Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
20 years old
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Oct 2015 11:32 am by DDiep
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 145.00

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35 × member ratings

38 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1995 CA

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.75 points

  1. arre2507 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Classic Caol Ila from a barrel without influence. Very distillate driven, no trace of the sherry barrel.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very pleasant, cold smoke, mountain herbs, malty, earthy and above all very mineral and salty. The malt and herbs come out stronger with water, the malt looks more earthy.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste delivers what you would expect from the nose: a very fine cold smoke, very mineral and slightly salty. With water here too malt, herbs and earth.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Above all without water, the finish is very interesting, as if you had licked a wet stone out of a sea cave: initially slightly bitter, then salty and becoming very dry. Earthy finish with water.

  2. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wow,fantastic nose, complex cold smoke, immediately nice even if you only open the cork.... Sweet and long in the mouth, not a really active Sherry butt, but who cares? This is great and works well, definitely 90. 

  3. moviemaniac scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This Caol Ila was matured for 20 years in an almost dead cask – a big one at that. So we’ve got aged new-make in a sense, just a bit added by the cask, most properties can be attributed to subtractive maturation (i.e. “nasty” notes and harshness taken away from the spirit). Oily, sweet, faded peat, earthy and floral notes - I like it a lot – but, again, this might not be for everybody!

    Full review: https://dokla.net/dailydram/2016/01/13/tasting-caol-ila-1995-20-yo-by-cadenheads/

  4. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    An impressive, multi-faceted whisky with excellent balance and depth. The strength of 57.7% is almost not felt.
    • Nose
      Discreet and fresh. The first nose is tobacco leaves, mint, apricot. Deeper - old leather, barnyard, a hint of smoke and roofing felt.
    • Taste
      Salty, peppery, iodine, slightly smoky and menthol, with a hint of yellow apple.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, measured, pleasantly Scorching. At first, delicate phenols, spices, salt, iodine appear. Then the shades of rye bread, apricot and almond begin to work. At the end, again spices, cigar and mint flavor.

  5. InbhirNis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Only a 1cl sample, but quality is clear. Constantly evolves in the glass, from a spicy opening through herbal development to well-integrated (though prominent for the age) bonfire smoke conclusion. As per Serge, the sherry is indiscernible.

  6. Luigisim scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Softly smoked & slightly salted, perfectly matching Caol Ila DNA.
    A bit shy at nose, get empower at mouth, ending with a very long finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Patrick93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. P.A.O.K.you_are did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Caol Ila 20 yo 1995/2015 (57.7%, Cadenhead, Authentic Collection, butt, 564 bottles)
    I can’t see how or why something would go wrong. Unless it was a
    PX-treated butt, you never know… Colour: white wine. It wasn’t a
    PX-treated butt. Nose: grass and iodine everywhere, plus the same old
    wet tweed jacket and the sharpest lemon juice ever. A blade-y nose. And
    fresh almonds, but I get no butt (well done again, S.) With water:
    totally unmarked by the wood. Pure youthful Caol Ila, only polished by
    time. Mouth (neat): cuts you in halves before you even notice. If it’s a
    blade, it’s a katana. Huge lemon, plus other acid fruits, rhubarb again
    and again, barely ripe grapefruit... But a butt? If it was a butt
    indeed, they last used it for sherry whilst the invincible armada hadn’t
    even set sail yet. With water: superb ultra-sharp profile, totally
    blade-y. Smoked lemon juice. Finish: long, millimetric, super fit, razor
    sharp… (I think we got what you were trying to say, S.). Comments: a
    butt? Wasn’t it rather a great ex-Sancerre cask? Spectacularly sharp. SGP:466 - 90 points.


  10. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This was my first Caol Ila dram and I really liked it. Not too much phenol, but fruits, vanilla, malt and a salty seabreaze...


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