Caol Ila 1982 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
34 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
50.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Bresser & Timmer
nl Netherlands
Added on
05 aug 2016 12:19 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 306.32

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52 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 1982 CA

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.81 points.

  1. Official tasting note

    Nose: Sea salt with a slight creaminess, hickory smoke and roasted peanuts.

    Palate: Light smokiness continues; oily; honeycomb; salted butter popcorn and toffee.

    Finish: Brown sugar with a creaminess and slight smoked oak.

  2. scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    22 20 21 21 84

    The time for this whisky has stopped .. at the CadenHead warehouse it’s so accurate, everything is very ambiguous ... it didn’t open up in the evening and didn’t show its age (((
    on a summer evening, we recklessly opened a bottle ... we must try it in winter

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tried this with a tiny amount of water, lovely mouthfeel, obviously the peat and and white pepper is there but this is no old oily Caol Ila, it is fresh and zesty with really good balance, a good cask for sure and the sort of bottle you could drink very quickly.
    I love Caol Ila, this is fine drop of Islay malt
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Lovely and rich nose followed by a less easy but very good palate.
    Another excellent 30+ years old Caol Ila I
    • Nose
      Gentle. Peat smoke, coastal and mineral notes (seashells, seabreeze), beeswax, candied lemons, yellow/tropical fruits, floral honey, a touch of pepper. Hints of polish. Mint after a while.
    • Taste
      Oily, peppery, smoky and citrusy. Followed by drying grassy/herbal notes and mint. Hints of candied lemons again, grapefruits and other tropical fruits. Tarry ropes and brine.
    • Finish
      Long, oaky, smoky and spicy. Lingering mentholated notes.

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

    Powerful, quite balanced and drinkable
    • Nose
      91 91
      Cold smoke, citrus notes, dry hay, malty, honeydew, spices, ripe orchard fruits, little iodine - very good
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, creamy, citrusy, smoky, sublte sweetness, more ripe fruits, some oak wood, pepper, spices
    • Finish
      89 89
      Mediumlong, warm, spicy, citrusy, smoky

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Creamy coastal peat, citrus, bit mineral, very early 80s CI, very good

  7. ctu scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the belgian single cask, this is less woody and fruity, but more dirty and it has a longer finish.
    • Nose
      Maritime minerals, peat and smoke. Honey and fruits. Citruses.
    • Taste
      Powerful and oily. Pepper, peat and smoke. Sea minerals and citruses. Buttery popcorn.
    • Finish
      Long, peaty, oaky, spicy.

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Old Ardbeg scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Delicious whisky but the form, particularly the finish, won't let me put it above 90.However it has a nose I rarely find in modern malts. Much oilier and brinier than modern whisky. Reminds me of a 79 conn choice Ardbeg. Probably should have come out of the cask a year or two earlier, but its still great. 90pts

    Did this head to head against Cadenhead Small Batch 31 yr 52.1%
    • Nose
      quite oily and maritime at first. the peat has been subdued by age/maturity. fish oil. still some peat but it's melted into the background.

      wH20 some green notes show.
    • Taste
      matches the nose quite well in that it's very oily and maritime in the attack as well. then, some smoke, some ink, some olive notes then the briney tarry ropes you hope for from a good old peated malt. still has some oomph to it.  great depth.

      water brings out a little more sweetness.
    • Finish
      not incredibly long (medium length) but very clean and satisfying, mellowed peat and slight brine. 

      Finish gets a little longer with water.

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  Let us see who did the better old Caol Ila bottling (from 1982, 34 years old) - the Belgians (The Nectar, 51,1 %, BE - WB id 88384)  or the Dutch (Bresser&Timmer, 50,4%, NL)...

    ...and all in all this is a draw, so both the Belgians and the Dutch did a marvellous job when selecting their cask.  Well done!

    [January, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and would score it even one point higher. Pure pleasure both to explore and quaff!
    • Nose
      93 93
      The NL is a shade darker than the BE, but not really significant. Both have this adorable, very complex and creamy aromas nosing profile that is so typical for 30+ years Caol Ila from that time. The NL is a little smokier and offers more sea notes while the BE has some fruity aromas (apples) in addition. Water is not needed. On the nose I vote a draw, both are simply great.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste of both is creamy (toffee), complex and very balanced with a light, old-style smokiness. The NL has some flavours that remind me of salted popcorn or honeycomb while the BE offers tropical fruits, spices (black pepper, salt) and a hint of dark chocolate. Both are very delicious with a slight advantage for the Dutch this time. With water the NL gets much smoother while the BE shows a little more oakiness, but I like the more sharp profile better when both are neat.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The BE has a remarkable big arrival on the tongue, mouth-coating and oily. The NL is fat and oily too, but not as sticky as the BE. So this round goes clearly to Belgium. The finish is remarkably long on both sides. The NL is nicely creamy herewhile the BE offers more vanilla and wooden notes. Another slight advantage for the Dutch again..


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