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Overall rating
91.80/100
votes
104
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Vintage
1984
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
32 years old
Number of bottles
225
Strength
50.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Director's Special for Whisky Show Glasgow
Added on
12 Mar 2017 10:08 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 528.42

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104 × member ratings

83 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1984 ElD

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.80 points

  1. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The bottle has just been opened so maybe it's too early for a final judgement but my first impression is that it falls a little bit flat in the end. The finish is rather short and not really complex. I liked the Caol Ila 1984 Ultimate Rare Reserve by van Wees and the Caol Ila 1984 by Dewar Rattray better. This opinion was shared by two experienced Whisky buddies who also tasted it. I paid 378€ for this Caol Ila which is already pretty steep. Current prices of 500€ and more are simply ridiculous and only aimed at collectors who will probably never open their bottle. Let's see what this one will taste like during the next tasting sessions... I hope it will improve after being open for a while. For now, just one word: Underwhelming.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    a pleasant to drink, very successful whisky
    from the nose to the finish a changeable complex beautiful line
    Excitement and harmony are equally present
    the ranking is perfect: nose, mouth and finish are on one level

    and again a PE Caol Ila
    thank you for the lovely present :)
    • Nose
      after pouring without movement
      dusty cornfield on summer evening
      Apricot meat with salty seawater
      slight odor of iodine from the sea
      with movement
      Coconut chocolate, shallow incense notes
      a smooth fruit smell like polished nectarine
      Dirty notes of sandy sea mud
      the notes are constantly being reinvented
      in the smoke are lemon leaves
    • Taste
      a smooth tasty start
      woodruff
      incense
      Kiwi / banana / melon
      Milk chocolate / coconut
      sparkling shower on the tongue (citrus fruit) a very pleasant mouthfeel, which subsequently turns smokey and easily brings gum with fruit sweetness into chocolate sauce
    • Finish
      long
      fruity
      smoky
      chocolate
      a bit salty / spicy
      complex and constantly changing
      barrel notes
      Bratapfelschale

  3. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Lemony, crispy, smoked ham, fish, very clean, some golden fruits, ripe apple, banana, the peat is gentle.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet and clean, lemons, coconut, golden fruits, pineapple, pear, sweet peat.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, peppery, peated barley, long green tea.

  4. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Fruity, light, very elegant, lightly peated, sulphur

  5. nallacam scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Currently among the top 3 whiskys I've tasted.

  6. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    Class nose, again one of these smelling Caol Ila. After 80 minutes, I am not yet tired of this nose.
    First and foremost, there is the smell of seawater and spray, citrus fruit, the sweetness of vanilla and grilled banana. Despite the storage time, the raw material comes into play - dandruff barley malt rises in the nose. A slight touch of stable smell, the smoke is medically - old gauze bandage sticking to the iodine tincture. After some time, a nice fruitiness develops - Granny Smith, apricots and nectarines.
    Adding water brings out a nice Wick Vaporub scent

    Mouth:
    The high level is maintained - an onset of creamy-sweet vanilla and banana brings with it. Then it tingles on the tongue like Ahoi Brause, a blend of the flavors lemon, raspberry and woodruff. The barrel storage is noticeable by subtle mint and menthol notes. Here, too, a subtle fruitiness of yellow-fleshed fruits.

    Finish: Long, smoky, vanilla sweet and again minty freshness.

    Grand Caol Ila, who had the best 80s CI yet so far in the glass.

  7. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (The Whisky Exchange)

    Nose: Damp ash, apples and sea spray to start, with
    tarry ropes and bandages following on behind. Sweetness builds, balanced
    by damp earth notes and peaty smoke, with barley sugar and singed foam
    bananas.
    Taste: Very sweet off the bat, with honey-drizzled
    apples and marshmallows. Slowly the marshmallows get toasted and hints
    of charcoal smoke rise up through the middle. Sweet herbal notes sit at
    the back – mint and tarragon.
    Finish: Medicinal smoke and charcoal fade to leave baked apples and wine gums.

  8. Eneloop2009 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    93 Points, tastet 09.04.2017
    • Nose
      Die Nase beginnt mit eine schönen vanilligen Süße die durch frische,
      reife Zitrusfrüchte verstärkt wird. Ein wenig riecht es wie Lemon Curd.
      Dazu gesellen sich frische Früchte wie saure Äpfel und Ananas. Getragen
      wir das Ganze von einem leichten kalten Lagerfeuerrauch mit ein wenig
      Unterholz.
    • Taste
      Im Mund breitet sich der Caol Ila sofort mit einer cremigen Wucht auch.
      Zunächst dominiert die vanillige Süße, wird dann aber recht schnell von
      unreifen Früchten und dem wunderschönen Caol Ila Rauch eingefangen. Im
      Mund bildet sich die Unterholznote deutlicher aus und ist ein gutes
      Pendant zur Süße. Ganz im Hintergrund habe ich auch einen Anflug von
      Himbeerbonbons und ätherischen Ölen. Zudem hat er eine leicht salzige
      Note.
    • Finish
      Lang anhaltend und wärmend, hier dominiert dann ganz klar der Rauch,
      der sich, wohl auch dank der Cremigkeit, im ganzen Mund ausbreitet. Der
      Alkohol ist gut eingebunden, lediglich ein wenig Pfeffer macht sich
      bemerkbar. Überhaupt nicht holzig und mir neben den ganzen
      sensationellen Cadenhead Abfüllungen mit Sicherheit einer der liebsten
      Caol Ilas der letzten zwei Jahre.

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