Tasting Notes / Bottles from Caol Ila



Caol Ila 12 Year Old
Caol Ila 12 Year Old

This is one of those drams that as a serious whisky drinker you really should be trying at some point, unless you don't like peat - in that case don't bother, as this Caol Ila 12 Year Old

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2010 Release)
Caol Ila 12 Year Old Unpeated (2010 Release)

This dram was tasted as part of the 12 Drams of Xmas series

Caol Ila 1983 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)
Caol Ila 1983 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)

When it comes to old Caol Ila it can go one of two ways, either gentle ash notes, or it can go pretty tropical fruit juice like, almost UM Bongo like.

Caol Ila 1998 Moscatel Sherry Finish - Distillers Edition
Caol Ila 1998 Moscatel Sherry Finish - Distillers Edition

Another cracking dram that i sampled whilst on the tour of Glenkinchie Distillery recently was this Caol Ila 1998 Moscatel Sherry Finish - Distillers Edition

Caol Ila 19yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing )
Caol Ila 19yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing )

A 19 year old single cask Caol Ila from Douglas Laings Old Particular range, err yes please.

Caol Ila 2003 Private Collection Sassicaia Finish (Gordon and MacPhail)
Caol Ila 2003 Private Collection Sassicaia Finish (Gordon and MacPhail)

This is a really interesting one, a 2003 vintage Caol Ila which was matured for 9 years or so in ex bourbon then finished for 33 years in a super tuscan Sassicaia cask.

Caol Ila 2005 Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)
Caol Ila 2005 Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

A Gordon and MacPhail cask strength Caol Ila, made up from a few casks making this small batch, is something that i immediately go Yum to and i wasn't wrong.

Caol Ila 2007 (Signatory Vintage Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange)
Caol Ila 2007 (Signatory Vintage Exclusive to The Whisky Exchange)

Hey, it's Ben K here again helping Tom out, this time with a dram that is exclusive to the chaps at The Whisky Exchange, a delightful bourbon cask matured 8 year old Caol Ila .

Caol Ila 25yr 1989 XOP (Douglas Laing)
Caol Ila 25yr 1989 XOP (Douglas Laing)

Old Caol Ila as a way of celebrating the drams dramming and adding the final touch to a fabulous tasting, well yes please would always be the answer,

Caol Ila 27 Year Old (The Whisky Barrel)
Caol Ila 27 Year Old (The Whisky Barrel)

Next in my series of The Whisky Barrel Exclusive bottlings is this beautiful Caol Ila 27 Year Old.

Caol Ila 5yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)
Caol Ila 5yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Many thanks to JJ at Whisky Rover who kindly shared a generous sample of this smoky monster from his bottle.

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (2014 Special Releases)
Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Year Old (2014 Special Releases)

The 2014 Diageo Special Releases Caol Ila Unpeated has been aged for 15 years in first fill ex-bourbon casks.

Caol Ila Unpeated 15yr (2016 Special Releases)
Caol Ila Unpeated 15yr (2016 Special Releases)

This Caol Ila Unpeated 12 Year Old was bottled as part of the 2016 Diageo Special Releases and tasted at their launch event in London.

Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchell Reserve (2013 Special Releases)
Caol Ila Unpeated Stitchell Reserve (2013 Special Releases)

Every year Caol Ila release an unpeated version for the Special Releases and this was the 2013 release version.

Caol Ila Young and Feisty Provenance (2009) (Douglas Laing)
Caol Ila Young and Feisty Provenance (2009) (Douglas Laing)

This dram was tasted a while back, from my notes it was Stramash 2014, and was left in my notepad without being transferred over to the blog

SMWS 53.135 - Ambush By the Sound of Islay
SMWS 53.135 - Ambush By the Sound of Islay

The second of the two Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling reviews that i'm posting this evening, both from the 10cl bottles which were part of my joining pack. This time it's the 53.135 Ambush By the

SMWS 53.166 - Kings feast down a mine shaft
SMWS 53.166 - Kings feast down a mine shaft

Part of a short series of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottlings this dram, the 53.166 Kings feast down a mine shaft has been available for a while now and is a cracker of a dram.

SMWS 53.196 Waiting for the Ambulance
SMWS 53.196 Waiting for the Ambulance

From March's Scotch Malt Whisky Society outturn this is 53.196 Waiting for the Ambulance

SMWS 53.198 Wasabi on a California Roll
SMWS 53.198 Wasabi on a California Roll

Back in the early part of 2014 I stated that i wanted to review 100 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society expressions in 2014, and I thought recently that I wouldn't make it but this 97th post

SMWS 53.201 True Love on a Pebble Beach
SMWS 53.201 True Love on a Pebble Beach

The fifth dram from the Livingston Whisky Club tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society at Queen Streethosted by the wonderful Annabel Meikle (@thewhiskybelle) was 53.201 True Love on a Pebble Beach.