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Caol Ila 15-year-old

Overall rating
86.90/100
votes
36
Whiskybase ID
WB209609
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2022
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Refill AO Hogshead / Virgin AO Finish
Number of bottles
3702
Strength
55.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281070322
Added on
05 may 2022 2:37 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 192.23

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 15-year-old

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.90 points

  1. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A really well-done festival bottling, which is also painfully high-priced, but ultimately is a lot more fun than this year's Fèis Ìle-Lagavulin, which only has 12 Lenze, but is priced at the same level.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The powerful and also extremely multifaceted smoke note is particularly noteworthy here at the beginning. On the one hand, it shows itself with a very nice maritime note in the direction of a fresh sea breeze (mineral, salty, iodine-rich), and on the other hand, it takes you to a historic half-timbered farmhouse, in which a fireplace blazes happily and smoke clouds the whole room, and also the antique furniture, wrapped - and whoops, someone even crumbled a pinch of dry leaves into the fire... very nice impressions. There is also a good portion of vanilla, slightly scorched caramel, malt beer, softened apples, candied lemons, honey, a hint of oak spice and finally a wonderfully dirty note in the direction of motor oil.
      It tolerates heat extremely well and ensures that it opens even further and releases more and more aromas. At the end there is an exotic, creamy aroma that reminds me of soft ice cream with passion fruit syrup.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oh yes, he can keep up on the palate. Powerful attack, flatters and wets the palate with a pleasantly oily layer. The smoke is by no means impetuous here, but has an almost polished and composed-looking character, so that it can resonate with the other aromas, light-footed, spiciness-giving and enriching. In addition liquid caramel, charred wood, sea water (mineral-salty), a pinch of iodine (direction Laphroaig, only a little more elegant), full porridge passion fruit, vanilla, pound cake with lemon aroma, tender oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mid-length finish. Amazingly accommodating. Hardly any smoke here, but rather sweet in the direction of vanilla, pastries, salty caramel, juicy lemon cake.

  2. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    First whiff is definitely chalky, like wet pebbles on the beach. After a few moments a delicate peat influence takes center stage, with in the background a subtle meaty note. Every time I pick up the glass there is a new characteristic to be found. A smoky sweetness reveals itself. The constant development is amazing.

    Classic Caol Ila with an oily, mouth coating feel on the tongue. But also a raw side that I associate with the virgin oak. Like chewing on the sharp side of a chainsaw, the edges cutting deep. Forget Ziggy Stardust, this is Ziggy Sawdust. All in all it feels like failed integration. The oily liquid and the sawdust influence are in a fight, duality at its best. It makes for a complex and interesting drinking experience. Caol Ila succeeds in bottling an expression for the more experienced connoisseur. That is what a Feis Ile bottling should be about; to create discussion.

    The finish is all on wood but not too overpowering. The pleasant thing is: there is nothing exotic in it. It is clean refill wood Caol Ila, with on top a layer of extra clean new wood Caol Ila. No dirty notes from sherry or other (fortified) wine.

  3. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    The nose is quite "OA-typical", a little closer to the 12 than the 18.
    That means: maritime, slightly dry smoke, burning algae on the beach. Green apples, a squeeze of lime.
    A quite strong vanilla and cinnamon impact, which at times reminds one more of apple crumble with sweet red apples and with vanilla sauce and cinnamon.
    With a little standing time, clove is added subliminally, as well as a hint of aniseed.

    Mouth:
    For 55% I find a pleasant start. The oak is present quite early and quite spicy. Here again carnation, anise.
    Citrus flavors, almond biscuits, crab chips and wakame (seaweed popularly used in seaweed salad) with sesame seeds.
    And above all, the vanilla is very present. At times, the maritime character gets lost a little in the tension between sweetness and spice.

    Finish:
    Medium length, slightly ashy, clear vanilla, white and green gummy bears. Striking oak.

    87/100

    Conclusion:
    A bottling that I personally don't like much. Unfortunately, for my taste, the combination of virgin American oak wood and this distillate does not go so well together. I find the carnation a bit out of place, the vanilla is too intrusive for me in places.

    I would like to emphasize positively, however, that the finish seems to have been carried out with caution. The fresh oak didn't iron everything down, especially on the nose I find it very representative of the OA's in the first few minutes after pouring

  4. MaltsofIslay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Very tasty Caol IIa with an emphatically fruity side with light citrus notes, some orange zest and oak. No disturbing bitter tones and the alcohol is very well integrated! The 15 years of maturation has made it significantly milder and fruitier than the Lagavulin Feis 2022 with the same barrel combination that was tried in comparison!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. FeydRautha scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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