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Caol Ila 1984 CA

Overall rating
90.00/100
votes
70
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1984
Bottled
12.2013
Stated Age
29 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
564
Strength
55.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
23 Jan 2014 5:15 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 330,00

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1984 CA

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 92 points Super Administrator

    Most remarkable is the cinnamon I can smell so obviously. And then there's the medicinal/cough syrup taste. In between these extremes I agree with all tasting notes below.
    Amazing Caol Ila!

  2. cavalier66 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From Serge @ whiskyfun

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivejune14-2-Karuizawa-Calvados-Glenlivet-Crown-Royal-Caol-Ila.html#170614Caol Ila 29 yo 1984/2013 (55.5%, Cadenhead, Small Batch, 564 bottles)  You may have noticed that this is another 1984. I couldn’t tell you if it’s ex-sherry again, as the excellent people at Cadenhead’s keep using a very laconic ‘matured in oak’ on their labels. I’m sure it’s becoming a funny gimmick, isn’t it. Colour: pale gold. Nose: this one’s a notch rounder, and maybe a tad more buttery too, slightly more herbal (love these whiffs of warm hay in August), with a little more mash and beer, a little more ‘farmyard’ too, more earth for sure, but other than that, it’s globally very similar. The joys of ‘close comparison’. With water: same, more or less. Mouth (neat): finding better new bottlings for less than 500€ a skittle is becoming difficult these days. This is excellent, lemony, herbal, very ‘nervous’, with some mint, aniseed, dill, coriander, lime and lemon, salt, lemongrass, limestone, pepper, coriander, smoky liquorice… It tastes a little younger than 30 I have to say. Oh that’s right, it’s only 29. With water: do not add too much water, it may become a little flabby. Finish: long and more kippery than before. Sharpy lemon. Comments: superb, although it tastes a little younger than ‘old’ Caol Ila. Between both worlds. SGP:466 - 91 points.

  3. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Another excellent Caol Ila!
    • Nose
      oily, farmy, dirty, light smoke and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Powerful, oily, spicy, farmy, dirty, sweet and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Very long, ashes and sweet smoke.

  4. alectron scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    Dramfest 2014, single dram note.
    • Nose
      Fishy, smokey, cinnamon, ozone. (89)
    • Taste
      oily, sweet, faint plastic. (88)
    • Finish
      old/cold smoke, cinnamon. (90)

  5. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very complex, suave, calm, rustic. "Gentleman countryman" would fit him well as a description to define it in two words. No aggressiveness, all finesse.
    • Nose
      As he first bites into the nostrils, directly after pouring the dram, it is better to let him breathe a few moments. Then, the smells of lemon zest, hot ash smoke, heather and wild mushrooms follow each other and telescope. A little resinous wax thereafter. After about ten minutes, the nose becomes calm and becomes more linear.
    • Taste
      The texture is very oily, oily; it lines the mouth. Ashes and hot stones. Apricot and pineapple creep in. Citrus jam (but it's only slightly tart). Some resinous hints.
    • Finish
      Average. Ashes warm up in the throat, while pepper salutes the palate. Black buttered mushrooms fill the mouth.

  6. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes from Mark Watt (WM Cadenhead):

    Nose: Orange zest, sweet smoke, pickles, white chocolate and sweet paprika.

    Palate: More spice and orange oils. Growing smoke and sesame oil. A big mouth coating whisky.

    Finish: Big oily fruitiness gives way to growing dry smoke, cracked black pepper and a touch of praline.

  7. Falnor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasted it next to the Ardmore of the small batch serie. Loved that one, but this is a whole other level! It's true that you can't go wrong with old Caol Ila, but with prices this high you sure want to know if it's worth it.

    The nose, bingo! Fruit, sweet old fruit that is warming and balance out the smoke and alcohol. If you just want peat, buy something young. Oranges, vanilla, chocolate, peach, spices, campfire on the beach. You can easily drift away on this one.

    Bought it for my brother in law and we will open this bottle in feb. 2014 when my son will be born. 

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