Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 74.07

6 × in wishlist

64 × member ratings

95 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2004 GM

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.69 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. mordread scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Not the best of the sister casks series from GMP, but definitely not another young peaty mediocre Caol Ila, as many these days. High quality and rather old-style profile. Recommended.

  4. Danbog scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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  5. 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!

  6. toklian scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F21 B21

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

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

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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

  9. 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.

  10. 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


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