Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Single Cask Collection (SCC)
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon Barrel finished in a Willi Opitz HOMOK Cask
Number of bottles
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 oct 2011 7:57 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 129.00

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26 × member ratings

29 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2000 SCC

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.85 points

  1. Pxrider scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Note by Serge / Whiskyfun
    Caol Ila 2000/2011 (55.3%, Single Cask Collection, Willi Opitz Homok finish, bourbon) Five stars This should be interesting. Willi Opitz makes great Sauternes-like wines (right, more or less) in Austria, rather Trockenbeerenausele style, but his Homok is rather made like sherry I believe, or rather vin jaune. It’s mostly gewürztraminer that’s kept in wood for around seven years, most probably under a ‘veil’ or flor, so the wine should become ‘neo-oxidative’, just like sherry. Anyway, let’s see what gives, this is not winefun.com. Colour: pale amber with salmony hues. Nose: no extreme winey notes, that’s good. In fact, it’s the distillate that’s got the upper hand here, and this could be any excellent CI ex-refill sherry in my opinion, even if some aspects may come from the Opitz cask, such as these delicate mushroomy notes, the tinned litchis and, indeed, the juicy sultanas. In fact, it does give a slightly muscaty feeling but it’s all very elegant and fresh. Wow! With water: more of the same, this is unexpectedly delicate. Hints of Linzer Torte? ;-) Mouth (neat): oh, this is even funnier. Sure it’s all a tad unlikely, especially the very sweet fruitiness, but, well, it works. Tinned litchis again, tangerines, blood oranges, Sichuan pepper and green pepper with the peat roaring underneath… It’s good and actually very funny! And always this muscaty feeling… with water: a delicacy, or rather kind of a high-end mandarine liqueur. A peated one, no need to say. Finish: long, more on bitter oranges and sultanas. Comments: good, I shouldn’t have liked this ‘stunt’ but I did. I also appreciate the fact that the bottlers are Austrian and that they used a wine cask that was from their homeland and close to their hearts (I suppose). Very far from just a gimmick, very, very well done guys! Where can we buy some empty ex-Opitz Homok casks? ;-)… SGP:555 - 90 points.

  2. Whisky Warrior scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior


    try this, it is the sister cask

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasting notes here: http://www.weinkenner.de/2012/whisky-meets-wine-eine-harmonische-verbindung-21008/ Color: amber
    Nose: Fruity, slightly sweet, peaty, spicy, slightly peppery, balanced; not intrusive.
    Taste: Dry, spicy, peaty, little fruit, sweetness seems a bit on top.
    With water: relatively identical, peat becomes more intense
    Finish: Long, strong peaty, very dry finish , again only small fruit, the sweetness of the wine barrel is rather short-lived; Dominance of the Bourbon barrel!
    Rating: This whisky has a great nose that is perfectly balanced. In the taste the sweetness of the wine barrel acts and comes against the powerful influence of the Bourbon barrel difficult. A very dry and peaty malt. 88 points, whereby I like the dry peat taste very much. I would like to try this whisky once without maturation.

  4. alectron scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First of: quite aggressive alc on the nose. peat, balsa wood, candle wax, quite a few sweet notes underneath among them vanilla syrup, dried cranberries, also unlit incense sticks, myrtle, (87)
    • Taste
      peat, powdery at the start, turning oily, a slight rubbery touch, curry/chana marsala, (86)
    • Finish
      red fake fruit syrup, warm peat, oily and a tad plasticy in the end occasionally, but very nice length (89)

  5. tamriel scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. checkpointrk scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    dry & peaty


    directly compared with Octomore - Orpheus 140ppm - bourbon/Château Pétrus casks
    --> Sweeetness better integrated --> 89P


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