Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Wood Finished
Stated Age
14 years old
Hermitage Wood Finish
Batch 19/013
Number of bottles
45.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Apr 2019 5:41 pm by CortheFarmer

Average value

€ 87.61

12 × in wishlist

88 × member ratings

152 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2005 GM

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.95 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The Connoisseurs Choice from Gordon & Macphail has some new livery since a couple of months. Today I will try a 14 years old bottled at 45%, finished on Hermitage Wood for a year. Hermitage is a wine from the Northern Rhone region.
    Oh, this is something else! The typical maritime character from Coal Ila is nicely wrapped in very sweet and fresh notes of red fruit. That must be the wine cask. Strawberries, raspberries and red berries with a hint of juicy plums and even some creamy banana. The salt and peat are pushed all the way in the back, though, but that’s quite alright. This is simply very good. After some fifteen minutes, it becomes quite candy-like. Dracula’s teeth, if you are familiar with that candy?
    The malt is nicely oily and very quaffable. After the initial sweet bomb, mostly strawberry now – the saltiness finally emerges. Some pepper and peat kick in. I’m not sure I would have guessed this is Caol Ila if tasted blind, but I certainly know – blind or not – that I like it very much. Very successful wine finish, if you ask me.
    It goes up and down like a yoyo in the finish: sweet tot salt to sweet to salt and so on.
    Very atypical, but very good. Oh, well, is there any other Caol Ila?

  2. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sherry and peat, creamy, light spice, heat isn’t noticeable, but it improves with water. Good representation!

  3. nallacam scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. davidloosli scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Sweet and smoky but lacking complexity, quaffable
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, cough drop (cherry), soot, apricot, orange detergent, almond pastry
    • Taste
      Oranges, smoked apricots, very sweet, peach, a light grassyness, chimney fire
    • Finish
      Bitter walnut, peach rings (Haribo), woodstove-bread

  5. Glenjasper scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    An atypical Caol Ila.

    Little smoke and the peat hardly gets through. Rather a fruity whisky as you know it from the Highlands.

    Raspberry taste, sweet red fruits and fruit gums are clearly in the foreground here. In the background a slight smoky note.

    An interesting whisky, but not a classic islay.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Roland7 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Barberry, watermelon, raspberries, red apple, grapefruit, fresh pastries, cooked vegetables, smoked meats, peppers, laurel, raspberry leaf, mineral, medicine, ash, rubber, skin.

  7. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  8. toklian scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F21 B21

  9. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I usually do not comment on the color: Here I have to say that I find the copper engraving of this whisky very appealing.

    A very fruity nose, dominated by raspberries, strawberries, redcurrants and a bit of cherry. With malty sweetness and vanilla. Maritime and smoky notes are strong in the background, the smoke here is most likely smoldering wood.
    With a few splashes of water we nose even sweeter, strawberries and red apples with icing.
    With some time in the glass and after the nose gets used to the sweetness, then come the typical CI citrus fruits - grapefruit and lime, and the whisky is maritime.

    Very successful blend of finish and distilling character!
    If red wine was dominant in the nose, smoke, citrus fruit and berries meet on the tongue at the same time. Oily, the malt slides through the mouth, which emphasizes the sweetness as well as the liveliness.
    After the first sweet-whizzing wave comes a slightly peppery impression, but quickly disappears back into the fruit. Here is more cherry and blackberry leading.

    Medium long, here again strong smoky with fruity-sweet undertones.

    A very, very nice malt, with nice balance and a very tasty twist to the Brennereicharakter. The drink strength of 45%, I find very successful and feel no need to try the cask strength.

  10. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87


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