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Overall rating
88.65/100
votes
36
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Bladnoch Forum (BF)
Vintage
12.10.1983
Bottled
18.10.2008
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
American Hogshead
Casknumber
4807
Number of bottles
303
Strength
53.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
20 Oct 2008 10:14 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 150.00

5 × in wishlist

36 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1983 BF

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.65 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    After Shave

    A Caol Ila of a quarter century old! For an official bottling, you’d have to give up your left kidney, but this one used to be available from the Bladnoch Forum for a very fair price. It was only 150 EUR way back in 2008. Ah, the good old (?) days.

    Wonderful! Hurray! I’ve only just put my nose in the glass and the party is already started! I am overcome by a soft, sweet and mildly peaty aroma on citrus in all is regalia (lime, lemon, pomelo, grapefruit, yuzu), a lovely floral hint with sweet malt, soft sea breeze and minimalistic smoke development. For a moment it even reminds me a bit of a wonderful and very masculine after shave! I’m not kidding, this is delicious.

    On the palate appears the Holy Trinity of lemon, sugar and salt. Let’s make that sugared lemon peel, nicely wrapped in a smoky jacket that starts off soft but becomes quite grand, only to soften up again midpalate and put the citrus fruit back in the spotlight. Complex? No, not really. Good? Hell, yeah!

    Wonderfully long finish on more of the same.

    Admittedly, this is a rather straightforward Caol Ila, but it’s so good that I could care less. This is heavenly!

  2. Sylvia scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Dominique69 scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

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

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Love it!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Willie JJ scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Incredibly refreshing for a malt of this age, but this is my favourite age for Caol Ila. Great stuff.
    • Nose
      Another lovely nose. Fresh lemon juice to the fore this time beside
      lovely malty draff and salt spray. The smoke is there but its
      overwhelmed by the intensity of the citrus. Not that complex, but truly
      delightful.
    • Taste
      Massively sugared lemon segments, with a gentle smoke emerging to warm the palate.
    • Finish
      Salty, malty and citrus with little spikes of heat to pep up the finish.

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