Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Stated Age
34 years old
2 Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
60.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
29 Sep 2016 9:40 pm by squaadgras
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 419.57

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1982 CA

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.76 points

  1. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=264 Color: corn yellow Nose: Fat, waxy with lots of salty lemon and maritime elements. Peppercorns of the finest quality, almonds, marzipan, nutshells, nut liqueur and fresh mint. Despite the powerful spice develops a delicate, floral note. Flowery-grassy with underlaid vanilla and delicate herbs. The smoke is casually subordinated here. Taste: Waxy herb with herbs and wood. A maritime mouthfeel with lots of bite builds up, the peppery aromas dominate and the wood is perfectly integrated. Wet elements of coal, lead and cardboard, leather and nuts. Green, menthol-containing accents go into the finish. Finish: Long - herbs tainted and a bit woody. Oak, mint, smoke, hot asphalt, peat and in between even tender cocoa notes - now heavily smoky. 92 points (nose: 92 / taste: 93 / finish: 92)

  2. moving_coil scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Nose: Beautiful sea salt aroma with Belgian chocolates and that perfect Caol Ila smoke. After repeated nosing it felt closer to Port Ellen with sweet lemons joining the party. A little iodine and chlorine appears once water is added.

    Mouth: More oakiness than what we have seen in the other CA bottlings this year. Almost syrup like with more lemons and maritime. Menthol-ish smoke come through with water added

    Finish: Very long and satisfying, the smoke only lingers in the background against the syrupy oakiness that remainsI make this the 9th Caol Ila this year from Cadenheads, all of the 30+ year olds have been fantastic absolute must buys with this one coming out on top unless those in Campbeltown have an absolute reference bottling for Christmas. I might not have found as much complexity here as others but this is truly fantastic. Does it beat even the lovely London exclusive from last year? I think it does!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Pxrider did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Caol Ila 34 yo 1982/2016 (60.1%, Cadenhead, Small Batch, 2016) It’s true that old whiskies are almost always better as small batches of two or three casks than as single casks. And check the strength! At 34 years of age! Colour: gold. Nose: ooh sublime! A fishing port on the Mediterranean. Sardines, anchovies, old tyres, used engine oil, seawater, old tarry ropes, seaweed, pastis… Right, not pastis. With water (while it gets very cloudy): oh old books, old tweed under the rain, oyster mushrooms, forgotten balms and embrocations, chicken curry…  Mouth (neat): sublime indeed. Sea salt, dry chocolate, roasted cashews, salted liquorice, crème de menthe, Aperol (Aperol’s not only for hipsters), ginger… Everything is just utterly perfect in this, the casks were born to marry each other eventually. With water: did I already use the word sublime? Menthol and grapefruits, oysters and lemongrass, Spanish ham, juniper, bitter oranges… Actually, it gets drier and drier, not unlike a great old amontillado. Black tobacco. Finish: endless, bitter, sublime. Comments: I may have used the word ‘sublime’ a little too often, but I wanted to make sure you got my point. SGP:365 - 93 Points.

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      Strong, yet elegant peat, balanced, doesn't burn the nostril at all despite its 60% ABV. Salty and maritime, with freshly squeezed lemon zest aromas. With water, honey tea and herbs come to the fore.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Amazing entry. Crystal clear. Lots of power. The first thing you notice is that it's very sweet, more on mandarins, oranges, sugar cane, and lemon liqueur. Lots of herbs and all kinds of liqueurs here, sweet with a bitter edge. Wonderful. Then you get hit with layers of sea salt and peat. And the oak... well, it's perfect -- evident but unobtrusive, and provides a wonderful backbone for a wonderful palate. Bottled at the perfect age. Seriously, this is a faultless dram. Btw, with water, it's even better, if you can believe that, but be careful because the tannins come out a bit with excessive water.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Salty, citrusy, a bit of ash, lingering sweet peat. This is better than 93 points, but I don't think it's quite 94 points. With a bit more complexity (seriously, how greedy am I?), this could be the best Caol Ila I've ever had (Signatory 1974 cask 5-9 at 61.1% -- that one had lots of little explosions in the palate with a more complex fruitiness).

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Official tasting note:

    Nose: Slight dry smoke; roasted peanuts; honey; dried almonds; icing sugar and cream.

    Palate: Oranges; brown sugar; pecans and pears and followed by a light smokiness.

    Finish: A drying finish followed by peaches, white chocolate and toasted sugar doughnuts.

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Nose: lemon and lime, it’s mechanical as well but with more bourbon notes (brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, vanilla). An assortment of roasted nuts, beef jerky. Chicken stock, ashy smoke

    Palate: oysters with lemon juice, butter, spicy oak, custard, vanilla ice cream

    Finish: this has the spiciest finish of the three. Very long on nuts, vanilla, ashy smoke

    Thoughts: this had big bourbon influence, and it was delicious. It also had a lot of change. I felt like I couldn’t keep up to it as it was evolving right before me. An absolute classic Caol Ila. 

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  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


    Gleaned from TWE Old & Rare Show 2020, this is expected to be a cracker, but let’s judge it on smell & taste and not by expectations.

    N: 34 years old and at 60.1% abv, and I wouldn’t have guessed anywhere near either number if nosing blind. Dusty wax to begin with, but within seconds, a stunning bouquet begins its display as well as bakery delights from flapjack to Garibaldi biscuits, blueberry muffins, and raspberry sponge – and that’s only scratching at the surface at the sweet end. Further delights unfold.

    T: Now that abv strength shows, as does any & every candy sweet from the corner shop that leans towards the bitter-sweet medicinal side – so confectionary boiled sweets briefly dipped in Benylin if you will. With so many descriptors here, however, I feel no point in even beginning to list them. The saline menthol quality reinforces this ones’ [idiosyncratic] bitter herbal medicinal character, yet it’s the textural element [on the palate, not the mouthfeel per se] which impresses the most.

    F: Concluding with a succulent ashy > cocoa fruity [into a long long] < gentle saline barley finish, you can’t want for anything else after that delivery.

    C: This proved one of the best BFYB Old & Rare drams of 2020. At £7 for 1cl, in hindsight, I should have considered buying the whole bottle.

  8. Gaija did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Just went for a staggering - record - 850£ (before fees ...) at Scotch Whisky Auctions in early February 2020. The popularity of this one has always been huge, and it seems like it's still growing.

  9. aphex scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful Caol Ila. Complex, compact and dangerously drinkable. Such concentration. Even better than in my memories.
    • Nose
      Waxy and fruity on candied lemons, peaches, oranges. Even more concentrated than the 36 yo. Gentle peat. Hints of hessian and tobacco. Pine resin. Various nuts. Mint, spices and floral notes. A seabreeze in the background.
    • Taste
      Compact, waxy and smoky. Lemons, peaches, mangoes. Liquorice. Herbal and mentholated notes, ginger. A touch of oak and finally brine.
    • Finish
      Looooong, peppery, oaky, minty and smoky.

  10. Gusto scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    This malt is challenging: if you hit the right amount of water, a wonderful aroma opens up: full, fruity, Caol Ila. If you don't hit it, you will experience a lot of alcohol and a nice Caol ila.
    Best of all: undiluted.
    Long, really long finish, sweet oil stays on the tongue, first wood, later sweet and fruity menthol, herbs. It's there minutes later. Very beautiful!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94


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