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Caol Ila 25yo

Postby Jan_M » Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:22 pm

Hey,

I am from Belgium & 26yo.
I am new to the world of malts and since my visit to a whisky festival a year ago, my interests in this golden liquid has raisen a lot. Favorites so far are Caol Ila, Ardbeg and Highland Park.
Because of my preference so far in Caol Ila and after a period of price watching, i bought myself a bottle of 25yo 1978 Caol Ila.

It's still unopend and i was wondering how your opinions are about that whisky.
Was it worth the 3 times higher price then a 18yo bottle ?
And would you have chosen a Highland Park 25yo (about the same price) instead ?

As a novice, it's difficult to get an idea which tastes i prefer.
I hope that my next bottle of Laphroaig will confirm my pref in peat

Thanks a lot for reading & kind regards
Jan
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby zippy » Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:53 pm

Caol Isla, Ardbeg and Highland Park are three excellent distilleries. A 25yo Caol Isla is very good although a little less peaty than you may expect - the younger whiskies tend to have more peaty bite, but that is compensated for by other more complex flavours and aromas. As for whether it is worth it, it tends to be a case of diminishing returns (as with so many things in life!) - it certainly isn't 3 times better than the 18 yo, but its price is pretty comparable with other whiskies of a similar age

- my opinion is open it up and start drinking it asap!

I can't comment on the HP 25 yo not having tried it, but I would like to do so, I suspect it's pretty good too!
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby dcb » Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:07 pm

I've never had the 25, but I finished a bottle of the 18 a few months ago and really enjoyed it.
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby peergynt323 » Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:08 pm

I must admit, I was not the biggest fan of the Caol Ila 25yo. Older Highland Parks are definitely worth their price tag to me.
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby K-Mile » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:05 pm

Hi Jan, Welcome to the forums!

Quite some favorites you have, excellent choices. I have not tried the Coal Ila 25yo, so I can't compare it but it's sure to be a great dram :thumbsup:

Highland Park, Ardbeg, both also have great older expressions, but please, do not forget about the younger expressions! It helped me a lot to appreciate the older expressions by trying the younger ones first. This helps getting accustomed to them, and it saves you money as well ;)

Good luck on your journey through the wonderfull world of single malts :D
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby Jan_M » Fri Nov 16, 2007 3:09 pm

Thanks all for your replies.

The bottle is still unopend ... (waiting for a tasting with friends :) )
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby K-Mile » Sat Nov 17, 2007 2:15 am

Jan_M wrote:Thanks all for your replies.

The bottle is still unopend ... (waiting for a tasting with friends :) )


Great! I think it really helps if you have the chance to enjoy and discuss a great dram with friends. In every way better than doing it alone :thumbsup:
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sat Nov 17, 2007 2:22 am

Jan_M:
Welcome to the forums, I am impressed with the whiskies that you have started with. You either get to travel across the Channel a fair amount or your local bottle shop is very well stocked.
A 25 yo Caol Ila or a Highland Park. That's quite the choice to make but I'd probably have gone as you did with the Caol Ila. Going back next time for the HP.

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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby Jan_M » Sat Nov 17, 2007 12:07 pm

I wish i could travel alot to the UK :)
But no, after a long online quest to find a good shop, i bought the bottle in Kortrijk (some 100km from Calais).
Paid 130 euros for it
It's probably cheaper in france but surely not worth the distance to drive for me. (grmbl, belgian taxes :x )
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby hpulley » Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:32 pm

Some Caol Ila's are very peaty, others are not so peaty. The 25yo 1978 59.4% is a nice one, quite peaty, mossy, oily, smoky, seaweedy, really iodiney and dry on the palate, very dangerously smooth for the high alcohol content. No need at all for water, just a little heat in the finish to let you know it is cask strength. I'm sure you and your friend will enjoy it.

I haven't tried the new 25yo Highland Park and don't know if it differs from the previous bottling. Still, personal preference but I like this CI better than the HP from memory.

Any Ardbeg is great too and 25yo Ardbeg is sublime!

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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby Jan_M » Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:59 pm

Finally opened the bottle on new years evening.
OMG ... I am still a newbie on this Scottish gold, but never been litterarly blown away by a dram. I was really impressed and it's worth every euro i paid.
The bottle is now closed and hidden after some others :D ... this ila demands too much respect to drink it regularly.


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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby tungsten » Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:19 pm

You definitely made a great choice! A fantastic whisky, although a little expensive - but around here, it's getting rather rare. You might try the James Mc Arthur's Old Masters Special Reserve from Caol Ila distilleries aged 25 years. Slightly different, slightly cheaper...
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby Lord_Pfaffin » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:30 pm

Iove peaty Islay SMSWs and from my limited experience I've found Caol Ila malts to be a tad inconsistant, the misses are good, the hits stellar, but not knowing before uncorking is a bit unnerving. Lagavullin IMHO is much more consistant as is Ardbeg than Caol Ila, a work horse distillery producing copious amounts used in blended brands.
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:41 pm

Glad you liked the 25yo Jan. Funny thing is that of the OBs I prefer the 12. I think I just like Caol Isla young and raw. That's just me though. Good luck with your future explorations.
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby Ganga » Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:49 am

That's my Willie. I have had the more recent release of Caol Ila 25 and two different versions of the HP 25 (cask strength). I like 'em both but my choice would be the Highland Park if the price is even. Now, give me a $25 discount on the Caol Ila... :D

If you like it as much as you indicate, you made the right choice.
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Re: Caol Ila 25yo

Postby Laphroaig » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:23 am

Not 100% certain but I did have a couple of tastes of an earlier release of the Caol Ila 25. I assume it was the 1978. Speaking from memory I'm pretty sure the bottle I possess reads 1979/2005. I preferred the 1979 bottle. The earlier was damn good but the newer bottle grabbed me a bit tighter.
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