- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
- Bottling serie
- Connoisseurs Choice
- Calculated age
- 12 years old
- 1st Fill Bourbon and Refill Bourbon
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 50 ml 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 11 Jun 2017 12:31 pm by Rino Rotten
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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
- [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.
- 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.
- If you take the effort and take a closer look under the cold peat smoke, you will discover some great aromas, hidden but beautiful.
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.
In the mouth, the whisky is grassy and peaty from the start and a little citrus joins the light sweetness of the honey.
The long finish is characterized by smoked meat with honey.
- A typically young Islay matured in Ex Bourbon Cask.
Lots of smoke, wet hay, smoked ham, herbs (mint, rosemary) but also fruity (apple, lemon) and sweet (honey, vanilla).
Smoke again, ash, pine needles, herbs. But also some of fruits behind the smoke (mango, orange, grapefruit). Even a little bit oak wood.
Iodine, ash, üeppwr, smoke, tannins,
- 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%.
A good CI nose with vanilla, citrus, peat and gentle smoke and a short sea breeze.
Quite bland in the taste. Nothing that stands out really.
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.
- A very decent Caol Ila - maybe a bit too expensive!
Smoke, citrus aromas; Mint, vanilla, ash;
strong smoky onset, ashes, sweet bourbons, bananas, fine vanilla, in the background citrus notes;
medium-long, ashy-dirty finish; in the end, charcoal and cold ashes;
- 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.
- The brinier, ashier side of caol ila.
Smoke, ham, honey, brine, ash, peat.
Smoke, spice, and an undercurrent of honey. Lemon, brine. More spice and peat than honey.
Billowing sweet smoke and spice. Medium finish.