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Overall rating
93.69/100
votes
28
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Celtic Label
Vintage
04.1969
Bottled
11.1984
Stated Age
15 years old
Strength
60.4 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Intertrade Import
Added on
23 Nov 2009 8:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 340,00

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1969 GM

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.69 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Heavyweight peat smackdown No 2, Islay v Highlands v Campletown (Longrow)

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/13186/longrow-14-year-old
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/5578/ardbeg-1972-dl
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/7690/ardbeg-1965-ca
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/66937/bowmore-1971-ses
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/10905/longrow-1973-rwd
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/11880/caol-ila-1969-gm
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/43054/glen-garioch-1975-sa
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/9531/brora-1972

    Longrow 14 year, palate and particularly the finish are monstrous for only 46%
    A stellar whisky

    Ardbeg 72 DL, superb nose, palate just a little behind but overall Longrow is better

    Ardbeg 1965, disappointing all round

    Bowmore, not bad but expected more, blind I would have said it was a heavy sherried Speyside dram.

    Longrow 73 RWD, nice enough but too bitter for me

    Caol Ila 69 , really nice, just lacking a little in complexity
    Glen Garioch 1975 SA, Brutal but brilliant

    Brora 72, Brutal but brilliant also

    As things were so evenly matched after the Brora I had to try the Geerie again and I actually think is shaded the Brora on taste but I also tried the Longrow 14 again and for 46% it is awesome and on a par with either the Geerie or Brora.
    The Geerie, Longrow 14, Brora, Ardbeg 72 & Caol Ila were all quality, the Bowmore was fine but far from impressive and the Longrow 73 RWD & Ardbeg 1965 were very disappointing compared to their high average scores

    Result
    1 = Glen Garioch
    1 = Longrow 14 year
    2 – Brora 1972 RM
    3 – Ardbeg 1972 DL
    4 – Caol Ila 1969
    5 – Bowmore 1971 Ses
    6 – Longrow 1973 RWD
    7- Ardbeg 1965 Cadenhead

    I think I need to re try the Brora 72, Glen Garioch 75 and Longrow 14 H2H again, in truth my palate is a little smashed after this level of peat

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with 3 drops of water:-
    A really good CI, just lacks a little complexity at this level to get it in the mid 90`s
    • Nose
      91 91
      A crisp, clean, classic Caol Ila nose, front loaded on peat , brine & a little seaweed.
      Putty notes emerge, hints of quinine & lemon
      A good nose.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Kappow, like a peat grenade in your mouth , brilliant, sharp, crisp, peat infused with a hint of smoke, brine and various other seashore smells.
      It finally settles down after a while with more lemon but then the wave of peat just keeps returning.
      This is high quality
    • Finish
      91 91
      Good length getting a little dry with lots of peat all the way through and some bitterness at the end which knocks it a little but only a little

  3. detachedblue scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    The nose may not be outstanding (many Caol Ila have a remarkable nose), but the palate is simply perfect and sensational. It proved that 15 years old whisky could reach perfection without excessive oakiness.
    • Nose
      OK, this is a rather austere and farmy Caol Ila. Medium strength old peat, salty seaweeds. There are some musty and milky components behind. I detected some meaty flavors, such as a beer sauce for stewed beef. It is zesty, very nutty (raw walnuts) and floral. The nose is shy to start not suggesting a 60% alcohol strength! In every way, you could mistakenly think that this is a Port Ellen, it has some golden fruits that I often found from the special releases, and some austere components from early PE James Macarthur.
    • Taste
      Extremely fresh and sweet, a long bottle aging mellows down the high ABV, you have tons of lemon juices covered by creams, really intense and dynamic stuff.... Simply amazing, never ending in your mouth. Not bitterness, no overpowered mints, very balanced, mouthwatering, simply a perfection! Then the peat becomes louder mixed with minty walnuts! Sensational!
    • Finish
      Long, becoming extremely nutty and refreshing, milky chocolates, dried apricots, more farmy notes, seems never-ending.

  4. P.A.O.K.you_are did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Caol
    Ila 15yo 1969/1984 (60.4%, G&M
    for Intertrade, celtic label)
    It’s always moving to taste
    some Caol Ila from the ‘pre-rebuilding’
    years. Colour: straw. Nose: really
    sharp, extremely lemony and mineral,
    austere, grassy, musty… Gets
    then very nicely flowery, which is
    rather unusual with Caol Ila in my
    books (lilies), very tarry like some
    Port Ellens, gaining lots of complexity
    after a few minutes. Quinces, marzipan
    (again!), hints of gin and tequila,
    With water: it gets farmier as often.
    Mouth: a superb, sharp but balanced,
    extremely lemony attack with also
    quite some salt. Very intense, with
    a superb, smoky peat (not green in
    any way). Lapsang souchong tea, kumquats,
    all sorts of spices…And it gets
    even smokier with water. Oh yes, this
    is great stuff, arriving in waves
    on your palate, invading… No
    need to tell you more, this is close
    to perfection and the finish is just
    endless, endless, endless, endless…
    96 points.

    Whiskyfun.com

  5. aby scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    nose: sharp, smoke, grass, delicate, lemon, and after a while some flowers with farmnotes

    taste: some smoky peat,  lemon and a bit salt, a bit spicy

    finish: doesn`t stop

    overall: great, great whisky !  the best islay i`ve tasted so far: 95 p 

  6. aby scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    I`d never thought i would rate a Caol Ila above 85 points as i don`t like their whisky that much, but this is amazing !!

    Tasted from Luc T. at whisky in Leiden. It is from the old Caol Ila distillery (before 1973)

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