Caol Ila 2011 WN

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
WhiskyNerds (WN)
Stated Age
10 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
57.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 May 2022 11:27 pm by Whisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.95

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12 × member ratings

94 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2011 WN

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. HermanWJS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The whisky Nerds are a fixed value for me, which does not mean that I go through my "whisky life" uncritically.
    But these gentlemen have again managed to acquire a very nice barrel and what's more, to put the contents on the market for a very affordable price.
    This dram fully met my expectations.
    Nose, taste and aftertaste are nicely balanced. Light peat, a sweetness, a bitterness. Maybe the alcohol is a bit predominant.
    WhiskyNerds, class and thanks!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Ruisdael scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol clearly too dominant in the nose and aftertaste. Taste good on the other hand! 57.5% is on the brink. That's too bad. The sherry is dominated by the alcohol. You expect more quality from the nerds. We find him disappointing. After 4 teaspoons of water, the alcohol smell disappeared from the glass. That gave the taste a slightly better boost. But the sharpness of the 57.5% remained. Unfortunately.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    dominant alcoholburn in taste and a finish with loads of menthol and wood-dryness. is it bad? certainly not, but i get the feeling as if i just brushed my teeth
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Scotland in a glass, that's how I would describe the first scents of the WhiskyNerds' Caol Ila. Versatile in experience, because all facets are there. The subtle peat smoke, tobacco leaves and a hint of anise and spicy plants (eucalyptus) criss-cross together in a botanical garden. Exciting!

    On the tongue the traditional oily experience that belongs to Caol Ila. That means that the whisky may continue to speak, enhanced by the sherry cask, not restrained. It is a bit straight forward in taste palette. Somewhere lurks a hint of menthol, unmistakable.

    The aftertaste is unpolished. Playing with water is necessary, but this entails the risk that the whisky will hang too much towards the "fresh", and too little let the quality of the barrel shine. Strongly reminiscent of the Feis Ile bottlings from 2010, 2011 and 2012 (also single cask sherry Caol Ila's), although they were all whiskys of the rocket fuel type. But nice whisky to be compared to, with a dose of nostalgia.

  5. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Official notes:

    "Color: amber.

    Nose: aromas of hay, barn, aged cheese, lamp oil and mint.

    Taste: very oily and powerful with notes of peat, the salty sea, smoke and honey. In the long finish it has notes of honey and peat smoke, with a very light bitterness."


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