Caol Ila 19-year-old TWEx

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Exchange (TWEx)
Stated Age
19 years old
Bourbon Cask
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Retro Label
Added on
10 oct 2012 12:05 pm
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 190.19

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25 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 19-year-old TWEx

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.20 points.

  1. Ian V scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    TWE has a handful of these old-ish very pale and very dry whiskies right now.  They are crisp, clean and not extremely complex, yet highly drinkable at cask strength without a flaw or anything off beat in the total package.  Nice delicate balance of barley sugar, light citrus and peat.  Just a tinge of oiliness and chlorine in the finish  A smoky dram for summertime.

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  3. Talisker_22 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Waykid scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Has anyone ever encountered a bad Caol Ila? I haven't.
    • Nose
      Old barn, dry hay, a nice chicoriness, a waft of fresh tobacco, a quite sweet and pure smokiness, salmiak, trufflechocolates and a nuttiness that is in the direction of hazelnut, some mushrooms and a bit of woodpolish.
    • Taste
      A stingy sweet smoke, a hint of roasted cane sugar, syrup, a graininess that fills the mouth. A crisp, chalky bite and a clear but hard to describe band-aidy/apothecary tone. Sweet and round, a bit of Golden Delicious type apple, salmiak and the same nuttiness as in the nose.
    • Finish
      Dryish and surprisingly sharp.

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Good enough to warrant purchasing a second bottle.
    • Nose
      I'm contrasting this to Elements of Islay Cl3 which I had a bit earlier. This has more coalish, charred smoke tones and none of the fishy notes and less grease/fat, and more oak that's definitely older rather than young fresh wood. Beetroot juice, seawater. Rocks and coal. A mine shaft near a beach if you will. Given a little more water the nose becomes very smoky - chimney rather than wood.
    • Taste
      After 1 teaspoon of water this is already surprisingly rich. Like licking a saltstone first, not super salty but rather that mineraly, slightly metallic taste, then going from artificial lemon (familiar from dishwashing liquids (my favourite drink if you have to ask)) to a bit of woodiness. Not that expressive, a little nervous even, and puts a small metallic tang like aluminium foil (or LSD) in the gums and teeth. The Caol Ila signature citrus is in this particular bottle closer to grapefruit than lemon.
    • Finish
      With enough water it opens up nicely with the peat burn softly taking over the entire tongue, leaving a burning finish tempered by a sweet xylitol note. This stuff is quite dry and a little hollow in aftertaste but very likable still. 

  6. Ralph Hiltrup did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "A wonderfully clean, fresh, minerally Caol Ila bottled by TWE from a

    single ex-bourbon cask. Lots of sea air, seaweed and seashells make

    this the olfactory equivalent of a picnic on the beach. A big hit at

    2012`s TWE Whisky Show."

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