Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
11 years old
Refill Hoghshead, 11 month Sherry Butt Finish
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 feb 2022 9:20 pm by Malzbrenner
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 124.49

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 2010 SV

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.37 points.

  1. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    again an attempt at a peated Caol Ila
    is no malt for me

    he needs water
    • Nose
      Ham, clay/moist earth (very earthy in general), smoke, light sherry, spicy, leather sofa, asphalt
      with water: peanut, green notes, asphalt, black gum

      from 1920s: earthy/mineral, asphalt, grill smell, cheap candy
      with water: mineral, slightly salty, mini cheese
    • Taste
      full and strong
      very earthy + gummy, spicy, light sherry, smoke, the alcohol tingles a bit, oatmeal decreases, black gummy, a note I can't name

      with water: softer, chocolate ~65%
    • Finish
      Oak, tart, spicy, cold ash, ham, smoky note

      with water: asphalt/earth, slightly metallic, campfire, New Year's Eve firecrackers

  2. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      meaty, peaty, red fruits, smokey, nicely layered.
    • Taste
      84 84
      smoky, peat, earth, red fruits, forest fruits, bit acidic.
    • Finish
      84 84
      long, ashy, bit rubbery, red fruits,

  3. MaroFF scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Pretty enjoyable with whisky alcohol well hidden. Lots of smoke, peat and sea notes.
    The taste is clearly visible forest blueberries, which perfectly harmonize with the wet undergrowth.
    • Nose
      85 85
      smoky, sweet, sea salt, seaweed, toffee, vanilla
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet, smoky, peaty, undergrowth, forest berries, blueberries, light anise, caramel
    • Finish
      86 86
      long, warming, quite sweet, slightly spicy, slightly earthy, bitter end with honey

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A few weeks ago my whisky buddy Rainer sent me a message about this bottle. And whether he would be allowed to come by to have it tasted and whether I would like to make a Rambling about it? Yes & yes. And so here we are.
    Firmly sherried nose on leather, horse coat, beef jerky, blood oranges, chewing tobacco, balsamic. Very intense, but nothing but sherry... The typical DNA of Caol Ila is fully wrapped up and clearly plays second fiddle here. But it is nevertheless a very tasty nose.
    Nice and oily and intense, call it piquant. Immediately very sweet on dark fruit and even somewhat umami on chewing tobacco and sweet and sour on lime. Even the peat is wrapped in a sweet jacket. The wet rocks and kelp that I often find in Caol Ila... takes some work to find it here. But again: this is very powerful and very tasty.
    The finish is very long and at the very end the DNA of the house gets the chance to show itself.
    Funnily enough, this seems to me more like a sherry that matured in a Caol Ila cask instead of the other way around, but when it's that tasty, you won't hear me complain. Thank you, Rainer!

  5. glen efze scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a bottling in Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. So one of the famous flower vases. And typical of the current bottlings, the whisky is quite dark. Some call it active barrels, others, like Drinks Wise Men, say it more soberly: Colored, if not with caramel color. The label states the initial maturation in refill hogshead, followed by an 11 month finish in fresh sherry butt. So in generic seasoned butt...

    • Nose
      A nice Caol Ila Islay note with smoke and caramel. This is a smoky cream caramel candy with some cherry jam. In the background the smoke has a disturbing tinge, some burned rubber, but it remains subtle. Only the tip of the rubber boot was caught in the fire. The smell doesn't end sherry-sweet or nutty-spicy. The end is already dry and astringent on the nose.
    • Taste
      In the taste it has too much alcohol at first and needs a few drops of water. But the whisky doesn't really open up, there are no fruit aromas, it's more like a dry, bitter chocolate with 90% cocoa and more. That's also interesting, but doesn't really ignite, because it has a sugary note underneath, which unfortunately doesn't contribute any sweetness that supports the aromas and therefore can't counter the cocoa astringency with anything fruity. As a result, the cocoa flavors remain too unbalanced and bitter liquorice (the real, actually good - i.e. difficult to drink) liquorice is added.
    • Finish
      In the aftertaste, the whisky develops briefly in the direction of smoky nougat cream, but then turns straight in the direction of dark chocolate. Oak flavors are present that are not aged or musty and make for a decent finish.

      It's not the dreaded Signatory sherry board - and you miss that a little bit. A little more fruit and sweetness would have done him good. Something sharp lurks beneath the surface and is also causing the dryness. Luckily it doesn't get really sulphurous.

      A difficult fellow with interesting moments, who doesn't flatter immediately, but comes around the corner stubbornly and grumpily - but then settles down by the fire and becomes a little more charming.

  6. Finn2206 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great marriage between caol ila and a sherry cask.
    • Nose
      87 87
      First some sweet notes like red fruit, little malty and then the peat comes to the nose
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very nice and balanced. Sherry sweetness, vanilla, red berries, peat, mouth coating liquid
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long finish where the sweetness starts to dominate, sugar, red fruit

  7. HW87 scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    • Nose
      85 85
      Quite intense sherry as you would expect from a 11 month finish in a (wet !?) first fill cask. The bourbon shows hardly through at all. The initial sniff is a bit more on the dusty, dirty, dampy sherry kind of site (maybe even a very slight touch sulphuric, but if so, hardly worth mentioning). Together with that comes the typical Caol Ila smoke (medium strength for 11 years of maturation I'd say) and some fruits such as dates, plums, raisins, sultanas, which aren't too clear but interwoven with that for me dampy dark sherry note and the smoke. Not that complex and more straight forward, though definitely strong and not easy on the nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Mouth coating, sweet and oily in its texture. Similar taste to what I found on the nose. Not too complex, but very nice. Slightly astringent directly compared to the 12 year old standard.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium with sherry, chocolate and lingering smoke/ash.

  8. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      ... Mediterranean with smoked bacon and peat. In addition, red summer fruits and orange blossoms.
    • Taste
      90 90
      ... oily and creamy on the tongue. directly with licorice and oak with chocolate and salted caramel. Enveloped in raisins, blackcurrants and powerful smoke.
    • Finish
      89 89
      ... very long, dry and spicy, with fruit and smoke.


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