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Overall rating
86.30/100
votes
22
Whiskybase ID
WB6555
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Reserve
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
1st and 2nd filled Sherry casks
Number of bottles
3120
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5020613229228
Added on
02 Mar 2009 6:03 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 51.00

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1997 GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.30 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    Alternative Islay for the adventurous.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  2. peatbogger scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    Not at all bad, but strange, unusual and intriguing.
    • Nose
      Briney peat, but not quite up to Islay measure.

      Salty sea breeze, a little old oak.

      Sweet with a mix of yellow fruit.

      Very muted sherry notes, evolves a bit over time.
    • Taste
      Damp cardboard is the first that strikes me.

      Biting into badly aged and decomposing wood.

      The peat is elusive, the sherry even more so.

      Unballanced in a way that made me overlook any fruity goodness because the initial arrival took me by complete surprise. Doesn't help with another sip, because it happens repeatedly.
    • Finish
      Medium finish, starting of on a strange harsh wood note, but improves when a little bit of spice take over.

  3. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The taste is a little weak, with a good finish.
    • Nose
      Strong, from the alcohol. It's a fruity and peaty.
    • Taste
      Taste like basement, old socks. The peat/sherry combination doesn't work here.
    • Finish
      Long finish, peat with a spicy notes.

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