Caol Ila 1980 CA

Overall rating
90.12/100
votes
54
Whiskybase ID
WB46170
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1980
Bottled
10.2013
Stated Age
33 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
222
Strength
58.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 nov 2013 2:26 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 350.00

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 1980 CA

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.12 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2021] Oops, an old Caol Ila that slipped through my net in 2014 but luckily I managed to get a sample now...

    ...which is another great vintage Caol ila from the best period of this fine distillery (so far). It is very interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a complex old Islay profile with adorable fruits and honeys beside the maritime peat aromas. This is exactly what I like about old Caol Ila: A balanced and complex profile without spikes which is simply fun to explore and joyous to sniff. I suggest to use a big spherical blender's glass for this old beauty.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is layered and complex on a tasty mix of fruity, honeyed, spicy, peaty and waxy flavours. All is perfectly balanced without any off-note. I like to chew this dram as long as I can because it offers more impressions all the time. Water releases more chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother hence even more quaffable. I like this dram both neat and a little reduced.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coats the whole of my mouth with a creamy texture, no distracting moments at all. The finish is long and adds more spices and waxes in slowly fading waves with again no distracting moments. The wood is about perfect with a firm backbone to structure all other impressions.

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  3. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Mark-E scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Dominique69 scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

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

  6. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  7. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. TastefulScotch scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  11. hans1971 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  12. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  13. wheatfield scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Pours light honey gold.  Nose is fairly understated, Caol Ila lemon drop, light diesel oil, stone fruits.  Mouth explodes though -- orange liqueur, engine oil, slate, peat smoke, really nice alcohol heat throughout.  Some horseradish comes out with water.  The finish is long and rife with really pleasant alcohol heat, with slate, something in a car engine, pepper, and citrus peel. A bit flinty.  Enjoyable, not stellar.

    Revisiting this after some time to open up. More of a savory note now that I enjoy, i'm thinking smoked salmon, even a whiff of pipe tobacco.  The score deserves to be raised a couple points.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
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