Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
31 years old
2 Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
52.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 Apr 2016 4:06 pm by tsmstoteler
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 275.73

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1984 CA

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.00 points

  1. Okto-Bull scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Yeah, that's delicious. It reminds me of cotton candy. Sweet with oak. Yummy Yummy Yummy.
    • Nose
      The nose is really aromatic-sweet. The smoke is there, but rather as expected in the old age in the background. The alcohol is not really felt. It lacks a bit the typical bourbon cask notes. Sure, they are there, but rather discreet. Sweet fruits and oak (light). A lot of oak with a lot of spice.
    • Taste
      In the taste then also gentler than the turns to suspect. Nice again with oak. Slightly oily / creamy. Now there are caramel and toffee. Makes you want to more.
    • Finish
      The finish is damn long. Here the smoke comes through a little stronger. And then the sweetie kicks in. Again this enormous wort load from the nose.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  After both the 1980 and 1982 vintages of 30+ years Caol Ila bottled by Cadenhead all were excellent whiskies I decided to taste the 1984 vintages today.  So it is a head-to-head of this 31 year old release vs. the 32 year old edition https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/85378/caol-ila-1984-ca .

    Colour:  The 31y is significantly darker than the 32y.

    Nose:  A very balanced nose of sweet and peaty aromas of the 31y complemented by an interesting nutty and spicy profile (peanuts, pepper).  The 32y is more maritime with nice salty and vanilla notes besides the smoke, and a hint of biscuit.  It has a more sharp profile, but I like the elegant and rounded nose of the 31y better.

    Arrival:  The 31y instantly covers all the mouth without any harsh or unpleasant feeling, really adorable.  The mouthfeel of the 32y is more powerful with a slight peppery feeling.  They are quite different, but both very nice.  I vote for a draw.

    Body:  Extremely soft, but very complex on the 31y with tons of different honey flavours that come in waves.  Superb balance together with the peaty and spicy notes.  The 32y is very creamy with a vanilla driven spicy profile that gets lightly ashy after a while - very delicious too.  Nevertheless I like the honey-driven complexity of the 31y a little more.

    Finish:  Both very long with a big peaty spike on the 32y that gets a little bit drying/ashy, but by no means unpleasantly at all.  Really good, but this round goes clearly to the 31y again:  It shows a big movie with all aromas and flavours one can think of and all play together in great harmony.  Simply magnificent!

    Another great vintage year of 30+ years Caol Ila and a perfect cask
    selection by Cadenhead, again...  Keep on releasing such delicious stuff!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. Old Ardbeg scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Great swimmer. Young tasting for 31 years but great stuff! 91pts

    did this head to head against Cadenhead 34 yr small batch Caol Ila 50.4%
    • Nose
      spirit driven and still quite peaty at this age. quite smokey as well. some good bonfire notes and some cinnamon (from good wood).
    • Taste
      quite weighty and drinkable at full strength. tasty but feels a bit young. I would guess this was in its late teens or early 20s. Still delicious though. some lemon custard notes are there before the smoke dominates.

      water brings out more smoke, almost the barbecue notes I associate with peat and sherry (despite this being bourbon casks) and more tar. especially on the palate.
    • Finish
      fairly, big, peaty, smokey, and a bit rough.

      less rough but also a bit less long with water.

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      roasted cereals, cloves (flower), seaweed, tender smoke, lemon, mineral. slightly sour
    • Taste
      fine cigarettes ash, cloves, fine smoke, seaweed, salt, vanilla, ZItrone, seasoning, mint
    • Finish
      warming, peppery, ripe, old lemon, tart light oak, mint

  6. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasted with the following Cadenheads Caol Ilas: 15yo 2000 Auth. Coll. 53% (85 pts.), 25yo 1991 Auth. Coll. 50,2% (86), 34yo 1982 Small Batch 60,1% (93), and 36yo 1980 Auth. Coll. 52,3% (91).I had to think long and hard between this and the 36yo, but some time and water made the latter feel just a tad better.
    • Nose
      Floorboards and some of that pre-1985 Caol Ila fried/smoked fish note I like so much. Old papers, ink and very dry refill oak: am I drinking a library? Water brings out sticks and bark. Despite all the oak mentioned it's not extremely extractive or overshot, because it has a good balance overall.
    • Taste
      Medium body with soft, delicate oak notes and peat well rounded by age. Rougher and bolder with a bit of water. It's beautiful in its nakedness (no bourbon or sherry, just distillate, oak and time), but I feel something is missing.
    • Finish
      The peat sticks to the gums rather than raking the palate. A bit tannic and chalky. Long on the soft peatiness. Feels like this whisky shines more in the finish than on the tongue.

  7. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Loved the gentle, refined and complex nose. The mouth was simpler and dirtier but still very good. So was the finish. An excellent old Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      Gentle nose. Seabreeze, smoke and ashes. Some minerality, hints of fruits and a touch of vanilla. Pine resin too.
    • Taste
      Ashes and a dirty side at first, mixed afterward with a juicy fruity side. Drying.
    • Finish
      Similar. Ashes, drying and some mint.

  8. schero scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blindtasting-Tip Ardbeg, Bourbon barrel, cask strength at just under 60%, 10 to 15 years old
    • Nose
      Smoke a la Ardbeg or Ledaig, citrus notes, very ashen, mineral notes, vanilla, light tobacco notes
    • Taste
      Very citrusy, lots of meat on the tongue, strong smoke, again mineral
    • Finish
      The smoke dominates first, citrus notes, oak spicy but hardly bitterness

  9. PierreFunck did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Whiskyfun: 91 points


  10. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  By the way, give this dram some time to breathe and do not forget to warm it to body temperature before tasting, you will not regret this little effort!  Water is not needed at all but if you have more than a sample at your hands try some - the diluted nose is astonishing (much more delicate peaty aromas) as is the palate (even more layers of honey).  But nevertheless I like it best when neat...


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