Caol Ila Stitchell Reserve

Overall rating
86.01/100
votes
182
Whiskybase ID
WB220954
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2013
Bottled
2013
Casktype
Refill American Oak, Rejuvenated American Oak
Strength
59.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281034553
Added on
09 nov 2022 11:41 am
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 98.24

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila Stitchell Reserve

40 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.01 points.

  1. Gilles_V scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    An "unpeated" Caol Ila, to celebrate Mr. Stitchell's retirement.
    Not only interesting and didactic to be able to taste this type of whisky which brings out the character of Islay without the peat, but in addition, it is quite simply very good.
    Coastal whisky like Old Pultney or Hazelburn (my favorite whisky style).
    This shows that the Caol Ila distillery is one of the very large distilleries due to the class of its whiskys.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very very maritime: sea breeze on a wind-beaten coast, which stings your eyes and leaves a salty taste on your lips.
      A little vanilla (certainly very active bourbon casks).
      Very "Old Pultney" as a nose, in fact.

      With a little water and time (about 15 minutes), notes of fresh cereals.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Salty and rather dry (not sweet)
    • Finish
      87 87
      Salt, algae, malt, wheat.

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  3. sphinx scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Cipidos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, not very varied, but somehow just pleasant, this unpeated Caol Ila. Fruits dominate.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity, sweet, grassy, floral notes. Quite some alcohol, then clearly some ripe apples. Rhubarb. A bit cheesy as well. A bit vegetal.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Powerful, towards intense. Green, fruity, apples, citrus. Pickering.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still powerful, sweet notes and fruits, honey, oranges, ripe apples. A touch of citrus, medium long, flavours dying out a little quick.

  6. Lrandell scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Smell: Sea salt, spice interspersed with sweet fresh fruit, fresh woody notes, and then a hint of Indian spice. It's like the kind of Indian street food that is "clean and hygienic" with a bunch of spices. I have never eaten it. The taste is what I imagined to correspond to. I know it is very irresponsible to say this, but this is unspeakable. This is the first thing that comes to my mind.

    Taste: Fruit candy, as the saying goes, smooth as silk, XXXX enjoys silky smoothness (not...). The sweet and sour balance is very good, with a little cinnamon + licorice, and a little caramel, it feels like opening a copy, and the wine can keep unlocking new flavors when it stays in the mouth. It even seemed a little smoky at the end.

    End rhyme: I somehow feel a bit like some rum. The main reason is that the wood tone is more obvious, and the mouth is actually very dry when waiting for the final rhyme...

    I have reason to suspect that this is a multi-drinking NAS. Even if it is a NAS, I feel that it has 10yo+, which is not a joke. After all, the name actually commemorates the retirement of the old Stitchell. In order to highlight the "Stitchell Reserve", it is possible to directly remove the wine age mark to make the wine name more conspicuous. Five generations of the Stitchell family have worked conscientiously for Caol Ila, and it would not be a shame to have such a thing to commemorate. In fact, this thing is very happy to drink, but I did not drink too much to understand.
    85.5/100
    The description of the barrel type of WB is also slightly problematic. It says "Refill American Oak, Rejuvenated American Oak". In fact, according to the bottle body, it should be "Refill and Rejuvenated American Oak and Ex-Bodega European Oak Casks". I'm tired of pointing them out anyway, and they don't seem very happy to fix them. I should be the only one who found this problem and tried to correct it, but no one knows when it will finally be corrected. Let someone else do this.

  7. JNuyts scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  8. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Named after Billy Stitchell, distillery manager and retired in 2013 after almost 40 years.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A rather fairly present citrus nose. Very fresh and aromatic. Green fruit but with sweet undertones of pears and bananas.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very sweet and oily mouthfeel. Young, bright, refreshing and a high content of spiciness. Certainly not the caol ila taste you expect. Despite the label "unpeated", there is still a hint of smokiness to recognize.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium finish that gives you a warm feeling. No complexity and very pleasant.

  9. ChristofM scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Great in taste!

  10. the_muskox scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Delicious. Better than the 15 Unpeated by a country mile, but not quite reaching the heights of the 17 or 18. I tried this blind and didn't guess unpeated Caol Ila because I didn't get much of a coastal element. Love the creaminess here.
    • Nose
      Light and creamy sweet. Cream soda and ginger ale floats spring to mind. The fruit notes are a little greenish, but sweet – banana, pear, gooseberry, apricot, and grapefruit zest. Sweet cakey flavours of lemon-poppyseed loaf and shortbread. Some fragrant bergamot and rose. Werther’s Originals and demerara sugar. A bit of angostura. I thought I was hallucinating a ham note at first, but I’m pretty sure it’s really in there.
    • Taste
      Medium-thick texture. Moderate heat. Rich banana, honey, wax, fragrant flowers, and limoncello. Caramel, dried fruit, and baking spices. Some old varnished oak and light leather in the middle, along with some pine and a hint of peat smoke. Slightly peppery too. Rum-raisin ice cream.

      With water, grilled peach. Hint of floral perfume sweetness. Fragrant wood, yellow plums
    • Finish
      Medium. Still a tiny hint of smoke. Orchard fruit, ripe apples, milk chocolate, and raisins.

  11. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. Ficelli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  14. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. Lcluy scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. LaurensVD scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Georges scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruity (lemons, kiwis, green apples), heather, grassy, nail polish, vanilla, pine needles
    • Taste
      89 89
      Fruity (lemons, apples, bananas, plums), vanilla, honey, tea biscuits, liquorice, spicy (cinnamon)
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, dry, green tea, grassy, lemons, nutty, green tea

  18. nallacam scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I can't shake the feeling that the unpeated series by Caol Ila is more of a shop keeper.
    This one is good, but boring at the same time.
    The 18yo from the series is what I like best so far.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. Vince scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Somehow can't get this. for me Coal Ila and peat are fairly synonymous. A bit like the Ardbeg Kildalton in that respect.

  20. ARDBERG scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    2cl sample - a very nice surprise - CI has much to offer also in an unpeated style. It also serves as a great example to prove that location is not resonsible for a maritime nose and flavour - this is just BS marketing... even supplied by distillery managers around Scotland - why?

    Very full with good punch. A highland CI at its best - stay away if you are looking for peat and smoke...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  21. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Lovely complex and interesting insight into what drives the spirit of Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. Simo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  23. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Powerful, golden and dusty malt, some scents of lemon and then vanilla.
      With water, toffee notes.
    • Taste
      Warm and powerful malt, supported by vanilla.
    • Finish
      Aromatic profile similar to the above, with caramel as a bonus.

      It is always interesting to be able to taste the Caol Ila distillate without peat. Nevertheless, I was not transported more than that.

      Enthusiasm 3/5
      Whisky n ° 2106

  24. Steven79 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. ballunder scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    An odd bird this one. A non-age statement unpeated Caol Ila. Typically unpeated Caol Ila carries an age statement but not this one and its youth shows. One of the more potent whiskies I've had and it could have used a bit more age to take the edge of. The heat on the finish tends to wipe out the preceding taste(s) still on the palette. Alright so here we go:
    N: Through the thick alcohol fog that blows off this one you get vanilla and butter. I am struggling to detect any fruit here.
    P:A kick in the nut sack right up front but step over that and there is honey and caramel beyond. Shades of smokiness. Wow. Potent
    F:Hot and quick. A little bit drying too.

    Definitely one to finish with. Your taste buds can become a bit singed from the raw nature of this one. Still, it was kind of fun.

  26. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  27. interman scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Not very strong aroma. Honey dew melon? Some figs. Nice though.

  28. Goethe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is another "Unpeated Style" whisky from Coal Ila that fits right into the space. Lovely fruits, very direct like other unpeated versions of Caol Ila.Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Vanilla, tropical fruits (banana, pineapple), yellow fruits (some lemon, orange peal, apricots), apples, pears, some caramel.
    • Taste
      Again: Vanilla, tropical fruits (banana, pineapple), yellow fruits (some lemon, orange peal), apples, caramel.
    • Finish
      Long. Fruits (oranges, lemon, pineapple) and some spicy oak.

  29. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nice malt. I like it very much
    • Nose
      Apricots, apples, pears, vanilla, malt, floral. Maritime, salty notes.
    • Taste
      Nice fruity. Peaches and pears. Vanilla. Then the keg comes through. Beautiful oak notes. Slightly musty. Citrus notes. salt and pepper
    • Finish
      The Pfeffrigkeit remains. Oak, caramel and vanilla remain

  30. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Pastry, peach, and a little banana.
    • Taste
      Honey, malt, peach and pepper. With water more dough-like and less spicy.
    • Finish
      Malt, orange, peach and cocoa.

  31. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Quite complex, nice nose.

    The alcohol gives it a good punch, but the sweetness still make it gentle.

    Enjoyed this one.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blindverkostung
    • Nose
      Powerful. Fruity notes. Apples. Pears. Peach. Pineapple. Flowery, associations with a woman's perfume. Very sweet with caramel syrup, honey and vanilla behind. Red Bull. Licorice.
    • Taste
      Slow start. Only slowly show fruity and spicy notes. Apples. Pineapple. Haribo peaches. Honey. Oak.
    • Finish
      Long. Fruity start with apples and pears. Haribo peaches again. Becoming spicier. Oak. Dry finish.

  33. MadScientist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  34. euzlpz did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    My 2nd bottle was significantly different than my 1st in virtually every way except packaging. Purchased both from the same reputable vendor. Both were good, but the first was so much fruitier and a lot sweeter...the 2nd tasted much more like a caol isla. I noticed some slight iodine/peatiness in both, which didn't ruin it for me, I enjoyed both very much, but they were just way different.  I bought at different times. Neither of them were sulphered at all, I wonder what happened...corks were good...hmmn...Perhaps from a different dump?

  35. Philippe Verlinden scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    just a few drops of water makes it even a lot beter!
    • Nose
      alcohol first, then fresh & fruity

      hints of smoke on the background
    • Taste
      sweet spicy & honey
    • Finish
      long dry spicy finish

  36. Ciro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  37. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Good without water, a bit spicy, but overall a great malt. 2
    • Nose
      First of all, the alcohol is very present. Then comes the stormy sea. After that I have a full load of smoked ham in my nose. Very exciting, but the alcohol can not be displaced.
    • Taste
      Strong alcohol on the nose. Then sweeter, vanilla and dark fruits. Something of the bourbon barrel is also to be felt.
    • Finish
      Lang

  38. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  39. Remko did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quote Whiskyfun.com - January 30, 2014

    Caol Ila 'Stitchell Reserve' (59.6%, OB, Special Releases, 2013)  Diageo keep proposing unpeated Caol Ilas (aka ‘Highland Caol Ila’) every year, this time it was an NAS version. Colour: straw. Nose: I think it’s the first time I find no peat in an unpeated Caol Ila. Having said that I find quite some varnish and even nail polish, then the expected lemons and a lot of grass. Really a lot of grass. Also touches of vanilla but the whole is sharper than the sharpest young peated Caol Ilas. So far… With water: whelks and kiwis. I’m serious. Mouth (neat): again, no peat that I can find this time. Green apples, custard, fructose, marshmallows and, again and again, a lot of lemon. With water: becomes sweeter, not quite banana-sweet but quite. A little hazelnut liqueur, perhaps, then more green tea, which makes it rather dry. Finish: long, grassy. Green tea with a chunk of lemon. No milk, thanks. Comments: the question might be ‘why?’, as this very good malt could have been made at one dozen other Diageo distilleries in my humble opinion. But yeah, it’s good stuff. SGP:551 - 83 points.

  40. C.H.M. did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Sweetness, vanilla, lemon, barely smoke (unpeated)

  41. Willie JJ scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Really excellent whisky. I could drink this all night.
    • Nose
      A beautifully clean sherried malt. An amazingly complex interplay of fruit and flowers. Sweetness is to the fore, but delicate notes dance around in fascinating fashion.
    • Taste
      Sugared lemons followed by a floral explosion, then the lemon returns and builds into a sherbet festival that lights up your palate. Lovely. Water brings even more sparkle to the palate and reduces the sweetness which makes the lemon fresher and fruitier.
    • Finish
      The strength gives it heat, but its a heat smothered in castor sugar. Longest at full strength.

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