Caol Ila 1999 HiSp

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Hidden Spirits (HiSp)
Bottling serie
Special Edition for Mr. Stefano Cremaschi
Stated Age
21 years old
Sherry - Unpeated Cask
Number of bottles
56.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Stefano Cremaschi
Added on
01 Apr 2021 2:33 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 585.60

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24 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1999 HiSp

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.86 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2022] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is a fine modern sherry maturation with all three malt, wine and wood in great harmony. This is pretty quaffable stuff, but to be honest: I would not spend more than 150 Euro on a bottle of this drinking quality (go for Glenrothes sherry maturations, they offer a comparable profile for less bucks).
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a subtle and delicious modern sherry profile which is in good balance with both the malt and the wood. It opens up nicely upon breathing so take your time with this nose, and do not forget to go for the "unpeated Caol Ila" aromas in this setting - they are pretty easy to identify. I like this nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is more dominated by the sweet winey flavours than the nose but still this dram manages to keep the balance, not least because the sherry is rather subtle and complex (just the way I like it). After some chewing the malt gets stronger on my palate while the wood is present all the time without being too dominant. No flaw that I can detect.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is a little hot and peppery with a nice coating effect. The finish is medium to long and adds no new impressions but a minor drying-astringent moment towards the end which is not distracting. Some water turns the dram more punchy (alcoholic) while a bigger splash turns it unpleasantly bitter. I prefer the neat dram.

  2. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A day of peat-free distillation to bring out a nugget!
    olfactory delight!
    yellow and orange fruits, dried fruits, raisins, plums, sugar juice, buttered caramel,
    chocolate now, a little spicy, the cooked fruits and the syrup that goes with it, a "young" but intense sherry with soaked woody in return
    it continues, it amplifies with fruit in syrup, cooked and slightly caramelized, candied fruit also on orange zest, on dried prunes
    trace of moistened mold, lichen on the wood,
    very sweet on caramel and chocolate, some sweet almond, moistened stone and honey
    As much as I had found a trace of smoke for the unpeated 18th, as there without knowing the name of the distillery I left on a fruity Speyside
    caramelized, buttery, smooth, a little bitterness at this point, fruit in syrup well cooked (a basket!), long and amplified by spices; (27)

  3. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very good intense and dirty Caol.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A powerful but deep nose.
      We smell the sherry, rather on the dirty side. Leather, currant, pepper, goji berry, plum and prune, light caramel chocolate, rancio.
      Almost a light rum side too.
      The woody frame is well balanced.
      Even though it's unpeated, I feel like I smell a very light smoke.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the mouth it is surprisingly round and sweet.
      The plum is more lively, with some orange peel.
      Pepper, wood, caramel, cocoa.
      Always that impression of smoke, and a very light liquid for lighter.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish on tarte tatin, caramel, pepper, wood, and macerated fruits (marascino cherry?)

  5. SimonOHA scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Superb in addition to being rare.
    • Nose
      On the syrupy plum and very sweet on the nose, very woody too.
    • Taste
      The mouth is thick, on a chocolate syrup, sweet, concentrated caramelized wood.
    • Finish
      The finish is dense and very long on a mini mini mini smoke, macerated wood, butterscotch.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Flawless sherry cask that is not that sweet - really good!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Nuts, toffee, old wooden cabinet, little nutmeg, dried fruits, dates, plums, spices, little cinnamon, little cloves, little raisins, coffee, little earthy - very good!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, more dried fruits, more old sherry wood, toffee, chocolate, spices, little tobacco, nuts, dates, coffee, nutmeg - even better!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, warm, nuts, wood, spices, little bit more dry

  7. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Juicy Dark fruits, coffee, burnt sugar, tobacco, Chili, intense, finish lacks a bit of complexity, very good

  8. Sablescotch scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A big jammy, dense, mouth watering unpeated Caol Ila that you would never pick blind.
    • Nose
      Candied rhubarb, sticky toffee, redskins and boiled red sweets, cherries and lemon rub.. complimented superbly by a vein of minerality. With time in the glass some of the old school classic sherry notes shine through.. old leather, dulled varnish and prune treacle.
    • Taste
      Super rich and mouth-coating red fruits, big and dense, before an explosion of wood driven white peppercorns. Over time the intensity of the pepper dissolves and is replaced by dark cherry and plum syrup, candied ginger and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Super long fade after the mid palate white pepper hit back to red fruits in a tart syrup.

  9. maurisso scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very bold, very beautiful. Grazie.

  10. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Exceptional, very tasty! Heavy, like the burgundy velvet curtains that fall in the theater, or in the opera, sherry tones.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Burying my nose in the glass and closing my eyes, I felt like I was inside this cask. Like Diogenes. Plums, raisins, figs, dried persimmons and dates, dried petals of tea, dark cloves, which I stepped on in the dark. Fresh grape leaves.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is bright, sweet, and at the same time quite dry, which binds the tongue. Dense, thick, silky, it seems to be created for you to become better.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Sweet, but moderately tart, rounded, long.


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