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Overall rating
85.25/100
votes
31
Whiskybase ID
WB31834
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Chieftain's Choice
Vintage
10.1996
Bottled
03.2012
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
14611
Number of bottles
308
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
The Specialists' Choice NL
Added on
06 Apr 2012 6:19 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 67.95

2 × in wishlist

31 × member ratings

25 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1996 IM

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.25 points

  1. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Classic

    135! That’s the number of different Caol Ila I have tried so far. And not five were not to my liking. They call Caol Ila Mr Consistent for a reason. And I have a (very) soft spot for this malt. So when I got the chance to try this youngling – bottled in 2012 already – I did not let it pass me by.

    Fresh and bright on lemon juice, oyster, a dried campfire, sweet peat and sea breeze. This is going to be another classic, I can tell.

    Good body, good strength. Maritime notes come first – the peat is very outspoken and gives it something quite medicinal – followed by lemon and oranges, but also some smoked ham and stockfish. Soft pepper and some liquorice.

    The finish is long, warm, green and smoky.

    Classic. Told you. Number 136 scores as well!

  3. Vis2020 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Nicely balanced but not really complex. All in all, a slightly above average whisky for me.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is a pleasant Caol ila expression. I like the balance and accessibility in this one. It’s not an exceptional one but certainly above average in my opinion. Perfect for a not to complex peated malt moment with some smoked salmon to go with it.
    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity, smokey and coastal peated dram on the nose. I’d say this is a typical Caol ila. The peat influence reminds me of a burnt out fireplace. Burnt wood and ashes. The fruit is very citrus-like and with some peel of these fruits as well. Besides that I get a pleasant layer of mild spices laying below. I like this nose! Especially with more airtime.
    • Taste
      Very tasteful! Nicely balanced, easy and accessible. Fatty and even a bit waxy. Again citrus fruits like lime and oranges. Also smoked meat. Burnt paper.
    • Finish
      Long due to the peated character. Charred oak, peat smoke are present first. After that herbal notes like dried basil and kick in.

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Cast Olila scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Lafroy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

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