Caol Ila 1998

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2014
Stated Age
15 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
60.39 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
21 Sep 2014 11:41 am by GLEN MAUR
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 120.86

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88 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1998

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.07 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. RL_whisky scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  3. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  4. zormik scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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.

    • 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.

  7. Alex scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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 

  8. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. yoavg did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    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/

  10. tomkandy scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    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.
    • Nose
      Oranges, cola cubes, grain
    • Taste
      Szechuan pepper, milk bottles


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