Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Stated Age
34 years old
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
52.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 19/004
Added on
10 apr 2019 11:16 am by harlan
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 721.46

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 1984 GM

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.79 points.

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tried this side by side with the famous Cadenhead small batch 60.2% and the newer G&M Connoisseur Choice 36yo 1981 TWE 20th anniversary.

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/87401/caol-ila-1982-ca (93 points)

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/126463/1981-gm (92 points)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smells young -- almost like a Caol Ila 2000, with the young, raw peat (ie it's not very impressive thus far). Young, raw vegetal peat is not my favorite whisky profile. Let's give it some time, shall we? This certainly ain't cheap, and I want to make sure I gave it a fair shake!

      With time (5-10 min), some depth and elegance, finally! It becomes less raw and some shy fruits come out -- apples, pear, pineapples, all subtle. With time, woah!! -- Tiger Balm!?!? Methinks it's time to taste this...
    • Taste
      90 90
      Just like the Cadenhead and the other GM CC, very peaty and powerful. Wakes up all the senses. Wave after wave of rounded peat, rolling around in your palate. The flavors don't hit the highest notes though, like the other two Caol Ila. Not very complex. Almost feel like there is young very young Caol Ila mixed in with the older Caol Ila. Not bad.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Super lengthy, but I can't help but feel disappointed. I want to give it a 90 points, but can't be that generous, sorry. For comparison purposes, the Cadenhead was a 93 pointer and the TWE GM CC 60.2% was 92 points.

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  3. sengaia scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very peaty, with ash and tar notes as well as some raisins and soft fruits. Unexpectedly powerful given its age, reminding me of some Port Ellens that could also combine raw power and complexity, although this does not quite reach that exalted level. On the palate more dried fruits and a sweet earthy peat appear, but the ash and tar remain strongly present and the interplay between these elements is just wonderful. Water does not diminish its power but allows you to tease out more of its complexity.

    A great example of a what a refill cask can achieve, given time.


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