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Overall rating
89.07/100
votes
18
Whiskybase ID
179076
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Brühler Whiskyhaus (BW)
Bottling serie
A Dream of Scotland
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
256
Strength
48.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
16 Mar 2021 4:46 pm by Jour.Ray
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 185.00

11 × in wishlist

18 × member ratings

130 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 21-year-old BW

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.07 points

  1. 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

  2. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  3. 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

  4. _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 terms of taste in the second pass. 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% vol. At 21 years of barrel maturation. 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.

  5. IronChic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. mnljng scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

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