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Overall rating
87.10/100
votes
179
Whiskybase ID
WB67539
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Private Collection
Vintage
29.08.2001
Bottled
13.04.2015
Calculated age
13 years old
Casktype
Hermitage Wine Casks Finish
Number of bottles
3600
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
14/04/15 150194
Barcode
5020613052130
Added on
04 May 2015 3:42 pm by Pxrider
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 129.00

23 × in wishlist

179 × member ratings

350 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2001 GM

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.10 points

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and interesting station wagon, probably. a little more power desired.
    • Nose
      Smoked and peat notes, light Parma ham but not as strong as in Kilchoman or Ardmore sometimes, with sour strawberry, plum, malt, vanilla
    • Taste
      Peat sweetness and bacon, strangely stronger and peatier than Caol Ila itself (without finish), berries, dried strawberries, grapes, some oak, gentle salt notes, oily as usual by Caol Ila
    • Finish
      Medium long, peat & grape sweetness remain

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A delicious Islaywhisky! Fine smoke and wonderful peat with a fruity finish. The alcohol content should be just over 50%.
    • Nose
      Orange or intense amber with a light pink touch, the whisky shimmers in the glass. Creamy and oily, the drops slowly and cumbersome after swinging back into glass.
      Subtle smoke with a fine peaty note floats out of the glass. Fruity sweetness mixes with the smoky aroma. Light caramel and malt are added. The alcohol is harmoniously integrated and begins to bite only slightly after a longer smell of slightly sharp in the nose.
    • Taste
      Briefly, fruity aromas flash at the first sip, before intense peat and smoke dominate. The alcohol content, in contrast to the nose when drinking much more intense and powerful. The first sip is very creamy and relatively "cool" and fresh. Now the alcohol begins to tickle lightly on the tongue. Subtle, slightly sweet and spicy wood notes emerge. The addition of water is not necessary despite the probably ü-50% alcohol content. The second sip develops an aroma of iodine and a tiny pinch of salt.
    • Finish
      The finish begins like the taste with fine but intense peat and smoke notes. Slight heat and iodine now dominate the finish. Again and again fruity notes flash through the peaty smoke. The finish sounds slow and develops a fine peat aroma.

  3. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Wonderful dram. Good balance, lot of flavors that come in layers. Thanks to Mathias Nilsson for the sample.

    (Rating interval 86-88)
    • Nose
      Heavy peat smoke and lot of fruits, fresh fruits, plenty with herbals as well, thyme and sage, even some celery and sea salt.
    • Taste
      Sweet and measured arrival, salt and peat smoke to back up the sweets. More pepper comes into the development with more intense peat smoke that goes into the finish. Mineral, grapes, fresh plums and leather.
    • Finish
      The peat smoke dominates, but there is also the herbal notes from the nose, sweet mint and again sea salt. 

  4. Holzwurm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. tangtang scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting
    • Nose
      89 89
      maritime fruity smoke, dark fruits and grapes. Otherwise rather reserved. I'll give him more time.
      Later come light sweet notes and a few herbs and cloves
    • Taste
      88 88
      fruity, smoky onset, maritime smoke, dark fruits, slightly bitter, then becoming slightly sweet
    • Finish
      88 88
      lots of herbs and cloves paired with smoke. The dark fruits are back too.

  6. DimiIkon scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: December 2020
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smoke and peat, sherry in the background. Some dried fruits with dates and plums. A little vanilla is also there.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet peat, mature raisins, dried fruits, dates and a little sweetness. Some vanilla again, saltiness and very oily.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium to short with sweet peat and grapes.

  7. lucero scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and good whisky, very powerful for only 45% Abv, some nice smoke, spices, fruits, sweetness. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Earthy, 'green', then some peatiness, smoke, skai, rubber, ripe fruits, prunes, spicy, pepper. Mineral.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Initially some sal ammoniac, pretty powerful, pepper, some smokiness, sweet caramel, some ripe fruits, a little sour edge underneath. Malty, orange.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still pretty some power, smoky, ash, pepper, orange, pinewood, some fruits. Pretty long finish.

  10. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I think the smoke is too dominant
    I did not notice anything from the barrel
    Earth and red beets neeeeeee
    • Nose
      Smoke, leukotape, butter ?, sand
      later slightly vanilla, nutty, red fruit
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the palate
      Red beet, earthy, oak, spicy, smoke, (sea) salt
    • Finish
      medium to long
      Oak, bitter, smoke,

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