crumble. These sit with earthiness that is much more umami than the previous wet soils – think forest mushrooms. Woodiness levels are quite high – older, dusty, but now with some slight sourness in the mid-palate. Spicing comes through strongly with ginger and real pepperiness from both black pepper and bell pepper. A few drops of water once again heightens the sweetness, and in this instance reduces the earthy qualities.
    • Finish
      Medium in length and bringing peppery wood. Water changes the finish, reducing spice and adding in some coastal qualities – salt and minerality - shingles and slate.

  39. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  40. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  41. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A little less wood, a little less dry, that's it. The nose is already very appetizing for an unpeated Caol Ila. Unfortunately, palate and finish can not quite keep up with the promising nose.
    • Nose
      OK, unpeated style. If that's not smoke, which tickles my nose, then it's at least tasty maritime notes. Sea salt, sun-dried seaweed, rusty anchor chain. Something tart spicy behind, thyme maybe or bay leaves, anise, ginger. Acts very fresh overall, the focus is the maritime, plus a splash of lemon juice for the fruit.
    • Taste
      He has a lot of power and shows that too. The spices from the nose - minus ginger, plus pepper - romp with a fruit pulp of apples and pears for the bet - and win. The spice leads, soon has wood next to it, now fine herbs, makes the mouth dry. Even later daszustoßendem honey and some toffee and bread dough succeed in no repression.
    • Finish
      Medium long to long, dry, peppery, (spicy), woody, slightly citric sweet.

  43. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  44. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A grand Caol Ila that warms up your insides. Winter dram!
    • Nose
      The nose offers loads of sweet barley sugars, caramel, vanilla, speculoos and some crème brûlée. Maritime hints? Sure, but in the background. Some citrus peel with a salty lining. Some wet earth. Fresh young apples with a drop of honey start to dominate after a few minutes. It becomes sweeter all the time and even flirts with tropical fruit.
    • Taste
      On the palate, salt and citrus dominate unmistakably. Bittersweet on grapefruit and lime, loads of salty elements, upholstered with a green spiciness which gives it some punch. Think mint, pepper and some woodspice. The ABV makes it powerful, but not scorching. This is perfectly drinkable without water. And very tasty indeed!
    • Finish
      The finish is wonderfully long, warm, a touch smoky (must be from the wood) and bittersweet at the death.

  45. squaadgras scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  46. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Good, crisp, halfway interesting, but nothing more. The earlier bottlings with 8 and 12 years I found very delicious and with the 50 € pleasant prizes. The unpeated CI does not seem to get better with age and is priced at ~ 100 € anyway off the window.
    • Nose
      strong, crisp, not unpleasant sharpness (so between cloves, cinnamon and ginger), but can also be well wegverdünnen, candy, orange peel, malt, shortbread, lightly burnt sugar cookies
    • Taste
      immediately spicy (again cinnamon and ginger, also pepper), short orange peel, but then more bitter than sweet or biscuit, dark chocolate, spicy-hot (also diluted), strong woody, quite dry ... and there is also a good, bitter But herbal infusion, not as sweet as Ricola, not as bitter as herbal bitters, somewhere in between with a helping of hay
    • Finish
      long, hot, dry, dark chocolate, pepper, a rest dry herbs

  47. rottendon scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice, but nothing that stays in your memory. Especially with a little heat, the nose is a bit too sour, Babybäuerchen. The mouth is flawless but unspectacular, the finish too. It works better too!

  48. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during the Manager's Masterclass tasting at Caol Ila open day (Feis Ile).

    This is a sublime dram compared to the standard (peated) Caol Ila style but it shows very nicely the fine profile of this malt.  It is barley sweet and quite spicy imbedded in a heavy wooden structure (that in fact is a little too oaky for me).  But the complexity of this whisky is astonishing as is its smooth and mellow mouthfeel and finish.  A must try for every Caol Ila lover simply to experience the "naked" (unmasked) distillery character of this (still) underrated hidden gem.  And use some water on this as it will release a lot more aromas and flavours - it is an excellent swimmer!

    Nevertheless I like the more powerful peated (and sherried) versions a lot better...

    PS:  Whoever clicked on the "smokey" tasting tag must have mistook the release - there is no smoke nor peat in this edition at all hence they named it "unpeated"...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  49. hans1971 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  50. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This nose's richness is something else ! Quite surprised that the palate and finish wouldn't display it as well. I guess that'll be for another time. Very good, much much better than 2014's 15yo.
    • Nose
      Enormous note of crème brulée on the nose, just unmistakable. Trademark biscuity notes that can be found in nearly all unpeated Caol's in my experience : speculoos this time. Quite caramely. A few earthy touches in the background to keep it "serious".
    • Taste
      Changes direction completely, more on acidic fruits, bananas and bittersweet herbs like tarragon. Still slightly earthy. Nice integration of alcohol.
    • Finish
      Green leaves, dry earth and fizzy Arlequin candy.

  51. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  52. Frank B. from H. scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. MrRancho scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, but also no high-flyer. I love Caol Ila, but then stay with the peated. Incidentally tolerates water, then brings out the herb and grass notes even more clearly.
    • Nose
      Flower meadow, culinary herbs, herbal tea, papaya.
    • Taste
      Pepper, walnut, grass, honey, salt. The alcohol is spicy and not fully integrated.
    • Finish
      Salty and nutty, woody. Medium long and dry.

  54. Egge scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    With a sip of water very, very fruity - the sharp start is a bit too hard for me. But with water: bomb.
    • Nose
      Salt and lemon, as if you wanted to drink tequila. Mint, very fresh - then tropical fruits.
    • Taste
      hot lemon, distinct herbs. A pleasant honey sweetness.

      Very peppery - almost a little too much.
    • Finish
      Very long - the pepper remains, as well as dry lemon and a little vanilla.

  55. michevinyl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tested on a test but it tastes more, has to get
    • Nose
      Light fruit, vanilla, bourbonfat, cola, farin, smørkex
    • Taste
      Lamb, vanilla, breadcrumbs, ounce smoke
    • Finish
      Sweet medium, pear, sugar cake

  56. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  57. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Salty, lemons, mint, herbs, apples, honey
    • Taste
      Zesty, grassy, fresh, coastal, salty, lemons
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, apples, peppery

  58. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Still slightly peated, but just enough. Fantastic dram.
    • Nose
      Salted meat. Leather. Charcoal. Peaches. Gine & Lemon tea. Marmalade.Lemon creme biscuits. Aromatic green herbs, mint, anise, wintergreen. Some tropical fruits. Butterscotch.
    • Taste
      Lemon drops. Some ash. Woodspice. Mango. Salt. Paraffin oil. More mint and wintergreen. Pepper. 
    • Finish
      Long. Pepper. Light wood. Vanilla. Coal dust. Dry Lemon. Bitter citrus.

  59. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very bright color, unusual for the age. The first smell is already great. Soft and sweet, with a soft smoky note. Some raisins, fruits. Even at the first sip he can not hide his Islay character. Instead of unpeated the lightly peated would have to be called, but I like this delicate note. Now comes clearly vanilla, there is nothing, everything well integrated, harmonious. Wonderful!

  60. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful sweet fruity Caol Ila!
    • Nose
      Glue, olives, apple / pear, light honey
    • Taste
      beautiful herbal aromas and honey sweetness
    • Finish
      very long and beautiful sweet sticky honey finish

  61. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    an interesting Caol Ila, a lot of fruit, sweet, unfortunately quite spicy and with water teenager. You can have it, but you do not have to.
    • Nose
      Pure: slightly fruity, quite sprightly and very malty. With time, but quite maritime. It takes time, later more and more fruit, grapefruit. With water: more honey sweetness, now really fresh citrus note, a bit grassy.
    • Taste
      Pure: very sweet, unfortunately very hot. Immense fruit bomb apricot jam, orange peel, later light oak. Astonishingly powerful. With water: even more fruit, but now also malty, younger looking. Slightly angry suddenly. Was without better.
    • Finish
      medium length, fruit, hardly oak. Delicious!

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