Caol Ila 2001

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Double Matured in Moscatel Cask Wood
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 1000 ml
C-si; 9-473
Bottle code
Added on
09 Oct 2013 9:41 pm

Average value

€ 70.70

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2001

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.53 points

  1. Shane_IL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I really enjoyed this dram. I like most of the Distiller’s editions, especially the peaty ones but sometimes they only add a narrow level of character to the whisky, whereas with this it adds quite an interesting dimension with the sticky sweet Moscatel mixing quite well with Caol Ila’s ashy and light fruity character.

    It only really suffers from chill filtration which I think prevents some of the nicer notes on the nose from carrying through to the palate and finish which would have evened out the bitterness a little.

    Reviewed in my blog:
    • Nose
      Ashy fruit. Waxy orange peels.Lychee. Asian pears. Raspberry sherbet. A slight sulfury note. Coal dust. Wet stones in the sun. Something dusty. The intensity of the smoky and ashy notes gets a little stronger with some glass time.
    • Taste
      Ash. Bitter pears. Bitter wood. Syrup from canned fruit salad. Slightly grassy, slightly malty. Sage. Custard. New motor oil.
    • Finish
      Medium. Lingering bitterness from the palate, creamy vanilla porridge with some wood smoke, and finally a flair of motor oil and ginger.  

  2. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  3. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      Light fruity nose with a subtle smoke. Mix of citrus and vanilla. More peat after a few minutes. Can't find more behind the peat.
    • Taste
      83 83
      More peat in the mouth than expected from the nose but not overwhelming. Fruity and citrus. Nothing special to taste and rather flat. Drying out a little near the end with a little peppery touch.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium half dry finish.

  4. WLUO scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  5. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Shiny gold

      A nice, dense, sweetish smoke note comes first. Immediately lemon and a subtle ham flavor with a pinch of salt. Vanilla and green grapes. In addition a light, tropical fruit smell. In combination with the sweetness from the beginning, that reminds me a bit of Haribo Tropifrutti. If you let something stand, this aroma moves clearly backwards. He is now much colder and fresher. Wet sandstone and slightly brackish water.
    • Taste
      Soft start. Then comes the cold-chilled smoke and a good deal of pepper. In the taste less fruit, but much more tart herbs and overripe lemon. Also in the taste of this cold aroma of sandstone and brackish seawater. This light-fruited, which I can not determine directly. I mean at the second sip rauszusmecken a little more mirabelle.
    • Finish
      Medium. Ashy smoke. Again the pepper. With a creamy sweetness and vanilla. Subtle bitterness behind.

  7. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. whiskyd scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      77 77

  9. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An ashy peat that disappears fairly quickly in favor of something lighter, soft, a little dull even by contrast at first. The bourbon barrel appears clearly (vanilla) but where is the finishing drum? Sweet nose with a hint of white grapes while waiting a little. In the mouth, the peat is very well integrated in a fluid texture, with a lot of sweetness. The barrel of Moscatel finally expresses itself fully. Very sweet and elegant with a lot of fruitiness. This impression continues in the finale, with a small return of ashes.
    Enthusiasm 4/5

  10. dram_on scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Fairly disappointing, might as well have bought the regular 12yo instead. The only saving grace is this is a Caol Ila after all ... 


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