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Caol Ila 1982 CA

Overall rating 28 votes 90.85
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Vintage
1982
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
34 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
150
Strength
50.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Bresser & Timmer
Market
nl Netherlands
Added on
05 Aug 2016 12:24 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 302,73

Tastingtags

3 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
20 Mar 2017 9:49 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 91 points

[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) https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/88384/caol-ila-1982-ca  or the Dutch (Bresser&Timmer, 50,4%, NL). 

Colour:  The NL is a shade darker than the BE, but not really significant.

Nose:  Both have this adorable, very complex and creamy aromas 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.

Arrival:  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.

Body:  Both 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.

Finish:  Remarkably long on both sides.  The NL is nicely creamy here while the BE offers more vanilla and wooden notes.  Another slight advantage for the Dutch again..

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

Weighted Rate
91.4
Nose
93
Initial taste
90
Body
93
Finish
92
Price
88
Presentation
90
There is no accounting for taste...
Old Ardbeg
Member Senior Old Ardbeg Tasting note
27 Nov 2017 3:53 am
Old Ardbeg gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Pale gold
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.

Comments

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%

There are only two kinds of whisky. Good whisky, and that other kind. My Collection My Market
PierreFunck
Member Senior PierreFunck Note
22 Jul 2017 1:01 pm

Whiskyfun: 92 points

http://www.whiskyfun.com/#220717

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