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Caol Ila 1991 CA

Overall rating
88.43/100
votes
16
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Vintage
1991
Bottled
02.2016
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
210
Strength
50.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
21 Feb 2016 12:00 pm by Jimjam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 142,35

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92
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91
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90
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89
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89
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89
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89
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89
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89
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89
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88
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88
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88
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86
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84
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84

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Average 4 x 25 rates

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Category Rating
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Taste
23
Finish
23
Balance
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Tastingtags

3 Notes

Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
22 Oct 2017 1:58 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Pale gold
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.

Comments

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).

Bishlouk
Connoisseur Bishlouk Tasting note
11 Apr 2016 7:08 am
Bishlouk gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Ha ! Ha ! Oui ! Au premier coup de narine, je sais déjà qu'il se passe quelque chose, cette alchimie que certains Caol Ila d'âge vénérable peuvent produire chez moi. De la cendre froide, de la brise marine (ce qu'on peut humer dans un port de pêche, le soir), des coquillages; mais aussi des fruits blancs vanillés.

Taste

D'abord vanillée, onctueuse, citronnée, puis... BOUM ! Une explosion de sel et de cendres, saupoudrée d'épices exotiques. Une fois cette tourbe iodée et cendrée appréhendée, de la confiture de poire et de pomme apparaît.

Finish

Moyenne. Les épices exotiques se mélangent à la cendre qui virevolte et remonte dans les narines. Un peu de bois vanillé passe fugacement, tandis qu'une chaleur iodée irradie au fond de la gorge.

Comments

Un nez accrocheur, une bouche imparable, que demander de plus à un (bon) Caol Ila ? Juste un peu plus de finesse et de complexité, peut-être.

Jimjam
Expert Senior Jimjam Note
21 Feb 2016 1:16 pm

Cadenhead's tasting notes:

Nose Slightly perfumed with smoke and burnt driftwood; fruit cocktail syrup. Some leaf tea, spice and some white tangy fruits

Palate 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

Finish 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

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