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Caol Ila 2003

Overall rating
85.54/100
votes
155
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
2003
Bottled
2015
Casktype
Double Matured in Moscatel Cask Wood
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 1000 ml
Label
C-si; 2-475
Bottle code
L5252CM000
Barcode
5000281021676
Added on
02 Nov 2015 9:39 pm by Archer
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 62,66

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155 × member ratings

515 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2003

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.54 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasty, my favorite DE (I like Caol Ila and the Moscatel finish makes it special and interesting), for 55 € OK, quite stable over the vintages.
    • Nose
      Direct comparison 2002 vs. 2003: typical, strong Caol-Ila-smoke, slightly fleshy and medicinal, 2002 slightly fresher, 2003 a little bitter, with honey, banana, sweet white wine, some pepper
    • Taste
      after 5 min in the glass: 2002 slightly sharper, 2003 slightly milder, softer, otherwise no differences: strong smoke, bacon, grilled ash, malty sweetness, cinnamon, grape nut chocolate, white pepper
    • Finish
      both: long, smoke, pepper, dark chocolate, red grape skins

  2. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    An unassuming classic, I like it very much. Nice balance between smoke / peat / salt on the one hand and fruit on the other.
    • Nose
      Fresh smoke is blowing around the nose. The smoke is flavored with light fruits, making it light and airy rather than heavy and medicated. Peat is included, as well as a fine honey note. The nose quickly gets used to smoke and peat, so that after a while the bright fruits dominate.
    • Taste
      In the beginning with strong peat and a lot of smoke, but still very soft mouthfeel. Nothing bites or scratch here. A malt candy in the mouth. The malt is "sensually restrained". If it was not for smoke and peat, you could almost call it lovely. Red apples and grapes provide balanced sweetness; Cinnamon, anise, sea salt and white pepper give it a pleasant spiciness.
    • Finish
      In the medium long finish it remains smoky for a long time, with traces of cinnamon and coriander.

  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A logical extension of the 12-year-old - with maturing in Moscatel Sherry Casks - annual reprint - a good malt!
    • Nose
      dry woody smoke, sweet, floral, fresh, oak, sour;
    • Taste
      mild sweet onset, smoke, pepper, salt, cold ash, oily, sour vinous note, fruity, complex;
    • Finish
      medium length finish, smoke, oak, slightly bitter; ashen spicy aftertaste;

  4. HW74 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Typical Caol Ila smoke, plus the sweetness of nutmeg. Fits very well, whereby I like the standard 12er better.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Danbog scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

  6. Jorennuyts scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      very sweet à la cotton candy, vanilla, grassy, medicinal, iodine, honey, smoke, unripe banana, peat
    • Taste
      85 85
      little pepper, lots of herbs, smoke, peat, less sweets, more ashy, cinnamon, bacon
    • Finish
      82 82
      reasonably short, not complex

  7. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Excellent, but a little sweet smoke on me.
    • Nose
      A honey sweet smell, with decent smoke a bit like smoked cheese, a little pepper, and a hint of banana.
    • Taste
      Sweet, iodine smoke, with fine tones of grapes and bananas.
    • Finish
      Much medical. Really specific honey smoke with over-ripe banana, cloves and anise.

  8. Brinker scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Mostly experienced with Lagavulin, when it comes to peated whiskies. The smoke on this Caol Ila is more fatty if so to say, but still very pleasant. The taste is woody, smokey and salty. The finish is somewhat short.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  9. Deloti scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      very sweet, light pepper, peat, apple, honey
    • Taste
      83 83
      typical peat wins over. less sweet than on the nose. white pepper, cinnamon, salt. body a bit light
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium. nice moscatel finish add to the peaty aftertaste, quite oaky

  10. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not too complex, but good value for money and easy to drink CI. The peat and the moscatel together is nice.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet peat. Moscatel. Honey, caramel and grape. Camphor.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, acidic start. Unripe banana and grape. Then peat, oak and big dose of spices, especially pepper and a touch of chili.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, peaty, fruity.

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