Whisky Review: Gordon & MacPhail Reserve Caol Ila 2004 Aged 10 Years (Exclusively Bottled for Gillies Club – Australia)

Style: Sweet and Creamy

Sweet, rather robust ester and stewed fruits fired up by peat smoke. Grassy brushes, drops of herbal oil. Caramel dip and vanilla cream while amber smoke roasting softly. Powerful aroma.

A mighty punch of stewed tropical fruits, round and robust. Quickly followed by smoke fire and herbal touches. A firm layer of vanilla cream, hints of caramalized banana malt. Very sweet. Rather full-bodied texture. Ashy peat emerges after waves of fruitiness. Spices cut in just the right time as the drier side beginning to emerge. Nice.

Creamy, more cooked fruits and vanilla cream. Finish with subtle chocolate notes.

Powerful and rather full-bodied. Quite unusual for a Caol Ila, but it is still very good. Sometimes I have forgotten how sweet Caol Ila is when you compare it with other distilleries. Nicely structured and hitting all the sweet spots. Solid offering.

☆ [Recommended]

[57% • 2014 Bottled • 2004 Distilled • Independent Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Non Coloured • Non Chill Filtered • Cask Number: 306470 • 223 Bottles • Sample Tasting • *]


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