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Overall rating
88.60/100
votes
22
Whiskybase ID
WB133500
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

€ 126.90

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2002 GM

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.60 points

  1. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Very concentrated at first, lime, lemon, moist dew, gooseberry, vanilla. With a little time in the glass and hand warmth, subtle mango, some passion fruit, passion fruit emerge. The smoke is most likely coal smoke on which fish previously lay, from which some fat has dripped into the embers. Light pastry notes (chocolate croissant and pudding), some seaweed on the beach (very subtle). Nut nougat.
    The smoke is relatively subtle and fits nicely into the overall picture.
    Water changes almost nothing on the nose, the fruit may become a my stronger

    Mouth:
    In the mouth it reminds me very strongly of the 25 year old bottling, only with a little more fruit. Here, too, he looks older than the specified 16 years. The 1st fill barrel in contrast to (at least with the OAs) more usual refill barrels worked well, nutmeg, vanilla, again chocolate croissant. In addition, the fruit from the nose, here less maritime, the smoke is medium-strong, also well integrated here. Citrus fruit is more in the second row, nicely underlines the tropical fruits.

    Finish:
    In a nutshell - vanilla sweetness and nutmeg, citrus, it gets a bit ashy (I have the feeling that from 2000 onwards the nose is often more medicinal and the mouth and finish are often ashier than, for example, the 80s distillates). There is oak and slight bitterness, but very subtle, goes under if you don't explicitly look for it.

    90/100

    An all around successful, beautifully matured Caol Ila. Looks a bit older than the given age, but what are numbers. It is important that this whisky brings flavors of a more mature age, but the origin can still be tasted.

  2. Koning scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Bourbon meets Caol Ila, a very nice experience and a different take on Caol Ila! The first fill bourbon mellows the medicinal peat slightly by the sweet fruitiness, but the balance is great. I bought a similar bottle after tasting this one.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Medium medicinal peat followed by strong notes of coconut, sweet raspberry and white chocolate. Very bourbon! It's quite savoury too, and I also get burnt toast and pine needles.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Medium peat, oily with mineral and maritime notes. Very Caol Ila, but with well integrated sweet notes from the first fill bourbon cask: vanilla sugar, plums, lychees, passion fruits and milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium peat waves, more medicinal now. Some vanilla, strawberries and oak spices.

  3. AnnEm scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    And again a wonderful Caol Ila from the (first fill) bourbon barrel. The basic character is definitely very similar to the half-age eight-year-old (WID 149897/160748), although this one here seems more sedate and aromatically denser. I really like the association of vanilla batter in combination with the warm peat. A tasty palate flatterer!
    • Nose
      Concentrated and elegant. The peat is in the foreground for me and is very complex: herbaceous eucalyptus, smoked ham, algae mussels, but also some gauze bandage and wood ash I notice. Ethereal-oily oak wood notes, a little sandalwood in addition. Aniseed and licorice sweets. Freshly baked wheat bread, coated with butter and salt. A very appetizing note of vanilla, in the direction of batter / marble cake. So also some milk chocolate. I also find it very fruity, I think of blueberries and strawberries, with ripe pears and a bit of subtle lemon. Everything looks well matured and nicely set.
    • Taste
      Neatly herbaceous and smoked peat, it covers the entire mouth cavity full-bodied and has a wonderfully baked, vanilla-sweet and oily effect. Chocolate, subtle ginger and clove-spicy wood aromas have a warming effect. Lively, lemony sea spray sets a fresh counterpoint to the whole thing.
    • Finish
      It spreads comfortably and deeply into the chest cavity in intensely warming waves. Here I now have stronger citrus flavors, paired with ashy smoke and elegant vanilla. Very powerful but always on the elegant side.

  4. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Marcmoritz scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

  6. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

  9. dramidaris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

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