Caol Ila 1996

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2009
Ex-Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
58.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 may 2009 1:48 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 679.00

23 × in wishlist

73 × member ratings

131 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1996

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.44 points

  1. Luigisim scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the 2nd Whiskybase Gathering in Rotterdam, November 2017.

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/islay-blind-tasting-ii-sherry-abfuellungen-35335/ Color: full gold
    Nose: Very one-dimensional, alcoholic salt-lemon solution with smoke and peat. No bad smell, but unfortunately not much else!
    Taste: Salty lemon with full peat content, lots of smoke and good matching vanilla. Juicy grapefruit and sliced ​​lime, balanced and slightly bitter herbs, pepper and spicy chili.
    Finish: Long - peppery with harmonious sharpness, lime, vanilla, leather and peaty malting notes, which combine beautifully with the honey sweet notes.
    89 points (nose: 88 / taste: 90 / finish: 89)

  4. mikespike scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    This was Nr 2 (of 6) for me in the Islay blind tasting. Seems that Caol Ila is for a good reason one of my favorites :)

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting - 89P

  6. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Furtia scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Willie JJ scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Who says the location of the maturation doesn't matter? These FI casks
    are amongst very few that are matured at the distillery and they are
    just stunning. Also, if CI was matured in sherry wood more often it
    would develop a real cult following (no that's not a spelling mistake).
    • Nose
      Chocolate and cream, then a blast of pure Atlantic ozone with a big
      plate of seafood and the shells drying in the sun. There's a bit of
      lemon zest too.
    • Taste
      Big coalsmoke on the palate. Really sooty with heavily sugared lemons and a dusting of cocoa.
    • Finish
      Relentless, intense waves of salt and spice crashing on the palate.

  9. tamriel scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A very rare bottling of Caol Ila, originally produced for sale at the

    distillery during Feis Ile, the Islay festival of Malt and Music, in

    2009. Bottled from a single sherry cask at cask strength after about 13

    years in wood."

  11. corbuso scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The sherry is nicely integrated with the peat and the result is a well balanced Caol Ila, quite smooth. On the other hand, the peat is somewhat contained and maybe a bit too docile. I preferred the "At the distillery bottling", more expressive

  12. magic_slim scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Powerful. Fresh, peaty, zesty and decently fruity at first nosing. Sea spray, smoke from a peat fire and fresh with concentrated lemon extract. Notes of walnuts and a whiff of licorice. Lovely.
    • Taste
      Powerful, sweet, very peaty and lemony at first mouthfeel. Lots of black pepper and liquorice. Ripe and sweet citrus fruits in the background. Really nice taste for a peat-maniac like me.
    • Finish
      Very long and peaty, warming from deep inside. Becomes spicy  and slightly ashy.


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