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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2000 CA
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.60 points
- From a 2 oz sample
N: Tarry peat, citrus, vinegar, licorice root
P: sweet peat, tar, iodine, Apple and pear.
F: Mentol, mint, tar, barrel char, long
Notes: a young beast but I love the whole tarry, cooling mentol thing going on. I stay with my original 88/100
Peat, lime, pear, tangerine and vanilla.
Peat, apple, spice and caramel. Water releases some liquorice.
Peat, apple, caramel and orange.
- B+ (88 if you must); I really enjoy the fresh apple staying strong through the finish, but it’s sadly not the quirky oddball I’ve come to love and expect from this bottler.
Bright and fresh. Bitter lemon and medicinal peat, with vanilla (surprisingly less than the G&M), granny smith apple, sweet custard, and mushrooms.
Medium body, medium sweet. More granny smith apple and banana cream pie. A firm background of dry peat.
A long hit of dry smoke and those apples again. Surprisingly fresh for a fruit note in the finish.
- Cadenhead once again show they know how to pick a cask or two. A delightful whisky even if it wasn't exactly my favourite in my at-home refill bourbon Caol Ila tasting. Chiseled is the word. Coal, charred wood and seashore aromas, all of them very definite although it could use a little more complexity. The oak is just about perfect: Not too loud and supports the spirit without stealing the show. Based on tasting multiple Cadenhead Islay whiskies released in the last few years I get this odd feeling someone there likes dill in their whisky. Not a complaint, just a thought.
Tasted in a lineup of 5 Caol Ilas: This one, 5yo 2010 DL Provenance cask 11073 (81 pts), 8yo 2006 Carn Mor (83), 19yo 1995 DL 10971 (88), and Elements of Islay Cl7 (90).
- Sample from Hvdree
Peat, ashes, pepper, clear as well and mustard.
Ashes, earthy, citrus, white bread and olive oil. A bit medicinal and briny like walking on the beach and shells.
Pepper, peaty, a salty note, bitter fruits and tar.