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Caol Ila 1983

Overall rating
91.63/100
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165

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Tastingtags

26 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
12 May 2017 5:29 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 95 points

Oh. My. God. On our whisky journey, there eventually comes a moment where we instantly realize: this is it. The one Single Malt we have always been looking for. Caol Ila 30 is the crown of the distillery's OB (bottle no. 0181, 55.1% ABV). Smoldering bonfire smoke, distant citrus fruits and notes of an old, earthy salt cellar enchant the nose. On the palate, the sweet and sour arrival migrates towards vegetal peatiness with well-balanced, mildly bitter wood spices. And the finish? Excellent. Intense, aromatic and slowly fading. Dare I say perfect? Slàinte!

RATING: 5.0/5.0 95 pts   ·PERFECT·

Weighted Rate
94.6
Nose
96
Initial taste
94
Body
96
Finish
95
Price
90
Presentation
94
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
20 Jun 2017 10:26 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 91 points

[May, 2017]  I had this dram during the First Annual Caol Ila Feis Ile Dinner (yes, this was the official name of it!) at the Ballygrant's Inn.  And I did it head-to-head versus the 25 year old https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/16393/caol-ila-25-year-old.

Colour:  Both have the same colour of old gold.  The texture of the 25 shows some fast fat legs and late sticky tears.  The 30 shows early but very small tears and some late slow legs and fat tears.

Nose:  The 25 offers this adorable sweet and strong phenolic profile with maritime aromas that I adore, one to sniff for hours.  The nose of the 30 is more subtle but on the same profile.  Hard to say which one is better - the 30 is more complex and delicate while the 25 is more powerful and impressive.  I go for a draw...

Mouthfeel:  The 30 instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a slightly peppery feeling but without any distracting (bitter or drying) moments.  That is really good!  Surprisingly the 25 is smoother than the 30 on the mouthfeel but at least as much coating.  So I give this round to the 25.

Taste:  A very mellow and complex sweet-peaty-phenolic-maritime profile on the 25 that is multi-layered, really excellent.  The 30 counters this with more punchiness (surprisingly) and a greater complexity of flavours adding more spicy and malty aromas to it than the 25.  But again I like the 25 a little better (on a very high level).

Finish:  Both are very long with the 30 vanishing in several waves without any distracting notes.  Close to perfection it is!  The 25 finishes a little shorter (just long, not very long...), but again without any flaws or off-notes.  This round wins the 30 year old.

Water is not needed on both of it (it does not really harm and smoothen the drams even further, but it takes away some power too).  I am really blown away by the high quality of both drams, the only flaw is the drinker-unfriendly price tag choosen by Diageo for the 30 year old.  I am willing to pay as much as 250 Euro for the 30 year old - but not a single Cent more!

Weighted Rate
91.4
Nose
93
Initial taste
91
Body
92
Finish
93
Price
84
Presentation
92
There is no accounting for taste...
rottendon
Connoisseur rottendon Tasting note
30 May 2017 6:06 pm
rottendon gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

Der Dram schwankt zwischen unglaublich intensiven Fruchtnoten, wenn er kalt und vor allem bewegt ist und wird er erwärmt, kommen extrem kräftige Ledernoten und Bohnerwachs auf, etwas old style Desinfektionsmittel. Diese fruchtige Nase hält sich auf jeden Fall lang, vorausgesetzt, er bleibt gekühlt und in Bewegung.

Taste

Im Mund wieder die Früchte zusammen mit Honig und geschmeidiger Rauchigkeit. Der Alkohol ist erwartungsgemäß perfekt eingebunden das Mundgefühl ölig und nach hinten trocknet er deutlich ab. 

Finish

Das Finish ist lang, wärmend und immer noch fruchtig, trocknet merklich ab und bringt am Ende feinherbe Eiche mit einem Hauch Salz. 

Comments

Das ist schon ein besonders gutes Beispiel einer gelungenen Bourbon Maturation, wobei ich ehrlich zugeben muss, den Rest in meinem Glas gerade als Unterstützer für ein 1988er Sherry Butt im Warehouse missbraucht zu haben. Der war einfach nochmal zwei Klassen besser und hätte mit diesem Release das optimale Nosing Kit abgegeben. 

Gruß von hier...
Achany
Connoisseur Achany Review note
03 Jan 2018 8:45 am
Achany gave this whisky 90 points

the intense peat and smoke is amazing, both on the palate and the nose. there is some cold ashes, a lot of salt, some seaweed, intense spices, peppery even with a hint of citrus and ginger. the ABV is really nicley integrated, does not need any water at all. This is some nice malt, wonderful dram.

Weighted Rate
89.5
Nose
92
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
86
Presentation
95
EarlMobile
Member Senior EarlMobile Note
09 Dec 2017 10:05 am
EarlMobile gave this whisky 92 points

Sehr, sehr leckerer Caol Ila. Durch das Alter schön ausgewogen und trotzdem ist noch genug Rauch/Torf vorhanden. Im Vergleich zum 25er ist der 30er eine deutliche Steigerung, was v.a. an der Faßstärke liegt. Absolut zu empfehlen!

helmutgw
Expert Senior helmutgw Tasting note
09 Sep 2017 9:52 pm
helmutgw gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

alkoholisch, süßer Rauch


Taste

alkoholisch, (zu) süß, rauchig, pikant

Finish

lang und süß

Comments

+H2O: rund und süß, nichts neues 

91 - 26.08.2017

helmutgw
helmutgw
Expert Senior helmutgw Tasting note
09 Sep 2017 9:11 pm
helmutgw gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

alkoholisch, süßer Rauch

Taste

alkoholisch, (zu) süß, rauchig, pikant

Finish

lang und süßi

Comments

+H2O: rund und süß, nichts neues

91 - 26.08.2017

helmutgw
boy_genius_ck
Connoisseur boy_genius_ck Review note
22 Aug 2017 3:41 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 94 points
Weighted Rate
94
Nose
95
Initial taste
93
Body
94
Finish
98
Price
90
Presentation
90
boy_genius_ck
Connoisseur boy_genius_ck Tasting note
22 Aug 2017 3:03 am
boy_genius_ck gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

aromatic oils, peat bog, rich sweet smoke, dark fruits, elegant wood, coastal vegetation, creamy vanilla topped with toasted sugars

Taste

rich and really smoky, sweet and spicy, sweet vegetal, citrus, fruity cake, honey, marzipan, minerals, slightly metallic (in a nice way)

Finish

long, buttery cream, coastal, smoke, dried herbs, vanilla, tropical and dark fruits, rich crème brulee at the back with smoky vegetal notes

Comments

i will get a full bottle, and that’s saying a lot on how good this is

Fight65
Expert Senior Fight65 Review note
12 Jun 2017 10:54 pm
Fight65 gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.5
Nose
92
Initial taste
91
Body
92
Finish
92
Price
87
Presentation
94

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