Caol Ila 1982 DT

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Duncan Taylor (DT)
Bottling serie
Rare Auld
Stated Age
26 years old
Number of bottles
55.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Germany No. 7
de Germany
Added on
04 Dec 2008 2:16 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 109.00

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1982 DT

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.24 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  An older bottling from the golden years of Caol Ila that I tasted nine years ago without doing proper tasting notes.  I tried a lot of 30+years Caol Ila from that period last year (and all of them were great) so I am curious if I can find their adorable complexity and delicateness in this 26-years old too.  I bought bottle no. 125 for 98 Euro in June, 2009.

    Yes, this dram clearly shows the same characteristics as the flabbergasting 30+years releases from that period but with more power and (a little) less complexity.  Caol Ila at its best!

    [August, 2018] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm the review above. Today I am tempted to score it even one point higher but this may be because of the beautiful summer evening setting tonight (so I leave it where it is)...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows many small tears that stick to the top of the glass and slowly consolidate with very slow moving legs (what a great oiliness!). The nose - oh yes, it shows this delicious mix of peaty, maritime (like a fishermen's pier), fruity (oranges) and spicy aromas in a well-balanced mix. It is much bolder than the 30+years old releases (but their complexity is somewhat higher). Great stuff to sniff and dream of Islay...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is very sweet (mainly on fruits), peaty-smokey and chewable for minutes. Certainly a big taste with lots of "oompf" and an interesting complexity, too. It is nicely layered (but again, the 30+years releases show a deeper complexity here but less "oompf"). Water opens up both the nose and palate that show additional aromas after adding some drops. It is easier to sip and (even more) quaffable this way but first this dram should be explored neat and untamed. Actually, it is a pretty good swimmer and I recommend to play around with water (if you have more than just a small sample at your hands).
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives creamy and instantly coating in the mouth with no distracting moments. A salty feeling pops up that is really nice as is the slight tobacco ashy dryness at the end. The finish is very long and maritime peaty driven with some additional nutty and fruity flavours (quinces?). No flaw that I can find, simply a perfect dram.

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    creamy costal peat citrus, very nice

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Cobo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful Caol Ila that leaves nothing to be desired
    • Nose
      First a little bit closed, citrus fruits, yellow fruits, peat, gum, fragrant sweet
    • Taste
      Sweet, lemon sorbet, beautiful peat flavors, Andean berries, a little salt and coal dust
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweetish peaty

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2009]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Bonn.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 92,5.  My notes state a rich and bold profile.  A well balanced dram that is very sippable.

  6. Carpe Diem did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    WF: Caol Ila 26 yo 1982/2008 (55.2%, Duncan Taylor, Germany exclusive, cask #2733) Colour: straw. Nose: we’re closer to the ‘Nectar’ again, just a tad more on oranges than on lemons. Maybe a tad fatter in fact, but the quality level is the same, that is to say very high. With water: frankly different from the other ones now, much more smoky/ tarry. Kerosene, ‘fisherman’s boat’. Mouth (neat): same as both previous ones. Big peat and citrus fruits. With water: same as the others. Finish: ditto. Comments: ditto. Maybe a tad more resinous. SGP:447 – 89 points.


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