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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1984 DL
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.59 points
- 30 years in the barrel are already an announcement.
And then having 54.7% alcohol / volume is a great reason to just open the bottle.
As part of a tasting I was allowed to have 2-3 cl in the glass.
The whole salty air from the coast of Islay, with the algae green after a storm on the beach, everything mixes with the nosing with the sherry sweetness and results in a very well-rounded nosing.
A strong sherry taste mixes with the very soft and pleasant smoky note.
The smoke is long on the palate, but not intrusive and not demanding.
The sweetness gets stronger with the saliva and turns into strawberries.
Great and surprising is the licorice flavor, which settles and remains medium in length on the thumb.
On the tongue slightly bitter sea salt with algae and the smoke is also in the background to taste.
The aniseed notes become stronger and then sweeter until they are completely gone.
- Tested versus the 30 yo HL Version, WB id 62160. The nose on the this one was more Direct on the distillery profile compared to this HL one, which developed more from fresh fruit, salt and then a tad sherry / jammy. The taste profile were similar. Cheers
Minerals. Red berries. Peat. Grass. White pepper. Red Apples. Citrusy. Black pepper now. Plums. Butterscotch. Wood glue.
Creamy! Salty and Fresh fruit salad. Minty. Tar. Eventually raspberries. Enjoyable but not very complex.
Long. Liquerice. Peppery. Minty and Vanilla. Hint of barrel influence
- A good choice for the XOP range. At its best with a good amount of water; if you only add a little, it doesn't open up to its full potential. A bottle for people who are oversensitive to sulphur but would like to experience a good refill sherry peater.
Vanilla sugar, sea salt, faint sherrywood, cough syrup. Tar and saltwater. Something faintly herbal, fresh mimosa leaves maybe. The strap of a leather handbag. That certain toolkit greasiness I love so much. With water the wood becomes more prominent but never too loud. Somehow I'm thinking about grand pianos. Delightfully refined and promising, with quite a lot of wax for a CI. If this is refill, what was the first fill, Clynelish?
Rich and complex taste with well restrained sherrywood complemented by a lively distillate. Quite salty, oily and fruity. Water brings up the peat, as often is with cask str. peaters. Not as sweet as you'd expect a sherry maturation to be but noticeably sweeter than the refill bourbon CIs I've tasted this against. Sadly all the richness of the nose and the palate are a little marred by the 'cold', medium weight body. If ever a heavier body was called for...
Salted liquorice, with a tannic peaty tang clinging to the gums. Elegant and well balanced.
- Official notes from Douglas Laing:
Nose - Puffs of peat smoke with soft leather, a malty sweetness, vanilla ice cream & summer fruit salad.
Palate - Complex - a charred oak character with smoked bacon, bonfire ash & damp earth balanced by a wonderful candied fruit zestiness.
Finish - Long with a distinct Islay, maritime tang – salted caramel mingled with peat smoke.
- Notes By Weinquelle Lühmann Aroma: puffs of peat smoke with soft leather, malty sweetness, vanilla ice cream and summer fruit salad. Taste: Complex character of charred oak with smoked bacon, campfire ash and moist soil, balanced with wonderfully spicy jelly fruits. Departure: Long with a distinctly maritime Islay touch, salty caramel blended with peat smoke.