Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers (MSWD)
Bottling serie
Càrn Mòr Strictly Limited
Stated Age
08 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
47.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Feb 2021 9:51 pm by Mum

Average value

£ 51.28

25 × in wishlist

37 × member ratings

127 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2012 MSWD

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.21 points

  1. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Wow, if I could pick a few words to describe this it would be Lagavulin 16 on steroids. Huge peat hit and that Oloroso sherry maturation is a perfect complement to this. The peat profile is very similar to Lagavulin which makes sense as both are peated to the same specifications over in Port Ellen Maltings. Value (£50) : 9/10
    • Nose
      The initial nose is a fistful of dirty Islay peat. Smoking wooden ashes and barbecued meats galore. Honey glazed ham. Salty seaspray with fresh seashells and kippers. An almost funky Parmesan note. Then, some sweetness. Vanilla sponge filled with raspberries and sultanas. A squeeze of lemon freshness and some candied orange peels. Dark caramel and brown sugar. Then some cracked black pepper.
    • Taste
      Much sweeter on the palate. The peat is earthier with a note of TCP now, it calms down slightly (but is still very present). More juicy red fruits and toffee now. Fresh leather and dried tea leaves. More barbecued meats. Candied bacon. Again candied citrus peels. Burnt tobacco and cigar ash. Delicate warming ginger and some minty liquorice.
    • Finish
      Medium in length. The peat returns and dominates initially. Ashtray. More tea leaves and burnt tobacco. A bitter mocha-like note now. Light tannins and just enough brown sugar sweetness to give it some balance.

  2. Captain Teague scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    N: Typically CI with sherry good...cold smoke , winey (grape) notes, burnt caramel, hansa plast ( medical note), nice sea spray note...

    m: creamy and sweet in the start ( for a second maybe pullmoll cherry), smoky , medical note ( less thrn in the nose), White grapes, lemon, oak tickleling nicely, salty ...later less sweet and much more coastel then in the start nice development...

    F: Long: chocolate (medium), cold ash, pepper, lemoncest

    Another very good indie CI. Not too much on the fruit side, not over sherried nice balanced imo. My guess it's rather a finish in active casks than a full sherry maturation...

  3. Silversoul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Overall balanced between casks and spirit, peat comes thought with harmony, well made whisky for the £50 mark. No brainer

  4. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 04-03-2021.

  5. Liones77 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Good CI

  6. dapoinbua scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    march 2021
    as a huge caol ila fan (or "cola ali" as the cool kids say) i had to get my hands on this. carn mor had many nice bottlings lately and with the fine pricing it wasnt a question if i will get one of these.

    in my opinion caol ila is a very versatile malt which works well in various ways. young and old, classic bourbon or finished/matured in different sweet wine casks. this one is not an exception.

    the nose shows great teamwork between the peat and the sherry casks with rather high complexity. on the palate the initial ash punch is rounded by the sweet and fruity texture. the long lasting finish gives you a longer enjoyment phase.

    although the colour would suggest it, this is not a sherry soup which is often offered these days by many bottlers. the distilled liquid has enough room to show its character. i guess if this would be a cask strength, it would be a 90++ on the palate and finish for me.
    • Nose
      92 92
      fizzy sour candy with sweet peat, algae with some black pepper. rhabarber and thyme. some mineralic notes in the back with ripening citrus fruit. beautiful.
    • Taste
      88 88
      ashy peat, rounded by the sherry soursweetness. more ashes. some herbal notes with lemon. bit stingy on the tongue. lot of smoky peat. unfortunately a bit dilluted. the nose made my expectations rather high. still a nice dram.
    • Finish
      88 88
      long finish with ashes and some gummicandy sweetness. the aftertaste you have after mixing all haribo gummibear colours together.

  7. juli__c scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. glenrob scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88


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