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Overall rating
86.92/100
votes
93
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
21.02.2005
Bottled
20.07.2016
Calculated age
11 years old
Casktype
First Fill Sherry Butts
Casknumber
301521+23+24+27
Strength
57.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Casks 301521, 301523, 301524 + 301527
Bottle code
20/07/16 161054
Barcode
5020613059436
Added on
19 Oct 2016 6:06 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 81,71

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2005 GM

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.92 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    For an 11 year old I don't think you can ask for more, and favourably priced too.
    • Nose
      A solid dose of Islay peat, salty and medicinal, dark berries, noticable but not overdone on sherry, some cask/wood and a drop of engine oil. Small hint of citrus.

      Can't find any "off notes" and I think it's very close to the basic Caol Ila peat profile.
    • Taste
      Coastal salty peat, but not as "big" as the nose implies. Not exactly iodine, but medicinal/anticeptic.

      Again rather muted on the sherry to be first fill casks.

      A little bit of fresh apple juice noticable as the peat recides.
    • Finish
      Long bonfire finish.

  2. schengel10 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A very neat malt.
    [Color] bright gold;
    • Nose
      fresh, floral, vanilla, fruit compote, mild smoky notes;
    • Taste
      diluted: strong strong onset, combination of fruits and campfire smoke, spices (pepper), mouth-filling, quite complex;
    • Finish
      long smoky finish; warming finish;

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I can tell it's high quality, but I'm generally not a big fan of heavily peated young whiskies like some Ardbegs, Caol Ilas, and Ledaigs. They taste pretty much the same to me, and it's difficult to discern the complexity in the face of overwhelming peat, and young peat at that. Let them mature in the barrel for a bit longer, will ya!?!

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good value bottle, much better than travel retail-ish 1st fill bourbons in the same series. Usually Caol Ila is at its best in a refill cask, but if it's gotta be 1st fill, make it a sherry one. You shouldn't judge this one by the first dram from a fresh bottle, though. It seems to get better after a few days.
    Compared to other peated sherry refills, this is not quite as good as Bowmore SMWS 3.206 (88 pts.) or 3.248 (89), or Laphroaig TWA 2000 12yo (90). but still a lovely whisky.
    • Nose
      Tar schnapps, some quite salty sea air, a bit of some herbal liqueur, and putty. Water brings up blood oranges, grapefruit, and some dry oak. There's some grilled pork somewhere there as well.
    • Taste
      Strong in soot, tar, and saltiness. It's got a heavy body but it's no sherry bomb - you can find it easily, but with this pale color for a 1st fill, and this fruity saltiness without any chocolate, resin or tannins, what kind of sherry is this exactly? It has some faint rubber and gasoline notes as well. Water makes it punchy and powerful. It's simple but bold, and just plain works.
    • Finish
      Sooty tar and ammonium chloride. Full and long, and the saltiness sticks to the tongue for a while. Not that complex, though. Water makes it a bit hollow.

  5. Arquebus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: lovely subtle complex nose of soft peat smoke, delicate phenols, vitamin B tablets, digestive biscuits, vanilla, hints of banana, trace of fruitiness, damp hessian, almost burnt cake, hint of mud with linseed oil. Lovely balance of subtle sherry and smoke. A Christmas cake baking, the smell filtered through a damp forest floor? Very Caol Ila!Taste; big, generous, sweet, peaty, briny, rounded, hides its strength well. Just the right amount of acidity and a lick of walnut dryness in the finish.

  6. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Does not need water, I think.
    • Nose
      Citrus, pineapple and maybe some pear. Rather soft, no immediate islay peat attack. Of course it's there, also the brine, but in moderation. The sherry is also not dominant. Exceptionally sweet for such a young Caol Ila.
    • Taste
      Bittersweet, resinous (pine) and ripe mandarins. After some time it becomes more of a classic Caol Ila.
    • Finish
      More of the same with not much smoke.

  7. ctu scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Dynamic whisky, 1st fill sherry well harmonizes with the dry smoky character.
    • Nose
      Peat, salted minerals, forest fruits, kerosene, camphor and earl gray tea.
    • Taste
      Powerful and creamy. Salted caramel, dry oak, mixed fruit palinka, honey, lemon peel and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, bittersweet, dry, smoky.

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, a fairly frank peat associated with intense fruit scents on lemon and mandarin.Return a woody side, grassy (dry hay), cold ash and cooked fruit.
    • Nose
      peat and wet herbs, then lemon and vanilla.
      malt present and light woody.
      a little too much raw glue.
    • Taste
      creamy, spicy, strong, youth unveiled, a raw that allows the fruits (always lemon and a little exotic!) To reveal a sweet scent, soft, cottony, despite the title of age.a little meat ... forgotten.

  9. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. thatfamousgrouse scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    A- (91 if you must); I fucking love fino-matured whisky (or whatever light and salty sherry this likely is). Caol Ila seems like a good partner for it.
    • Nose
      Seriously oceanic, like standing beachside next to an oyster processing factory in high winds. Sweet vanilla and wet dog peat, with lemon, crushed stone, and white chocolate deep down. Somehow light yet rich.
    • Taste
      Delicate but full. Sweet lemon citrus, mineral peat, peach, apricot, and raspberry. Fruity yet still salty.
    • Finish
      Sweet, sour, slightly bitter. Salty as the fruit fades. A lasting dry peat lingers, but the sherry does not leave me with cotton mouth.

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