Caledonian The Cally - 40-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2015
Stated Age
40 years old
Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
53.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
19 oct 2015 9:29 am by mds51
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 1015.75

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Whisky Reviews for Caledonian The Cally - 40-year-old

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.50 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    N: Made from maize, wheat and a little barley, this scores a home run instantly as sighs of appreciation flutter round the room. Of course its woody with huge deep vanillas, but this isn’t a heavy varnished, thick emulsion grain. This one is talking of Devon cream teas, proper vintage ice-cream [made from diary], lime cream, lime jelly, sweet~sour cream, tropical fruits and swirling sugars. Sugars that could indicate this as a rum or bourbon. I just got sweet-buttered potatoes too.
    T: Now comes the emulsion and the varnish. Aah, what loveliness -  just what you want from an old grain. It’s in no rush to unravel its years in the cask. Very lovely, mature, soft bourbon notes seep from this old timer.
    F: Switches from sweet to sweet=sour now as the long unravel extends further. More vanillas, more sweet=sour dairy, and more straight shooting, no fuss bourbon led finishing - light fruity, oaky vanillas reside.
    C: That’s a grain alright.This one communally outshone the Port Ellen on the night.  The best Caledonian i ever had was the older Scott’s WB which had a bit more complexity and certainly more body - but performance wise, this is very fine indeed.

    Scores an A- [90]


    N: An Instant pleaser of buttery chocolate vanilla in the main with sugary rum notes as before. A grain beautifully aged, but one with a youthful outlook.

    T: Emulsion and varnish yes, but tempered - with a long unravel as before. A little lime, buttery key-lime pie, hmm yes and an exquisite, concentrated sweetness. A little water brings out more of the woody notes and more coconut, [almost] in [Malibu] rum proportions. Id say this was bottled at near perfect strength.

    F: As before, turns from sweet to sweet=sour, but its the mouth coating too that equally scores the points. More chocolate with water and a milky>sour-cream finish with a touch of banana.

    C: ‘You put the lime in the coconut and you drink it all up’.

    Scores a B+ [89]

  2. Gaija scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Amazing, just amazing. I am not *at all* a grain whisky lover usually but with this Cally I was expecting a certain level of quality. My expectations were clearly surpassed. It is just incredibly vibrant, aromatic, precise, spontaneous, decipherable. What a pleasure. I will just list all these aromatic arrows one after the other : dill, mustard seeds, citron (cédrat), ginger beer, cucumber pickle, basil smash, violets, eucalyptus, pine tree essential oil, high-end riesling terpenes, ... Superb, head and shoulders above any other grain I could taste so far (which is not a lot, you're right).


  3. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Amber color. It's not too oily.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Lots of caramel and vanilla. Herbalism. Menthol. Sweet, light cream cake. A pinch of spices. Minimal spiciness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Cream, vanilla, and caramel. Herbalism. Light spice. Cinnamon. Waxiness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Caramel, vanilla. Cream. Sweet. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon. Medium-length finish. Maybe a medium-long finish.

  4. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Spoerkel scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A wonderfully balanced, heather-toned and oily drop. But the PLV is inadequate despite its old age.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. Georges scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Fresh, fruity (apples, pears, peaches, melons, bananas, oranges), honey, vanilla, coconut, sultanas, toffee, butterscotch
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet, fresh, tropical fruits (passion fruit, papaya, mango), honey, vanilla, chocolate, candy, caramel
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, fruity, oily, buttery, vanilla, coffee, toffee, spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg)

  8. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A nice, pleasantly drinkable grain whiskey that I have liked repeatedly. But it is of course exorbitantly expensive, which is simply too much for what is on offer. Delicious 40-year-old grains are available from other distilleries at significantly more moderate prices.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A solvent note at the beginning, then clearly molasses, sweetness. Increasingly fruity with strawberry jam and fruit drops. In addition, caramel, oak and spices.
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet beginning, again molasses and caramel. The alcohol is well integrated. Later still fir green and spiciness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, initially bittersweet finish, caramel candies.

  9. Highlander65 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very special perfume, sweet but not too much, bourbon style, a mixture of vanilla and paint. In the mouth it is sweet, almost rum-like, suggestive of alpine herbs.
    It is like a bourbon, but almost "fossilized" after the very long stay in the barrel. Fantastic!

  10. mjr1987 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Butterscotch popcorn, ground cinnamon, vanilla pods,

    Palate: Drier than most other grains, not overly sweet, old sandalwood, honeycomb and Terrys white chocolate orange

    Finish: Decent length, more herbal, chocolate shavings, oak furniture that’s been sanded weeks ago

  11. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Saulecker, purely in terms of taste, I would probably spend over 100, for 150 (pain threshold) is not enough.
    • Nose
      beautiful, intense, velvety, raisins, brown candy, flamed custard, sandalwood, cinnamon, a light aromatic mushroom and mossy note, reminiscent of good, mild, sweet bourbon
    • Taste
      still has quite a bite for the old age and although the nose does not need, I give him here a few drops of water, then comes pretty much what the smell promises - raisins, candy, sandalwood, cinnamon, I could really swear on bourbon. ... plus a subtle tart pine and resin note
    • Finish
      long and intense, cocoa, dark chocolate, oak, again resin and pine needles, dry and velvety

  12. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by WhiskyFun.com (december 4, 2015):

    Lovely half-pre-Castro-Cuban, half-Alfred-Barnard-era label. The whisky industry will soon call a guy named Gutenberg at the current rate. Nah, Da Vinci’s too expensive. More seriously, we haven’t tried many Caledonians so far, let’s simply remember that the Haymarket distillery (Edinburgh) was closed in 1987. So, as far as grains are concerned, this is a historical bottling.

    Colour: gold.

    Nose: ha, now we’re talking! And we’re talking… Irish. Seriously, you’d think this is pure pot still whiskey, with overripe apples, butterscotch, and this very peculiar metallic side that just works in this context. And of course there’s plenty of vanilla and coconut. Fresh and vibrant, certainly not ’40 years’. I quite like this so far. With water: I like it even more. Some kind of softer bourbon, perhaps. No rye, though.

    Mouth (neat): very good, I think. It’s not malt whisky, obviously, but it’s got depth and structure, and all this tropical stuff (Irish indeed) just works. Mango chutney covered with buttered caramel and coconut liqueur, plus mandarin liqueur and perhaps Turkish delights. Goody good, and the oak never comes in the way. Meringue. With water: really very good. No oaky ventures, only stewed fruits and various pastries, including oriental ones.

    Finish: quite short, as expected, but clean, fruity, and praline-like.

    Comments: I haven’t checked the price, but if it’s fair(ish), it’s a good bottle to own to show your friends that grain whisky’s not always only oak-flavoured ethanol. I really like it very, very mucho.

    SGP:640 - 89 points.

  13. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottler's Note: Color: Warm old gold with russet reflexes.
    Aroma: Appetizing and delicious. Sweet fruit gums and fresh fruits like peach, ripe melon and a lively top note of spicy orange peel over a base of vanilla biscuit and freshly planed oak. Later sultanas, soft overripe banana and honey. Taste: Fresh acidity, slightly sweet and oily, with hints of chocolate and vanilla.In reduced starch, the texture is softer and the taste is cooling and creamy. Burnt sugar and cocoa against a developing background of wooden pencil boxes, raisins, dates, allspice and a touch of white chocolate. Moderate in the body.
    Resonance : long and complex. Oily, with slightly overlapping dark chocolate and fresh oak. The rising sharpness contains espresso coffee and roasted flavors of toffee and chocolate cake.


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