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Overall rating
87.56/100
votes
39
Whiskybase ID
WB162410
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Vintage
29.08.2001
Bottled
03.02.2020
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
First Fill Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
308901
Number of bottles
204
Strength
57.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Batch 20/033
Barcode
5020613077096
Added on
22 Jul 2020 3:37 pm by Wums10
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 142.45

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39 × member ratings

56 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2001 GM

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.56 points

  1. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Significantly less fruit on the palate than the nose would suggest. Interesting whisky, but not very complex.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Burned matches, pencils, light campfire smoke. Menthol. Salty and maritime. Behind it ripe pears, lime and tropical fruits. There are also floral notes. After a long time also vanilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong dry coal smoke, black pepper, sea salt, spicy. Citrus and pear, less than what would be expected on the nose. Some vanilla.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Strong campfire smoke rises from the throat. With oak seasoning. The fruit notes fade quite quickly. Overall medium to long.

  2. Tijmen scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    At first, I really enjoyed this Caol Ila, but after the bottle has been opened for a while, sulphur notes are getting quite apparent. It seems to me that this whisky was re-racked in a bourbon barrel after an initial maturation in a bad refill sherry cask. Luckily, the sulphur does not overpower the Caol Ila spirit too much.

  3. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For me a typical Caol Ila as I like it, very tasty. Citrus notes, peppery spice and a harmoniously integrated smoke (sweetish) harmonize very well here.
    I also found it interesting that when only a little water is added, it quickly becomes clear.
    • Nose
      88 88
      smoky-sweet; tangy and fruity with nice citrus notes; Vanilla; nicely integrated campfire smoke
      - typical Caol Ila nose
    • Taste
      89 89
      spicy; plus a nice sweetness; also here a nice fresh fruitiness with citrus aromas; Vanilla; pleasant smoky note resonates; tingling peppery spice arises
    • Finish
      88 88
      peppery-spicy; some citrus; Oak; smoke

  4. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Koning scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Davidveen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  8. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: gorgeous ... burnt matches, charcoal, smoked meat, lemon, some kind of fruit ...
    Flavor: charcoal, vanilla and fruit in black pepper ...
    Medium aftertaste, smoke, apple pie and dark chocolate with nuts ...
    22/22/22/22
    88

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