Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
New Map Label
Added on
10 sep 2016 2:03 pm by Bachess

Average value

€ 79.97

3 × in wishlist

39 × member ratings

58 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 2004 GM

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.32 points.

  1. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    The beauty and challenge of independent bottlings is that you get distinct variations of your officially bottled, well-known Single Malt. On the nose, Gordon & MacPhail's 2004 Caol Ila is very briny, featuring seaweed, oysters and mineral peatiness. Honeydew melon, pickles and a touch of burned rubber lurk in the back. Sweet and sour, lightly peated and punchy aromatic flavors dominate the taste before the medium-length finish fades with over-brewed tea, salted cucumbers and white pepper. A rewarding, charismatic and notably salty experience!

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. rottendon scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Actually quite harmonious, only a little powerless, despite the significant Nachwärmens. Especially on the flavors side, he is just quite thin.

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Color is inbetween White Wine and Pale Straw

      Soft, ashy smoke and a hefty load of peaches and apricots. The smoke is increasingly reminiscent of wet bandages. Iodine and Tang, some smoldering fire. Moist granite and dark malt candy are added later as other main notes. It is heated very dry, algae, lots of boulders and only traces of caramel.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is relatively thin, he does not have much strength at first, but he becomes more powerful over time. A tender malty sweetness paired with a mineral and delicate bitterness spreads through the mouth. In other words, there is not so much. At the back comes clear acidity, dark chocolate and also a trace of sheet metal.
    • Finish
      Now he really starts to warm, the sweetness is gone very quickly, the rest, however, to be specific, when he stops warming, he is almost completely gone, only a few potato peels are still on the tongue.

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This Caol Ila noses great and also delivers on the palate. Great value for money, and fans of Islay whisky will surely enjoy this.
    • Nose
      Very coastal start with a light breeze, some seaweed and plenty of brine. Pickled lemons, big on lime juice, and sweet porridge. Vanilla too. And well, yes, peat of course. An implied characteristic, which is why I almost forgot to mention it. Excellent!
    • Taste
      Bitter lemon and pink grapefruit, but also apple peel and licorice. Some malted barley with a pinch of salt. And peat smoke of course, elegantly intertwined.
    • Finish
      Salty and smoky. Touch of brine.

  7. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A fresh, fruity, and peppery expression
    of Caol Ila with an appealing nose and a tasty palate. Lovely balanced
    with some complexity. Very quaffable as all the classic
    Caol Ila aromas and flavours are there. Vibrant with a splash of

    I thank Gordon & MacPhail for the sample and the photograph!

    • Nose
      Fresh on the nose with lingering notes of lemons, some
      yellow apples and cereals. Hints of ozone, fresh mint, cold wood smoke
      and a touch of coal. Subtle vanilla and
      tender peaty notes in the back.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly intense start on the palate with a warming mix of oak
      spice, pepper and allspice. Citrusy with lemons, followed by a delicate
      sweetness of malted barley,
      subtle banana and green apple. Hints of sea salt and ozone towards
      the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish shows medium length with a delicate mix of vanilla and malted
      barley sweetness. This is wrapped in subtle wood smoke, complemented by
      fresh sea air, ozone and
      a whiff of spiced oak.
      With water: Very fresh on the nose when water is
      added with ozone, sea air and a whiff of salt. Behind that subtle sweet
      notes of malted barley and vanilla emerge, followed by
      some oak spice in the back. The intensity on the palate is tamed
      with only minor fruity notes of lemon and apples. Water brings the
      spiciness to the fore with prickling oak, pepper and allspice,
      lovely mixed with hints of malted barley and vanilla. The finish is
      medium long, warm and creamy with liquorice, tender toffee and a hint of
      coffee aroma on the tail.


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