Caol Ila 1983

Overall rating
91.65/100
votes
393
Whiskybase ID
WB58218
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2014
Vintage
1983
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Refill American & European Oak
Number of bottles
7638
Strength
55.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L4259DQ0000 50078995
Barcode
5000281038728
Added on
21 sep 2014 11:45 am by GLEN MAUR
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1117.37

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393 × member ratings

602 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 1983

80 users have left 87 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.65 points.

  1. olegborgol scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty - sea, salt, fruit in ashes, wet pebbles, oysters, lemonade and pepper. 23-23-23-23

  2. mema82 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. SebStar scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. Bart-msb scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. hyc scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 91
    Flavor--------------------91
    End rhyme--------------------90

  6. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I would have never thought of giving a Caol Ila almost 90 points because I don't warm to this distillery character - but this is extremely good even for my taste
    • Nose
      92 92
      Freshly sawn, burnt wood and fruit. Could even have been next to a sherry cask
    • Taste
      90 90
      Strong start, needs 30 seconds (rule of thumb = age) in the mouth. White pepper, no longer phenolic
    • Finish
      89 89
      Unfortunately somewhat numbing and overpowering the palate, hence deductions in the B grade

  7. Likudi scored this whisky 94 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. somniloque scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. eselsim scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    23/23/23/23 92
    Well balanced, smooth ball, with depth of taste. great balance with it you can sit for a long time)
    • Nose
      Pencils, iodine, tires, wet leather, salt, soot, cast iron, hot sand, brewed mint tea pu er or lapsang dried, after 30 minutes flowers, geranium, cornflowers, rotten apples, pretzels, pepper peas
    • Taste
      Salty waffles with wax and eucalyptus, is this characteristic milkiness that appears in peat bogs for 25. Oak is not strongly felt, but there are hints of burnt board, sweet even honey? a little tobacco, unripe mango
    • Finish
      Somewhat peppery, there is oak, caramel, herbs and grilled vegetables

  10. Seanzhang scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. Sylvia scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  12. Dominique69 scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  13. Gous scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  14. Dan0 scored this whisky 98 points Connoisseur

    wonderfully crafted whisky

  15. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nose:
    Wet and dry peat
    Vanilla, roasted, velvety, a vegetal and earthy side
    Lime
    Mouth :
    On the peppery spices first
    Then the earthy, organic peat, soggy barn hay
    Camphor, zan, it's black, velvety like on frangipane cream, toasted sweet almonds in return with
    The fruits are well on the cooked and slightly burnt lemon, the peat disappears as and when
    Final:
    Subtle length, swirling scents on lime and its zest, on malt and ovomaltine with cocoa and roast, return of leather and dry glue;
    the very vegetal camphorated vanilla cream and the lemon remain for a long time in the mouth, on the palate and in the glass!
    (20)

  16. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A bright, smoky, sweet fireball that, when you swallow it, turns out to be a comet whose tail leaves a trail all along the way.
    • Nose
      Smoke, warm smoke, like you're sitting around a cooling campfire. In this smoke, all possible yellow fruits and berries are felt. Yellow and red apples, duchess pears. Then it seems to you that these fruits were cut and smoked on this fire. Honey and salted caramel.
    • Taste
      Smoky, slightly salty taste, followed immediately by sweet fruits, and even sweeter dried fruits. I want to note that the smoke is also warm, bright, burning, filling the mouth completely. This is also a high degree, of course.
    • Finish
      Aftertaste. First, you gently exhale, and then try to fix your feelings. I must say, they are bright. Smoke, fire, and sweetness. It's like someone set fire to a barrel of jam and you tasted it with a big spoon. Lovely!

  17. etwa77 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      my mother used to keep, deep inside the closet, hidden among the piles of her clothes a bar of Givenchy soap she was gifted years before, to give them a nice smell.. as children growing up quite poor, there was always a small miracle to uncover (like a pearl hidden among the linens) and smell this soap.. and although this venerable Caol Ila smells nothing like soap, it’s the preciosness of the olfactory experience that triggered this memory, i think.. the peat is gentle, the lemon oils crisp, but subdued.. my grandpa’s woodworking shed comes to mind.. mint and licorice bonbons.. herbal and dry.. smoke, finally!
    • Taste
      93 93
      calling the taste bitter-sweet is almost an affront.. calming and soothing eucalyptus oils coat the mouth.. that this is 55 abv is unbelievable, although the alcohol can be feft clearly.. a mighty, muscular python slowly closing its grip on the powerless victim (me!).. a small explosion on the tastebuds.. more like a lady’s smack on the face of her lover in the old Victorian days, rather than a punch in the gut.. but, oh, so nice!
    • Finish
      92 92
      a cool breeze.. the echoes are endless

  18. JeanChan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  19. blacknapkins scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  20. TsiAI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smell: Well, if you taste it blindly, I would not have imagined that this wine is 30 years old. Slightly irritating, kelp, butter crackers, reef and smoked salmon. Some minced pepper and the meaty taste of bacon. Relatively mellow, but the complexity is not flattering 86/100
    Taste: honeydew melon, mare's milk extract, milk fat, cocoa, soot, pepper, lime zest, a little acidity, mild disinfectant. The first half reached my expectations, but the second half returned to monotony, oak, sea water, sea salt 88/100
    Ending rhyme: long, oak, air-dried sea fish, seaweed, salt 85/100
    Body: Medium body, very oily, relatively full 89/100
    Overall: 87/100, to be honest, this pleasure is not as strong as grass lila in 25 years.

  21. swk27844 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Does it get any better than this? :)
    • Nose
      93 93
      Maritime, white pepper, orange peel, light peat smoke, very nicely balanced, lemongrass, vanilla.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Flavor explosion, but perfectly balanced. Butter-like, peat in the background, but above all fruity and powerful. Orange peel, grapefruit, lemongrass, salty, sea breeze, ginger root, mint, white pepper, Galia melon.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Finish lingers for a long time. You continue to enjoy. Incredibly good. Fruity notes are more pronounced. Tingling in the cheek persists.

  22. M134481 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Drunk it once before for a number of years and always found this to be one of the best whiskys ever for me. Now I drink it again and I stick to that opinion. This is a great whisky!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Orange peel, blood orange, salt, pickled meat, wood, vanilla, strawberry, lemongrass, pepper, caramel fudge.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Pepper, salt, pickled meat, caramel, wood, orange peel, vanilla, light smoke, tart on the tongue, great rich explosion,
    • Finish
      94 94
      Orange peel, caramel, wood, tart, sweet, sweet, rich, long finish. Galia melon, pepper, vanilla, fleshy.

  23. lincolnimp scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Not sure what has happened here, judging by the high scores I am obviously tasting a different whisky.
    *possibly a spoiled sample*, this definately should be better than my score.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Slightly subdued on the nose like there was something stopping it from fully opening up?
      Ashy sooty peat mixed in with oil, petrol and a working garage smell.
      There is a hint of fruit like gooseberry
    • Taste
      82 82
      the flavours are ok, the obvious peat and some biscuit but it is weak this cannot be 54.1% surely.
      The oily peat is there, some decent spice notes but nothing else
    • Finish
      75 75
      Finish is weak and fllat

  24. prz22 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Great Caol Ila, just slightly worse than 35 yo DSR release
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very nice, deep, dense peat.
      Some peanuts, bananas, salts.
      Sadly, less complex than 35 yo DSR version though.
      Still very good!!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Fantastic, balanced, very satisfying, well integrated alcohol, great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Powerful, medium long, dry, very good!

  25. Izzino scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    Every time i have this whisky in my glass it seems to be better and better. It is damm good dram.

  26. Mapl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  27. Mapl scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  28. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This 30yo and its later released 35yo sister are just about exactly the kind of thing I want Diageo to do. If only they were to keep the prices a bit more reasonable...
    What we have here is a well balanced, beautifully matured Caol Ila with no overpowering wood or other secondaries. The distillate gets to shine instead, and shine it does indeed. I think this one is a bit more elegant and complex than the 35yo special release (91 pts.), which was more on raw power.

    Tasted with Laphroaig 1998-2011 cask 11007 (83 pts.), Ardbeg 18yo 1991 cask 5120 (88), Caol Ila 1980-2009 cask 4935 (89), and Caol Ila 12yo Chorlton (88).

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      Old leather and old books. Amazing tar candy notes. Some bran, fresh barley and nectarines in the back, while in the front, this aged and full peat note that's big but not at all harsh, like it is in contemporary Islay whisky. With water, a wallet is floating in the Sound of Islay, with some soggy pound notes inside. Lovely.
    • Taste
      Leather bag with books inside, some tar, faint salinity, and an exquisite balance. Really, great work choosing these casks! There is no brutality, no harshness here, no cartoonishly overdone peat or sherry or w/e. The tastes are deep, satisfying, and linger long. With water, even more of that big old fatty peat, some old soft oak, faint sea salt, white pepper, and wet cigar leaves.
    • Finish
      Long and satisfying. A softly sinking wave of peat that just goes on and on and on. This is just the kind of thing I hope for with a 30yo-ish Caol Ila.

  29. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Impeccable
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  30. ipchrist scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  31. DannyDram scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Very balanced and multi-layered complex aroma spectrum at all levels.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Peat smoke, dried fruit, caramel, ginger, maritime, citrusy, nutty.
      Very nicely balanced with pronounced intensity.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oak, walnut, dried fruit, ginger, citrusy, greasy. Oily, creamy, very nice balance, pronounced intensity
    • Finish
      94 94
      Salty, green fruit, grapefruit, white pepper, nutmeg, fruity and well integrated peat to finish. Long pleasant finish.

  32. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  33. ChrisE scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  34. GWMingus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  35. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Evanescent iodine. Then fruit, pear, queen-claudes, an ounce of liquorice. Vanilla. All well wooded, varnished, crushed quinces. Almost imperceptible smoke and peat. Slight acidity. Very syrupy on the palate, barley sugar, baked apples from the oven, braised caramel, dried figs, spices rise, cinnamon, a little earth, it is very delicious. Rather long finish, on prunes, vine leaves, chives, dried apricots. Clay, sun, foam.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/09/caol-ila-30-yo-1983.html
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  36. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    3332’91

  37. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  38. Cubey666 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Exceedingly tasty worthy of #850
    • Nose
      92 92
      Galia melon, pear, vanilla cake, whiff of white pepper, very soft peat, white chocolate, whiff of sweet smoke, lemon, elegantly woven quilt of scents.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Lemon, orange, ginger, bonfire smoke, honey, crème brûlée, vanilla. Taste is more powerful than the nose lets on. Boiled pasta with big dollop olive oil. After a while, taste of apples swims to the surface.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long and powerful. Ginger, spicey, smokey, wooden tobacco box, load of lemon candies, small delicate peat, herbal.

  39. Razr did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    exceptional dram, i will write a detailed review about it soon

  40. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  41. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful, complex, fruity - one of the best CLs I had so far (though not quite reaching the 1968 Samaroli)
    • Nose
      94 94
      Powerful citrus and lemon, fine peat and smoke, seabreeze, little iodine, some ham and bacon, nutty, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, honey - superb!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Punchy, very oily, creamy, fruity, peaches, apricots, cooked fruits, jam, good sweetness, fine peat and smoke again, hints of smoked fish - excellent!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, burning, more fruity, ginger, spice

  42. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Maritime bonfire peat, stone fruits, crème brûlée honey toffee even a hint of exotic fruits, excellent!

  43. kanpai79 scored this whisky 94 points Specialist

    Stunning old OB. Caol Ila at its best. Never had an better OB before. Often underrated beside the other Islay giants, but worth every penny.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  44. cuhp scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Coconut, oily, smoke, salt, nuts, lemon, maritime with a hint of seaweed, leather.

    Taste: Caramel, smoke, coconuts, leather and chocolate.

    Finish: Rather dry with leather and salt.

  45. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 95 points Super Administrator

    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, zesty 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 abating. Dare I say perfect? Slàinte!

    RATING: 5.0/5.0 stars ≙ 95 pts → PERFECT
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      96 96

  46. Tuctu scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  47. Bob_van_Leeuwen scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    On the 7th day our creator had some time left to oversee his work. Hey looked at the World and realised he forgot to create Whisky. On the 7th day hey created Caol Ila 1983 thirty years!
    Thank you lord!

  48. SUSPIRIA.FOX scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  49. Archer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A great old Caol Ila, who does not punch one's age with tart wood notes on the tongue. Fantastic balance.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Very light, almost subtle smoke that flows out of the glass. And then oak - oak that you can really smell that you think you can touch with your hands. The nose has an enormous substance, the individual components of which reveal themselves only slowly, so close do they hang on each other, are they interwoven. Ripe red apples appear, but also dried fruits such as raisins and figs. Seasoning is not so much to make out, at least not one that stands out from the oak. The smoke from the beginning passes quickly, then "only" is still fruit, honey and oak.
    • Taste
      92 92
      As in the nose: very fine smoke, oak, notes of ripe red apples and grapes. Gorgeous sweet with popcorn, honey, lots of vanilla, caramel sweets. Over time, it seems that tropical fruits are joining the apples. The oak is a gallant companion and leaves the other flavors enough space for development. Over time, pepper interferes, as does nutmeg.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, fruit sweet, oaky spicy and just a touch dry. Pepper and nutmeg.

  50. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Ripe fruit (melon). A vegetal note that I can not understand: is it peat? He wakes up slowly. Lemon and lime candied. It takes baker's accents, becomes more and more caressing, but also intense, lively and dynamic. Fresh fruits, such as pear, emerge in a sweet / salty atmosphere.
      With a little water, it is the vanilla that expresses itself, as well as the fruits, the herbs of Provence. More roundness.
    • Taste
      Peat very weak. It's juicy, melted, delicate but also spicy: the whole range goes on.
      With water, fresher, but also more creamy. Spices that twirl.
    • Finish
      Velvety, spicy, elegant, melted.

      Enthusiasm 4/5

      Whisky n ° 1897

  51. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Dream fabric right there! That's why I love Caol Ila and here everything has come together in elegant yet full-bodied perfection ... Now the whole please for max. 200 euros. : ')
    • Nose
      Fantastic, very dense and hard, fresh tar, butter biscuit, fine sea salt diluted with water, banana jellies, freshly roasted marshmallows, lightly toasted bread, salt and pepper, rosemary, lavender, Brennesel, later incense, licorice, after a while more sweet notes come , dried apricots, maple syrup, banana syrup, ancient bog lies behind it
    • Taste
      Wonderful honey as I rarely had it with noble herbs, lavender, rosemary, fennel, caraway, white and black pepper slightly, nutmeg, licorice, burnt toast, burnt butter, salted caramels, fantastically balanced with the honey, salt and herbs, intense and but perfectly drinkable at the 55.1%, old leather, slightly dry algae, dried grapefruit, fruit kernels, Earl Gray, bitter chocolate in between small rasps, cinnamon, banana milkshake, some pineapple, kiwi, moist tobacco, green apple, incense and some rose water
    • Finish
      Drying, book spine, old tobacco box, bananas with peel, apricots with kernels, rosemary and fennel, some nutmeg, dark chocolate, clear tannins, long and warm, very elegant

  52. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great malt. That's fun. I did not expect this freshness in the nose. But make it more interesting again. You can leave it like that. :-)
    • Nose
      Wow. Difficult to describe but the nose has a nice freshness and still looks set. Sounds strange. The smoke is harmoniously and elegantly integrated. Vanilla tobacco. Then almost cliché seabream, which brings this freshness in the Malt. Now fruits are coming through. Yellow apple. Fresh apricot. Quince. But also citrus fruits. The oak comes rather discreetly. Dusty wooden box.
    • Taste
      Ui. The pushes but pretty much. That comes now rather surprising. In the nose was almost no trace of alcohol. It tingles and is also sharp. The malt is voluminous and is full in the mouth. Then nice sweetie. Pretty cute. Orange blossom honey. Black tea with candy sugar. Pear juice. Everything is accompanied by the pleasant and never intrusive smokiness.
    • Finish
      Wooden tobacco box. Leather. Citrus fruits. Then it gets dryer and the oak makes itself noticeable. The whole thing lasts a long time.

  53. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Prefer CA's Caol Ila a lot more, which are more fruity and sooty
    • Nose
      Not very peaty but smoky instead, the result of a decent maturation of 30 years. A lot of fresh almonds and grapes, becoming more smokey after 5 mins breathing. A lot of sea air.
    • Taste
      Very oily, a lot of citrus fruits, lemon and blood oranges. Integrated by a campfire and burned matches, industrial smokes, underneath a lot fresher with mints and herbs
    • Finish
      Medium, fresh almonds, dusty smokes

  54. Izzino scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    Amazing whisky, nice fruity, changing nose every minute. I tasted bottle number 1470. Worth every cent.
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  55. ctu scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky, complex and deep, wonderful proportions. Outstanding Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      Citruses, peat and smoke, waxy fruits, gas oil, spicy oak, tobacco and salted minerals.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Sour citruses, sweet fruits and spicy oak. Creamy peat and smoke. Salt.
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, fruity.

  56. peatbogger scored this whisky 94 points Specialist

    A wonderful sample from Slàinte Mhath.
    Spent almost 30 minutes just nosing.
    The finish is exceptionally lipsmacking.
    • Nose
      92 92
      First off after pouring there is light smoke with a twist of peat to it.
      Not young agressive peat, but rather dignified in it's presence. Not sure if this diminish over time, or if it just was the plethora of other aromas that made me push it to the back of my mind.
      You can tell there is some age to it.
      Every time I put my nose in it I seemed to pick up something new. Just to have a hard time picking it up again.
      There's apples, there's lemon. There's salt, there's pure soil. There's leather and there's wood.
      One note I managed to find the sweet spot to detect was that of "Romeo y Julieta" cigar wrapper.
      One of my favourit cigar brands, mild but full of flavour.
      Sofisticated complex is what it is.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Arrives in a cloud of smoke.
      A blast of salty liqorice and asphalt.
      Going into a citric fruityness.
      Build up of peppery spice with a dry ash note.
      Neat it has just the right punch for its richness.
    • Finish
      97 97
      Definetely long. Spicy warmth clinging for some time.
      Most prominent to me is salty hickory smoked bacon with a sweet dark berry jam.

  57. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  58. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    For me, the spearhead on Caol Ila bottlings. As much as Diageo is suspended from the UBs in the Core Range, so much do they show that they are capable of satisfying the Malthead. And how! The malt is complex and versatile, but not too restless in the mouth and nose. The nose is absolutely great and invites you to spend hours smelling. For me, Caol Ila in the age group often build in the mouth - but this bottling holds the level. For me this best bottling after the renovation I was allowed to taste so far. I would like it more often if there was no price tag with "500" on it.
    • Nose
      Dozens of flavors pour out of the glass immediately after pouring in. The charcoal grill on which a few coals smolder from noon, Pu-erh tea almost only in China (the extremely strong-earthy), the smell from the oven after you Made apple chips. The smell of freshly cut and rolled tobacco leaves (as in the cigar stand on the Aquavitae and Whisky Fair Rhine-Ruhr). Add to that the scent of a berry smoothie made from fresh fruit (bramble, raspberry and blueberry). After some time and rest in the glass, there is a touch of maritime notes - damp dew that someone left lying on the pier in front of the distillery. Even more time in the glass still brings the smells of a cold-pressed olive oil from green olives, mixed with a little walnut oil and a splash of citrus (lime). A my / mü leather and blackberry flavors float in the background.
    • Taste
      without water he is a little too peppery-spicy. But you can already guess where the journey goes. A sourish (citrus, red currant, Granny Smith!) And slightly dry feeling immediately occupy the whole mouth. A few drops of water ... Holla, the nose is smokier immediately, and the apple chips come through full broadside. Even with a little water, it remains peppery when it starts, like red Kampot pepper. Immediately he never full-bodied and slightly oily the mouth completely. Many fruits, especially red and green apples, a piece of mango, half a fresh Pithaya, a spoon of berry smoothie from the nose. But also spicy oak flashes, framed by bright meadow honey and a splash of citrus fruit, here rather pink grapefruit. Chewing tobacco and leather also here, but very discreet, even walnut oil is there. And all the time everything is framed by a nice, not too dense smoke flavor.
    • Finish
      Long, very very long. In the beginning, it is fruity and bitter over time. The mouth becomes dry.

  59. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The nose is great! Mouth and resonance not exceptional but very good. All in all, a great malt, if the Caol Ila would not have been so sparing when pouring ;-)
    • Nose
      Wow, a nose to sink in, I can not sneak in deep enough, light smoke blowing from a decaying campfire, plus a slightly sweetish fruit with a harsh counterpart, creamy, vanilla, nuts, some oak, but quite restrained, something Bacon with salt, with time, the oak spice is stronger and the light fruity notes are more in the background and finally some milk chocolate, more and more clear
    • Taste
      full-bodied, thick, smoke, slightly spicy, with cinnamon, fruit, sweet, as I said with a tart impact, grapefruit or orange peel with peel, oak beats through, alcohol perfectly integrated, beautiful intensity, the cinnamon is above all, slightly chocolaty,
    • Finish
      Nuts, still the tart citrus note with simultaneous sweetness, dry smoke on the palate, the taste in the mouth persists for a very long time, the mouth stays full and it does not become too monotonous

  60. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Balance (23) Madly delicious Kuila ... tender and affectionate ... I'm in love (92)
    • Nose
      The fragrance is delicate ... I have not tried such Kuil yet ... herbaceous and fruity ... ... ashes and smoke ... lemon (lemon candy) ... paper ... (23)
    • Taste
      The taste is salty, smoky ... even smoked ... spices and fruits in creamy glaze ... wax (23)
    • Finish
      Finish gentle ... fruit ... pepper ... cream and ashes ... wax and lemon peel ... salted caramel ... oak ... freshness (23)

  61. markjedi1 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    I get a bit homesick, tasting this. I wanna go bck to Islay. Wouldn’t you? This Caol Ila is simply perfect. Thanks for the huge sample, Jan!
    • Nose
      Thanks to the nose I am immediately thrown back to Port Askaig, where I was looking for the ideal spot to take a nice picture of this distillery. The scent of the bay with its salty breeze, the threat of rain in the air, soft peat, creamy vanilla and some mildly burnt sugars. All of this upholstered with dark fruit and a rich, sweet smokiness. Leave it to breathe for a few moments and it becomes nicely waxy. A bonfire on the beach, aromatic oils, some lemon juice in the background, as well as some apricots and pineapple. But also rusted saws and wood shavings. The shed of a furniture maker. Ginger and liquorice. Delicate and enchanting!
    • Taste
      As delicate as the nose is, so sturdy is the taste. Powerful, smoky, sweet and very spicy on citrus fruit (both lemon, lime and oranges), honey and marzipan, followed by sea weeds, sweet butter, dried garden herbs, crème brûlée with a salty edge that leaves no doubt about the fact that we are indeed on Islay. Midpalate the fruit turns somewhat tropical (banana, mango, pineapple), while creamy oak gives it a lovely bitterness. The complexity of this malt knows no boundaries. 
    • Finish
      The finish is wonderfully long, maritime and offers a new surge of lime juice and salt smoke, but the peat has the final say.

  62. gango4 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion, some water is needed to properly grasp the complexity of this malt, then it plays out its age. A well-balanced combination of clear smoke, fresh distillate character and a non-dominant Fassreifung.
    • Nose
      First clearly alcoholic, it takes time and a little water, so that the other flavors can develop properly. On the nose white grapes, sweet, pickled corn on the cob, delicate cooling but not biting smoke in combination with a light alcoholic note. After some time, some salt with very discreet bacon. Hammer nose!
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the salt is presänter but not disturbing. Gooseberries. Almost no burning despite the high alcohol content, malty. Excellent smoke. With some water even rounder.
    • Finish
      In the aftertaste, the smoke combines the green oak and honeycombs that disappear quickly. Oak also fades and the pleasant smoke remains.

  63. Achany scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  64. EarlMobile scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Very, very delicious Caol Ila. Well balanced by the age and still enough smoke / peat is available. Compared to the 25er 30er is a significant increase, which is mainly due to the barrel strength. Absolutely recommended!

  65. helmutgw scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: round and sweet, nothing new 91 - 26.08.2017
    • Nose
      alcoholic, sweet smoke
    • Taste
      alcoholic, (too) sweet, smoky, spicy
    • Finish
      long and sweet

  66. helmutgw scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    + H2O: round and sweet, nothing new 91 - 26.08.2017
    • Nose
      alcoholic, sweet smoke
    • Taste
      alcoholic, (too) sweet, smoky, spicy
    • Finish
      long and sweetie

  67. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      98 98

  68. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  69. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [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 30-years old (WB id 58218).

    Colour: Both have the same colour of old gold (yes, Diageo uses caramel to fix it that way). The texture of the 25y shows some fast fat legs and late sticky tears. The 30y shows early but very small tears and some late slow legs and fat tears.

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

    Mouthfeel: The 30y 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 25y is smoother than the 30y on the mouthfeel but at least as much coating.

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

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

    Water is not needed on both (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!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  70. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  71. rottendon scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is a very good example of a successful Bourbon Maturation, although I honestly have to admit that I've just used the rest in my glass as a supporter of a 1988 Sherry Butt in the warehouse. He was just two classes better and would have made with this release the optimal Nosing Kit.
    • Nose
      The Dram fluctuates between incredibly intense fruity notes, when it is cold and above all moved, and it is warmed up, come on extremely strong leather notes and floor wax, something old style disinfectant. This fruity nose will last long, provided it stays chilled and in motion.
    • Taste
      In the mouth again the fruits together with honey and supple smokiness. The alcohol is expected to be perfectly integrated the mouthfeel oily and to the rear it dries off significantly.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, warm and still fruity, dries noticeably and brings in the end tart oak with a touch of salt.

  72. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  73. mr.p9 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  74. Unclimbability scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Colour: Gold

    Body: Full

    Nose: The oak speaks first, with liquorice and dry sandalwood, a carpenters workshop, dusty garden shed, rusty tools. Complex fruit starting to appear, dried orange, spiced orange, beautiful lemon, dried pineapple, dried mango, dried banana. Faded old smoke in the background, dry ginger, sea air, smoked lemon juice. Growing more lively over time with lemon sherbet, lime zest, a some more peat smoke.

    Water: Classical old Islay. More maritime, fresh and bracing. Fresh sea air, used wetsuit, sea salt, lime zest, ripe fruit, pear, old peat smoke. Great, really great.

    Taste: Intense and big. Lots of fruit- Apple, banana, mango, pineapple then building creamy oak slowly coming in, intense and hugely powerful, very mouth coating, a little smoke, dried banana, some faded maritime notes, old sail, old wetsuit, engine oil, salty lemon juice, then some burnt grass and then lime going into the finish.

    Water: More balance. Softer arrival, longer more complex development on a dance between fresh ripe fruit, smoke, Hessian, and sea salt air. Marker pen, spiced orange, stewed pear, dried banana, powerful lime oil, oily and a little more peaty into the finish. Beautiful.

    Finish: Long length. Oily, lime juice, the powerful oak recedes very slowly on smoked lemon. A peaty puff! About 20 seconds after swallowing.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  75. MrRancho scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very much fruit and surprisingly hardly any wood. I only saw the% at the end - and was totally stunned !! Had typed on mild 46% but he has almost 10% more! So some pure water, then he loses his beautiful streaks, but becomes a flavor bomb! There are also vanilla and leather.
    • Nose
      Apricot, orange blossom, dried apple, smoked bacon, salty, flower meadow. Look at one of those many and thick streaks !!
    • Taste
      Sweet, salt, pepper, sugar candy, some smoke, tingling tongue tip, fresh pineapple.
    • Finish
      Long sweet finish, pineapple, salt.

  76. stalowka2 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      maritime, slightly medicinal, iodine, seaweed, initially sweet smoky, late arrival of vanilla, honey .
    • Taste
      complex, initially medicinal ,metalic, roasted almonds, leather,  soon showing its fruity side, vanilla, caramel, toffi, citrus, traces of smoke and pine, little pepperly
    • Finish
      long, smoky , sweet and oak.

  77. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    a very complex and complex Caol Ila, pure very strong, sharp and wild for old age, with very little water but quickly tamed and even more complex. Really great. However, I have to admit that I already had some single cask UA Caol Ilas who offered a similarly high level for far less money. Nevertheless, a great stuff!
    • Nose
      Pure: at the beginning a bit closed, honey, apples and pears, but soon an enormous load of maritime, salty sea notes, now a fruit basket with everything your heart desires, lots of honeydew melon, some grapefruit and ripe nectarine. Only subtle smoky ship diesel notes. Wow! Later in the glass, you will find spicy notes of wood, some cumin and peppermint, then cocooning hickory like the smoker, cigar smoke, leather. Very changeable and complex! With a few drops of water: much fresher, more mint and even more tobacco and leather, the fruit goes back slightly.
    • Taste
      Pure: a surprisingly sharp, wild start! At first very salty, like a sip of seawater, then light gasoline, peppery soup spices, interestingly enough, hardly noticeable fruit. In addition, then comes over time a middle clean smoke level. Heavy Metal! With a few drops of water: much less aggressive, slightly peppery but still. Very intense heavy honey sweetness, spicy chicken soup, freshly bacon, coleslaw. Crazy!
    • Finish
      very long, more smoke, spicy, sweet oak, heavy forest honey with burned caramel remain forever adhere.

  78. Cast Olila scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      96 96

  79. Paulski88 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      96 96

  80. Georges scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  81. Georges scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Refill American and European oak
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, oaky, coffee, charcoal, tobacco, maritime, medicinal, fruity (lemons, melons)
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, sharp, salty, medicinal, oaky, rosehips, aniseed, almonds, menthol
    • Finish
      Long, dry, herbs, earthy, liquorice

  82. Fight65 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasting note from the distillery.

    Color: Clear golden honey
    • Nose
      Forward with masses of smoke, which is first sweet(caramelised dark toffee) then distant (garden bonfires). Then notes of  fresh garden mint and red berries introduce a soft, clean and smoky pungencywith hints of fresh pine, ozone and sweet smoke. Water reveals light toffee notes, beeswax and more late smoke.
    • Taste
      Body: Medium to full-bodied, dense

      Palate: Sweet then lightly salty, whith a rich bonfire smokiness, a fresh scrubbed cleanliness and just a hint of redcurrant to supply a tart twist. Still sweet and almost syrupy in texture if water is added, when the taste becomes agreeably herbal.
    • Finish
      Long and dry, whith an appetising bittersweet character that mixes aromatic herbs with maritime notes and pungent peat-smoke.

  83. franpincoffee scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    http://whiskycast.com/ratings/caol-ila-30-2014-release/

    This expression was distilled in 1983, and is part of Diageo’s 2014 Special Releases series.

    The nose is smoky and sweet…beef barbecue on the grill balanced by subtle touches of fresh berries, pine, cedar, and a slight maltiness. The taste is smoky and earthy with a touch of burnt matches at first, followed by tart berries, hints of thick cough syrup and a touch of licorice leading into the finish, which also has a long, sweet smokiness, a touch of briny wet sand, and a hint of chocolate mint in the background. Excellent!

  84. cavalier66 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a lovely old Caol Ila, characterised by a mineral, austere, sharp feel, with a definite sense of acidity and bitterness.  Plenty oaky (wood smoke), but not unpleasantly so - and oak less apparent with water.  The finish is long and bitter with smoke and oak - tiniest hint of vanilla, but I really didn't get anything sweet - this is mineral and bitter - ?99% dark chocolate? Some lemons and green apples develop - unripe of course.    

  85. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  86. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/die-aelteste-originalabfuellung-von-caol-ila-diageos-30y-special-release-2014-35267/ Color: pale gold
    Nose: Thick, creamy start with salty wax, light farmy notes and peat. Lemon and lime flavors with tar, leather and a lot of creamy vanilla. Pungent peppery and with dull, spicy notes - is also here included Brora? Delicious!
    Taste: Creamy-fat with sweet honey, wax and lots of spicy salt and pepper (salty anchovies?). Maritime, very peaty-smoky notes in a creme brulé. Pretty aggressive and absolutely great for the age!
    Finish: Long-peaty, dry-earthy, smoky-sweet and with fruity-maritime proportions. The vanilla aromas combine perfectly with the peaty smoke, which becomes more peppery towards the end.
    Comment: The most interesting Caol Ila in a long time.
    93 points (nose: 93 / taste: 93 / finish: 92)

  87. Rolle scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    A complex
    and balanced whisky without any tendencies of tiredness.
    It demands
    your full attention from the beginning to the end.
    With water
    it cuts of some of the spiciness to leave more room for earth and sweetness.
    More gentler I would say.
    I could do
    this over and over and over again….no problem whatsoever.
    93p
    • Nose
      Poured
      straight out in the glass, we got a fresh maritime nose with tar, lemon and sea
      water.
      We let it
      breed in the glass for a while…still maritime with tar and ginger but also some
      sweet vanilla along with almonds.

      Behind all
      this, earthy notes of tobacco and some liquorice and after even more time, far,
      far away, I pick up some Italian taleggio cheese!?!

      I know this
      might sound bizarre, but it´s just like a feather behind it all, and got my
      attention.

      We are
      talking about a big depth in this one.
      Very complex and interesting nose with a good
      balance between attitude, the maritime, sweetness and charred oak…fantastic
    • Taste
      If the nose
      was big, we are now taking the elevator up a few levels.
      Big,
      complex with a huge portion of attitude, but also some light sweetness and oily
      texture with more salt, spicy oak...really sharp in a good way
      The oak
      never gets too aggressive and harsh, instead very well balanced and dynamic.
      Some light
      vanilla which cuts the tops in a nice way.
    • Finish
      Long, medium-bodied
      with a light sweet vanilla in the bottom, and on the top some lemon, salt and
      ashes.
      I also pick
      up some light liquorice, and in the end, some light vanilla with a very late
      hint of saffron.

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