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Caol Ila 1999

Overall rating
86.35/100
votes
54
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style
Vintage
1999
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
First Fill Ex-bourbon Casks
Strength
64.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
24 Oct 2011 1:11 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 77,50

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Tastingtags

11 Notes

joep
Expert Senior joep Review note
23 Jan 2018 11:27 am
joep gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85.4
Nose
87
Initial taste
85
Body
86
Finish
84
Price
85
Presentation
85
Arquebus
Expert Junior Arquebus Note
21 Apr 2017 8:01 pm
Arquebus gave this whisky 94 points

Tasted at the distillery in 2012 - one of five samples, including a 20+yr old straight from the cask. This one really stood out for me, big vanilla, huge malt. Reminded me of some of the Glenlivet Naduras I was into at the time. Time was limited and I still have the bottle I bought at the time - so yet to really taste this one, but different and in my view well worth a look at. (Ralfy is a big fan of the unpeated Caol Ila - see review 215 ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfCLjkuy9oo&t=113s  )

 
Mr.Edradour
Connoisseur Mr.Edradour Note
06 Dec 2016 8:43 pm
Mr.Edradour gave this whisky 85 points

I like the taste of this unpeated Caol Ila. It's my subjective favorit single malt of this distillery!

"Freedom an whisky gang thegither" Robert Burns
Mr.Edradour
Connoisseur Mr.Edradour Review note
06 Dec 2016 8:05 pm
Mr.Edradour gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
84.8
Nose
82
Initial taste
85
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
90
Presentation
90
"Freedom an whisky gang thegither" Robert Burns
vojt466
Expert Senior vojt466 Tasting note
04 Nov 2016 6:15 pm
vojt466 gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Bez vody - med, vosk, vanilka, banány a dost alkoholu

S vodou - opět med, vosk, vanilka, sušené fíky a švestky, opečený toast

Taste

Bez vody - med, vanilka a strašně moc alkoholu

S vodou - vanilka, ovocné tóny, medový koláč, nástup slanosti, kořenitost, alkohol
Finish

Bez vody - v dozvuku karamel a vanilka, čokoláda a opět alkohol

S vodou - v dozvuku karamel, káva, opečený toast, spálená guma, alkohol
Comments

Bez vody prakticky nepitelné - pro větší hraní by to chtělo větší vzorek, ale pití to není rozhodně špatné - špíš na mě už moc silné

Hare&Copper
Expert Senior Hare&Copper Tasting note
15 Sep 2016 10:41 am
Hare&Copper gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Honey. Apples. Coconut rough. Wax. Caramel. Rose water. Talc. Banana. Bourbon. Wet wool. 

Taste

Very big. Honey. Oily. Wax. Sweet. Caramel. Butterscotch. 

Finish

Long, sweet and creamy.

Comments

Blind tasting

Shane_IL
Expert Senior Shane_IL Tasting note
19 Oct 2015 7:08 pm
Shane_IL gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Aggressive nose (64% ABV isn't playing around). Calms down with a few minutes of rest. Lemon zest. Green apple. Cereal notes, almost like sweetened porridge. Boiled sweets. Butterscotch candies. Lotus biscuits. A woody vanilla note and some lychee and gumballs(?!) shows up after a while in the glass. 

Taste

Chewy seaweed. Toffee. Sweet woodsap. Dry woodspice. Peaches-n-cream oat-so-easy. Smint lemon drops. Bit of earthiness if you roll it around enough. 

Finish

Long. Salty. Dry wood. Sweet toffee. Candied pineapple. Dry white wine. 

Comments

This is a really nice dram with a very interesting play between the sweet toffee-like notes and some dry woody and salty notes. If this were a Ben & Jerry's flavour it'd be Chubby Hubby. 

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Magnus Hillman
Expert Senior Magnus Hillman Tasting note
30 Jul 2014 6:48 pm
Magnus Hillman gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Wonderful nose and not at all dominated by alcohol despite the high ABV. Fresh citrus, green banana, artificial lemon like in kitchen cleaner detergent, unripe green pears, some cereal and in the background you can really find some wonderful sweetness, cotton candy and even light treacle. 

Taste

Full-bodied and warm. Sweet and sour at the same time. it's rolling around on the tongue while constant delivering flavors of Granny Smith apples, lime juice and white sugar. With water (and it needs plenty) more vanilla oak appear with marshmallows, still a lot of fruits, a slightly bitter arrival take charge over the sour. Not as much mineral as in the standard 12 yo but it is there in the background.

Finish

The finish is long and warm with bitter citrus, cotton candy flavor but not as sweet, black pepper. A second wave adds some nutty flavors (hazelnuts or walnuts, not sure?) and a hint of pepper mint.

Comments

This is a demanding whisky to play with for hours in the glass. I had my bottle for over a year and it was something new to discover each time I went to this whisky. It was a sad day when the bottle was killed.

(Rating interval 87-90)
Magnus Hillman
granella2003
Connoisseur granella2003 Note
01 Jan 2013 9:17 pm
granella2003 gave this whisky 85 points


Limited edition, this version of Caol Ila is a peated malt not surprising. is bottled at cask strength. Aroma and taste betray the young age of this single malt, but the large aromatic structure brings us back to the world of Caol Ila. Since 2006, this version is bottled aged in American oak barrels that previously contained bourbon.
A Caol Ila peat not new, it is different from 8 to 10 years from: less rebellious, with panache and good balance. The nose is lively, fresh, crisp, malty initially but with the unmistakable notes of salty seaweed typical of Caol Ila.

mmaclean
Connoisseur mmaclean Note
11 Jan 2012 9:02 pm

"Distilled in 1999, the 2011 release of the unpeated Caol Ila 12yo is an
absolute belter - and amazingly easy to drink, even at its slightly
scary full strength of 64%. Bottled from first fill ex-bourbon American
oak casks, this was one of our favourites in the 2011 Special Releases."
TWE

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