Caol Ila 13-year-old BW

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Brühler Whiskyhaus (BW)
Bottling serie
A Dream of Scotland
Stated Age
13 years old
Triple Wood Matured
Number of bottles
54.8 % Vol.
100 ml 700 ml
Bottled for
The Friends Of A Dream Of Scotland
Added on
18 feb 2022 11:04 am by Mich3395
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 199.00

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 13-year-old BW

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.50 points.

  1. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I really love this profile of whisky and this comparison with a fat stack, fried on coals, on which they put a spoonful of plum jam. When some of the soot is on the steak, when the whisky is so thick and thick that you have to chew it.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Immediately after pouring raisins, vanilla and rye bread. It's a bit restless on the nose, moving in the direction of dry sherry with tobacco and walnut, only to then switch back to a slightly sticky sweetness. A light sugar beet syrup note. Strawberry jam, a slightly salty touch. Some eucalyptus.

    Slightly ginger-spicy attack, tingling. Interesting, has dry astringent oak, licorice, and again southern aspects. Almost like chewing on liquorice.
    All in all aromatic but unfortunately not very versatile, despite the influence of three barrels.

    Medium long, it gets really dry here. Walnut, tobacco, bone dry red wine


    An interesting concept on paper, but unfortunately I have the feeling that the 3 sides don't quite fit together and sometimes get in each other's way.

  4. glen efze scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    There are always Caol Ilas in the A Dream of Scotland series from Marco Bonn's Brühl whisky house - and they are usually delicious. This is a special bottling for which a bourbon barrel was married with parts of a sherry cask and finished in two Amarone casks for 24 months. In the end, this means Triple Wood matured, even if the label does not give any precise information about the maturation. But Marco likes to do that himself in the video.

    On the label is a hairy old warrior, lean and muscular - let's see if this bottling for the Friends of ADOS also flexes its muscles.
    • Nose
      I have no idea how Marco Bonn gets his inspiration for his labels – but somehow it seems to fit in here. There's a red wine note that matches the red of the label, but it's not sweet and palatable, but rather lean and strong, like the old warrior. The smoke is nice Islay-Caol-Ila style, dry, not too smoky with a salty-maritime note. Sweetness stays in the background here, there is more of a salty liquorice, the sweetness of which remains hidden under salt and tart wood. Of course, young aromas can no longer be found after 13 years and the barrels were good and didn't leave a musty mustiness
    • Taste
      The alcohol is strong and a few drops of water are not bad - but it doesn't burn, it gives you strength. Yes, this is a muscular, toned whisky, the casks have given it strength and no sugary syrup. On the tongue it starts with decent smoke, some fruity sweetness, but then goes into a dry development in which smoky-salty liquorice dominates. This is not-too-sweet liquorice with a speck of slightly charred bladderwrack from the beach in front of the distillery (no, I won't try it, hopefully when I go back there one day...).
    • Finish
      What remains is the smoke with a tart red wine note and restrained sweetness. To my great relief, there is no soapy sulfur either.

      This is a tasty whisky that has been given some interesting aspects by aging in the three casks. I like the dry aftertaste, which doesn't become bitter and astringent, but is actually reminiscent of a strong, dry red wine. Then there is the beautiful Caol Ila Rauch with the maritime component - and now at the latest I'm longing for Islay. It's actually a pity that something like this should cost almost 100 € today (because it's certainly not a must ...). This is a Caol Ila to contemplate, to enjoy, but not to just sip on the side.

  5. _Glenseileach_ scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Unfortunately, I'm not the type to identify any specific nuances, but I'm happy to share my impressions.

    Pleasant smoke with well-integrated alcohol, harmonizes perfectly with the sweetness of the barrels.
    Over time, the smoke clears and the sweetness comes to the fore.
    No missing notes.

    88 pts

    The notes of the nose are reflected on the tongue.
    Full breadth of sweet fruit impact with a smoky aftershock as the whisky rolls down the throat and the nose exhales.
    Here, too, the alcohol is optimally integrated for me, whereby I can feel a pleasant tingling in my mouth after a few seconds.

    88 pts

    The finish is pleasant and warm.
    Smoke turns to a minimal non-disturbing bitterness.
    Even after a few minutes, the notes linger on the taste buds.

    Solid 88 points here too.

    All in all an excellent bottling.

    Would like more of that.

  6. hj13 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Actually, I have nothing to add to Marco's great notes ( Nice, sweet, smoky nose. The tannins really hit the palate (I like!), I also have espresso and bitter chocolate, and then, well, then comes the "carbon dioxide", a tingling sensation on the tongue that I don't yet know if I like or not... Long finish, slight bitterness and lots of smoke!

  7. Whiskyhaus did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    It's interesting, the whisky hasn't been delivered yet. It may not have been tasted yet, but the first rating is already there?!


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