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Overall rating
85.45/100
votes
58
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
08.12.2004
Bottled
27.01.2016
Calculated age
11 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butts
Casknumber
306615, 306620-622
Strength
59.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
27/01/16 160093
Barcode
5020613057371
Added on
17 Apr 2016 2:33 pm by JSW
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 74,21

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58 × member ratings

77 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2004 GM

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.45 points

  1. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    22 21 21 21 85

    strong but quite sweet, on the verge of cloying, but that does not bother him!

  2. toklian scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F21 B21

  3. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      91 91
      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.
    • Taste
      90 90
      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.
    • Finish
      89 89
      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.

  5. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Caol Ila. Does not drink at strength, seems much lighter. Well integrated
    • Nose
      89 89
      Bacon, salt, iodine, smoked ham, lemon jubes, leather
    • Taste
      85 85
      Salt, iodine, lemon, brine, smoked ham
    • Finish
      87 87
      Smoked ham, iodine, salt, pepper

  6. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Very fruity. Prickly. Slightly medicinal. Some fresh paint. Salted butter. Burning branches. Background peat.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Much more peaty to taste. Fruitiness is mostly hidden. Dry. Barbecued meat. Plasticine. Quite hot.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long on ashy peat.

  7. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Really damn good! Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1663
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Massive! Spicy and balanced. Rear taste fruity .... and salty.

  8. RichardMayston scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Very good, good price too. 
    • Nose
      Peat and sherry, always a good combo.
    • Taste
      Sweet, fruity, almonds

  9. Cheng Chee Kaan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. lukeboone scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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