Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
85.87/100
votes
103
Whiskybase ID
WB120754
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2011
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Barrels
Strength
64.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Unpeated Style
Bottle code
L1117CM000
Barcode
5000281028712
Added on
06 nov 2018 6:59 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 217.00

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

22 users have left 24 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.87 points.

  1. Lrandell scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Smell: Although this 64 degrees smells very closed, I am actually quite satisfied with this smell, vanilla lemon cinnamon, at least it does not have an unfriendly and unpleasant smell. Usually, in the face of this relatively closed height barrel, the method is to add water to reduce the flavor to find the flavor, but I tried it when I drank it before. Maybe I added too much water, and the effect was not very good.

    Taste: Grass, it's a bit burnt if you drink it directly. Hold on, the fruit bomb starts, lemon citrus sweet pomelo pear plus canned yellow peach. The whole is oily, and the effect is actually a bit like fruit cake. It's still too burnt, why is the entrance so burnt?

    Ending rhyme: It's pretty, sweet and sour, with a vaguely smoky feeling, but it's a bit woody and bitter.

    Originally this thing should be an improved version of 10SR, the prototype has been seen. The problem is that it's too hot, it's too hot, it's too hot, it's too hot, and it affects drinking. Then back to bitterness, the previous peat-free SR basically did not have the bitterness of wood tone, I am really annoyed by this bitterness, the kind that can really be sentenced to death in my case.
    86/100

  2. Squinugie scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. SimondeVette scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    A nice and subtle nose, pronounced and oily body and a smooth finish. I really like this one.
    • Nose
      Earthy, mossy, hazelnut, a bit of smoke and salt, liquorice, fruity with apricot and peach underneath, genuine wood, flowery
    • Taste
      Caramel, fruity, peach, a bit of smoke and salt again, vanilla, lemon, chocolate, toast, hazelnut, some tobacco
    • Finish
      Lemon curd, nutty (hazelnuts), toast, some tobacco, oily, chocolate, a hint of white pepper, young wood

  4. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is quite shy, and weird at times (though not incoherent imho) ; the palate is bombastic and the finish is just amazing, which allows it to score 88. Probably among the best unpeated Caol Ila's, if not the best.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sand, salt, banana chips and quite a lot of alcohol blocking the whole. After five minutes, a lot of grey salt, white pepper. Extremely saline now actually, very pleasant. Brine, grilled and marinated vegetables, sweet onions even, but this banana roundness persists. Sounds unlikely, but it works. Still quite shy though. Water unlocks aromatic herbs : tarragon, coriander, menthol even. Still very salty.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Neat, I'm having a hard time deciphering things precisely. Diluted however, it has a really nice balance and texture with an incredible length. Wet sand, salt, vanilla, fleet wood. Some very precise vegetal notes that I already encountered the first time I tried it : thuja, pine needles. Salt & pepper still.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Amazing, superbly mineral, saline, mustardy, with an incredible vegetal freshness. Lime, green olives, green apple skin. Limestone, grey salt. Incredible length.

  7. dramspotter scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      floral, fruity
    • Taste
      fruity in the mouth, melon fruit salad
    • Finish
      medium to long with some reflux due to the strength

  8. joep scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It seems that the active barrel suppressed the base (especially in the fragrance), but overall it was nice and fresh, it makes sense to play with water - the flavor and taste will show themselves from a different angle and diversify the consumption process.
    • Nose
        Sharp, fresh, spirituous, smoke really does not smell, but obviously there are bourbon derivatives, vanilla, cotton candy, thinner, lacquer notes, cucumber, nuts, freshly processed wood, carpentry. With water, flower-honey notes, lemonade, pollen, cream-vanilla cream, lollipops, spirituousness disappear, the aroma as a whole becomes lighter and more airy, the heavy bourbon components recede into the background.
    • Taste
        Burning, sweet peppery, lemon, orange, bitter-sweet oak, varnish, fondant, creamy notes, limoncello. With water, the density and power are lost, but depth and lightness are found, more citrus, sweet-floral and fruit notes.
    • Finish
      Ginger-grapefruit (crust), sweet, warming, light oak bitterness, bitter-sweet cloying tablet. It practically does not change with water.

  10. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    hmmm....I think I like it although I wouldn´t want to drink it too often. good but a little weird.
    still 87/100
    • Nose
      haha, unpeated style, there´s quite some peat in that whisky! it´s very strong and I`ll dilute it immediately.it takes a minute or so to open up.
      lots of citrus notes plus raspberries. a faint nuttiness or is that oak? always a slight ashy feeling.
    • Taste
      initially some apples but the fruit profile turns to citrus very quickly, mainly lemons. also a bit of salt. again a certain nuttiness and still some peat.
    • Finish
      peaty and ashy, still very lemony

  12. Arquebus scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at the distillery in 2012 - one of five samples, including a 20+yr old straight from the cask. This one really stood out for me, big vanilla, huge malt. Reminded me of some of the Glenlivet Naduras I was into at the time. Time was limited and I still have the bottle I bought at the time - so yet to really taste this one, but different and in my view well worth a look at. (Ralfy is a big fan of the unpeated Caol Ila - see review 215 ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfCLjkuy9oo&t=113s  )

     

  13. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I like the taste of this unpeated Caol Ila. It's my subjective favorit single malt of this distillery!

  14. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  15. vojt466 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Without water virtually unappealing - for bigger play it would want a bigger sample, but drinking it is not bad bad - you fuck me too strong
    • Nose
      Without water - honey, wax, vanilla, bananas and enough alcohol With water - again honey, wax, vanilla, dried figs and plums, toasted toast
    • Taste
      Without water - honey, vanilla and a lot of alcohol With water - vanilla, fruit tones, honey tart, salty onset, spiciness, alcohol
    • Finish
      Without water - in the reverberation of caramel and vanilla, chocolate and again alcohol With water - reverberant caramel, coffee, toast, burned gum, alcohol

  16. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    In the nose and the first contact he is definitely too strong with his 64%. Water, lots of water can tame this whisky and make it drinkable. Caol Ila is a great thing even without a peat.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting
    • Nose
      Honey. Apples. Coconut rough. Wax. Caramel. Rose water. Talc. Banana. Bourbon. Wet wool. 
    • Taste
      Very big. Honey. Oily. Wax. Sweet. Caramel. Butterscotch. 
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and creamy.

  18. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a really nice dram with a very interesting play between the sweet toffee-like notes and some dry woody and salty notes. If this were a Ben & Jerry's flavour it'd be Chubby Hubby. 
    • Nose
      Aggressive nose (64% ABV isn't playing around). Calms down with a few minutes of rest. Lemon zest. Green apple. Cereal notes, almost like sweetened porridge. Boiled sweets. Butterscotch candies. Lotus biscuits. A woody vanilla note and some lychee and gumballs(?!) shows up after a while in the glass. 
    • Taste
      Chewy seaweed. Toffee. Sweet woodsap. Dry woodspice. Peaches-n-cream oat-so-easy. Smint lemon drops. Bit of earthiness if you roll it around enough. 
    • Finish
      Long. Salty. Dry wood. Sweet toffee. Candied pineapple. Dry white wine. 

  20. Hansi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Especially after adding water very tasty whisky.
    • Nose
      Extremely sweet and malty with vanilla, marshmallows. Fresh-looking citrus notes, without the addition of water, the high alcohol strength stands out clearly in the nose.
    • Taste
      Also very sweet here, vanilla, coconut, marshmallows, effervescent powder. Nice oily but quite light body.
    • Finish
      Medium long, caramel, some spice.

  21. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a demanding whisky to play with for hours in the glass. I had my bottle for over a year and it was something new to discover each time I went to this whisky. It was a sad day when the bottle was killed.

    (Rating interval 87-90)
    • Nose
      Wonderful nose and not at all dominated by alcohol despite the high ABV. Fresh citrus, green banana, artificial lemon like in kitchen cleaner detergent, unripe green pears, some cereal and in the background you can really find some wonderful sweetness, cotton candy and even light treacle. 
    • Taste
      Full-bodied and warm. Sweet and sour at the same time. it's rolling around on the tongue while constant delivering flavors of Granny Smith apples, lime juice and white sugar. With water (and it needs plenty) more vanilla oak appear with marshmallows, still a lot of fruits, a slightly bitter arrival take charge over the sour. Not as much mineral as in the standard 12 yo but it is there in the background.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and warm with bitter citrus, cotton candy flavor but not as sweet, black pepper. A second wave adds some nutty flavors (hazelnuts or walnuts, not sure?) and a hint of pepper mint.

  22. granella2003 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Limited edition, this version of Caol Ila is a peated malt not surprising. is bottled at cask strength. Aroma and taste betray the young age of this single malt, but the large aromatic structure brings us back to the world of Caol Ila. Since 2006, this version is bottled aged in American oak barrels that previously contained bourbon.
    A Caol Ila peat not new, it is different from 8 to 10 years from: less rebellious, with panache and good balance. The nose is lively, fresh, crisp, malty initially but with the unmistakable notes of salty seaweed typical of Caol Ila.

  23. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "Distilled in 1999, the 2011 release of the unpeated Caol Ila 12yo is an

    absolute belter - and amazingly easy to drink, even at its slightly

    scary full strength of 64%. Bottled from first fill ex-bourbon American

    oak casks, this was one of our favourites in the 2011 Special Releases."
    TWE

  24. hsmithjr scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Far better than the 12 Unpeated from last year.  Highly recommended.   Relatively easy to drink, despite the 64% ABV.
    • Nose
      Sweet.  Esters.  Vanilla fudge.  Banana creme pie.  Marshmallows. Malt.  Lemon zest.
    • Taste
      Medium, but rich.  Lemon cake with butter cream icing.  White pepper.  Vanilla and some apples.  Milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy.  Hot chocolate.

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