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Caol Ila 2001 MBa

Overall rating 85 votes 88.76
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 46
Vintage
2001
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
194
Strength
58.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
17 Oct 2015 8:03 pm by foxboro
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 150,02

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

5 Notes

WhiskyFan2112
Expert Senior WhiskyFan2112 Tasting note
11 Jul 2017 4:53 am
WhiskyFan2112 gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

Lemon, salt, iodine, rubber, peat smoke, earthy, tea leaves, double smoked bacon

Taste

Lemon, tea leaves, salt, light mint, bandages, earthy, oily

Finish

Salt, rubber, lemon jubes, peppery smoke, liquorice

Comments

Long, mouth watering finish. Well balanced. 

Hare&Copper
Expert Senior Hare&Copper Tasting note
16 Jul 2016 11:59 am
Hare&Copper gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Salt. Peat. Crispy bacon. Cigar smoke. Burnt sticks. Lemon. Leafy. Almonds.

Taste

Pretty intense. Lots of salty, crispy bacon and lemons. Coal smoke. Ash.

Finish

Long, smoky and lemony.

Comments

Single Whiskybase sample.

toklian
Expert Senior toklian Note
18 May 2016 9:16 am
toklian gave this whisky 88 points

Caol Ila 2001/2015 (58.8%, Malt Barn, sherry, 192 bottles) Four stars and a half Colour: straw. Nose: more oak influence, as expected, but it’s still pretty distillate-driven. The combination creates notes of amaretti, and other almondy things, while there’s a whole fruit salad in the background, with even papayas. Some herbal teas, and rather less peat smoke than in the younger siblings. With water: a superb leafy smoke, with a complexity that wasn’t to be seen in the others. It hints at pre-reopening Caol Ila, so very early 1970s. Really. Mouth (neat): very punchy, more citrusy, more minty, and more kind-of-terpenic. Strong peppermint liqueur, more amaretti, and even a few drops of maraschino. Did all that come from the sherry cask? It’s very intriguing. With water: extremely good. It loves water. Liquorice wood. Finish: long, extremely well defined, and yet rather wide. Almonds, saps, smoke, citrus, menthol… Comments: smashing. I almost went for 90. Well done Malt Barn! SGP:556 - 89 points.

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Shane_IL
Expert Senior Shane_IL Tasting note
01 Apr 2016 9:40 pm
Shane_IL gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Very much a Caol Ila. Salty, mineral peat. Bonfire ash. Citric acid. Slight hint of musty old books (refill sherry?). Earthy green herbs, fennel, thyme, sage. Treated thatch roofing. 

Taste

Sharp salt and mineral peat. Lemon bitters. Quite a creamy mouthfeel. Some porridge notes. Citrus oil. Sandalwood. Some caramel candies. 

Finish

Long. Peat. Ash. Oil smoke. Lemon rind. Brown sugar. 

Comments

This was had a lot of the standard Caol Ila profile, but had a lot more kick and complexity to it on account of being cask strength and without chill filtration.

Reviewed on my Blog:
http://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/04/01/caol-ila-2001-maltbarn-bottling/

My Collection Happy to swap samples with anyone in the UK/EU/Canada, pm for details.
Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
22 Nov 2015 6:59 pm
Hvdree gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88
Nose
88
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
88
Price
87
Presentation
89
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