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Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila Cask Strength 2004 Review


19th January 2017

Review of Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila Cask Strength 2004 by Murray Cohen.

Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila Cask Strength 2004 ReviewGordon & MacPhail Cask Strength Caol Ila 2004 was distilled on the 8th December 2004 and matured in First Fill and Refill Sherry Butts #306610, #306611, #306612 & #306623 and bottled on the 13th February 2015 at 59.3% ABV.

As its name suggests this is from G & M's Cask Strength range of whiskies. Bottled at natural cask strength and colour directly from oak casks without chill filtering. The highly individual label on each bottle indicates the cask number and the bottling date, along with the distillation year and strength. Original distillery cask strength bottlings of Caol Ila are rare these days so it is great to see bottlings like this from G & M to keep us peat heads happy.

Murray Cohen's Tasting Notes:

Colour:  Gold.

Nose:  A classic Islay expression. The sweetish peat marries with delectable 'sticky lice'. Medicinal ingredients and seaweed take a much deserved bow. This cask strength dram is far from shy but not overpowering.

Taste: Full-bodied. Peaty sweet with a sherry thrust; the sugary elements are like the icing on a single malt cake.

Finish: Long, black cherries and peat, red liquorice and Black Forest cake.

Comment: This 59.3% ABV expression is like a dream fulfilled. The sherry foundation generates a striking result.

SMW Score 92.5/100

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