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Caol Ila 1998 Unpeated Style

Overall rating
86.42/100
votes
66
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Release 2014
Vintage
1998
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
10668
Strength
60.39 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
21 Sep 2014 11:25 am by GLEN MAUR
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 93,44

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Tastingtags

10 Notes

Gaija
Expert Junior Gaija Review note
04 May 2017 8:32 pm
Gaija gave this whisky 83 points

I really like those Unpeated CI's in their own right, but to me this one is clearly not in the same league as 2015's 17yo or moreso the splendid 2011's 12yo for example.

Tasted it in a festival though, so not in the best conditions. Really hard to pick anything loud and clear on the nose, it's very spirity and the 60% don't really seem to help, but this kind of nose-shyness sometimes leads to a terrific palate ... which isn't really the case here : on acid candies (Arlequin) and apple juice, but not much else.
I'd probably have to review it as a sole competitor with more time and proper dilution to get the most out of it.
Weighted Rate
82.7
Nose
79
Initial taste
85
Body
82
Finish
85
Price
75
Presentation
90
RL_whisky
Expert Senior RL_whisky Review note
11 Dec 2016 11:38 pm
RL_whisky gave this whisky 80 points
Weighted Rate
79.8
Nose
82
Initial taste
78
Body
76
Finish
78
Price
85
Presentation
85
MaltyMillionaire
Expert Senior MaltyMillionaire Tasting note
24 Sep 2016 10:17 pm
MaltyMillionaire gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Lots of alcohol vapour. Banana, rich honey, and yellow fruit. 

Taste

Intense spice immediately. Honey and spice, more banana in the background, vanilla, yellow fruit. Mellows through the development. 

Finish

Mellow, but then the spice reemerges. Vague honey and banana note. Long finish. 

Comments

I don't tend to add water, but this definitely benefits from water and can swim well. Notes here are with added water. 

zormik
Expert Senior zormik Review note
14 Jul 2016 9:36 pm
zormik gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.8
Nose
90
Initial taste
89
Body
89
Finish
88
Price
90
Presentation
86
ovanpuyvelde
Expert Senior ovanpuyvelde Review note
12 Jul 2016 10:27 pm
ovanpuyvelde gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88.3
Nose
89
Initial taste
89
Body
89
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
85
Whisky-Connaisseur
Expert Senior Whisky-Connaisseur Tasting note
09 Jan 2016 2:44 pm
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Clean and fresh on the nose with delicate vanilla, toffee notes and ginger bread. Dried fruit arrive - mirabelle, ripe gooseberry and apricot, mixed with barley sugar sweetness. Round with a hint of mint and sea air, without any peat. Very nice indeed.

Taste

Creamy, sweet and lively. Gentle vanilla fudge, complemented by a massive hit of spices - oak, nutmeg and pepper. Delicate fruity flavour with apricot jam, white peach and citrus notes emerge, leading to a smooth and lingering creamy finish.

Finish

A pleasantly warming and rich finish with medium lengh. Sweet barley sugar and fruity notes mingle with slightly bitter orange peel towards the creamy end. Nicely mouth-coating.

WITH WATER: The fruitiness almost jumps out of the glass. Peaches, apricots, gooseberries and apples, alongside delicate vanilla fudge and toffee. Significantly sweeter on the palate with strong fruity flavours, mixed with warm spices and prickling oak. The finish is warm, creamy and sweet with sticky apricot jam on the tongue. Amazingly delicate.

Comments

Wow - this is quite an impressive unpeated Caol Ila. Rich, elegant and very palatable for a whisky at this high strength. A complex and well balanced Highland style dram. An interesting alternative to its peated brothers. I like it!

I thank the Scottsman Harry Hammelmann for the sample.

https://www.facebook.com/Whisky-Connaisseur-550443305109776

Alex
Expert Senior Alex Note
08 May 2015 2:32 pm
Alex gave this whisky 87 points

nice almonds aroma with subtle peat smoke. The taste is full and rich, marzipan sweet with a bit of salt around. Good balance and very tasty 

Wolv
Expert Senior Wolv Review note
21 Apr 2015 12:06 pm
Wolv gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
82.4
Nose
83
Initial taste
82
Body
83
Finish
83
Price
80
Presentation
82
yoavg
Member Senior yoavg Note
19 Feb 2015 3:17 pm

Excellent expression from Diageo and Caol Ila. Mineral, salt & sweetness working well together here. Full review is here: http://whiskygospel.com/2015/02/16/whisky-review-tasting-notes-caol-ila-unpeated-15-year-old-special-releases-2014/

http://whiskygospel.com
tomkandy
Member Junior tomkandy Tasting note
31 Jan 2015 1:52 pm
tomkandy gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

Oranges, cola cubes, grain

Taste

Szechuan pepper, milk bottles

Finish
Comments

I'd like to think I could pick out Caol Ila even without the peat, though this example suggests otherwise. Knowing what it is you can stick on similarities to young laddie, but blind I think it would be tricky.

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