Caol Ila 1997

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Calculated age
12 years old
Double matured in Moscatel Cask
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
C-si; 6-470
Added on
04 Jan 2011 4:37 am

Average value

€ 99.99

11 × in wishlist

73 × member ratings

179 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1997

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.96 points

  1. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      High viscosity. Comes down very slow in the glass. The light peated smoke is the first that jumps out the glass. Sweet fruits and acacia honey with a little nutty touch.
    • Taste
      Thick and rich but going in very smoothly because the oily character that's not far away. A peaty (not too much) and spicy taste with some honey sweetness fighting against the bitterness trying to get the upper hand.
    • Finish
      Medium and dry finish with some bitter notes staying behind too long.

  3. hans1971 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. Myst111 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Very good light and soft whisky that is not too smoky. Dry, elegant, warming and in the middle also a pleasant sweetness. At the end some citrus and again very dry. Can only recommend the whisky. However, the current price (€ 90+) is already very intense.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. whisky-mischel scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Consistency: Medium-thick lip, with strong drops that drain quickly, slightly oily. A light CI, which I liked a lot. Well balanced from the nose to the finish that is true, but unfortunately also without surprise. A whisky for after dinner, to end the evening comfortably.
    • Nose
      Great! Pleasant smoke, not too strong, no stinging, very fresh, slightly vinous, grapefruit, citrus notes, roasted aromas, some Mediterranean notes in the background. Heated, the smoke comes out clearly.
    • Taste
      soft, but rather fluid, not quite so oily, as the optics shows. Slightly salty, the smoke is more subdued than in the nose, slightly vinous aromas, becomes drier over time in the mouth
    • Finish
      Pleasant, no burning or stinging, slightly warming, smoky / peaty, again the toasty flavors. Slight saltiness remaining in the mouth for longer, slightly sticky.

  7. Roelv scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    very descent caol ila. I bought it for 40 euro , wich is an ok price for the quality you are getting. if i had to pay the full 60 euro i wouldn't have bought it.
    • Nose
      Ash, Smoke, Lemon, Pepper. Has the typical Caol ila nose.
    • Taste
      Tar, Ash, Smoke, Orange,Lemon. Very smooth in texture almost like white rum, probably due to the moscatel cask
    • Finish
      Long dry smokey finish with mostly lemon flavors. At the very end you get a hint of the moscatel whine

  8. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "The fourth vintage from Caol Ila`s Distiller`s Edition bottlings,

    replacing the earlier 1996. This has been finished in Moscatel casks,

    giving extra richness to the smoky whisky."

  9. Junior scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Place: Hulshout Water Supply
    • Nose

      dry, sherry-like, mild peat, almonds
    • Taste

      mild peat, honey, toffee, a tad of fruitiness
    • Finish
      long, nice n warm, woodfire-peat, mild spices

  10. Kostik scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Friendly, a little softer and a little less typical than a 12 years old classic. However, I preferred the DE 1995-2007.
    • Nose
      Lack of punch. a peat more marine than earthy, dry. Charries aromas of potato and banana.
    • Taste
      Fills the mouth well but aqueous texture. Dry peat, straw. A little medicinal character too, and a character strangely saltier than sweet.
    • Finish
      Moderately intense but appreciable length. Smoke and bitter, on the red fruits (blackberry) at the end of the course.


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