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Overall rating
87.78/100
votes
40
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
25 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L2020CM000
Barcode
5000281027098
Added on
15 Apr 2016 4:14 pm by KayMeertens

Average value

€ 161.43

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40 × member ratings

137 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 25-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.78 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2017] Today I found the 2013 edition for 135 Euro at my local dealer and now I can do my long-planned triple head-to-head tasting of the three latest batches of the 25 year old Caol Ila finally: The 2012 (WB id 81151, bottled January, 20th) versus the 2013 (WB id 65022, bottled November, 25th) versus the 2016 (WB id 80803, bottled January, 19th).

    Colour: The 2012 and the 2016 have the same colour of old gold (of course, as they still use caramel to achieve this) while the 2013 is three shades darker at amontillad. The texture of all three drams is very similar with some early slow legs and many late fat and sticky tears.

    Nose: The 2012 offers a rich and complex fruity and phenolic nose with some OBFs (lacquer paint) right from the beginning. The 2013 is quite comparable with phenols and some OBFs too beside the nice sugary and wooden aromas. Contrary to this the 2016's nose is rather shy on mainly peaty and herbal aromas that take quite a while to enfold. No OBFs here. After adding some water the 2016 opens up and shows now the yearned OBFs, finally. The 2012 and 2013 are significantly better on this dimension when neat and still slightly better with water. I like the 2013 best here.

    Mouthfeel: The 2016 arrives warming and coating on the palate with no distracting moments, really nice. Same with the other two but the 2012 is a little astringent (tannins). Here I like the 2016 best closely followed by the 2013.

    Taste: The 2012 is nicely layered on sweet (honey and different sugars), peaty and spicy (peppers, nutmegs, salt) flavours all in perfect harmony. The 2013 is again comparable with some additional chocolatey flavours. Obviously they added some (more) sherry casks to this batch (hence the darker colour). The 2016 is somewhat shy, less sweeter and more phenolic. But complex and layered too, after some chewing it shows a lot of nice additional aromas (floral, herbal, some fruits). All are quite different on the palate but each is great in its own way. Finally I like the 2016 slightly better and the other two are a draw.

    Finish: All are very long and vanish slowly in waves. No one shows any bitter or drying moments with the 2012 being sweeter and more spicy (peppery). The 2013 is sweet but less spicy and more chocolatey again. The 2016 finish is more complex than the other two on herbs and autumn floral notes. Here it is a draw between the 2012 and 2016 while the 2013 is slightly weaker (nevertheless on a high level).

    The 2016 is an excellent swimmer and improves significantly on some water, especially in the nose. On the 2012 and 2013 water is not needed but does no harm either (it releases more fruits in the nose) - so I advice to try it both ways.

    These are three great drams at a still very reasonable price (compare the 135-150 Euro here to the price of a 25 year old Lagavulin that - by the way - I scored with 89 resp. 84 points only). As a drinker I prefer any of these Caol Ila over any of the same aged Lagavulin. These Caol Ila are (still) a good deal to buy, given you like this profile...
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. karloff scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of peatbogger. If you love your peat monsters than this is not for you. If you like your fruity whiskies than this is not for you either. If you want something in the middle then toss a coin.
    • Nose
      85 85
      With the years the peat and smoke have taken a back seat and the fruit flavours are driving. Pear and golden delicious apple, melon and white grape. White bread and white pepper.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Same with the taste. I am not saying this is bad, it is not what I expected but I still like what it has to offer in parts. Some medicinal notes but not enough to spoil it. I don't mind medicinal notes if it is in the right balance. Too many and I'm out. I think the alc vol could have been a bit higher, say 46% .
      Overall it is a pleasant enough without a doubt but I was expecting something special from this distillery.
    • Finish
      75 75
      The finish is a bit underwhelming, there is not much hanging about, everything fades rather quickly.

  3. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Excellent, perfect and elegant display of Caol Ila's DNA at an almost-old age. If it was bottled in 2012 then it should involve juice from the mid 80's, which I am absolutely willing to believe. The only thing that could have propelled it a bith higher is a higher proof and a slightly higher "tension", be it mineral and/or citrusy, like the best Caol's have.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Yes, I sure can believe that there is 80's juice in this. My beloved grey shrimps, toast crust, rubber boots. The peat is elegant and integrated, in a saline background revealing seaweed and tyres. The complexity grows in time, with fresh and green vegetal notes as often, chinese cabbage, dill, and at last the true Caol DNA : green olive. Perfect nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very good. Nice presence of alcohol and texture for 43%. Taste-wise, I will just say we're on more of the same. Notably, this does not play any commercial charms : it is quite naked and austere, beginning again with this beach-y theme, sand, fleetwood, seaweed. It's very nicely oily. Green olives again.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium length with a nice and complex evolutivity, a nice dry white wine impression, sand again, a bit of lime, and flashes of almonds and orange blossom (think marzipan then), which is indeed typical of very old and very good Caol's from the 80's. Wow !

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    More refined than the 2010 version, with that grassy character and more honey.
    • Nose
      Honey, peach, orange, peat, hay and copper polish. Later a whiff of caramel.
    • Taste
      Peat, honey, orange candy, grass, nuts, toffee and spice.
    • Finish
      Peat, honey, orange and peach.

  5. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Balance (22)
    Tried in the blind (88)
    • Nose
      Sweet, cotton-medical peat ... berries, salt, grass ... wet, heavy sea air .... eucalyptus ... wax (22)
      Go
    • Taste
      Salt, ash, fruit (22)
      Go
    • Finish
      Salty finish, smoke and salty berries ... dry cardboard ... dried fruits ... wax and menthol (22)
      Go

  6. Макс scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  7. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Deloti scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Kensay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    sea salt, light smoky notes, alcohol is not felt, smoked red fish

    iodide, sea salt, smoked fish

    the finish is short, smoky, classic islaya

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