Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2021
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill Am. Oak / High Char Moscatel Finish
Number of bottles
57.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 May 2021 3:02 pm by Tauti
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 224.55

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9 × member ratings

76 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Direct comparison with the Distillers Edition 2008/2020

    The Feis is initially more direct, closer to a pure ex Bourbon bottling. Much more maritime than the Distillers Edition, Gischt, a seafood platter. After a few minutes in the glass, a sweet note can be felt, almost like a syrup, most likely elderflower syrup.

    With water very close to the standard 12, but with a subtle fruity sweetness.

    The Distillers Edition is significantly sweeter than the standard 12, while the Feis bottling comes closer to this, especially with water, but adds an additional odor dimension.

    The Feis is very spicy, strong wood influence (from heavy char?). Strong oak. Quite aggressive without water.
    With water, especially adjusted to 40-43%, much closer to the Distillers Edition. The oak is still strong, but has a counterbalance in the Moscatel sweetness.

    Distillers Edition and Diluted Feis Bottling are both sweet on the finish, the Feis has a strong oak finish. Undiluted, the Feis has too strong oak in the finish.

    Interesting, the Feis bottling is a small chameleon that invites you to play with water. Interesting contrast between oak and sweetness.
    I also find it exciting how sweet the Distillers Edition comes off in this comparison.
    I find it a bit negative that the Feis bottling got too much cask for my taste, which is especially noticeable undiluted. Hence only 87/100

  2. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose: Quite classic CI notes on the nose, with initial peatiness on the first wave of aromas, along with ash and charcoal with a nice coastal feel to it as one would expect from Coal Ila (sea spray, seaweed, mossy notes as well). A nice sweetness comes on the 2nd wave of sensation with a touch of honey, vanilla, and creme Catalan alongside a hint of dried fruit – mostly sultanas.

    Palate: A sweet and smoky entry with sweet notes of honey from the nose hitting the palate, alongside an avalanche of sweet peat, char, and soot. There’s also a note of smokey raisin and nut milk chocolate, sweet, juicy, and lovely. The heat comes on the 2nd wave of sensation – in the form of chilies, and pepper, ginger, and vanilla pastries baked in a wood fire stove. Lots of wood fire, wood embers, and some salted caramel. More seaweed and salt towards the end, with the sweet sultanas still in the background.

    Finish: very long with the wood smoke going a long way, alongside ash, more soot, and earth mixing nicely with the sweeter honey and sultana notes. Cinnamon and licorice notes lead the way until the very end.

    Conclusion: This year’s Feis Coal Ila is a lovely dram, It’s not as good as the 22-year-old from 2019 but it’s damn good, complex, sweet smoky, and fun. The Moscatel enhanced the whisky nicely without adding too many wine-y notes – I am sure Coal Ila lovers will enjoy it quite a bit. Good stuff, well done.

  3. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Quite hot, but it is young. The Caol Ila character is very present from nose to finish, with the moscatel influence imparting some slightly acidic, but pleasant, sweetness; but never dominant. 88 points for now. Good dram, but too expensive for the age.

  4. whiskyfuchs did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    [Official Tasting Notes by Caol Ila]

    Clear gold with green lights. Chablis. Good beading and long, slow legs.

    Medium to full.

    Complex, unfurling in stages after light early prickle. A lightly green, faintly herbal top note. Soon, lush with scented fruit; as with sweet eating grapes, or a ripe fresh peach. Part of an alfresco picnic in a summer garden. Beneath this, a spicy woody note and faint notes of char from an extinguished bonfire. Water brings up a striking earthy yet floral note; there are newly planted geraniums in the garden. Later, more pungent, with typical hints of freshness and cleanliness.

    At natural strength, lively yet creamy-smooth in texture, intensely sweet to begin and balancing this with notes of pepper spice, a hint of salt and more rich fruit, to develop a racy and embracing warmth. Easy to enjoy straight. A dash of water softens the spice but keeps the smooth texture, rich sweetness and vibrant intensity.

    Quite long, still intensely tangy and drying, with that spicy warmth growing gently to leave a lovely, finally smoky aftertaste. Similar with water.


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