Overall rating
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
09 years old
Refill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
59.6 % Vol.
100 ml 700 ml
Added on
11 Sep 2013 10:37 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 71.00

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7 × member ratings

15 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2003 AD

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.60 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Caol Ila 9 yo 2003/2013 (59.6%, Adelphi, cask #301261, 285 bottles)  Oh, when I poured this very fragrant dram I instantly thought of Caroni rum. That’s strange… Colour: gold. Nose: high peat and high fresh oak plus some tar and bicycle inner tube. Do bicycles still have inner tubes, by the way? The combo works here, it smells almost like smoked tarry vanilla pods. Add just a few slices of green apples and lemons, just a drop of seawater and you have it. With water: superb, more mineral. Mouth (neat): I have to say this is pretty irresistible. Very oily and yet very fresh, lemony, peaty, briny and full of olive oil and custard. High impact young peater, but it’s not devoid of elegance. With water: tarry almonds and smoked lemons. Or the other way around. Finish: long, ultra-clean and yet pleasantly fat – or oily. Comments: as Pierre Corneille wrote 350 years ago after having quaffed quite a few young Caol Ilas, ‘valour does not depend upon age’. I’d add ‘not always’. SGP:567 - 88 points.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 285 bottles from cask no. 301261
    From a refill sherry cask, this has a lovely full gold hue with amber lights. A light to moderate bead points more at its youth than the alcohol percentage. Buttery, creamy and distinctly cheesy, like an old dairy, or possibly a tasty Caboc. The usual carbolic notes are in full evidence, but there is also a lifting acidity from Seville oranges. Smouldering, leafy bonfires, charred newspapers and hot pipe tobacco embers start to come through, followed by ice cream and a hint of kiwi fruit. The latter is more obvious with the addition of water. A very thick mouthfeel – sweet and salty at the same time. The sweet theme grows and then becomes more salty and smoky again – now billows of smoke from charred, green sticks. A feisty, young Islander.


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