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Overall rating
84.39/100
votes
65
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8095CM004
Barcode
5000281016283
Added on
08 Nov 2018 9:30 am by Kovalyoff
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 50.50

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.39 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] After an interesting old versus new head-to-head of the standard 18-years old Caol Ila edition that resulted in significant differences (three points) I decided to do the same with the 12-years old standard edition. It is a head-to-head of this 2018 release (NEW) versus the first ever bottling from 2002 (OLD, there is neither a Classic Malts logo nor a www.malts.com reference on the back label)...

    ...and the differences between these two are again significant. OLD is a typical old Traditional Scotch dram (distillate-driven, more complex, balanced all the time) while NEW shows elements of the modern whisky style already (much more wood-driven which leads to an imbalace during the finish, less complex). Guess what I prefer (by two points)?
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour of OLD is two shades darker at old gold than NEW which is at jonquiripe corn (despite they used caramel on NEW). The nose of OLD offers a balanced sweet-peaty pofile with honeys, ripe yellow fruits, barley sugars and maritime-peaty aromas. The smoke grows stronger upon breathing without harming the balance as additional waxy and autumn floral notes join in as well. A pretty fine nose for a 12-years old, indeed1 NEW offers a quite different profile with shy unripe green fruits, more sugars and a different smokey impression (no maritime notes, rather like a cold bonfire). It is balanced too with more wood impact, but much simplier than OLD. I clearly prefer the nose from 2002.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste of OLD is quite bold on delicious sweet flavours over fine peat smoke notes. The fruits are present all the time as are the barley sugars, later some waxes and meaty notes (smoked bacon) join in. It is not very complex but it is a tasty mix, easy to quaff. NEW's taste is much more wood-driven with sweet barley sugars balancing the bitter tannins nicely. It is easy drinkble too but a complete different style. Again I prefer OLD clearly.
    • Finish
      84 84
      OLD arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate without distracting moments. The initial mouthfeel of NEW is warming and coating too but a little less impressive with a minor bitter-astringent moment (tannins at work). Both drams own a long finish where OLD adds some spices and herbal impressions without distracting moments at all. NEW turns more bitter during the finish with a drying mouthfeel, now the tannins of the wood take control and drive NEW out of balance, unfortunately. Water is not needed on both.

  2. MullofKilleyan scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    great easy drinking malt, with the Talisker 10 and Ardbeg 10 one of the best standards!
    • Nose
      nice typical cold smoke with a soft fruitiness, full in the nose and no junk notes
    • Taste
      slightly lighter and oily, then mouth-filling ashes, behind all a honeyy fruitiness,
    • Finish
      shorter and ashen than expected, the smoke sticks nicely to the palate

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  4. JBKwb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  5. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Smell: Metallic, charming nuts, faint smoke and sea breeze mixed together, brand-new wood furniture (still a little lacquer), dry lemon peel, smoke gradually evolves into a scent of ashes, and the smell begins It becomes chilly, almond cookies, dried fish, rust, charcoal, roasted wheat bran.

    Drinking: The wine is thin-bodied, rich peat smoke runs through the nose and mouth, and the final rhyme brings out the fresh bitter notes of nuts, maltose, citrus and wood, and ends with ashes.

    Feeling: If you ask me what should I drink in the first bottle of Islay Island, I will recommend this one without hesitation. A beautiful mixture of decent smoked peat and island style. If you smell it carefully, you can still find some fine pieces. Excellent aroma. Of course, the blemish aroma will also enter the nose together. The expressiveness and balance are very good. In the end, the wine body has nothing to discuss.

    (I have used the new scoring system from today, so most of the ratings will become low.)

  6. SingleMaltSamples scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Vince scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    On the decline I am afraid, compared to even five years earlier.... but still a good whisky. difficult to go wrong with Caol Ila generally.

  9. keba9591 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  10. A0525 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

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