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Overall rating
83.92/100
votes
51
Whiskybase ID
WB97218
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Vintage
2004
Bottled
22.03.2017
Calculated age
12 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon and Refill Bourbon
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
170173
Barcode
5020613059214
Added on
11 Jun 2017 12:31 pm by Rino Rotten
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48.71

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2004 GM

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.92 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2018]  ...a typical modern Caol Ila that is vanilla-driven with a "cold ashes" smokiness.  Easy to quaff but not very much to tell about it - a designed whisky for today's Zeitgeist.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. NXI scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    The nose is decent and I even have notes on it, but I have no motivation to publish them because the rest is pretty mediocre by Caol Ila standards. Another thing I would like to point out is that the cork of this bottle is many times more difficult to remove and insert than any other I have ever dealt with. And that I find the box stupid.

  3. valasios scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  4. DulischM scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    If you take the effort and take a closer look under the cold peat smoke, you will discover some great aromas, hidden but beautiful.
    • Nose
      At the beginning, cold and slightly pungent smoke draws into the nose, which is somewhat reminiscent of salty smoked salmon. This is followed by acidity of green apples and lemon and a little honey. Finally, there is a spicy, peppery oak.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the whisky is grassy and peaty from the start and a little citrus joins the light sweetness of the honey.
    • Finish
      The long finish is characterized by smoked meat with honey.

  5. Juergen Willi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A typically young Islay matured in Ex Bourbon Cask.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Lots of smoke, wet hay, smoked ham, herbs (mint, rosemary) but also fruity (apple, lemon) and sweet (honey, vanilla).
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smoke again, ash, pine needles, herbs. But also some of fruits behind the smoke (mango, orange, grapefruit). Even a little bit oak wood.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Iodine, ash, üeppwr, smoke, tannins,

  6. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A decent clean CI, with nothing to write home about. Actually, a good summer dram.
    Actually, you could be saving your liver, because all you need is to nose and drink something else.

    Certainly it would have been a more interesting dram had they not reduced it to 46%.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A good CI nose with vanilla, citrus, peat and gentle smoke and a short sea breeze.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Quite bland in the taste. Nothing that stands out really.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is much better. Some sweet iodine and peat cling around the mouth contributing to a maritime finish that is surprisingly long with you chew the hell out the dram.

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A very decent Caol Ila - maybe a bit too expensive!
    [Color] straw;
    • Nose
      Smoke, citrus aromas; Mint, vanilla, ash;
    • Taste
      strong smoky onset, ashes, sweet bourbons, bananas, fine vanilla, in the background citrus notes;
    • Finish
      medium-long, ashy-dirty finish; in the end, charcoal and cold ashes;

  8. MGHOW scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    This is a pretty rough Caol Ila, rough to the point of being somewhat too abrasive and I suspect the quality of the alcohol isn't up to their usual standards. I drink various whiskies but have had this open for a year now and whenever I try it I get the worst headache the next day. I can't recommend this at all really, much as I love Caol Ila and Gordon Mcphail in general.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      70 70

  9. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    The brinier, ashier side of caol ila. 
    • Nose
      Smoke, ham, honey, brine, ash, peat. 
    • Taste
      Smoke, spice, and an undercurrent of honey. Lemon, brine. More spice and peat than honey. 
    • Finish
      Billowing sweet smoke and spice. Medium finish. 

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