Overall rating
Single Malt
Hunter Laing (HL)
Bottling serie
Old & Rare - A Platinum Selection
Stated Age
35 years old
Refill Hogshead
Number of bottles
52.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L16 110 PB OAR0262
Added on
14 Jun 2016 3:16 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 548.80

8 × in wishlist

10 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1980 HL

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

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    N: I love Caol Ila. Everytime I come across it I wonder why I don't drink it more. This hits that sweet=sour, smoky lemon mark straight off. The peat is utterly integrated into the barley that has been softened no end by a caring refill hogshead cask.
    T: Loving the strength of this, perfect right out of the bottle - and I think grand, old peated whisky needs that abv boost. Smoky-cereal chew,…
    F: Well, it's all there,....... Ideal dram
    C: Can't imagine much touching this today. In hindsight it was indeed my dram of the Midlands Whisky Festival 2016

    Scores an A

    TAKE 2:

    N: Bourbon cask maturation can be so refreshing after sherry, even after great sherry numbers. The peat here is firm yet modest, which means it’s integrated. Notes aren’t as obvious as the Glenallachie, but I picked out almond shells, lightly salted wet pebbles, very light lemon-y salad dressing, lemon drizzle biscuits and breaded oysters [imagine]. Caol Ila’s signatory dirty oiliness lies within, something I distinctly noted from my first Caol Ila 12yo I bought many years ago in Swanage.
    T: There’s no need for water, though dilution will immediately lead to a thicker mouthfeel. Either way there’s an assured yet refreshing/pick-me-up bitter citrus cereal development, the smoke utterly assimilated. It takes water like a duck to, er,…. Nutty witch hazel on the turn.
    F: Wraps up fairly smartly with a peated < malted barley chew, as candid as the raw ingredients themselves on a distillery tour. Further nutty witch hazel action concludes, though it also salivates at the death.
    C: HL bottled only 46 in 2016, but at 52.1% abv, we may see some shared or sister cask bottlings from other independents in due course, unless the water evaporation was significant. I over-scored this last time [92], reflective of its surroundings no doubt. There’s little subjective romance here [compared to the Glenallachie], nor too much complexity. This is simply decent spirit, well-aged in a decent cask.

    Scores an A-


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 52072819
VAT: NL850288836B01

Copyright © 2018

Forgot your password?