Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Fourth Release
Stated Age
30 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
51.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 Jul 2012 5:15 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 134.95

23 × in wishlist

149 × member ratings

106 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1982 Arc

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.45 points

  1. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It's very refined on the nose, but on the taste it's a monster. :) Good stuff! 89/90.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Floral and refined. Yellow fruits, honey, hay, camphor, citruses, banana shake and pepper.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Powerful. Camphor, fruits, citruses, smoke and oak. Pepper and ginger. Wet tobacco and coffee.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, spicy, smoky.

  2. Cubey666 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice clean peat and bit coastal. lovely balanced and subtle. a delight for the nose and tongue.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Thriest scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. nulty scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A rather austere whisky but we can smell the fruits there behind, in ambush. Maybe after a few weeks of opening ...? But it is already very interesting as soon as we blow the cap.
    Tasted blind.
    • Nose
      Yellow fruits and wax at the first nose. BBQ ashes. Really smoked and farmer / earthy then. Salty - yes, salty. Maggi. A little straw.
    • Taste
      Nice attack on the fruits then here too the smoke takes over. More farm notes. A little spice (ginger). Discreet yellow fruits. Beautiful thickness, beautiful liveliness.
    • Finish
      Long on smoke and spices, ashes.

  6. I_SPEY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: lots of delicious fruits: green apples, banana`s, melons, pears and some red fruits. Citrus! Then there`s some smoothy peat and smoke, as well as some nice pepperish smell, some cinnamon, honey and last but not least: my favorite vanilla!  

    Palate: Fruits! And citrus! Lots of them, see above.

    Finish: rather long, with a lingering taste of all the fruits, especially the caramel, the peat, the oak and the pepper!!! 

  7. Bishlouk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The complexity and the profile of this Caol Ila remind me of the 1990 The Whiskyman for Massen, but with extra layers and even more subtlety. A VERY big Caol Ila!
    • Nose
      In entry the smoked peat typical of Caol Ila, but of a great softness and a great subtlety. Melted butter, orange zest, toast, black mushrooms. It's complex! I love this kind of profile.
    • Taste
      Sweetness followed by white pepper. Smoked peat covers the cheeks. Wet tobacco, a little sulfur. Here too, a complexity as I like them: things that happen, leave, cross, come back. A great moment of taste.
    • Finish
      Coal, earth and ashes invade the throat. Tingling goes through the tongue. A lot of flavors come back in the mouth.

  8. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      First of: lots of leather & leather/shoe polish with a slightly chemical touch, peat, mineral/stone-dust, cinnamon, citrus, fish flakes, some dark bread, some old wood as well as some autumn leaves, all quite savoury despite the cinnamon but very pleasant and promises an intersting development. (90)
      Later: turning a tad sweeter, oat cakes, some cinnamon, an artificial/ester-y orange note, and for some reason I'm occasionally thinking of roasted chestnuts, a tad metallic. (87)
    • Taste
      peat, somewhat plant-y peat at that, some straw but not farmy, canned fruits, faint dirty motor oil. (86)
    • Finish
      nice oilyness, more peat, mineral, Zwieback, some citrus notes again. (88)

  9. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: nettle, pickle, smoke, citrus - lemon, sourish candy, exotic fruits and tobacco
    T: smoky, bbq-sauce, spices, syrup, caramel, kiwi, pastry and bees wax
    F: medium long with vanilla, earthy, spices, crackers and smoky

  10. checkpointuk scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/caol-ila-selection-fuenf-malts-destilliert-in-den-fruehen-80ern-26880/ Color: straw yellow
    Nose: Fruity and maritime-salty with lots of honey. Lemon and vanilla with a hint of butter, smoky-oily, complex with some wood.
    Taste: Creamy-fruity honey notes, which, however, quickly becomes bitter. Slightly medicated-smoky notes with salty oak wood.
    Finish: Medium length, butter with coarse-grained sea salt, smoky, dull oak with peppery peat; bitter background and less well integrated.
    87 points (nose: 90 / taste: 87 / finish: 84)


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