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Overall rating
86.66/100
votes
41
Whiskybase ID
WB37466
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
1999
Bottled
2012
Casktype
Hogshead
Strength
58.3 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
5060188980780
Bottled for
Viking Line Ferries
Added on
07 Nov 2012 11:34 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 82.57

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41 × member ratings

105 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila Cl5 SMS

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.66 points

  1. Merl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not a particularly complex Caol Ila, pretty dry and peppery, but very much palatable.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Campfire smoke, dry peat, a salty seabreeze, sweet apple, some pear and clear citrus, roasted nuts and a hint of floral honey.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Dry smoke and peat, some minerality, salt and black pepper, sweet liquorice, fruity, citrus, apricots, some charred bitter oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long: sweet and bitter citrus, lemon, grapefruit, even more black pepper, charcoal and slightly ashy.

  3. wbarchive_103403 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

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

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I don't seem to have written any exact notes for this whisky, but I do remember that it was sootier and simpler than the other Viking Line Cl exclusive, Cl3.

  5. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    While arguments over the influence of the sea on the production of Islay’s whisky still rage, this dram doesn’t care – it’s packed with seaside flavour. Crisp and briney with beach-bonfire smoke and layers of citrus, it’s a classic islander.

    Cask details;
    A hogshead distilled in 1999.

    Tasting Notes;

    Nose
    Crashing waves, hot leather and freshly sliced breakfast grapefruit with a sprinkling of fragrant flower petals. Rich and smoky peat fires build in the background, adding savoury notes and chocolate.

    Palate
    Powerful peat smoke and spice with lemon, lime and grapefruit zest underneath. Sweetness grows in the glass, with citrus syrup balanced by charcoal ash and stony-beach minerality.

    Finish
    Dry and ashy with orchard fruit sweetness and floral hints.

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