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Overall rating
89.02/100
votes
44
Whiskybase ID
WB189669
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Vintage
27.10.2000
Bottled
28.05.2021
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
First fill Sherry butt
Casknumber
309563
Number of bottles
612
Strength
59.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 21/094
Barcode
5020613086753
Added on
10 aug 2021 9:51 pm by NRS
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 227.90

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44 × member ratings

77 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2000 GM

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.02 points

  1. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Smoke, bonfire, fruit, citrus, salted cured meat, pepper, oyster juice, long warming finish. Typical and delicious Caol Ila. 22-23-23-22
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Nice nose, algae, citrus fruits, coal smoke.
    Light spray, accompanied by raisins and dried fruits.
    With a little standing time, vanilla becomes more and more prominent.

    Mouth:
    Beef Jerky, game with cranberries. Strong smoke and ash notes in the mouth, citrus fruits. Interesting contrast between the sweet vanilla and salty notes. Subtle raisins and dates.
    With water, the tangy, citrusy side comes into its own, it looks a little fresher. Gooseberry.

    Finish:
    Long, again the interplay of sweet vanilla, salted meat and dried fruit.

    90/100

    Conclusion:
    Exciting whisky, the strong vanilla is very interesting and offers a nice counterpoint to the salty-meaty aromas. The overall picture is consistent for me and the malt is very tasty. With the addition of water you can tease out other sides of the whisky.

  3. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. blacknapkins scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Only 2cl sample .. I would like to have some more
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Finish
      Very good for fans of Caol Ila

  11. Lakerfield scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fireworks in a glass - literally. Swirling made every other note shine for a moment. Many swirls later, the gunpowder still kept coming back and never really went away. It's not per sé spoiled as it definitely adds to the complexity. I loved how mellow it was in terms of peat and the fruits really took a front seat too. And the saltiness on the palate is something I love too. Good one, loses some points on the sulphur but I'd for sure want a bottle of this.

    Based on a sample.
    • Nose
      Not peaty at first impression but a clear note of gunpowder. Swirling reveals everything else. For a moment I thought I had a rare unpeated Caol Ila in my glass, as it is a mellow peater. Anyhow there's also wood smoke, ash, glazed ham, red apple, grapefruit, tangerine, kiwi, maple syrup, milk chocolate, caramel popcorn, oak, old leather saddle and at the end, gunpowder again. Not my favourite note as you might have understood by now. Luckily not too much, just enough to tolerate.
    • Taste
      A big arrival that instantly coats. Gunpowder again, although not that annoying anymore. Then also peat, smoked bacon, iodine, grapefruit, kiwi, assorted chocolate, salted caramel, cinnamon bun, heather honey, wood polish and cough syrup. Interwoven, complex and drinkable for its ABV. Doesn't need water but you could always play with that. I did miss the fruits that were more present on the nose though. The salty tang made up for that.
    • Finish
      The finish goes on and on. Peat, smoked bacon, ash, ripe banana, cookie dough, chocolate and caramel.

  12. stalker1971 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. The_Osprey scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Caol Ila 20yo 2000 G&M 59.6% Connoisseur's Choice.

    It's hard to believe that this is the weakest abv whisky I’m drinking tonight, but there you have it. I was sure this one would drink bigger than the silky 64% bourbon I just had, so I saved it for last.

    Orange. Dark gold or light amber.

    Aroma is almost minerally, some glue and playdoh, waxy, not really getting smoke at all, touch of mace spice, seasidey. Comes across as being very closed up.

    Taste is not too impactful at the abv (note what I said about my drinking habits this evening though). Again minerally. Yes there’s smoke and salt, the Caol Ila staples. But there’s a pebble-salty mineral vibe and an egg custard tart background. Sort of a salted caramel and coffee cake vibe start to come through with time. They’re taking a backseat role.

    On the swallow everything ramps up in intensity. All salt and salt and caramac bar, toffee biscuit and ... salt (forgive me for the lame description – I just find Caol Ila intrinsically very salty). The smoke is relatively subtle. There is a biscuitiness and some soft raisin vibes that do lend some complexity to this one but ultimately it’s just another Caol Ila for me, but with a poor nose and quite a disjointed palate. Plenty of redeeming flavours but a bit boring. 3.325/79.5

    With a small drop of water and a wait.......the aroma doesn’t change much. Slightly more meaty. More of the plasticky notes, burnt plastic. It’s just not a great nose.

    Taste is now more sherry-led. The saltiness has died down. Appley fino-like sherry. Interesting. A drop of water has balanced this out a lot and brought more credibility to the offering, but I’m not saying that I prefer it. In this case the cask and the spirit are clashing a bit for me.

    With water you get more of the cask character, but the sherry vibes are a bit waxy-appley-thin. It’s fine. Maybe the more punchy spirit character at the higher abv suited this dram a bit more, but ultimately I wasn’t a huge fan in either case. 3.3/79

  14. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasting for short time will give you gentle sherry influence with sweet fruit like banana and apricot. However for long time (at least one hour in the glass) will completely turn it over to very sulphury notes which is recognizable even in the taste. It does not mean that this one is bad, but you know, for this age and presentation (GM, ABV,...) of Caol Ila I would have expected much more.

  15. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  16. yarikovsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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