- Single Malt
- Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
- Bottling serie
- Cask Strength
- Calculated age
- 11 years old
- Refill Sherry Butts
- 306615, 306620-622
- 59.3 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- 27/01/16 160093
- Added on
- 17 Apr 2016 2:33 pm by JSW
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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2004 GM
17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.64 points
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strong but quite sweet, on the verge of cloying, but that does not bother him!
- N21 P21 F21 B21
- Islay smoke from ex-sherry keg storage, that has something. And this Caol Ila by Gordon & MacPhail has plenty of power. In contrast to the Ultimate van Wees from the Bourbon barrel, the alcohol is much more present, but not unpleasant, and the sherry cask notes give a very typical, different taste. The "Lagavulin DE on testosterone", so to speak.
With a little water, the malt becomes a little more fruity and sherry-stressed in the nose; In the mouth he comes immediately slightly tingling, but then occurs naturally less strong and remains on the sherry flavor side. The finish is rounder, because the oak is barely present. In that sense, I would increase by half a point to 90.5; but it remains a matter of personal taste, if you add some water or not.
Immediately the Caol-Ila-smoke is present. Somewhat more sulphurous than usual and, indeed, sherry notes behind the decidedly alcoholic freshness. The longer in the glass, the fresher and more sulphurous the malt becomes.
The first appearance in the mouth is surprisingly mild and fruity. But then - the alcohol also spreads without losing fruitiness and freshness. Tingling, beautiful, very intense.
In the end, the Caol Ila remains compact, greasy and smoky, fresh as a mint, plum sweet, with some oak; now he seems a bit "youthful". Overall, a very dense finish.
- Very nice Caol Ila. Does not drink at strength, seems much lighter. Well integrated
Bacon, salt, iodine, smoked ham, lemon jubes, leather
Salt, iodine, lemon, brine, smoked ham
Smoked ham, iodine, salt, pepper
Very fruity. Prickly. Slightly medicinal. Some fresh paint. Salted butter. Burning branches. Background peat.
Much more peaty to taste. Fruitiness is mostly hidden. Dry. Barbecued meat. Plasticine. Quite hot.
Medium long on ashy peat.
- Really damn good! Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1663
Beautiful peat, direct, frank and chiselled. Malt and citrus fruits in duo. With water, it is more mineral, but also less frank and caressing, while remaining very cool. Some notes of dried fruits.
Juicy and spicy, not the bra that he could have been to that alcoholic degree. Caressing yellow fruits. With water, a savory balance sweet / salty is put in place. The texture thickens. Almost chocolate and slightly bitter.
Massive! Spicy and balanced. Rear taste fruity .... and salty.
- Very good, good price too.
Peat and sherry, always a good combo.
Sweet, fruity, almonds
- Nose: Big big peat smoke, bonfire smoke, very ashy, almost tar. Underlying all these smoky notes there is nice touch of sweetness. Some Indian spice I recently discovered from Amrut. Hint of sherry notes, overripe fruit. Dried fruit sweetness. Burnt rubber,antiseptic, exhaust. Newly renovated house smell. Very complex. Some kind of honey ginger, and nutty notes appear after a few minutes.Palate: Bursting sweetness with the smoke hiding behind the curtain. Licorice. Surprisingly clean and crisp. Soft as milk. Oh that tropical fruits sweetness is awesome. Smoked guava!! What is that? Smoked sausages and ham. Wow wow wow!Finish: Warm smoke, almost minty, nutty. Dried fruits. Smoke again. Lovely.Balance: It start off a bit overwhelming with its powerful smoke, but after a while it started to become more and more complex. Wonderful.Final: It's difficult not to love this whisky. Powerful and complex. What else you want?Verdict: A very very good Caol Ila, shows great complexity beyond its age.