Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
1000 ml
Bottle code
Added on
26 Feb 2010 1:17 am

Average value

€ 68.79

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.31 points

  1. Shane_IL scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Always a solid Islay, a lot of work goes into keeping this malt consistent. Really nice peat-centric dram. 
    • Nose
      Wet stones just after the frist rain, when the rain is all dirty. Piss-extinguished campfire. Cut slate. Really earthy mineral peat. Salt. The dentist's room. Ammonia. A hint of sticky woodspice. Some frgrant herbal notes, pepperment and fennel. 
    • Taste
      Salty earth, leading onto woodsmoke and wax with a slight sweet lemony flourish and then a big lump of steaming earthy peat.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Very salty earth and peat with a slight lingering minty, lemony note. 

  2. hhager did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Also seen with bottle code L7234CM000 03558977

  3. Kenn scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  4. st7 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  5. FISHAC scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. Mandox scored this whisky 60 points Member Junior

    Even for fans of peaty whiskys an impertinence. The gum flavor settles in the mouth and thwarts even after half an hour any further tastings.
    • Nose
      very intense, resinous, smoked salmon, slightly medicated, cork, old wood, leathery
    • Taste
      first impression: car tires !, then leather, salty-maritime
    • Finish
      long-lasting to persistent, bitter, dry, corky in the end, peaty.

  7. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice and peaty, phenolic, not sweet, more salty, very full but seems to lack something in the balance. I love peat and definitely love this one, due to its recognisable differences from Laphroaigh and Ardbeg.


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