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Caol Ila 1983 CA

Overall rating 20 votes 90.61
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 5:20 pm by Bishlouk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 298,99

1 bottle available

Lowest price on Market: € 389,00

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6 Notes

Connoisseur hs305 Review note
06 Apr 2017 7:27 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 92 points

[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.  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.

Rich, fat and oily arrival on the palate.  No hot moment, no distracting feeling.  One of the best arrivals I had for months...  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. 

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 get lyrically when sipping such stuff).

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

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Expert Senior lachaineduwhisky Tasting note
20 Aug 2017 11:30 am
Pale gold

Ce n'est pas la tourbe que je rencontre en premier lieu mais une magnifique combinaison de fruits charnus - pommes cuites, melon - et de farine de malt. La tourbe les rejoint, douce, fine, légèrement médicinale (mais pas cendrée). Puis la vanille. 


Très cohérente avec le nez avec un super "bloc" malt/fruits. La tourbe s'affirme, les épices douces sont là, délicatement sucré, juste comme il faut.


Longue et douce, mais pas vraiment sucrée, il y a même une légère sécheresse tirant vers le malt amer avec un peu d'eau. Tourbe fine à nouveau.


J'ai passé un merveilleux moment !

Enthousiasme 5/5

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Connoisseur hs305 Note
06 Aug 2017 2:17 am
hs305 gave this whisky 92 points

[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!

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Expert Junior Remko Note
29 Jun 2017 9:05 am

Quote Whiskyfun.com - june 29, 2017

Caol Ila 33 yo 1983/2017 (50.2%, Cadenhead, Single Cask, hogshead, 198 bottles) Five stars In my experience, old CIs are usually stunning, but also in my experience, they do not stand the tiniest flaws that may run them off the road. But granted, that happens very rarely… Colour: straw. Nose: I see, a chalky/mezcaly one. Smoke, brine, crushed limestone, olives, vanilla… There are rumours that CAD are preparing some kind of metanoiacal world spirit that would shelter peaters, mezcals, gentians, and Jamaican high-ester rums. Can we wait? With water: gets CI-gentler, but there are oysters (Loch Gruinart, naturally) and funny whiffs of an old jacket that you would have worn while taking care of the BBQ. Whatever. Also something that’s very CI, green apples. Mouth (neat): forgot to mention iodine and peppered lemon. All the rest stands. With water: stays big and salty. More olives, brine, and the obligatory kippers (of the cake – S., please behave!) Finish: long, but it keeps this very moderate lightness that’s inherent to Caol Ila. Oh and the olives never gave up. Comments: excellent, as expected (but accidents can happen). Water is not mandatory here, you can save up. SGP:366 - 91 points.

Connoisseur Bishlouk Tasting note
12 May 2017 7:06 am
Bishlouk gave this whisky 89 points
Pale gold

Très aromatique dès le départ. Du fenouil, de l'oseille, un peu d'anis étoilé. Viennent alors la pelure de citron et du coquillage marin. Les herbes aromatiques se calment après un moment, c'est alors le fruit et la brise marine qui se mélangent.


C'est ici que ce Caol Ila se révèle pleinement: du citron acidulé, de la salinité fondue, des épices douces qui dansent sur la langue. Le fruité arrive par vagues; et la texture est onctueuse en bouche. Du raisin blanc compoté, du citron jaune, et de la pomme verte.


La salinité reste un moment, tandis que les épices se font plus piquantes. La compote de fruit acidulé reste un long moment en bouche.


C'est un très bon whisky de bout en bout, fin tout en ayant un caractère bien trempé. Mais je trouve aussi qu'il lui manque certaines caractéristiques que j'affectionne chez les vieux Caol Ila, comme la minéralité affirmée ou le cendré perceptible par exemple. En aveugle, j'aurais plutôt misé sur un Old Pulteney que sur un Caol Ila. Comme quoi les embouteillages indépendants nous proposent souvent un angle d'approche différent.


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