Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bulloch Lade & Co.
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
caoLiLa Oval Label
Bottled for
Zenith Import
Added on
12 Jan 2010 10:09 am

Average value

€ 987.12

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.86 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2002]  I had this dram during a Grant Carmichael tasting while cruising the river Rhine aboard MS Godesia. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this 90.  My notes state a light golden colour.  According to Grant Carmichael this was produced in the old distillery before it has been demolished in 1972 and completely rebuilt in its modern style as of today.  It must have matured in refill sherry casks (probably 3rd or 4th fill due to the pale colour) as at these times Caol Ila did not use any bourbon casks at all. The nose is quite fruity and sweet.  The body is oily as usual for pot stills.  On the palate some toffee and peaty flavours combine with a nice sweetness to a delicate mix.  It is not very bold.  The finish is a little peppery and not very long.

    The price of this bottle was about 250-300 Euros back in 2002.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Moderator

    Promising on the nose, okayish on the palate but little weak finish
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dry hay, fine peat and smoke, ham and bacon, salty, iodine, sea breeze, shell fish, citrus, lemony, subtle sweetness - pretty good
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, creamy, mellow, salty, more shell fish, smoked fish, oysters, seaweed, little fruity, bananas, grapefruits
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long, little warm, more grapefruits, a tad bitter, little soapy notes, old papers

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=245 Color: straw yellow
    Nose: Fresh, maritime mixture of lemons, limes, sea salt and hints of delicious vanilla. Sweet, ripe apples, mirabelle plums, marzipan and dry cardboard, with an intense peaty smoky note.
    Taste: In the first second still quite restrained with the notes from the nose. But then it turns on: The spice is voluminous - salt, pepper, green olives, apple compote, peat smoke and tartier accents. Mighty creamy in the second part. With a wide mouthfeel it goes into the finish.
    Finish: Rather medium-long - soft, dry-peaty and with decaying spice. Vanilla, cardboard, herbs, some honey and broken smoke. Only the dry peat echoes on the tongue for a long time.
    Remark: The second part of the taste makes you want more!
    91 points (nose: 90 / taste: 92 / finish: 90)

  4. granella2003 scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    Nose salty - sea with sweet notes
    Maritime palate still with traces of olives? , Iodine, and yet slightly sweet spices, sea again, oily
    Long finish even with olives in the background

  5. granella2003 scored this whisky 97 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      99 99

  6. mmaclean did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    "A wonderful old bottling of Caol Ila 12yo from the 1980s featuring the

    classic orange Bulloch Lade label with the capital Ls seeming to

    emphasise the correct `Co-LEEL-a` pronunciation."


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