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Overall rating
85.55/100
votes
91
Whiskybase ID
WB160262
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Morrison and MacKay (MMcK)
Bottling serie
Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited Edition
Vintage
2012
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
07 years old
Casktype
Sherry butts
Number of bottles
1324
Strength
47.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060109227376
Added on
11 jun 2020 1:34 pm by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 49.88

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2012 MMcK

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.55 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    I have yet to find a Caol Ila that disappointed me, and this bottle is no exception. Medicinal and peppery-sweet, the nose features BBQ sauce, dark fruits and fennel. On the palate, strawberry cream, caramel and briny peat smoke are in charge, leading the way into the ashy, mineral and straightforward finish. A spirit-driven Islay malt at an affordable price, underscoring yet again why Caol Ila is my favorite distillery.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A lovely, warming whisky with a relatively high complexity but lacking a bit of richness.
    • Nose
      Notes of sweet, vegetal peat and pear drops with hints of mush bananas, tinned pineapple, sauerkraut and lemon zest as well. Some honeyed-glazed cereal too.
    • Taste
      A lingering ashiness, and sooty as well, with a quick hit of spices (cracked black pepper and cloves), but also a touch of charred lemon peel, chocolate and peach.
    • Finish
      Slightly briny and spicy. Soft yellow fruits, red apple and a prolonged smokiness.

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Caol Ila sherry cask, always interesting.
    Not as potent as the recent Signatory single casks, but a very nice sherried Islay.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The young age makes the maritime Islay peat more prominent than the influence from the 3 sherry butts.
      Still some dark and sweet fruit present.
      Salty, cured meat.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A little thin on arrival but spice and peat kicks in quite quickly and saves the impression.
      Sweet dark fruit with a pinch of salt.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A little fruit, a little peat, a little sweet...
      Balanced and harmonious finish lasting pretty long with a slow and stable fade.

  4. hzs275 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. Malthead19 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: Gold (without dye)

    - a really good surprise
    - very cool combo between chocolate and smoke
    - you can definitely get one
    - for about 50€ you can't complain, it is anyway
    worth
    • Nose
      slightly smoky, salty, spicy
    • Taste
      intense, very smoky attack, but the smoke is beautifully embedded in a sweet note, sweetness, chocolate, is delicious, but you can taste little or nothing of sherry
    • Finish
      medium-long, sweet, chocolaty, smoky finish; medium-long aftertaste

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    ... the sherry butts produce a great young but good malt - the typical sherry flavors are missing (probably because of the short maturation time?);
    The youth is particularly evident in the nose, in the taste it then knows how to convince with intense aromas!
    What would a 12-15 year period of maturation have achieved here?
    [Color:] = gold;
    • Nose
      82 82
      like smoke, clearly alcohol (young!), sweet, spicy, salty;
    • Taste
      85 85
      aromatic, oily, smoky, salty, herbs (rosemary), sweetness (honey), chocolate, spices (pepper) - full-bodied;
    • Finish
      83 83
      good medium-long finish, sweet and peppery with a smoky and salty aftertaste ...

  7. The_Osprey scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Caol Ila 7yo, 2012-2020, 1324 bottles, 47.5% 3 sherry casks, Carn Mor Strictly Limited.

    Golden yellow with a hint of orange.

    Aroma is burnt banana bread, seared grapefruit peel, burnt cardboard. Good aroma.

    Taste is hammy, oily sherry vibes against aggressive salt, breathy smoke, faint citrus vibes. Almost a bit of the Ardbeg about this taste-wise. Very mature for the age. Tastes like it's 10 years older.

    A classy whisky that is superb for the age. Breathy chemically burnt wood sort of a smoke. The sherry vibes are only faintly tart and appley. Very tasty on the whole. 3.75/89

  8. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  9. Joschbert scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. hafssol scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Typical peaty malt, with lots of campfire smoke from nose to finish. It's clearly young and slightly sharp on the palate, compared to the usual 12 y.o. A pleasant dram for peat lovers, but a bit lacking in complexity to make it something truly distinctive from the average Islay malts.

  11. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Falang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Great product for a very elegant price. Flowery nose, fruit mash, sweet turf, hibiscus and nutmeg. Taste is elegant with turf again in combination with salt, hint of tobacco. Finish is amazing: long and fluent - very aware... Dusty and oily with some sweet tones and a touch of wax. Wauw!
    • Nose
      84 84
      Flowery nose, fruit mash, sweet turf, hibiscus, nutmeg, touch of meat, and honey. Lovely nose!
    • Taste
      84 84
      Taste is great, but less then the nose - dry with hints of salt, honey and tobacco. Bit kippers (oysters?). Some herbs: like oregano, laurel, mirre,... And again a bit of meat.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Finish is in my opinion amazing! Fluent and full, bit oily with a hint of wax. Lovely.

  14. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  15. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  17. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Nose is reminiscent of Caol Ila 12. Peppery, sweet smoke, citrus, red apples,
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very pleasant meeting between whisky and tongue. Quite fruity behind the curtain of sweet, thick smoke. Quite nice.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pepper, apricots Medium-long and fruity

  18. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice whisky, nice combination of sweet smoke and sweetness with some chocolate. Pleasant dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet smoke, some peat, pretty some alcohol punch. Then grassy, hay. And pretty some saltiness.
    • Taste
      85 85
      At first some sal ammoniac kick, licorice, sweet smoke. Some clear chocolate, honey, salty, pretty full body.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Salty, pretty strong now, sweet smoke again, chocolate, a bit ashy, pretty long.

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