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Caol Ila 1984 CA

Overall rating
90.70/100
votes
107
Whiskybase ID
WB81150
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

€ 326.75

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1984 CA

26 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. Andytka3 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    1506) Caol Ila, 1984/2016, 32YO, Bourbon Hogshead, Cadenhead for The Nectar
    • Nose
      N- Lexus sandwich cracker with lightly toasted seaweed outside and yummy peanut butter inside. Quintessential maritime with layer of red berries note (probably parked next to a one of the Longrow Red cask, not seriously). Milky, yeasty with sharp citrus extract that good enough to awaken the lazing senses. Muddy sand on low tide under the baking sun. Also pine and eucalyptus that showcasing its charms and energetic side. Interestingly complex with lightness, without being overly 'deep'. (94/23)
    • Taste
      P- Sea smoked driftwood. Maritime smokes shines with spicy sweet tropical fruits underlay, some cream, some liquorice, some berries syrup. This is the type that can tell you a lengthy stories with a small sip. (92/23)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, dry, sweet, smoky and succulent. Mouthfeel of after chewing an olive and stone fruits, and also a bites of fresh sugar cane. Dark liquorice of Hacks. (91/22)

      B/B- 93/23

      Weighted Rate- 92pt. +1 for and old malt

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful and fruity - really not bad
    • Nose
      91 91
      Lots of yellow fruits, quince, pineapple, fresh apple, pear, lemons, little vanilla, little kippery, hints of peat and smoke, honeydew, also some green fruits, little leafy, whiffs of grassy notes - very good
    • Taste
      90 90
      Punchy, oily, fruity, subtle sweetness, more citric, more yellow fruits, fine peat and smoke, more fresh fruits, apple, pineapple, little vanilla, wet hay, little malty - still good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, spicy, zesty, lemon zest, green apple, little herbal

  5. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Salty pork, marine, salty seaside
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91
      Abit short

  6. ConvalRen scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. Koning scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A powerful and rather punchy one. It was the most maritime and most peaty/ashy Caol Ila in a lineup of early 1980's Caol Ila's I recently enjoyed, the long maturation hasn't yet tamed the peat. Adding water broadens the palate towards more fruitiness.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Medium peat smoke, with a slightly dusty background and some paprika powder. Morphs into a fresher, more floral kind of peat, with citrus fruits, vanilla and a bit of liquorice. Coastal/maritime notes appear after a while, just as olives, tar and eucalyptus. A deep but somehow boisterous nose for this age.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Rather heavily peated now, an earthy and ashy kind of peat. Fresh spices pop up like aniseed and dill, and white pepper and papika powder. Of course there are maritime notes, like oysters. It's a bit mineral too, with some olive oil and citrus fruits. Adding water reveals more fruitiness (sweet yellow fruits).
    • Finish
      90 90
      Waves of medium ashy peat with juicy lemons, minerals and oysters. It's also a bit spicy: fresh herbs, cloves and some liquorice.

  8. etwa77 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    powerful taste.. weaker nose.. eternal after-taste
    • Nose
      88 88
      More like a promise.. fruits and the smoky-salty elements that are usually called maritime.
      also, very clean as in the smell of cleanness..
    • Taste
      90 90
      a softly kicking and screaming dram that still manages to maintain its refined and old-age posture.. mainly on lemons and minerals, smoke keeps in the background.. then fruits on an astringent platter
    • Finish
      91 91
      just a joy, really.. very fruity, á la.. what are those bonbons with the rainbow in the commercial?.. chiseled to perfection. It never ends, i swear!

  9. Lakerfield scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    These old Caol Ila's are always a beauty. No exception for this one. I do feel this leans a bit too much to the maritime side for matters of balance. It numbed my mouth a little, as if I had too much salt & vinegar chips. The finish tastes exactly like that too. I love those chips so this would be the best alternative calorie-wise. All in all a good, but not outstanding old Caol Ila that acts younger. Judging from 3cl alone, I enjoyed the OB 25yo more.

    Based on a sample.
    • Nose
      Peaty but not so much, rather full of subtleties.
      Stating the obvious with peat, smoked bacon, soot, fish oil, pine tree sap and seasalt. Thereafter some ripe fruits like apricot, fig, blueberry, pineapple and a dash of orange oil. Then some praliné, butterscotch, mint, camphor and even a little Springbank funk are there too. Cadenhead's, did you put a dollop of Springbank in here? Hey, I don't mind actually.
      I don't know what it smells like on the coast of Islay, but I imagine myself walking there now on a stormy day.
    • Taste
      A quite powerful and hot arrival. It's a mix of the common Islay components but the maritime notes stick out the most. Medium oily texture but very drying. It definitely isn't tired yet after 32 years of resting.
      Peat, iodine, sea salt, white pepper, smoked meat, camphor and cough syrup. Then some blood orange, apricot and fig as fruity components. Furthermore dark chocolate, brownie, lemon cheesecake, licorice and ginger. So salty this one! Lacks a bit of variety (mostly fruits) honestly but it fits together pretty well.
    • Finish
      Everlasting with mainly maritime components. Peat, sea salt, vinegar, orange peel, dark chocolate, caramel, licorice and olive.

  10. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Revisit again last night, still as good as the previous tasting, or maybe slightly better. Excellent Caol Ila.

    Not much left in my bottle. :(

  11. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      A very maritime nose, with a gentle smokiness lingering on top of the salty and breezy front. Everything is almost perfect, with lemon and bitter orange peel adding to the fruity side of the malt. After a while the smoke became rather sooty and sweet, with smoked ham and bacon.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Wonderful, a dash of bourbon sweetness and gentle peat smoke. The citrus fruits are screaming together with the smoked salmon, pair with roasted almonds and Brazilian nuts. Perfect mouthfeel too.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Roasted nuts, hot lemonade and a lingering smoky finish. A little bit of bitterness which only do good to a rather sweet palate. A very pleasant Islay malt that is of top quality.

  12. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  13. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. mr.p9 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  15. Dominique69 scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

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

  16. Sylvia scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  22. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  23. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  24. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A strong thing: Bourbon barrel, smoke, strong single barrel. If you like this direction, you will be happy with it.
    • Nose
      Caol Ila, smoke, bourbon barrel, 32 years, 52.9% alcohol. Everything in the nose. Very exciting! If the sherry cask fruitiness comes to smoke for the 25-year-old Caol Ila OA, it's the lighter vanilla bourbon cask aromas. Where the barrel is much more integrated, the smoke is still in the background. 32 years are already an announcement. / With a little bit of water, the light fruits come to the fore, but the smoke remains present.
    • Taste
      Great oiliness. Hard he comes in the mouth, the smoke comes to the fore. The alcohol speaks clearly. The bright fruits remain in the background, medium sharpness revives the palate. / With a little water first vanilla is stronger, then the smoke-peat note and then some pepper sharpness.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the oak comes through, the sharpness fades slowly, "fades out", so to speak. / The finish remains warm-long with water and spicy, the oak logs again clearly.

  25. Callo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - whiskynotes.be

    This Caol Ila 1984 bottled by Cadenhead was selected by their Belgian importer The Nectar to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Simultaneously Cadenhead released a second Caol Ila 1984 that was 31 years old.Although this bottling bears the black Small Batch label (normally used for bottlings from two or three casks), it seems to be a single cask release.Nose: mineral and slightly dusty start, with lots of wet ashes, as well as subtle hints of antiseptics. Becomes fruitier, showing nectarines, honeyed apples and rhubarb jam. Some vanilla. Sweetish, but there’s always the light, resinous peat and traces of acrylic paint around the corner. Mouth: sweet again. Creamy malt, cane syrup, orange candy and herbal honey. Tobacco notes. Ashy peat again, which becomes grassier and makes the whole a bit drier. A light salty touch as well. Finish: long, on almonds, bittersweet pink grapefruit and gentle smoke.Caol Ila, Cadenhead and The Nectar, you can’t go wrong with these three names on a label. But anyway, I confirm the quality.Score: 91/100

  26. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The relationship is obvious between the two, as is the high quality of these two Caol Ila. The 32-year-old is clearly more fruity, while the 31-year-old seems to me more malty and more rustic. I like both noses equally. The mouth of 32 years I like more than the 31 years. On the final, it's the opposite, the bitterness of the 32 years annoys me a little and I prefer that the 31 years. Not easy to decide, in these conditions. So at equal overall quality, equal rating, no jealous!

    (Directed as part of a face to face with https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/81149/caol-ila-1984-ca )
    • Nose
      Vanilla apple, cold ash smoke (but not dominant). Here too, a vegetal freshness, but rather on rhubarb. As fine as 31 years old, but slightly more fruity.
    • Taste
      An immediate creaminess. The sweet fruit and honey dominates, very quickly followed by ashy volutes. A few drops of salted lemon syrup.
    • Finish
      Long. A saline wave rushes into the mouth. A strong fruity bitterness settles at the end of the mouth.

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