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Overall rating
86.87/100
votes
97
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
18.07.2006
Bottled
05.09.2017
Calculated age
11 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butts
Casknumber
306189+306191+306195
Strength
59.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
171486
Barcode
5020613065062
Added on
17 Oct 2017 7:44 pm by Candide
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 122,00

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2006 GM

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.87 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    First-fill sherry? Fino or what? Well, at any rate, the cask's previous contents have not messed with the Caol Ila distillate, which stands front and center here.

    Hugely herbal, marine, yeasty, farmy, and savory nose, with onions, cow dung, olive brine, seaweed, clams/oysters and sweet peat. Coastal, crystalline and unadulterated. Very autumnal and smoke-forward. Perhaps some additional vanillin and nuttiness in the background.

    Peppery and spicy on the palate, with some sweetness: honeyed herbal cough lozenges. Also: smoked fish and quite some farminess. Good if you're into straight peat, but not overly complex. Finishes on pepper and herbal peat smoke.

    I see how you could ramble on about this approximating the "essence" of Caol Ila or something like that, but I find this a tad too straightforward and simple. Nice enough, but nothing special in my book.

  2. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Another solid Caol Ila, but one that isn't likely to take your breath away. What would we fans of peat do without this reliable workhorse churning out loads of this lovely juice year after year?
    • Nose
      Faintly rubbery and vinegary at first, then some smoked salmon, faint gasoline and white dessert wine. Not overpoweringly sherried, but definitely different from the usual refill bourbon profile of CI.
    • Taste
      A big, bold body with a good amount of sherry, more so than on the nose. Heavily sooty. It's certainly powerful, but something is lacking in the whole, as it feels a tad too simple and straightforward for me to get superlative on it.
    • Finish
      Some oak, sweet tar, fino sherry, and saltiness, with a side of menthol.

  3. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. Wojtek1982 scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

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

  5. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    If I get lost in pictures like in my full review (in German): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/01/28/ein-trio-caol-ila/ that it is a good sign for good stuff. That is the case here. Absolutely awesome s***. If you consider what it retailed for (65 €) ... the current secondary market price (110 €) is probably still completely ok.

  6. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    What a great stuff!

  8. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is the Caol Ila nose, refined by a few drops of a rather dry sherry. A gentle breeze on a beach at low tide. Coarse salt, seaweed, oysters. Fine ash, tobacco, thick but not impressive peat. Thereupon, white fruit, hazelnut, raisins, vanilla, honey. Excellent balance. We never tire.
    In the mouth, peat, vanilla, pear, dried fruit, white pepper. The finish is magnificent, explosive and perfectly mastered, as if you were crunching a clove but it calmed down just when it was going to become unpleasant, with something sweet, caramel, cherry, anise, spices. It is very long, sweet, subtlety trumps power. You don't feel the 60 ° at all.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A slight improvement over ID 98373, but also this one should have had some more time in the cask.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Peat, tangerine, apple and malt. With water some eggplant.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peat, fig liquor, apple and malt.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Peat, tangerine, fig and mocha.

  10. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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