Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Calculated age
10 years old
1st Fill & Refill Sherry Butts
60.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 may 2015 2:51 pm by z-imaging
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 81.04

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 2004 GM

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.83 points.

  1. ScottFrench scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A fiery young Caol Ila, who has a profile of Peaty Sherry on paper, but who, in the end, is far enough away ... He is atypical with sweet vegetal notes quite unusual for Caol Ila but he does not stay less a pleasant whisky to drink, with a beautiful aromatic complexity and a beautiful maturity.
    • Nose
      it is directly on a rather spicy nose, with frank notes of pepper, chilli and turmeric. The wood is also very present, bringing at the same time some notes of mushrooms, mildew, but also of old wine. A marine side develops with seaweeds, raw scallops and salt. With the opening all this is arranged and gains in homogeneity: the eucalyptus is wrapped in a beautiful fat smoke, almost sweet, with scents of antiseptic, citrus, chocolate and yellow fruits. An atypical nose for a Caol Ila. It would almost remind us of a Laphroaig.
    • Taste
      peat puts before a plethora of explosive aromas! A dry side, with antiseptic, smoke, a little wood, and then another pan, fresher and sweet with licorice, eucalyptus, a hint of honey, stevia for its sweet side vegetable, and then a nice fruity intensity: apple, pear, quince. The wood brings spices, but they are less present than the nose. Here, it's really the empyreumatic notes that dominate. The alcoholic notes are completely undetectable, everything is perfectly homogeneous.
    • Finish
      intense, long. The fruits have a long persistence, but gradually give way to peat and dry wood.

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  3. whiskydealer did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Nose: smoked bacon, peat yes, but not intense, fruity. Overall, makes you want more.

    Taste: Islay, not a la Ardbeg/Laphi but unmistakable. Salt, peat, tropical fruits, alcohol well integrated. With a little water, the fruity note comes into its own, the salty note decreases. It becomes an easy drinking malt, definitely delicious.

  4. blacknapkins scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. dramspotter scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      dirty, peaty
    • Taste
    • Finish

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    clean peat smoke, no dirty edge what so ever, clearly Caol Ila profile. This next to some lovely fruits: white grapes, lemon and banana. 

    In the taste a bit more spicy meatiness, with a pleasant alcohol burn.

    Finish medium longupdate: after a lighter peated whisky this one shows it's sherry profile quite a bit more, even some raisins, perhaps some PX?
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Unclimbability scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Body: Light/Medium

    Nose: Creamy and sweet. Quite light and ethereal with classic lemon, banana, pineapple and some mango. A mineral side that hints at Bruichladdich with some smoke and medicinal notes as well. Some light malt with brown bread.

    Water: More malt, more brown bread then more citrus with lots of lemon and some lime. After a bit- More leafy and earthy with wet leaves, green apple and some young smoke. Toasted brown bread, smoked vanilla pod, a little biscuity.

    Taste: Light arrival, prickling alcohol with lemon juice and peel, building oily smoke, light lemon, very mineral development (Reminiscent of an Octomore for me) with smoke and sea salt, a little scorched wood too, charcoal.

    Water: Sweeter, fuller arrival. More prickling development with sour citrus, lemon and lime, then going smoky with very oily mineral notes. Peat smoke and salty lemon juice. More water: More sweet again, green apple, more peat smoke, peated malt. Even more water: Green banana, smoked pears, bonfire embers, a little hot with white pepper and ginger.

    Finish: Medium/Long length. Light smokiness with salty lemon juice and oily mineral stoniness.
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      76 76

  8. alex..w..fan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:Caol Ila 10 yo 2004/2015 (60.1%, Gordon & MacPhail, Cask Strength, sherry butts)  A vatting of four casks. Colour: straw. Nose: the sherry’s light. Some sucrosity, gravel, grass, mint… It’s quite strong, so… With water: simple, easy, straightforward. Not one that will revolutionise Mankind, but it’s fine. Mouth (neat): very thick, clean, salty, zesty, with a honeyed roundness. Is that the sherry? Love its almondy side. Lemon-flavoured marzipan coated with Demerara sugar. Or something like that. With water: nice salty touch. Green olives, salted marzipan, smoked fish. Finish: medium, sweet and salty. Comments: very good. You don’t need an essay, do you? SGP:556 - 83 points.

  9. Achany scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89


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