Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Private Collection
Calculated age
50 years old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
52.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 dec 2018 5:40 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 10380.20

23 × in wishlist

11 × member ratings

22 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 1968 GM

4 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.00 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Photo Moderator

    Very powerful and spicy - very good
    • Nose
      92 92
      Very fruity, apricot, pear, honey, fine smoke, whiffs of leather, spices, tobacco - very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Punchy, spicy, fruity, subtle sweetness, fine oak wood, nutty, cloves, dark chocolate, just little smoky - still good
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, more spicy, little more oak wood, little tannins

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Camphor, menthol, citrus fruits, candied orange, bonfire, superb complexity and balance, great

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


  4. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is fantastic! It can handle its age very well. The high ABV really benefits here. But it is very drinkable, even at this high ABV. The taste is quite oily and thick, which I love. And very well balanced, but plenty of interesting developments too. Excellent quality!
    • Nose
      A lovely gentle peat layer. And also very fruity! Red apples, a sweet pink grapefruit. Raisins and some vanilla sweetness. Somewhat smoky. Menthol. And a herbal note. Beautiful nose! Full of flavours. It varies very much between the fruit and the peat. What makes it quite interesting.
    • Taste
      Very nice! This is quite thick. And what a lovely taste. The peat is here but in an elegant way. A briny note. Then red berries, apples and oranges. A faint hint of grapefruit. And there’s smoke in the background. Somewhat woody, but just a little bit. Some honey and menthol.
    • Finish
      A nice long finish with peat and menthol. A pinch of salt.

  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    The complexity on the nose is what makes the Caol Ila especially stunning. There's just so much going on.
    • Nose
      Very subtle whiffs of peat smoke, rubber soles, and whispers of hospital hallways. I'm not suggesting any iodine here, but like that antiseptic quality that just lives inside hospitals. And in this case I mean it as a good thing. There's touches of soy and mushrooms too, while there's also some fennel and aniseed, as well as vanilla, oranges and sultanas. And all supremely balanced.
    • Taste
      The peat smoke is subtle, yet still fairly intense considering the advanced age of this whisky. Quite salty too, and a fair amount of charcoal and tar, as well as smoked cod. I love the sweet orange marmalade, and caramel glazed apples. Obviously very mature, yet the oak manages to restrain itself.
    • Finish
      Lingering oak tannins, with embers and peat. Long.


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