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Overall rating
89.06/100
votes
66
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Vintage
1995
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Refill Butt
Strength
58.5 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Barcode
5060188981145
Added on
02 Oct 2014 5:15 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 90.64

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Tastingtags

18 Notes

Talisker_22
Expert Junior Talisker_22 Review note
17 Dec 2017 12:02 pm
Talisker_22 gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
90.6
Nose
89
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
92
Price
90
Presentation
90
ovanpuyvelde
Expert Senior ovanpuyvelde Review note
07 Dec 2017 10:27 pm
ovanpuyvelde gave this whisky 87 points

I really liked my first bottle of this but when I bought another bottle and revisited it one year later, it soon became a little bit boring. Have had enough of this one, I guess.

Weighted Rate
87.4
Nose
87
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
86
Presentation
86
aphex
Expert Senior aphex Note
07 Oct 2017 10:46 am
aphex gave this whisky 90 points

Nose : Seabreeze all over the place. Smoke on the beach.

Mouth : Strong, medicinal, salty. With water : lemon.

Finish : Long, salty, earthy.


Simple clean and sharp Caol Ila. Excellent.

Tasting from september 2016.

Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
25 Dec 2016 4:48 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

This is barely more colored than Lagavulin 12. 

Woodsmoke and very vivid freshly cut grapefruit. Some salinity and ever so little rockiness but the grapefruit really dominates the bouquet. Citrus is of course one of Caol Ila's signature markers but this is all in its own category. You sometimes find these Caol Ilas where the fruitiness has gone completely overboard and they are always a riot. A very clean profile too, no soot or ash. 
With water the freshness just increases. 

Compared to Port Askaig 25 and MacKillop's Caol Ila 1979 34yo in glasses next to it, this one does not have any of those 'odd' and slightly greasy aromas that I think are found in CI up until at least 1985, so by about 1995 they are just completely gone. I wonder what the cutoff year is, or how this works in general since they seem fainter in 1980s stuff than in '70s...?
With water it just gets cleaner, and more marine with the citrus also coming out stronger.
Taste

Neat: Salted liquorice, nicely age-worn wood that just sits there and supports everything instead of stealing the show, and quite a bit of peat. Citrus is very prominent here but feels more like grapefruit than CI's usual lemon. Water really brings this one together. I suggest adding a few teaspoons, not just a drop.

Finish

Neat: Too fleeting, probably on account of the high strength. With water it hangs around. Mostly tar and wood, but in a well balanced mix. 

Comments

There is a reason I've bought multiple bottles of this and it's pretty simple: it just is a bloody good Caol Ila that's dangerously quaffable.

Horror_Vacui
Member Junior Horror_Vacui Tasting note
17 Dec 2016 11:29 am
Horror_Vacui gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

D: Zarter Rauch, eine kräftige Meeresbrise, geriebene Grapefruit- und Zitronenschalen, hintergründig etwas Nussiges


E: Decent smoke, a strong sea breeze, grated grapefruit and lemon peel, a faint nuttiness
Taste

D: Stark! Die Frische von Zitrusfrüchten, salzige Gischt, perfekt balanciert mit Holzrauch und einer leichten Pfeffrigkeit. Die Jahre im Fass haben für dezente Noten und Komplexität gesorgt, und dennoch ist der Ci7 jugendlich-frisch.


E: Whoa! The freshness of citrus fruits, sprays of seawater, perfectly balanced with wood smoke and a pepperiness. All the years in the barrel have added subtile notes and complexity, yet the Ci7 is youthfully fresh.
Finish

D: Lang, rauchig und dennoch frisch. 


E: Long, smoky, yet fresh.
Comments

D: Goßartiger Caol Ila! Jeder Tropfen ist sein Geld Wert.


E: A great Caol Ila! Every drop is worth it's money.
Horror_Vacui
Member Junior Horror_Vacui Review note
17 Dec 2016 10:24 am
Horror_Vacui gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
89.3
Nose
89
Initial taste
88
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
83
Presentation
96
Callo
Expert Junior Callo Note
28 Nov 2016 4:25 pm
Callo gave this whisky 90 points
Islay.com tasting note:
Cask details: A single 1995 refill butt.
  • NOSE

    Whistle clean, with zesty lemon and lime combining with sea-spray and oyster shells. A sharp intake of maritime air with a background note of fresh smoke.

  • PALATE

    Again, clean and refreshing, with a medicinal note, plenty of lemon zest and black pepper. Precise and poised, with light smoke and spices adding weight to the clean fruit.

  • FINISH

    The refreshing citrus stays strong to the end, while the wispy smoke gently fades.

Waykid
Expert Junior Waykid Tasting note
08 Aug 2016 2:03 pm
Waykid gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Salty smokiness, pure seawater, iodine, lemon, quite full and rounded, a little bit band aid, sweaty socks and roasted lamb. Quite ashy and really savoury. Some nice and mellow barbeque-notes, but on the whole quite clean, even austere. Really nice.

Taste

A sweetish and grainy, really pleasant smoke, band-aid, sooty stick of campfire-smoke. Pleasurably sweet chalkiness, a little bit of smoked kippers and salmiak. Clean and apothecary-like. Pleasantly malty and well balanced. The bite is sharp but it is really, really well integrated.

Finish

Nice and palatable salmiak-malt.

Comments

Very good. Clean and crisp, sweet young Ila.

ovanpuyvelde
Expert Senior ovanpuyvelde Review note
18 Jun 2016 5:22 pm
ovanpuyvelde gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
88.1
Nose
88
Initial taste
89
Body
89
Finish
88
Price
87
Presentation
86
zormik
Expert Senior zormik Review note
18 Jun 2016 4:27 pm
zormik gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.9
Nose
88
Initial taste
90
Body
89
Finish
89
Price
89
Presentation
88

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