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Overall rating
88.20/100
votes
12
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Vintage
2002
Bottled
23.04.2019
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
Batch 19/059
Number of bottles
174
Strength
53.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5020613073081
Added on
22 Jun 2019 5:41 pm by Ayrtom
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 149,95

2 × in wishlist

12 × member ratings

17 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2002 GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.20 points

  1. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Gaija scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It's super classy stuff. This is both very Caol Ila and yet very different from similar releases that seem somehow much more "generic" and "Caol Ila 101" (though very good in their own right). This on feels superbly complex and refined for its age. High class, high subtlety. Recommended : the price might seem heavy for a 16yo (though not really by today's standards anymore ...), but the quality and complexity is superior to what I'd expect at this age, so ... 89-90
    • Nose
      89 89
      Wow, very classy stuff. The label is right on this one, there are some fruits indeed, ones that I'm not accustomed to find in Caol Ila (but maybe rather in Bowmore). Mandarines, fruitellas. Very light smoke, a lot of dried seashells, light meaty and seaweedy tones. This is very elegantly composed and much more complex than the usual young Caol Ila profile.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The complexity and refinement carry on here, even better I might say. Very subtle arrival on soft vegetal tones, edamame is the closest thing I could compare this to. A lot of wet newspapers and seashells again, I love them, they're the signature of the more mature Caol (and Port Ellen !) to me. Limestone. But still this very soft and almost fruity register with ideas of pomelos, mirabelles, almond milk (lovely note !), coconut, macadamia nut. This is really, really good. Much more complex and elegant than I had expected.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Almond milk and edamame indeed.

  3. dramidaris scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

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