Caol Ila 1995 SMWS 53.198

Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Wasabi on a California Roll
Stated Age
18 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
59.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Jan 2014 8:54 pm by whiskyman_de
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 102,43

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1995 SMWS 53.198

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.83 points

  1. FernetBranco scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. ARDBERG did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS.com.au notes:

    Wasabi on a California Roll
    CASK NO. 53.198

    Nose: The peat here is more fragrant and “green” than perhaps a Laphroaig or Ardbeg might offer. it smells like burning cactus - it’s more peat driven than smoke driven, with lots of marine notes, too: Fresh bouquets of shellfish, edible seaweed, and freshly cooked mussels. Other fragrant notes like green tea, butter beans, dandelion, and bergamot also waft around.

    Palate: yum....like a smoky carrot cake! Surprisingly sweet and savoury, it’s everything on the nose, and then some. Wafers, smoky molasses, bovril, grassy, and the mouthfeel is deliciously chewy. The marine note is still here, now moving towards a creamy chowder.

    Finish: Juicy, fruity, tangy, and peaty.

    Comments: The nose was perhaps quiet and atypical for this distillery, but the palate ROARS islay at you. Best of all, it is multi-dimensional. Peat and smoke hold a common thread to a multitude of other flavours that sing and shout.....all of them delicious. A real sweetie, too.

  3. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Elderflower cordial

    Flavour: Heavily peated

    An image of an old derelict wooden pier by a pebble beach on a hot sunny day with ageing lobster pots. Fresher notes appear with time; steamed fish with spring onions, fennel, sage and thyme. The taste is crispy clean, salty and herbal, peach and lavender butter on sourdough bread and a cup of Earl Grey tea. With water aromas of slightly burnt salty pretzels, sun dried tomato bread and pistachio-crusted fish with a lavender honey sauce. The taste has a candyfloss sweetness and a sparkly tropical Starburst juiciness followed by the long finish of wasabi paste on a California roll.

    Drinking tip: Moonlight dram

  4. Superted scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      85 85


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