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Overall rating
85.24/100
votes
56
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Vintage
2003
Bottled
07.04.2015
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Barrels
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
New Map Label
Bottle code
07/04/15 150324
Barcode
5020613053502
Added on
02 May 2015 5:07 pm by Black Widow
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 55,48

4 × in wishlist

56 × member ratings

69 × in collection

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

  1. ahroeen scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  2. Allandale scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Light fruity Islay malt.
    • Nose
      Cured bacon aromas with hints of of vanilla ,green apple, and ripe bananas complemented by peat smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet and smoky with ripe bananas, peat, and orange zest flavours. Cocoa powder enhances the underlying bonfire ember edge.
    • Finish
      A medium body. A long and smooth finish with lingering bonfire embers.

  3. kot1803 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Макс scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. DenisL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Balance sheet (21.5)
    Quite not bad. (86)
    The
    • Nose
      Aroma fresh, a bit of peat ... fruit and liquor ... vanilla and apple. (21,5)
      The
    • Taste
      Liquid, slightly oily ... fruits and ashes, salt. (22)
      The
    • Finish
      Sweet fruits, ashes ... a bit bitter ... a burning candle. (21)
      The

  6. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      A bit thin on the whole - smoke, ash, smoked bacon, cream, some earthiness, almond extract, fruity and zesty light syrup, mellow oak.
    • Finish
      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.

  8. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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
    summer time.

    I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample!

    https://www.facebook.com/whisky.connaisseur/
    • Nose
      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!
    • Taste
      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.
    • 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.

      WITH WATER:
      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.

  10. d1scostu scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      89 89

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