Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Calculated age
11 years old
First Fill Sherry Butts
57.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Casks 301521, 301523, 301524 + 301527
Bottle code
20/07/16 161054
Added on
19 Oct 2016 6:37 pm by Astrid
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 89.00

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115 × member ratings

239 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2005 GM

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.58 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. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh and clean. Smoke from the garden fire. Pickled lemons, lime juice. A little vanilla, a hint of coconut milk and wood glue. Rotten wood.
    • Taste
      Strong, sweetish, spicy. Honey, baked apples, chili. Fresh waffles. Leather, cigar smoke, wood ash.

  3. Danbog scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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  5. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F21 B22

  6. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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!?!

  7. 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 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


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