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Caol Ila 1983

Overall rating
91.62/100
votes
179
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Release
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 11:07 am by GLEN MAUR
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 605,39

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318 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
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Finish
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Balance
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All versions

Category Rating
Nose
23
Taste
23
Finish
23
Balance
23

Tastingtags

30 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
“That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.” (Tyrion Lannister)
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...
Jackson05
Member Senior Jackson05 Review note
30 Mar 2018 5:19 am
Jackson05 gave this whisky 89 points

Nose: lemon, lime and a good dose of honey. Oysters, brine. Of the three this has the softest nose. Could be the abv for sure. Smoked honey. Hickory, bacon, vanilla, 


Palate: ashy honey leading the way, creamy, vanilla ice cream


Finish: ash, vanilla, smoke, brine, green olives, spice, creamy


Thoughts: this is a sample from a bottle that has been open for a while...oxygen could have affected it, but I can’t say for sure of course 


89/100

Weighted Rate
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Nose
1
Initial taste
1
Body
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Price
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DenisL
Expert Junior DenisL Tasting note
12 Mar 2018 2:33 pm
DenisL gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Deep gold
Nose

​ Аромат деликатный...я таких КуИл ещё не пробовал...травянистый и фруктовый

Taste

Вкус соленый,дымный...даже копченый...пряности и фрукты в сливочной глазури...воск(23)

Finish

Финиш нежный...фруктовый...перец...сливки и пепел...воск и цедра лимона...соленая карамель...дуб...свежесть(23)

Comments

Баланс(23) 

Безумно вкусная КуИла...нежная и ласковая...я влюблён(92)

markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Tasting note
04 Feb 2018 3:01 pm
markjedi1 gave this whisky 96 points
Color
Yellow gold
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.

Comments

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!

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
gango4
Expert Junior gango4 Tasting note
21 Jan 2018 11:01 am
gango4 gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Erst deutlich alkoholisch, er braucht Zeit und ein wenig Wasser, damit sich die anderen Aromen richtig entfalten können.

In der Nase weisse Weintrauben, süss, eingelegte Maiskolben, zarter kühlender aber nicht beissender Rauch in Verbindung mit leichter Alkoholischer Note. Nach einiger Zeit, etwas Salz mit ganz dezentem Speck. Hammernase!

Taste

Im Mund ist das Salz presänter aber nicht störend. Stachelbeeren. Fast kein Brennen trotz des hohen Alkoholgehalts, Malzig. Hervorragender Rauch. Mit etwas Wasser noch runder.

Finish

Im Nachgeschmack kombinieren sich der Rauch die grüne Eiche und Honigwaben die schnell verschwinden. Eiche verblasst ebenfalls und der angenehme Rauch bleibt zurück.

Comments

Meiner Meinung nach ist etwas Wasser nötig um die Komplexität dieses Malts richtig erfassen zu können, dann spielt er sein Alter aus.  Eine schön ausgewogene Kombination zwischen deutlichem Rauch, frischem Brennereicharakter und einer nicht zu dominanten Fassreifung.

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

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