Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
13 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
23/07/18 180806
Added on
12 Feb 2019 12:25 pm by Marcello

Average value

€ 55.00

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 13-year-old GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.16 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Baby Caol Ila
    As the name suggests, this series from Gordon & Macphail is meant to offer the different styles of malt that can be discovered from the Promsied Land. In the glass I have a Caol Ila that matured for 13 years on a bourbon cask, albeit cut to 43%.
    Soft nose on lime, kiwi and nectarines with a good dose of vanilla, hint of smoked bacon, a soft salty note and some peat smoke. It even has a bit of a floral note. I quite like this profile.
    The body is somewhat light. Now I get some citrus fruit, but also melon and nectarines. The kiwi from the nose has made room for something that reminds me of pineapple. Strangely enough vanilla icecream appears in my mind’s eye. This is upholstered with some almonds. The spices are white pepper, salt and liquorice. The smoke development is surprisingly small.
    The finish is rather short, but pleasantly smoky.
    This is something of a baby Caol Ila, tob e honest. Very accessible and a fine introduction to the style. In that sense, it’s the perfect malt to be bottled under the Discovery label.

  2. DerDennis! scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  3. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    blind tasting (86)
    was surprised, not typical Il
    • Nose
      Hmmm ... bright caramel pear, apple baked with vanilla sugar, ice cream ... a little smoke. Not rich but bright (22)
    • Taste
      Fruit, cream (21)
    • Finish
      Finish short, cream and spice ... light smokiness (21)

  4. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, fruity (lemons, kiwis, nectarines), smoked bacon, vanilla
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, fruity (apricots, citrus, melons, pineapples), almonds, spicy (pepper), salty
    • Finish
      Medium long, smoky, sweet, grapefruit, vanilla

  5. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    First sweet, vanilla from the bourbon barrel and smoke, also sweet. Fresh fruitiness. Continue freshness and sweetness on the palate. Maybe bananas? Then sweet smoke (how can smoke taste so sweet?). Malty sweetness and citrus notes. At the end there is no end, long sweet smoke remains. A must have for Caol Ila friends.


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