- Single Malt
- Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
- Bottling serie
- Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
- Stated Age
- 16 years old
- 1st Fill Bourbon Barrel
- Batch 19/059
- Number of bottles
- 53.6 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 22 Jun 2019 5:41 pm by Ayrtom
6 × in wishlist
13 × member ratings
17 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2002 GM
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.18 points
- 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
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.
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.
Almond milk and edamame indeed.