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Caol Ila 2003

Overall rating
85.64/100
votes
107
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
5000281021652
Added on
02 Nov 2015 9:54 pm by Archer
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 58,18

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2003

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.64 points

  1. 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
      Sweet peat. Moscatel. Honey, caramel and grape. Camphor.
    • Taste
      Sweet, acidic start. Unripe banana and grape. Then peat, oak and big dose of spices, especially pepper and a touch of chili.
    • Finish
      Medium length, peaty, fruity.

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    good nose, but the association moscatel gives a rear taste tarnished rather singular, and harms the peat!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. MadScientist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, the characteristic sweet peat and a fruity sweetness of grapes, with spices!
    In the mouth, we smell the cooked wine, the lemon and the intense smoke, the grapes and some exotic fruits!
    In the finish, the sweet peat is intertwined with lemony aromas and macerated fruits

    An innovative dram, where peat is not so present!

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Compared to the 2001 edition, this one is sweeter.
    • Nose
      Really sweet, and peaty of course. The moscatel adds honey, grape, apple and ginger. Also a peppery note and a little dough. Later slightly farmy.
    • Taste
      Peat. Less sweetness, but still plenty of it. 
    • Finish
      Peat, honey and a little peach.

  6. Portlover scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. dRambo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Noface83 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    Nose: gentle but medicinal smoke, light pepper, spicy honey, a slightly sour wine note
    Taste: strong peppery onion, smoked bacon, cinnamon, grape sweetness, more ashy towards the back and now with a noticeable oak barrique, intense but short finish with warm ash and sweetness of the wine.
    Really delicious and definitely an alternative to the Talisker.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Okto-Bull scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      slightly phenolic smoke with sweet, light honey.
    • Taste
      The taste of the smoke is a bit more discreet than in the nose. A beautiful sweetness with a slightly bitter spiciness is there.Light dry.
    • Finish
      The finish is rather short. But the smoke is now stronger again. In addition a bit of oak comes and again a fruity sweetness flashes up.

  10. 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

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