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

Style: Sweet and Creamy

Nose:
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.

Palate:
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.

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

Thoughts:
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 • *]

-Esmond