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Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Celtic Label
Stated Age
15 years old
60.4 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Intertrade Import
it Italy
Added on
23 Nov 2009 8:02 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 340.00

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27 × member ratings

10 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1969 GM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.76 points

  1. 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.

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

    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.


  3. 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 

  4. 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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