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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2003 GM
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.24 points
- Light fruity Islay malt.
Cured bacon aromas with hints of of vanilla ,green apple, and ripe bananas complemented by peat smoke.
Sweet and smoky with ripe bananas, peat, and orange zest flavours. Cocoa powder enhances the underlying bonfire ember edge.
A medium body. A long and smooth finish with lingering bonfire embers.
- Balance sheet (21.5)
Quite not bad. (86)
Aroma fresh, a bit of peat ... fruit and liquor ... vanilla and apple. (21,5)
Liquid, slightly oily ... fruits and ashes, salt. (22)
Sweet fruits, ashes ... a bit bitter ... a burning candle. (21)
- Rather light-bodied. A decent dram overall, but for me the palate and finish is far behind the wonderful nose on this one. Still very enjoyable and interesting :)
Tasted blind as the 13th whisky of my 2016 whisky advent calendar.
Lots of clean smoke intermingled with loads of fruit, fruity old-fashioned chewing gum (in a very positive way), fruity and spicy tea, a faint note of almond extract, tobacco, apple juice, toasted mellow oak, spicy and almost nectary malt, muscat, resin, a little herbal touch, earthiness, light and delicate caramel with some small bits of fresh red fruits in it, really zesty fruit-infused citrus, a bit of honey that's a bit robust in character, cheese cake, a dried fruit presence throughout, cream and some grapefruit.
A bit thin on the whole - smoke, ash, smoked bacon, cream, some earthiness, almond extract, fruity and zesty light syrup, mellow oak.
Shortish and a bit thin - smoke, vanilla, light malt and oak, almond extract reappears here as well, bourbon-like wood-spices and some zesty fruit juice.
- A rather soft and gentle Islay dram. Restrained smoky and peaty,
leaving enough room for the lovely barley and vanilla sweetness, nicely
mixed with a filigree fruitiness. Dangerously quaffable, even in the
I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample!
The nose starts off with smoke, phenols, subtle gauze bandage and a hint
of ozone. Behind that, lovely notes of cereals and malted barley
emerge, lingering with citric fruits, a touch of vanilla and plums in
the back. Very appealing!
Clean and fresh on the palate. Sweet vanilla, malted barley and cereals
linger on the palate. This is followed by delicate smoke, a hint of peat
and slightly warming spiced oak. Subtle notes of citric fruits and
green apples towards the finish.
The finish shows good length with creamy vanilla sweetness, complemented
by barley and cereals. This is all wrapped in bonfire smoke, lively
mixed with a hint of peat and citric fruits on the tail.
There's more smoke coming through on the nose by adding a few drops of
water. Water also enhances the lovely creamy sweetness of vanilla and
barley sugar. Creamy, sweet and malty on the palate, mixed with more
peat smoke and oak spice. The finish is long, sweet and slightly dry
with prickling oak and more bonfire peat smoke.