Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
25 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
50.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Feb 2016 12:46 pm by Jimjam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 141.66

11 × in wishlist

31 × member ratings

48 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1991 CA

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.32 points

  1. Jimjam did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Cadenhead's tasting notes:Nose
    Slightly perfumed with smoke and burnt driftwood; fruit cocktail syrup. Some leaf tea, spice and some white tangy fruits

    Warming tingling sea air dry smoke like notes to the front and top of the palate. Grassy and creamy with soft smoke and slight Mescal notes with a hint of bergamot

    Creamy smoke and soft peat tones seem to be flowing across the finish as some white soft poached fruits arrive, some Ashy, with strong toffee, smoked cheese and smoked venison

  2. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  3. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Lime, peat, candied orange, apple and vanilla.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Peat, candied orange, chocolate
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat, sweet lime, dark chocolate, honey and spice.

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A solid 25yo, but better ones aren't too hard to come across.

    Tasted with the following Cadenheads Caol Ilas: 15yo 2000 Auth. Coll. 53% (85 pts.), 31yo 1984 Small Batch 52,1% (90), 34yo 1982 Small Batch 60,1% (93), and 36yo 1980 Auth. Coll. 52,3% (91).
    • Nose
      Somewhat sweet oak, with a noticeable bourbon note on the first nosing. Herbal, some fruitiness, lemon cheesecake. With water: Tar, cottage cheese, fresh mimosa leaves, and wax. Then varnish or faint poster glue. None of that fishy smokiness you can find in aged Caol Ila from 1984 or earlier.
    • Taste
      Medium body, not very powerful. Dry oak and a good share of aged peat. Some litchis. Water makes the peat more raking but otherwise it doesn't change much. Some surprising strawberry jam notes at the very end.
    • Finish
      Fades away too fast apart from the peat. Ashy but thankfully not too dry.

  6. Bishlouk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An eye-catching nose, an unstoppable mouth, what more to ask a (good) Caol Ila? Just a little more finesse and complexity, maybe.
    • Nose
      Ha! Ha! Yes ! At the first stroke of the nostril, I already know that something is happening, this alchemy that some old Caol Ila can produce at home. Cold ashes, sea breeze (which can be eaten in a fishing port in the evening), shells; but also vanilla white fruits.
    • Taste
      First vanilla, creamy, lemony, then ... BOUM! An explosion of salt and ashes, sprinkled with exotic spices. Once this peat and iodized peat apprehended, pear jam and apple appears.
    • Finish
      Average. Exotic spices mix with the ash that flies up and up in the nostrils. A little vanilla wood flees, while an iodized heat radiates deep in the throat.


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