Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Stated Age
33 years old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
52.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 18/062
Added on
28 aug 2018 12:16 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1741.11

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 1984 GM

10 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.90 points.

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This one's damn good. Despite the increasing cost of a well-aged Caol Ila (and this one is one of the more expensive in recent memory), it's still cheaper than many, many subpar Port Ellens. A sharper, more crystalline, and more well-defined attack would have put this way up there. 92.5 points.
    • Nose
      93 93
      A good nose. Sweet peat. Warm, creamy, fruit-forward, vanilla-driven in fact without much sherry influence initially. Pears and apples, with a bit of lemons. Camphor, and slightly minty. Becomes increasingly bright and fruity with air, with cherries and some dried fruits including peaches and apricots coming into play.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Warming, good weight and mouthfeel, soft and creamy. Not much sherry influence at all. In fact, if I didn't know better, this is more like a ex-bourbon cask in that I detect more vanilla, and white and yellow fruits (the heaviness of the spirit does suggest an ex-sherry cask however). Olives. Slight spice and oak, but definitely not excessive in any way. Pretty good balance. Doesn't feel like 53% at all. The peat and smoke have dissipated with age and is well integrated with the fruits.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Good length, with lingering sweet peat. Slight metallic edge at the end.

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  3. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    1509) Caol Ila, 1984/2018, 33YO, Refill Sherry Hogshead, Batch 18/062, Connoisseurs Choice, Gordon & Macphail
    • Nose
      N- Good whisky brings comfort ; Great whisky brings memory. An eerily calm drizzling day with grey sky, strolling on the peat bog alone with foot sunk into the soft wet land, the scents of subtle herb-y notes derived from rubbing the wet peat on the hand, the soothing wet grass, the blade-y winds filled with earth, fuses with alluring distant smokes and mineral nuances. Some barbecue pit fire with shellfish, squeeze of citrus, raw almond and hints of pickled ginger. (93/23)
    • Taste
      P- Dry, sweet vanilla, boiled spices, bitter chocolate, berries liquorice and mouthful of petrol-y. (89/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, smooth, camphor, finely aged with return of almonds and basil. (87/21)

      B/B- 89/22

      Weighted Rate- 89pt +1 for an old malt.

  4. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Super sugary sweet, sweet pork if it make sense
    • Taste
      88 88
      Not as sweet
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. ConvalRen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Revisit this, after it was opened 1 month ago.
    • Nose
      93 93
      A rather salty one, with a rather silent sherry influence. It becomes even more saltier, towards the salted fish direction, with pretty light ashiness. A little bit of sour cream and lemon, as if you're having a fish & chips. The fruits appear after a while, which brighten up the entire nose with its sweetness. Slowly, the sherry influence seeping out, with the smokiness getting more prominent. Complex and intriguing.
    • Taste
      90 90
      A creamy and salty arrival, with that perfectly oily mouthfeel. A little bit minty and herbal-ish, and some ginger and licorice. Rather sweet in the mid-palate, which compliments the saltiness nicely. A lot more ashy compared to the nose.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very long finish, with salted peanuts and prolonged but not too powerful smokiness and ashiness. Lovely.

  7. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Simply brilliant, I can't say more.
    • Nose
      The dream of every Caol Ila fan like me, despite 34 years the character comes through perfectly, Parma ham and Black Forest ham as well, rosemary, thyme, whole hunter's plate, blueberries, bitter orange, blood orange, apple peel, nutmeg, black pepper, lavender, linen bags, a hint of cold ash , red apple, red peppers, old tobacco and Earl Gray
    • Taste
      The tea in front, then the blood orange, peach, cold ash, a hint of lead, cigar, fennel, paprika, black pepper, nutmeg, lavender, rosemary, roasted malt, licorice, fresh cocoa beans, only black forest ham now, sweet mustard
    • Finish
      Ash, bell pepper, malt, lavender, grapefruit bowl, long to very long

  8. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sample from Edwin Lim
    • Nose
      94 94
      Intense saltiness, candy sweetness, wet cardbox, roasted almond, salted caramel, with a gentle smoky background. Some waxiness and camphor, which makes the already complex nose even more intriguing. A lot fruitier after a sip.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very bright and cheerful. Sweet and full on citrus fruits, especially lemon. Lovely nuttiness, liquorice. Full on saltiness and waxiness as well. Elegant.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Salted almond, sea salt, nice smoky blanket on top of the other notes. Shell fish platter. Long finish. Lovely.

  9. el Gato scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      Really peaty up front. Then the common minerals. Salty. Liquerice. Grassy. White pepper. Fresh raspberries. Yet dirty, engine oil. Foresty. Lovely
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily. Thick texture. Big on lemons. Liquerice. Pepper. Fresh With red berries again. Herbal. Peaty yes. A bit ashy as well.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long and lovely. Still salty and ashy even. Some oaky notes. Dirty all the way. More Oranges now. A hint of tobacco and pepper in the end

  10. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful herbal nose, light sherry. Subtle, pleasant smoke. Very harmonious in the mouth, light sweetness. Sweet, sherry and smoke again in the finish. Very good Sherry Caol Ila! Together with the Elixir Distillers, the best Caol Ila I ever had! Price unfortunately with just under 600 € no bargain ...
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  11. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Eye / nose
    Very bright gold. Not quite white wine but not too far away. Refill Sherry Hogshead? Somehow I would have expected a little more blind, but that does not mean anything. Maybe a fino-bass or something else in this - bright - sherry direction. For the CI convinced in the nose from the first moment. My first reaction describes the Malt actually as comprehensive as accurate: 'YUMMY!'. Point. An extremely elegant freshness emanates from my Mini Glencairn glass. Light sweetness, vegetable, reminiscent of cactus water. If you take a longer and quiet time by the glass, the intensity of the perceived sweetness and the ashen smoke will increase as the temperature of the malts increases. From the cactus water associations becomes agave syrup, if you will. The nose signaled uninhibited, because something very great come, without premature to reveal already too many details. Nuances of dried herbs form the olifaktorische vanguard, to the memory of dried fruits such as apricots and raisins. The fruits are almost volatile in the nose - and soaked in some lubricating oil.

    The malt dresses the mouth oily and warms him soon with a sheer unbelievably warmth. A wonderful feeling. Flavors? I note limes, pears, orange zest, almond flakes and green olive paste. Aromas that are as diverse as they are intertwined. All of them are based on a phenolic smoky carpet that is just to be called discreetly. Although the peat smoke has certainly lost its authority over the decades of maturation, it gives the malt a very special, almost unique character in mature form. Fassreifung is just a bit like displacement in engine construction - simply incredibly hard to replace.

    Finish / Conclusion
    The finish is forever long and warm. The Caol Ila fades away endlessly, like a classical piece of music, which gets quieter towards the end. It does not dry out, and the aromas from the nose and palate change into the oak, then even vegetable-mineral, without any, bothersome bitterness. It forbids itself at all to ponder over possible Fehlnoten. There is no trace of an off-note.
    A malt like a Donnerhall. It does not get that much better even under the old Caol Ilas. Our GM bottling offers connoisseurs a remarkable complexity coupled with a healthy dose of traditional distillery character. Very nice!

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  12. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    What - A - Whisky!!
    Wet stable with sweaty horses. Citrus and almonds. Some fruity notes. A whole lot going on, I could go through a whole book of different notes.
    Taste exactly in line, some additional brine. Long and then .. even longer.
    Tasted H2H with 35y distillery bottling (whiskybase 112165). Which is also VERY good, but not THIS good.


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