Caol Ila 14-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Finest Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Stated Age
14 years old
64.7 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Italy Italy
Added on
28 aug 2011 6:55 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 867.84

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 14-year-old

6 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.19 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very powerful Caol Ila, but still very complex, and evolving.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A powerful nose, but can we be almost 65% surprised?
      Lemon peat, sesame oil, spray.
      We also have a nice minerality, with limestone and chalk.
      Light acacia honey, quickly overtaken by pepper and ginger.
      The peat is clean, chiseled, almost "brora-esque", with a very slight dirty-clean feel.
      With aeration, the dirty-clean turns into dirty-dirty with a little stable.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth, despite the degree, it is not too aggressive.
      The peat is much more forward than the nose, heavy, herbaceous.
      We have a lot of camphor, medicinal.
      It's earthy, with mud, from the stable.
      Then pepper, wood, a little barbecue embers.
      Lemon, orange. As fresh as with zest.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, lemony finish, again very salty.
      Chopped peat, smoke, camphor, eucalyptus.
      Earth, spices.

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  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Just shortly after I tasted this I could taste it again from another bottle and guess what? I t was quite different. Here my alternative review notes with higher rating:

    Very powerful and lemony, austere minerals, clean and sharp – fantastic!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Green fruits, citric, lemon peel, vanilla, lime juice, little leafy, grassy, stones, minerals, limestone, chalk, spices, pepper, herbaceous, some old books and OBE – very good!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Punchy, oily, creamy, citric, vanilla, cookie dough, honeydew, good sweetness, more green and yellow fruits, minerals, pepper, ginger – great!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, burning, citric, lemon peel, pepper, ginger, minerals, some vanilla – still great

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful but creamy with good mouthfeel, the peat and herbs are a bit rough but water helps - very good!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Peaty, smoky, citric, hints of rubber, whiffs of engine oil or diesel, iodine, some seaweed, minerals, some honey, herbs - pretty good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, creamy, honey, minerals, good sweetness, little citric, lots of herbs, spices, some yellow fruits, tobacco, peat, light smoke, little dirty and rubbery - very good!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, burning, peat, smoke, herbs - definitely some water needed

  5. Tomek scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: delicate peat, sea breeze, seaweed, pears in vinegar, sea salt, freshly cut spruce, citrus
    Taste: sea, seaweed, salt, slightly peat, breeze from the sea in the autumn evening, citrus, spruce, sweet peat, smoked mackerel
    Finish: citrus, peat, sea, smoked fish ...
    Grade: 9

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    herbs, citrus, toffee, candied citrus, lemon drops, sharp coastal peat, chalk, very precise and powerful, excellent

  7. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A 1980s bottling of 14 year old Caol Ila bottled by Italian distributor Sestante at a whopping 64.7%."


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