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Overall rating
90.72/100
votes
93
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

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.72 points

  1. 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

  2. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  3. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

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

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

  10. Dominique69 scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

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

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