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Caol Ila 1981 TI

Overall rating
90.23/100
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90
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Thosop Import (TI)
Bottling serie
Handwritten Label
Vintage
1981
Bottled
2011
Calculated age
30 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
153
Strength
50.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
29 Dec 2011 11:25 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 552,00

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Tastingtags

17 Notes

ctu
Connoisseur ctu Tasting note
16 Jun 2018 9:34 am
ctu gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Peat, farm, herbals, medicines, honey, caramel, grapefruit, pepper, pineapple, menthol and camphor, chewing gum.

Taste

Powerful. Citruses, earth, peat, ash, salted minerals, pepper, honey and pickled meat.

Finish

Long, spicy, sweet.

Comments

Big whisky with complex and antique flavors.

Cobo
Expert Senior Cobo Tasting note
04 May 2017 10:29 pm
Cobo gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Ordentlich Rauch und Zitronen, Obers (süße Sahne), nach und nach etwas Teer und Kuhstall, Vanillepudding

Taste

Sehr leicht aber mit Pfeffer auf der Zungenspitze, Grapefruit, Salz, Meerwasser, Algen

Finish

Lang, leicht torfig, süßliche Limonen

Comments

Ein herrlicher Dram, macht wirklich Lust auf mehr

Imp
Expert Senior Imp Note
24 Apr 2017 12:32 pm

Serge: Caol Ila 30 yo 1981/2011 (50.6%, Thosop for The Whiskyman, bourbon barrel, 153 bottles) Five stars Already many greats amongst the 1981s so let’s see what our Belgian friends have pulled out here… Colour: white wine. Nose: the wonders of lazy casks when the distillate is great! Sure this baby (well, not quite a baby anymore) does not really smell ‘30’ but it certainly got more complex and more subtle than its younger bros and sistas, although it kept that medicinal side that reminds us of another Islayer from the south shore… Let’s not mention the obligatory brine and all the rest and rather focus on the unusual notes, such as honeysuckle, angelica, fresh figs, menthol cigarettes (mum’s Kools), pink grapefruits, the faint whiffs of camphor… Well, this is a superb nose! Mouth: simply an extremely satisfying palate, with all things Caol Ila, maybe a little more brutal than on the nose, all on brine, seashells, lemon, ashes and that earthiness that can be so great. Top notch and globally bigger than expected. Finish: long, with the pepper kicking in. Cinchona. Comments: two malts in one, with a relatively civilised nose and a greatly raw and powerful palate. The peat is big! SGP:357 – 90 points.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
05 Mar 2017 12:17 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.5
Nose
86
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
92
Price
88
Presentation
89
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
05 Mar 2017 12:38 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose
A little cheese, fresh pineapple, only a little peat, fresh cream and a little plum.
Quite restrained and closed at first but give it a little time and the peat develops.
Taste
Ah, that's more like it, similar to the 17 year Anam na h-Alba 51.4% but not as creamy.
Sweet peat, with a hint of sweet lemon, some apple juice, lemon meringue, pastry.
Finish

Good medium length and getting sweeter.

Comments

Another good IB Caol Ila.

checkpointuk
Expert Senior checkpointuk Note
23 Jan 2015 12:36 pm
checkpointuk gave this whisky 90 points

http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/die-aelteste-originalabfuellung-von-caol-ila-diageos-30y-special-release-2014-35267/ 

Farbe: Son­nen­licht – Weiß­wein
Nase: Eher dünn gehal­ten mit star­ken Rauch­schwa­den und mari­ti­mer Zitrone. See­gras, See­tang, Aus­tern, nas­ses Heu und recht wenig Torf. Gegen Ende kom­men zart­fruch­tige Noten von Grape­fruit und Limo­nen hinzu, die von fei­ner Honigs­üße beglei­tet wer­den.
Geschmack: Seich­ter Ein­stieg, aber rund und cremig-scharf. Süße Paprika, Sweet Chili, Honig­ma­ri­nade und mineralisch-salzige Noten, die jetzt lang­sam immer wür­zi­ger wer­den (mit stär­ke­rem Salz­ge­halt, etwas schwar­zem Pfef­fer und ein wenig mehr Torf). Wie­der Grape­fruit, Limo­nen, Melo­nen und Zitro­nen­a­ro­men, jedoch nun mit anstei­gen­der Süße.
Finish: Lang – sal­zige Zitrone mit Honig, Kohle und Asche sowie aromatisch-rauchigem Torf.
90 Punkte (Nase: 90 / Geschmack: 90 / Finish: 90)

peathead
Expert Senior peathead Tasting note
27 Dec 2014 6:11 pm
peathead gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

  1ste sessie: Dit zijn de dingen die gelijk door mijn hoofd gingen: bourbon, turf, lichte rook, zeebries, ... Caol Ila.  Heel lekker!  Er zit een soort vegetale turf in, zoals bv in een Cooley Thosop bv.

2de sessie: Ik ruik nu veel meer fruit dan de eerste keer (appelmoes bv).  De plantaardige turf, stalgeur en heide zijn nu wel dominanter dan de eerste keer.  Ik begin te twijfelen aan die Caol Ila.

Taste

1ste sessie: Kaboem!  Net als in de neus gaat het in de mond gewoond door.

2de sessie:  Aanvankelijk net zoals de eerste keer, maar dan proef ik iets dat mij niet helemaal bevalt.  Ik hou het op het plantaardige met een twist (boerderij, heide, vochtig brandend mos).  Ik heb van die momenten dat ik denk dat het een Cooley Thosop is.  Neeh, dakanni.  Of toch?

Finish

Veel maritiemer dan in de smaak.

Comments

Tasted blind.  Dit is nog steeds niet mijn favoriete CI, verre van.

thijs100
Connoisseur thijs100 Tasting note
25 Jun 2014 12:52 pm
thijs100 gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

 A little bit of peat, but that aroma quickly disappears to make room for fresh, farmy smells. Wet hay and soft wood smoke. I believe there's also a hint of pepper. The nose ends on a fruitier note. Bitter grapefruit, melon, lemon zest and white wine gums.

Taste

Starts of dry accompanied by the taste of campfire. I needed a couple of sips to really get this whisky, but then it opened up beautifully. Minerals with soil and earthy tones. Again a little bit of pepper and peat. Lemon and grapefruit. With water some spices like mint and aniseed appear.

Finish

There's the campfire again. Fruity (pear), wood and mint. Medium to long.

Comments

Give this some time and it will reward you. It has a very complex nose and a near perfect balance. This is not usually 'my style', but this one deserve a round of applause.

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KayMeertens
Specialist KayMeertens Tasting note
20 May 2014 12:42 am
KayMeertens gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Starts off fresh with grass and straw. Then apricot, lime wine gums, oily papaya, caramel, abrikoos, vanilla, peat smoke and charcoal. A whiff of rubber: condoms?? After a while a little honey.

Taste

Unexpectedly spicy and even more oily than the nose. Pepper,  papaya, ashy peat, almond, hay and a slight meaty touch. With a drop of water more wood is released.

Finish

Peat ash, papaya, milk chocolate, lime and again that meaty edge. Quite dry.

Comments

Blind tasting of a sample.
Quite overrated in my opinion.

Thriest
Expert Junior Thriest Review note
20 May 2014 12:33 am
Thriest gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.4
Nose
91
Initial taste
89
Body
89
Finish
86
Price
84
Presentation
90
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