Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill American Hogshead
56.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Whisky Exchange Exclusive
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
09 may 2015 10:25 am by Jimjam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 86.23

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11 × member ratings

19 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 2002 GM

5 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.88 points.

  1. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Quite feinty on the nose, but the palate and finish are good. Did not like it as much as I did a year ago.
    • Nose
      83 83
      A bit weird, but I can't pinpoint the note - maybe candle wax? Some soot but not much. There's a rubbery note too, but thankfully some green fruits join in. Pretty feinty.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Better. Smoky bacon, soot, ginger, pineapple, icing sugar with blackcurrants. Still a little feinty but not too much.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Blackcurrants, icing sugar, crystallised ginger, citrus, soot, smoke from a wood fire.

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  3. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. man2392 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: iodine, icing sugar, pineapple and samphire, arrowroot and mastic, digestive biscuits
    Palate: banana and wet driftwood, ginger nut biscuits and beechnuts
    Finish: ground ginger

    Tasted as part of The Dusties: Monsters of Peat Gordon and Macphail tasting with sales manager Luke Todd Webb

  5. Liberezlatourbe scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Bottle opened for 2 months, remains less than half. Comments: much less on alcohol than the HP 2005 of the same collection, this Caol perfectly fulfills the specifications of a very good CS of Islay! A complete nose, a magnificent texture, families of easily identifiable secondary aromas and a barrel that knows how to stay in its place without being forgotten.
    • Nose
      Nose: it is the fat peat which welcomes us with his friend, the ashtray still hot. A few moments at rest ... just to enjoy a little ... it's good, it's fat, it's hummmmm! Good at the same time, I'm not too objective. Peat becomes meaty. As the opening progresses, the notes of hot stones, camphor and salt follow each other. The peat, meanwhile, is a bit more discreet. The note of white fish cooked in foil, which I like so much, is present. Again very easily breathable despite its ABV, it evolves on acidulated, I would not go to the thick sweet soy sauce or false balsamic vinegar, but we approach it. The more it opens, the more notes of exotic fruit and vanilla stand out when stirred.
    • Taste
      Palate: here again a texture that I adore, fat and unctuous! the ripe pineapple arrives immediately, the vanilla is also at the rendezvous, and a powerful honey without being bitter, at least at the entrance. Then the salt comes quickly. There are notes of milk chocolate but not the arch-sugar industrial versions, the noble, 45% -50% chocolate. Peat is not left behind. She is more medicinal. A slight bitterness at the very end of the sip is brought by the vegetal side of this peat.
    • Finish
      Final: long even though I was expecting a little more. Fine spices come to bring some persistence. We stay in the fat side of the peat added to that salt. The vegetable and medicinal part is not left out. Despite its oily texture, we can note a small astringency at the end of tasting.

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  7. Thermidor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This bottle is a marvel. Not much water is needed before the highland mist becomes very heavy. Still punchy stuff, still retaining a body. Wonderful tarry, slightly liquorice-y sweet peat in waves and waves. Even when reduced with a lot of water this still runs all current Caol Ila OBs out of the room.
    • Nose
      Matured in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead it is close in parameters to the distillery's own 12yo, but by nose in a completely different world. First impression is an unusual taffyness, and smoke that is quite prominent but not harsh or heavy. With a little water I find the nose  to be unusually fatty for a CI. Oddly the smoke reminds me of hand rolled cigarettes instead of the CI bonfire. 
    • Taste
      At 1 teaspoon this is already very drinkable if still a little sharp for my taste. This is quite fruity but in a warmer way than the usual citrus you find in CI. Not sure I would recognize this one blind. Very good though. Full, peaty and biting but even and focused body.
    • Finish
      Maybe a little monotone, developing an ashy, flinty aftertaste with ever so little aspirin tablet as well. Surprising grilled chicken after-aftertaste.


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