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Caol Ila 1975

Overall rating
90.12/100
votes
81
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1975
Bottled
04.1997
Stated Age
21 years old
Strength
61.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 Aug 2008 3:42 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 833.46

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1975

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.12 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2002]  I had this dram during a Grant Carmichael tasting while cruising the river Rhine aboard MS Godesia. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 90.  My notes state a golden colour and a less oily body than the old 12-years WB id 13011.  It is smooth and of a well-balanced complexity.  After adding some water it gets rougher (I added a ? to this statement back in 2002). According to Grant Carmichael this matured (most probably) on the mainland.

  2. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. penumbra scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, milk, soap, vegetable essential oil, limestone, coconut milk.
    • Taste
      Spicy, pepper, pepper, soap base, light peat, agar, milk foam.
    • Finish
      medium.

  4. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Some golden fruits you find in PEs or older Caol ila, banana, ripe apples, a lot of clean peat, a touch of farmy notes.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet malt and pear drop, a little bit farmy, extremely intense and concentrated, fresh-cut mints, preserved pineapple, salty and very peaty, just great.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium, vegetable, peat smoke, a lot of camphor.

  5. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The Whisky Show Old & Rare Glasgow 23 - 24 February 2019
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Orange, papaya, peat, broth, veggie 'meat' balls, honey, straw and almond.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Peat ash, orange, honey and pepper.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Peat, honey and orange.

  7. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Another dream Caol Ila, the Distille is just me with her oily mix of tropics, European fruits, salt and light tea notes ...
    • Nose
      Typical Caol Ila oiliness with juicy tangerines and orange oil, fine salt, herbal honey, fennel and lavender, shortbread, sweet malt, some chalk, lemon grass, turmeric, some dried mango and papaya come later, unripe banana, slightly withered flowers
    • Taste
      Great strong appetizer, lemon grass, orange oil, rose water, licorice, fennel, green and white tea, lavender, tangerines, grapefruit, green apple, a little pear and unripe banana, calvados, cumin, turmeric, apricot, a lot of sea salt for Caol Ila, very subtle only the tannins and sweet malt in the background, herbal honey, some chalk and pebbles
    • Finish
      Dry, here comes the malt and more tannins to the front, the malt gets a right edge, rough leather, some chocolate chips, autumn leaves, lemongrass, fennel, lavender, green tea, long, warm

  8. Allandale scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A medium oily and smooth body.
    • Nose
      Very fresh. Sea air.
    • Taste
      Astonishingly fresh. More sea air. Almost a sandy taste. Fresh seaweed. Sweet and dry, olivery. Sustained development of flavours
    • Finish
      Big and long. Expressive. Smoky fragrance. Appetizing. Oaky dryness.

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Caol Ila just as I like it, with plenty of power but still some sweetness.

    Water is not needed here, pure quality.
    • Nose
      Smells sweet om pineapple and a little apple mixed in with sea brine and a little honey, lovely

      Also hints of blackberry or similar.
    • Taste
      Creamy up front but then it explodes on your tongue, heavy and vibrant peat with some orange, caramel and biscuit with just a trace of brown vinegar
    • Finish
      Long and powerful without being overpowering

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