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Overall rating
90.70/100
votes
72
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1984
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
234
Strength
52.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 Apr 2016 4:08 pm by tsmstoteler
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 322.64

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1984 CA

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.70 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    With water : oh wow, the nose changed quite a bit ! Actually a tiny bit of water revealed its true age and complexity : old books and leathery things, umeboshi, star anise, some more subtle fruity episodes ... seems even classier than before ! Sadly it makes the palate and finish a bit more thin.

    All in all : quite an amazing ride. Old Caol Ila can only be described by itself ; but for it to be that assertive, spontaneous and powerful after all that time still came as a surprise. Moreover, the fabulous finish and the fact that its profile really gets complex with water is gonna push it to a very light 92 (91,5 rounded up). Curious to see how the bottle's gonna evolve.
    • Nose
      (Opening of bottle) Right after pouring it's a mix of the most sublime olive oil and acrylic paint. It then keeps getting fruitier with some gasoil-infused pineapple or something, smoked lychees, brine, hemp ropes, rubber boots. Its spontaneity is great at this age, really. With time, it settles on various fruit vinegars (red fruits, cider, maybe some exotic fruits) with a huge citric background, very vivid (briny lemons, limes, oranges). Top notch.
    • Taste
      Nice crescendo, I'm quite amazed at how powerful it still is at that age. One the one hand, the malty-salty-ashy "block", quite typical. On the other : citrus big time, mostly. Orange but also blood orange very clearly, plums, camphor, but some occasional flashes of fresher things like bananas and limes. Some clear minerality as well (rather blue stone than limestome if that makes sense). Chewy texture all the way through.
    • Finish
      Might be the most amazing part, I found it incredibly evolutive and clean, with luminous notes of bitter citrus, lime juice, but also floral things like violets and basil, and also spicier things like mustard and camphor. And then a huge evolution on beach sand and ashes, still keeping a distant citrusy touch for what seems like forever.

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      A beautiful, ashy smoke with a beguiling sweetness caresses my nose tip. Fresh vanilla pods, crème brûlée and caramel sweets are pushing the smoke almost into the background. The alcohol content of 52.9% is perfectly integrated and allows strong breaths just above the edge of the glass. Bright fruits appear more and more intense after some time. Green apples, lemons, hints of exotic fruits (peach, mango) and oranges support the fresh and sweet overall impression. Spicy oak notes still linger pleasant background. The balance of the different aromas is simply outstanding. What harmony!
    • Taste
      Silky soft, almost syrupy, the malt spreads from the texture throughout the mouth. The more powerful the flavors are: on the first sip it tingles lightly and pleasantly on the tip of the tongue (pepper / ginger) and ashen smoke appears demonstratively. After a good 32 years of maturity, I did not expect that in this intensity, as I remember, for example, the Caol Ila 25 years, with regard to its smoke, already clearly tamed. The fresh and sweet impressions of nosing continue seamlessly in terms of taste. Plenty of vanilla, creme brulee, forest honey, lemons and bright fruits manifest the soft foundation. Even hints of grass / hay are noticeable far away, but dwell subtly background. Beautiful woody aromas (old cigar box) and spicy oak are gaining more and more presence and the result is a very slight dryness on the palate.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, smoky and warm. Pepper, vanilla, bright fruits and juicy grapefruit dominate the finish at the beginning. The ashy smoke literally sticks to the palate. Spicy oak notes round off the finish very harmoniously and will never be overburdening or even disturbing. On the palate it gets a bit bitter and a bit dry at the end. The honey-sweet smoke conquers the empty glass in a wonderful way and remains for a long time. Chapeau!

  3. Dominique69 scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Sylvia scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Easily one of the highlights of my tasting experiences this year. So full full of smells and tastes that it just takes you to another world. If it wasn’t for the price, I think some bottles would already have found their way into my cupboard (I keep waiting for them to find their way themselves). I believe that this is why it is so important to sometimes taste whisky from yesteryear: to remind yourself of how amazing this beautiful spirit can be. One other thing, in contrast to some (well, many) younger whiskies that are released, the cask stays gracefully in the background and let the spirit do its thing. Which should be the case when the spirit is this good.
    • Nose
      91 91
      From the word go you get a full nose with thick layers of intense and thorough smoke, surrounded by notes of fresh green fruits, roasted nuts and new cars. The peat smoke has great depth that goes from dry coal dust to greasy burning fat drops on a barbecue and back to slowly roasted paprikas. Once your nose gets used to the intensity (and have given the spirit some time to breathe in the glass), more and more complex notes arise. Beautiful tropical fruits (pine apple, mango, passion fruit), roasted herbs (rosemary and thyme), cow stables on a dry hot day, fresh-from-the-press magazines, tobacco, strong antiseptics, tires, creosote, smoked almonds, smoked lime, wet leaves and cracked pepper all pass by at some moment or another. A nose that delivers so much joy for a whisky enthusiast.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Smoke hits your tongue and dissolves into all kinds of variations of the same theme. Many shades of peat, coal dust, inhaled bonfire smoke, and roasted versions of herbs, nuts and vegetables. Olive oil, which I lifts the palate after a few minutes and remains to coat the whole of your tongue, and many more roasted and salted nuts. The development is satisfyingly long and reveals more herbs (persil, basil), more smoky nuances, tar and many more, which I forgot to write down because my enjoyment has just risen to new heights. I mean, w-h-a-t-i-s-n-o-t-t-o-l-o-v-e-a-b-o-u-t-t-h-i-s-s-p-i-r-i-t. The taste probably even surpasses the nose. Just brilliant.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long and very pleasant aftertaste that repeats the previous pleasures.

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    So the nose of the Cadenhead is a dream. The taste can not quite keep up but is still delicious.
    Overall, of course, a very delicious Islay Malt.
    • Nose
      Jup. That's cool. Of course the smoke is there. But he is logically much more discreet than younger Caol Ilas. In addition nice notes of the Bourbon barrel. Vanilla. Toffees. Herbal honey. Green gooseberry. Grapefruit. Popcorn. Wet tree bark.
    • Taste
      Only really oily in the mouth. Apricot dumplings with vanilla sauce. Caramel. Then it gets strong in the mouth and a tingling begins. Ginger. Pineapple. Rhubarb. Lime. Grapefruit (peel). Tobacco. Accompanied by the smoke.
    • Finish
      Mineral. Smoke. Dark chocolate. The oak makes itself felt and it gets drier.

  8. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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