Overall rating
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
Elements of Islay
Calculated age
07 years old
2 Refill Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
57.5 % Vol.
30 ml 500 ml
Added on
14 May 2019 3:56 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 70.59

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila Cl12 ElD

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.44 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    With proper bums on the tongue, but very balanced and mature for his age. I had only one sample - with this balanced mix and good integration of the sherry barrel maturation, he would also enjoy a whole bottle of fun.
    • Nose
      87 87
      I just had a Port Askaig 100 proof 57.1% in the glass - and he is not so unlike him; on the contrary. However, it looks more mature and older. Grapes, blackberries, smoke: very tasty combination. Wadden Sea, kelp, machine oil. Nice dirty and rough.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet aromas from the sherry barrel, which are perfectly compatible with the intense peat smoke note. Dark chocolate, fermented fruit, loamy soil, seaweed - what a mixture. Gives a good gas, but does not seem too wet. Milk coffee, thyme, rosemary. The sweet fruits still present.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, slightly dry. Beautiful peat smoke flavor, raisins, grapes, dried dates, blackberries, overripe raspberries. Fascinating how long the fruit sweetness holds.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes by producer;

    This whisky from Caol Ila was distilled in 2011 and aged for seven years in two refill sherry butts which yielded a total of 1,901 bottles. A solid coastal malt, it balances briny freshness with minerals, young grassy flavours, herbs and peat.

    Cask details;
    2011 distillate aged in two refill sherry butts.

    Tasting Notes;

    Classically maritime. Slate tiles, saltwater, warm tarmac on a sunny day. Sour apple sweets, Pouilly-Fumé wine, aguardiente, rhubarb and custard.

    Astringent smoke with salt and liquorice. More orchard fruits, alongside green grass and citrus zest. Lots of cigarette notes, cold smoked meats, chervil and tarragon.

    Peaty finish with cloudy lemonade, coal dust, fresh herbs and grapefruit peel.

  3. Highlander65 scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Scent of ash, fruit, bread, malt. You absolutely do not feel alcohol, just as I do not feel the influence of sherry (youth?). With water, the fruity note increases.
    • Taste
      In the mouth strong notes of smoke and ash, the alcohol now feels all right, the body is dry and light, a slight sweet note in the background. With water the alcohol is felt much less and the flavor becomes rounder and less edgy
    • Finish
      Long and ashy finish

  4. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Cured meat, bacon, maritime notes, honey, and lime.
    • Taste
      Sweet and savoury arrival. Honey ham, spice, mild lemon, saline, sweet peat. Great, complex palate.
    • Finish
      Long, with ash, peat, lemon, honey, and sea foam. Ashier on the very end.

  6. Wilco scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    explosive nose on peat, sweet fruits on citrus, with a creamy and vanilla side, unctuous!
    the mouth leaves on peat soft, unctuous, hot, creamy, it is also malted and on the cooked glue
    a little woody, a lot of herbs, the peppery spices arrive, the smoke is associated with the peat more fat there,
    fruits on citrus (orange, lemon, mandarin), a little zan too!
    the herbs perfume and magnify!
    the final is she on the same scents, but not long enough given what the dram offers in the mouth.5.35
    • Finish
      a 7 years old who does not seem, intense!

  9. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A nice, if slightly unusual, young Caol Ila, but perhaps it was bottled a bit too early or would have needed more active casks to stand on its own legs at 7 years old? It's pleasing, but doesn't hold a candle to most of the Elements Cl bottlings, and is a far cry from the magnificence of the 9yo retro label sherried Ledaig TWE put out some years ago.

    After a few drams I am reminded of certain Islay OB NAS bottlings from a place that's higher in the alphabet than Caol Ila, and isn't Bowmore, although they may be even younger :(

    P.S. If you have a sample to sell me from Cl1, Cl9, or Cl11, I'm interested. Those are the only ones in this series I haven't tasted.
    • Nose
      Plenty of young, slightly rubbery peat. Not that far from a Kilchoman. Some syrupy sherry notes and liquorice, but it's all a little underdeveloped, as if still in the process of becoming something. Every now and then some blood orange notes remind me of the Caol Ila I know, but to be honest this could be almost any young heavy peater. A bit of grilled meat maybe? A brisket?
    • Taste
      Liquorice, heavy coal-y sootiness even for a Caol Ila, faint ink, a bit of salt, and cough syrup. Two things come to mind: the G&M first fill sherry Caol Ilas from 2000s distillate (although they are slightly more developed) and young 2000s Ledaigs from Signatory (although they are less peaty and more complex).
    • Finish
      Some heavy liquorice notes and soot, and some sherry. Here again the youth of the dram shows clearly, as the finish lacks finesse and certain "togetherness" that further maturation would have granted.


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