Caol Ila 25-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2005
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill American and European Oak
Number of bottles
58.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
08 Oct 2007 6:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 777.55

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 25-year-old

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.36 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Dependable as ever.
    • Nose
      Old, naked Caol Ila highlighted by bright apples, wet pebbles and seashells. There's a very distant smoke with touches of old oak and hemp ropes, underpinned by the gentle sweetness of cotton candy and mush banana. Balanced beyond belief.
    • Taste
      Thick and mouth-coating, this old Caol Ila shows its high abv but never becomes too aggressive. A pinch of white pepper and very salty with whispers of lemon zest, agave and dried hops, but also touches of bonfire smoke and olive brine.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices, sweet peat and soft minerals. Long.

  2. geriud scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with 7 other superb 25yo’s as birthday drams, with the following conclusion:

    1-2. Lagavulin 25yo from 1977 (WB12) & Talisker 25 from 1975 (WB3034) - 94 points
    3. Caol Ila 25yo from 1979 (WB462) - 92 points
    4. Laphroaig 25 from 2015 (WB77940) - 91 points
    5 .Caol Ila 25 from 2019 (WB147721) - 90 points
    6. Talisker 25 from 2020 (WB165113) - 89 points
    7-8. Ardbeg 25 from 2021 (WB194113) & Laphroaig 25 from 2017 (WB101491) - 88 points.

  3. geriud scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      First it smells like a dusty - old school smoky malt. As for the other 25yo's in the tasting (details see comment above) this one is also requires more time to open up. But then...
      The mineral, lemon, citrus and pineapple notes kicks in! Very strong and fruity but also sweet. Dried fruits: plums, figs, apricot and also some dates in an old cellar. Old leather, sofa. Somewhat dirty, like and old machinery?
    • Taste
      92 92
      Extremely intense in terms of the aromas: fruits, pineapple, lemon, mango, passion fruit with dried fruits of plums and figs. Very complex fruitiness combined with sweetness. The alcohol is not recognizable, does not require any water..
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long fruity aftertaste.
      Excellent Caol Ila!

  4. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Макс scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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.

  7. sakis scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  8. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

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

    21 22 22 21 86

  10. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F21 B21


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