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Caol Ila 1984 CA

Overall rating
90.84/100
votes
58
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 4:05 pm by tsmstoteler
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 322,50

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1984 CA

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.84 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  2. 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.

  3. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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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