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Caol Ila 2004

Overall rating
85.11/100
votes
84
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Vintage
2004
Bottled
2016
Calculated age
12 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Casks + Ex-Moscatel Cask Finish
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 1000 ml 1000 ml
Label
C-si; 2-476
Bottle code
L6220CM000 06262465
Barcode
5000281021676
Added on
27 Sep 2016 11:44 am by Archer
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 63,48

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84 × member ratings

273 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2004

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.11 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  I had this dram during the Manager's Masterclass tasting at Caol Ila open day (Feis Ile).

    I always loved this great combo of wine-driven sweetness and "punchy" peaty whisky flavours.  It is an easy dram of course but I simply love it.  Check it out if you do the same either by buying a bottle (one of the best you can get for small bucks at the moment) or try a dram at a bar first.  So far most of my friends liked it (esp. rookies)...
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Pretty complex and balanced - this was the winner of the tasting event - very good
    • Nose
      89 89
      Citric, fruity, oranges, seabreeze, iodine - pretty good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, fruity, subtle sweetness, fine peat and smoke, hints of smoked fish and oysters - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium long, warm, fruity

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/feis-ile-2018-caol-ila-part-1/

    Using ex-bourbon and moscatel casks, some or all with charred ends apparently.

    N: Ok, this is more like it. Sweet funky fruits, cake-makers dried fruits, vanilla paint, subtle & sweet coal notes, some bacon, smoked ham,….
    T: This is weird after that oyster, like most food after brushing one’s teeth for example. With a slight putrid, fizzy-ish and edgy vibe. my second sip is far better. Sticking a scallop in mouth [also my first and possibly last unknown sacrifice], simply confuses the whole event.
    F: The previous oyster still dominates as the charred smoke kicks in. Settling down, I’m left with a funky-fruit, sweet & smoky finish and a youthful spirity conclusion.
    C: I like this but I wouldn’t recommend it with scallops, nor an oyster before.

  4. schengel10 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A logical extension of the 12-year-old - with maturing in Moscatel Sherry Casks - annual reprint - a good malt!
    • Nose
      phenolic smoke, charcoal, ashes, sweetness, sour;
    • Taste
      sweet onset, smoke, cold ash, sweetness, sour wine-fruit note, creamy, more complex than the 12er;
    • Finish
      medium-length, slightly bitter finish; spicy oak sounds;

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  6. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Andytka3 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    N- Sunny-coastal breeze by the oyster bay. Full, round with sweet raisin, ashy oak and coal smokes. Muddy and match box emerged, along with basil and soya laying low that develop to hint of eucalyptus. (87/21)

    P- Standard and quite harmless, bamboo coal with direct ashiness. Full but nosedives at most parts and gone with the ashes. (84/18)

    F- Short, coal smokes and tannic with medicinal and iodine lingers on the well restrained sweetness. (85/19)

    Body/Balance- 84/18

    Weighted Rate:- 76pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Sunny-coastal breeze by the oyster bay. Full, round with sweet raisin, ashy oak and coal smokes. Muddy and match box emerged, along with basil and soya laying low that develop to hint of eucalyptus. (87/21)
    • Taste
      P- Standard and quite harmless, bamboo coal with direct ashiness. Full but nosedives at most parts and gone with the ashes. (84/18)
    • Finish
      F- Short, coal smokes and tannic with medicinal and iodine lingers on the well restrained sweetness. (85/19)

  8. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    A good whisky which i enjoy, but where’s my wet dog bath?
    • Nose
      Little peat, some smoke, not as ‘wet’ smelling as the other core range. Honey sweetness, wine notes, hmm sock?
    • Taste
      Salty peat, smokey honey pear. Some nice citrus fruits in the middle.
    • Finish
      Medium long, salty with some peat.

  9. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    21-07-2017
    • Nose
      77 77
      fruits, wood, nuts, smoke
    • Taste
      78 78
      fruit, smoke, peat, vanilla
    • Finish
      78 78
      medium

  10. KOQ24 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Nose:
    briny,smoke,pineapple,Seaweed,banana,peach,iodine,candy

    Taste:
    vanilla,light smoke,black pepper,seaweed,banana,candy,cream,bacon

    Finish:
    medium long and smooth

    Overall:
    A quality Malt, but the Moscatel influence is minor.
    I'd rather go with the cheaper regular 12 year-old in the future.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      90 90

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