Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 149.99

27 × in wishlist

128 × member ratings

250 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2005 GM

42 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.63 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. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, pineapple, caramel and apricot.
    • Taste
      Peat, caramel, pineapple and peach.
    • Finish
      Peat, gingerbread and peach.

  4. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    ah yes... another early 2000s Caol Ila from GM on cask strength sherry casks... will it be another good whisky? in my opinion: yes, nothing new or mindblowing, but a solid tasty whisky once again
    • Nose
      87 87
      peat and sherry, earthy, PX influences perhaps due to the raisins?
    • Taste
      86 86
      quite clean with good peaty body.
    • Finish
      86 86
      finishes nice and warming with smoldering embers and coal left in your mouth

  5. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Dense, harsh, smoky peat whisky and a strong mineral and industrial influence, well-knit, solid, well-balanced, rich, a fairly wide range of derivatives, there is not much depth here, but this is compensated by density and pressure.
    • Nose
      Open, dry; a dense bouquet of smoky-peaty shades, mineral notes - stone chips, welding aerosol; some rubber, animal shades, carpentry, woody motives, dry herbs.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, oak, rubber, resin, juicy smoky-peaty notes, pepper wave, sweet creamy tones, salty caramel, mineral-industrial shades, welding spray, burnt sparklers, apple juice with mineral water.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oak, smoke, burnt branches, smoked meats, sweet creamy shades, ash-mineral tones, leather goods.

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  7. dhillworth scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Danbog scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    21 21 21 22

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

    22 22 21 21 86

  10. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F21 B22


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