Caol Ila 21-year-old BW

Overall rating
88.22/100
votes
90
Whiskybase ID
WB179076
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Brühler Whiskyhaus (BW)
Bottling serie
A Dream of Scotland
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
256
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
100 ml 700 ml
Added on
16 mar 2021 4:46 pm by Jour.Ray
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 299.00

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 21-year-old BW

16 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.22 points.

  1. _stefanmayer scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A rather reserved bottling. Opens a little with little water and a lot of time in the glass. Fruity aromas are more in the background, while an ashy spice underlines the mild honey sweetness. Tasty but less complex than expected. At the current price of almost 200 euros, I would personally not buy the bottle. Caol-Ila fans could get their money's worth. A sample is particularly recommended here before buying.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Restrained, ashy, hardly any alcohol sharpness, a touch of country air. At first there is no trace of vanilla. Easily reminds me of the smell when lighting a gas grill. After 15-20 minutes in the glass, there is a slightly spicy, pleasant note of wood. Gains in depth in the glass over time. A few drops of water open the whisky a little in the second run. For me it becomes a little more intense and better.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Mild honey sweetness, subtle spiciness, slightly peppery. But here, too, overall rather cautious, except for the rather brisk start for 48.3% ABV at 21 years of barrel aging. A few drops of water make it appear a little more intense to me.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Spicy, slightly peppery, with somewhat tart wood notes. Medium length. A last breath of country air when I let some air slide over my tongue. Overall, also in the finish rather light and reserved and also hardly a trace of vanilla.

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  3. glen efze scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A teatime with a Caol Ila from the A Dream of Scotland series from the Brühl whisky house, which was not finished in just any sweet wine, but matured in the classic Bourbon Hogshead for 21 years. With a remaining cask strength of 48.3% vol. the whisky breathed properly, the beautiful straw-gold color speaks for refill.

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    • Nose
      The aroma of the whisky is also classic. First up is the wonderful Caol Ila smoke, which is powerful but lacks the wild smoky quality of South Coast whiskies. The 21 years of aging have also taken a few corners from the smoke without taming it too much. Behind it comes the fruitiness with a subtle sweetness, ripe pears, soft apples and vanilla pulp. Some peach and mango are also present, but the aromas are subtle with the understatement of an aged whisky. The smoke envelops and carries the fruit aromas, alcohol can be felt on the nose as a light menthol note and the aromas gently blow into the nose.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the whisky needs time to unfold. It comes with a slight vanilla sweetness (real bourbon vanilla, not a pungent vanillin), then the smoke settles on the palate and cheeks, combining with the fruit for a lovely smoky fruit compote with white peaches. The alcohol leads to a slightly peppery spiciness. A few peeled almonds and some white chocolate are also present, with a hint of grated lemon zest on top.

      Immediate age is not noticeable, the whisky is quite tasty with a sweet undertone that is captured by the smoke.
    • Finish
      The finish is not exceptionally intense, and the age is also secondary here. The smoke lingers for some time but is mild and ashy, the aftertaste finishes vanilla-sweet with no astringency or noticeable dryness. There is also a herbal spiciness with a light pepper, under which the vanilla sauce or white chocolate comes out again.

      This is a delicious whisky that is not dominated by the barrel and can therefore play off its basic aroma well. It's not a really old whisky, the barrel has worked rather discreetly in the 21 years, which is not a disadvantage. This is how a wonderful, classic Caol Ila was created, which still has a beautiful Islay power even after 21 years, but which is more finely defined than with the younger whiskys on the island.

      With its subtle sweetness and light elegance, it also goes well with Sunday afternoon tea. With another sip of Caol Ila, you can decide whether you want to spend it with the lady on the whisky label.

  4. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Typical Caol Ila, not too complex but nice to drink. You can argue about the label, I don't like it, but that's not the whisky's fault.
    • Nose
      88 88
      ham and lemongrass
    • Taste
      88 88
      warming smoke
    • Finish
      86 86
      cold ash

  5. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Outstanding Caol Ila Distillate and Bourbon Cask, Craft and such...

    It's already too expensive, but it's also really tasty and fun, so be it. The departure justifies it for me
    • Nose
      90 90
      A little restrained at the start, then citrus, chalk, light smoke, salt, algae, apple. Becomes sweeter with a little standing time, vanilla, the smoke goes more in the direction of ash.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, salt, pepper, seaweed, peat smoke, very herbal, citrus
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish, smoky, light oak (I know, meaningless, but it's really very nice)

  7. grinface scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It's straight ahead and straight out. I hardly see the 21 years anywhere, except maybe in the finish with the oak. Still, it's delicious. With water, the peat becomes significantly deep. It's worth trying. A whole bottle at the current secondary market price ... not really. Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/11/10/noch-ein-besuch-bei-caol-ila/
    • Nose
      87 87
      A sweet peat nose with a little herbs greets me. Apple and pear in a leather pouch. Not really exciting but quite “stable” in the glass.
    • Taste
      88 88
      At the same time soft and snappy, peppery. Then herbs again. Citrus and smoke clearly indicate Caol Ila. There is also ginger.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Very nutty, warming and citrus-fruity. It continues salty, dry and with spicy oak. Herbs are still there too.

  8. glenrob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 06-06-2021 in Rastatt.

  11. edhunter15 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    I am a big fan of long-matured smoky whiskys, which could be tamed a bit by their time in the barrel and thus often bring a great complexity with them. And this malt can also inspire me with its harmonious interplay of sweet honey and fruit aromas, a pleasant oak and the classic Caol Ila smoke. Multi-layered, elegant and also simply delicious! That actually describes this old-school smoker quite aptly for me.
    • Nose
      Soft aromas of sweet honey, soft marzipan and sugared halve show me from the first nose that I can look forward to a balanced whisky in an old-school guise. After a short time in the glass, slightly musty to sour aromas build up, which remind me of fino sherry and dried apple rings on the one hand, but also of new leather and freshly cut hay on the other. This range of aromas is accompanied by a smoke that is still quite present for its age, but very harmonious (wood fire with a slightly peppery flavor).
    • Taste
      The taste is also characterized by sweet honey notes, which are supported by a surprisingly intense vanilla aroma. This is accompanied by almonds and walnuts coated with white chocolate, as well as sweet biscuit biscuits (sponge fingers with cocoa powder).
    • Finish
      The ladyfingers and cocoa powder melt in combination with the creaminess of the vanilla to create a pleasant tiramisu aroma. In addition, there is now a nicely integrated dry oak spice that becomes slightly peppery over time. In the end, a sticky, sweet note of honey wine remains in the mouth along with an ashy smokiness.

  12. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The nose is excellent. Unfortunately, the rest can't really keep up.
    • Nose
      95 95
      A very strong nose. Typical Caol Ila, a good amount of smoke, but it is very well integrated. The alcohol brings out the sweetness in the nose nicely. Light fruit flavors that almost go in the direction of tropical are also included. All in all well coordinated. With time in the air, the aroma gains extremely.
    • Taste
      89 89
      A good portion of sweetness and a presence of smoke come along harmoniously. Unfortunately, the malt seems a little watery and not very complex, despite the long maturation
    • Finish
      88 88
      The maturation of 21 years is noticeable in the finish. After swallowing, a stronger load of tannins becomes noticeable, which is also stronger. Medium long

  13. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. Dottore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Delicious and tasty Caol Ila. Lately you have mainly been getting Caol Ila as (sweet) full maturation or with a finish (and mostly younger than here), but the distillate really doesn't need to hide from other Islay distilleries. A Caol Ila from a bourbon barrel is just really good. With this bottling you don't quite notice that it is 21 years old, but I really like the combination of smoke, wood, slightly tart herbs and citrus and banana notes. 89 points

  15. IronChic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. mnljng scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  17. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Especially slightly tart and ashy notes are pronounced here, fruit and sweetness tend to hold back.
    Overall, a successful bottling, albeit not too complex and you don't necessarily notice the long 21 years of maturation.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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