Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
33 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
50.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Apr 2017 5:11 pm by Bishlouk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 553,07

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54 × member ratings

74 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1983 CA

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.83 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  As all the 1982-84 Caol Ila vintages bottled by Cadenhead last year were simply great whiskies I have high expectations...

    Yep, expectations met.  Another exceptional release by the good people at Cadenhead, this salute is to you - Slainte!

    [August, 2017] I re-tasted it tonight and fully comfirm my prior review. This is great stuff both to nose and taste. The best bang you can get for your bucks these days, I just bought another bottle! Love it... (Tonight I am tempted to score it even higher at 93-94 points). Yes, I am sure now: I rate this 93 points tonight! Adore it!
    • Nose
      93 93
      The nose is full of delicious old style Islay aromas that promise an extraordinary malt. They call it on the label "acrylic paint" - I call it old bottle flavour (OBF). Lots of additional aromas on maritime and floral/grassy notes (of course, Islay grass - what else?). One to sniff for hours and you still detect something new.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The body keeps the promise of the nose: unbelievable complex and balanced. No, I did not find the "leg of lamb with rosemary and hints of rabbit" as they stated on the back label. But a lot of delicious other things (I will not name them here, you should find out yourself...). All imbedded in an adorable sweet and peaty structure. No flaws that I can detect. Water is not needed, it makes the dram much sweeter and therefore drives it a little bit out of this perfect balance.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Rich, fat and oily arrival on the palate. No hot moment, no distracting feeling. One of the best arrivals I had for months... The finish is very long with some additional maritime flavours added. Neither bitter nor drying, just a little cold ash. It reminds me of the smell at Port Askaig harbour with a distant cold fireplace after a delicious seafood BBQ (I wax lyrically when sipping such stuff).

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2017]  It is a little ritual that the last dram in a year always comes from the distillery I liked most during that year.  And this time the winner is:  Caol Ila with its exceptional 30+years bottlings from the early eighties that were all truly outstanding.  I bought his bottle for 239 Euro in August, 2017 and I am afraid it will not last very long into 2018.

    I fully confirm my review from earlier this year and I am tempted to score it even one point higher tonight.  But I resist that temptation and leave the score where it is - at astonishing 93 points...

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I had a wonderful time! Enthusiasm 5/5 Whisky n ° 1436
    • Nose
      It is not the peat that I encounter in the first place but a magnificent combination of fleshy fruits - cooked apples, melon - and malt flour. The peat joins them, soft, fine, slightly medicinal (but not ashy). Then vanilla.
    • Taste
      Very consistent with the nose with a great "block" malt / fruit. The peat is assertive, sweet spices are there, delicately sweet, just right.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet, but not really sweet, there is even a slight dryness drawing towards the bitter malt with a little water. Fine peat again.

  4. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It's super balanced, complex and good.
    • Nose
      Very nice nose. Fruit compote, apple, peach, plum.
      Vanilla, light peat, mint.
      Pineapple. Light wood. Butter.
      It's very balanced.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is quite sweet, buttered, fruity.
      Light floral side.
      Yellow fruits, pineapple.
    • Finish
      Finale on butter and fruit. Cold ashes.

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Bishlouk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    It is a very good whisky end to end, end while having a strong character. But I also find that it lacks certain characteristics that I like in old Caol Ila, like the assertive minerality or the perceptible ash, for example. Blindly, I would rather bet on an Old Pulteney than on a Caol Ila. How independent traffic jams often offer us a different angle of approach.
    • Nose
      Very aromatic from the start. Fennel, sorrel, a little star anise. Then come the lemon peel and sea shell. Aromatic herbs settle down after a while, so the fruit and the sea breeze mingle.
    • Taste
      It is here that this Caol Ila is fully revealed: tart lemon, melted salinity, sweet spices that dance on the tongue. The fruit comes in waves; and the texture is creamy on the palate. Stewed white grapes, lemon, and green apple.
    • Finish
      Salinity remains a moment, while spices are more spicy. The tart fruit compote remains a long time in the mouth.


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