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Caol Ila 1997/2010 'Distillers Edition'

(43%, OB, Moscatel finish)
Average Score: 85
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryCaol Ila
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameCaol Ila
Year Distilled1997
Year Bottled2010
Bottling NameDistillers Edition
Alcohol By Volume43%
Other DetailsMoscatel finish
Average Score85

Maniac Ratings
Johannes van den Heuvel80
Robert Karlsson84
Konstantin Grigoriadis83
Ho-cheng Yao90
Krishna Nukala86
Rich Howard86
David Wankel84
Oliver Klimek83
Ralf Mitchell89

Retired Maniac Ratings
Keith Wood84

Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonBig smoker. Mixed in with a sweet round maltiness. Some tar. Honeyed. Round style, smoke, malty sweetness, honeyed.
Rich Howardwarm smoky and salty caramel, a handful of sweet cherries, then some gauze, dark chocolate (chocolate-covered cherries now...), hints of spearmint, warm salted pretzel, sea salt, wet beach stones, light gauze, stained wood, fresh paper, warm machine oil, infused by a drift of gentle peat smoke. the palate is briskly sweet with chocolate-covered cherries, salted pretzels, and some charred wood and a wisp of wood smoke on the finish. water opens up quite a bit of milk chocolate on the nose, cocoa powder even, some grapes, maybe some raspberries, warm plastic and fresh paper (fax machine...?), hints of sweet malty vanilla on the tail. the gentle peat smoke is still there, but perhaps even a touch more gentle now. the palate now presents with that cocoa powder, some mint, a handful of fresh raspberries, with just enough smoke on the finish. summary: cocoa powder, berries, mint and salted pretzels with hints of warm office machine... takes water nicely. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]