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Overall rating
90.08/100
votes
19
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
1984
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
210
Strength
49.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
05 Aug 2016 8:19 pm by Nelltec
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 292,66

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1984 CA

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.08 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  After both the 1980 and 1982 vintages of 30+ years Caol Ila bottled
    by Cadenhead all were excellent whiskies I decided to taste the 1984
    vintages today.  So it is a head-to-head of this 32 year old release vs.
    the 31 year old https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/81149/caol-ila-1984-ca.

    Colour:  The 31y is significantly darker than the 32y.

    Nose:  A very balanced nose of sweet and peaty aromas of the 31y
    complemented by an interesting nutty and spicy profile (peanuts,
    pepper).  The 32y is more maritime with nice salty and vanilla notes
    besides the smoke, and a hint of biscuit.  It has a more sharp profile,
    but I like the elegant and rounded nose of the 31y better.

    Arrival:  The 31y instantly covers all the mouth without any harsh or
    unpleasant feeling, really adorable.  The mouthfeel of the 32y is more
    powerful with a slight peppery feeling.  They are quite different, but
    both very nice.  I vote for a draw.

    Body:  Extremely soft, but very complex on the 31y with tons of
    different honey flavours that come in waves.  Superb balance together
    with the peaty and spicy notes.  The 32y is very creamy with a vanilla
    driven spicy profile that gets lightly ashy after a while - very
    delicious too.  Nevertheless I like the honey-driven complexity of the
    31y a little more.

    Finish:  Both very long with a big peaty spike on the 32y that gets a
    little bit drying/ashy, but by no means unpleasantly at all.  Really
    good, but this round goes clearly to the 31y again:  It shows a big
    movie with all aromas and flavours one can think of and all play
    together in great harmony.  Simply magnificent!

    Another great vintage year of 30+ years Caol Ila and a perfect cask
    selection by Cadenhead, again...  Keep on releasing such delicious stuff!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2017]  I did a re-tasting today and fully confirm my review from March.  This is a close-to-perfection mix of sweet, peaty and wooden flavours in the adorable "old style" (meaning: not designed) way of producing whisky...

    Another hint:  Try this with a little water and it gets even smoother and more mellow, actually I like it that way better.  The aromas profile is much more complex and even more balanced.  Slainte!

  3. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    An old Caol Ila with developments in the mouth. Very enjoyable and gentle peat.  

    Very intense nose compare to younger expressions.
    • Nose
      subtle and sweet peat, sea air, gentle tobacco, oily shortbread, burned sugar, mint, pine apples and coconuts. 
    • Taste
      Papaya immediately, then pineapples, very tropical.

      A tone of mints.

      Sweetness dominates.
    • Finish
      Very minty, a little smoke and slight bitterness. A hint of fermented bean curd

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