Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
58.7 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
20 Sep 2012 1:13 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 79.99

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila Cl4 SMS

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.16 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Elements of Islay does not need an introduction. The apothecary style bottles of 50cl, released by Specialty Drinks – now Elexir Distillers – offers Islay malts with a code on the label reminiscent of the Table of Mendeleev. This CI4 is their 4th Caol Ila, by now already 7 years in the bottle. I have only tried 11 of these Elements and this is in fact my first Caol Ila. It was released in 2012 from a limited series of casks from 1999, so around 12 years old. The newest release is the CI12. I have some catching up to do. But first, this CI4.
    Sturdy but very clean nose on white fruit and citrus, sea breeze and peat. Some hairspray (what? Yup!) and laurel, upholstered with some plasticine, mashed potatoes and smoked white fish. I nod and smile.
    Bang! This is a kick to the teeth! Intense, very smoky and spicy. The fruit is all citrus now: from lime to lemon to grapefruit with a truckload of pepper and liquorice, a good dose of sea salt and – yes! – a wonderful touch of sweet and sour peat. Now I’m nodding big time.
    In the long, spicy finish, it’s all about pepper and peat with a salty edge. This is not nodding anymore, this is headbanging.
    I tasted this on a Friday night. It is going to have to rain very hard in the next two days to spoil this weekend for me.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    Often overlooked due to its size, this distillery is increasingly becoming a favourite of peat fans thanks to whiskies like Cl4. Created from a small batch of hogsheads from a single vintage, it’s an assertive dram that shows both the distillery’s coastal character and the complexity of age.

    Cask details;
    Hogsheads distilled in 1999.

    Tasting Notes;

    Clean, crisp and refreshing, with ozone and sea-spray-freshness contrasting with pungent peat smoke, leafy herbs and singed lemon zest.

    This is a big whisky, with an intense hit of smoke and pepper to start. As you unpick the palate, it reveals more complexity and softens, with grapefruit and lemon zest mixing with earthy peat smoke and gentle brininess.

    Long and spicy, with black pepper and medicinal peat.

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Lots of smoke, but also sweet, smoked marzipan. Great Islay Dram with perhaps the heaviest pepper note I've ever had. Great and extraordinary.

  4. helmutgw scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: rounder, but not more interesting + H2O: the phenol comes to the fore again 06.02.2017 69
    • Nose
      artificial phenol - too intrusive
    • Taste
      too light body, sweet, no details, alcohol well integrated, very little fruit
    • Finish
      long, nothing new

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Fine malty Malt Whisky Caol Ila with soft aromas of malt,

    Citrus and Turf Smoke.A special Malt with 58.7% alcohol

    and violent peat and smoke flavors. A sweet hint that prevails to

    a while and makes him linger.


    aftertaste of pear and salty make it complete. A Whisky foradvanced drinkers with

    particularly heavy peat and smoke elements insights.


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