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Caol Ila Cask Strength

Overall rating
86.67/100
votes
30
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2004
Strength
55.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L4304CM000
Added on
19 Mar 2011 8:52 pm
ColoredChillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 113,14

12 × in wishlist

30 × member ratings

117 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila Cask Strength

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.67 points

  1. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very intense floral type of peat. Powerful smoke, dry malt. A well balanced typical caol ila.

    Flyte results:
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/21243
    55.0% - 88
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/6272
    59.3% - 86
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/4275
    59.6% - 89
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/7640
    59.2% - 90
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant powerful Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peat, salted minerals, citruses, fruits and herbals.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Powerful and oily. Salted caramel, sweet fruits, creamy peat and ash.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, sweet, ashy.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2017]  This is a review is of the very first NAS batch of Caol Ila Cask Strength, no batch number stated on either the bottle or packaging (bottle production code is 1127).  I bought it in November 2004 for 41 Euro and it has contrary to the 2002 bottling no age statement any longer.

    As one of the very first NAS bottlings ever this is still one of the best NAS whiskies I have tried so far.  A typical fat, full bodied Caol Ila with a wonderful balanced peaty and barley sugary profile, that is an excellent swimmer too (it improves with some water added).

    If anyone wants to check out the clean, unmasked Caol Ila profile of the last century go for this release.  I swear you will not be disappointed...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A great full-bodied Caol Ila to dream!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
      IT: 90
      B: 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  Most probably there was an earlier batch with the same abv of 55% as I noticed when screening my old tasting notes.  I had such a dram during a Grant Carmichael
    "Islay" tasting at Rolandsbogen in February 2003.  In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 85.  Unfortunately I took no additional notes.  According to Grant Carmichael this was a batch of at least 10 year old Caol Ila.PS:  I just checked my old inventory and found I bought such a bottle on November 2nd, 2002.  It is labeled as "Hidden Malt Cask Strength" with 55% and a very small age statement of 14 years old.  So I will request to add such a release on WB and transfer this note after it is done.

  6. alectron did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Since this has a stated batch number Batch L4... (which usualyl means 2004, or 1994...), could it be yours is L3 or L2 but with 55% as well ?

  7. Master Quill scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This can`t be 2004. I already bought this in 2003 @55%

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