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Caol Ila 1995

Overall rating
85.54/100
votes
48
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
1995
Bottled
2007
Casktype
Double matured in Moscatel Fortified Wine Wood
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 1000 ml
Label
C-si; 3-467
Added on
27 Oct 2007 2:46 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 130,00

8 × in wishlist

48 × member ratings

185 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1995

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.54 points

  1. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An interesting and lively mole, unlike the boring 12, is deep enough and diverse, the wine influence is not something that is clearly pronounced, its presence is felt more indirectly, but it clearly serves good; very good work with the fortress - in 43% they have packed everything that is required, no thoughts about the subtil or lack of power; the balance is sustained, soft, pitey, at times something like Highland Park.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, soft smoke, smoked chicken, smoked bacon, lemon, burnt needles, light tar notes, cooled coals, wet ash, grain, then grape colors, ripened grappa, dried herbs, thyme, yarrow, tansy.
    • Taste
        Smoky woody, astringent, oily, wine sweet, charcoal, spicy wave, pepper, cardamom, ginger, spicy oak, grapes.
    • Finish
        Spicy, ginger, dried herbs, oak, in the background light grape notes, burnt caramel, ash, caramel, charred wood, stout.

  2. Kostik scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Whisky tasted just after a Brora 30 (release 2003) ... that was not so ridiculous! This Caol is not surprising or transcendent, but it is well done. That's not bad.
    • Nose
      Peat and banana. Smoke rather discreet.
    • Taste
      Subtle and measured. Frank attack on dry peat, cereal, hay. The banana and the orange zests bring gaiety and depth to this pleasant but too watery mouth.
    • Finish
      Smoke plays here the first role. The sweet / fruity accompanies it.

  3. Willie JJ scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I'm always in two minds about sweet wine finishes. Tokaji never seems
    to work, while Sauternes seems very reliable. This one is fine I think.
    It doesn't have perfect balance, but it's quite more-ish.
    • Nose
      Plenty of 'malt in front of a peat fire' notes about this but the usual Caol Ila vanilla is replaced by a white wine acidity.
    • Taste
      Very sweet with grape and kiwi adding acidity again. Plenty of malt and coal smoke washing about as well.
    • Finish
      Fruity and sweet before the spice kicks in towards the end.

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