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Caol Ila 25-year-old

Overall rating
89.41/100
votes
115
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Natural Cask Strength
Vintage
1979
Bottled
2005
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Refill American and European Oak
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
58.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L5235CM000
Barcode
5000281019574
Added on
08 Oct 2007 6:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 494,97

38 × in wishlist

115 × member ratings

185 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 25-year-old

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.41 points

  1. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I'm partial to these naked old Caol Ilas. They work no matter the decade they were distilled. In fact I look forward to being able to taste over 20yo ones from 2000s distillate.

    Tasted with Ben Nevis cask 1368 (91 pts.), Glen Elgin 23yo 1995 Cadenhead 50,6% (88), Collectivum XXVIII blend (88), and Glengoyne 28yo Brass Spirit Safe (90).

    Thanks to GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      That lovely smoked fish note I've come to expect from naked CIs from the late '70s and early '80s, and some lemon in the background. A greasy, bold smoke that's heavier than modern CI. A strong peater, without being at all cartoonish.
    • Taste
      By nose I was already thinking of a very high score, but the mouth draws it down a bit. Neat it's a perfect - if even peatier than usual - example of a CI that's been allowed to age long with the cask influence pared down to a backing instrument, rather than forcing heavier oak on it where none is required. After all, CI is apparently an immortal distillate that can in suitable conditions be aged past all reason, while remaining spry and powerful, so beating it to death with heavy wood that mutes the distillate and masks its change is a bit daft. Sadly even one teaspoon of water makes this dram a little lackluster, so that a Port Askaig 25yo (similar style, but bottled 45,8%) overtakes it in the fullness and the firmness of its body.
    • Finish
      Slowly receeding, long, mostly on marine peat tastes.

  2. sakis scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Fairly mild and dry peat smoke, some dusty wood note, very oily and nutty, a coastal saltiness, seashells and seaweed, faint white unripe melon and fennel, also a mild vanilla in the background.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Quite sharp and spicy, peat smoke, vegetal oils, salty and sweet, some liquorice and pepper like wood notes.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long: liquorice, a mild oak wood note and salty soy sauce fading into a black pepper spicyness.

  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    21 22 22 21 86

  5. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F21 B21

  6. kot1803 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. GJR scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. torstenB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    This bottling doesn't offer huge complexity, but it offers a great balance. I think it is a bit underrated, and still offers value for money considering its moderate price increase. Consider to buy this instead of a expensive Port Ellen
    • Nose
      Green flavours, olives, kippers and maybe oysters, seeweed
    • Taste
      lemons, liquorice and plenty of aniseed
    • Finish
      smoky

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at WTF2017 - August 2017

    take everything that is good on a standard Caol Ila 12, and double it. More taste, same amount of clean peat, and a nice kick of the alcohol. Simply splendid stuff. Enough said :)

    #450
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

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