Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2010
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
57.6 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
03 nov 2010 11:11 am
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 178.62

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.23 points.

  1. Lrandell scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Smell: I'm finally getting better. It is indeed not in tune with the peat-free SRs of previous years. In addition to the sweet and woody notes, the savory and smoky flavors gradually emerged. The salty taste is the feeling of the sea breeze blowing on the face. Smoke is often said to be linked to peat, but in fact, as a peat-free wine, smoke is not an accident, it is simply worth mentioning.

    Taste: The feeling of spice is dominant, and the whole is very oily. The fruit and sweetness are just right, and the acidity is also given. This salty inexplicably brings the illusion of drinking some coastal highland plants, which is a bit of the so-called "Highland Style" that was first proposed. Except for the fact that there is no elegant peat, the overall style is slowly approaching the Caol Ila bottled in the old times, but it is still only a prototype. I have to say that the coordinator really has a lot of ideas.

    End rhyme: The whole thing is relatively long, and the woody, spice and fruity flavors are all there. There is no bitterness, but the sweetness comes from the feeling of sweetness.

    It's finally done. If this thing is reduced to a regular model, it is estimated that it can push its own 12yo core product, but if people don't do this, what can you do?

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2011]  I had this dram during a Prof. Schobert "Islay" tasting at Bonn.

    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 85.  I took no further notes.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is a very good and (if you can still find it) very affordable cask strength Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      This is supposed to be unpeated, but it certainly doesn't smell that way. There is plenty of peat, or at least campfire smoke and smoked bacon, but it is not overpowering. Some lovely crisp newspaper and brine as well. Also chestnuts, vanilla and a nice oakiness. In the end there is a hint of sugary sweetness.
    • Taste
      Smoky, malty and plenty of smoked barley and toasted oak. A nice saltiness as well. In a way it reminds me of much older Caol Ila, maybe even a salute to Caol Ila from the early eighties.
    • Finish
      Long, with smoked salmon and black pepper.

  5. Ian V scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    There will always be a place in my heart for lightly peated Islay malts. Maybe a bit more mouth coating vanilla than I like in a CI, but otherwise this bottling represents the light and crisp distillery character pretty well without focusing so much on camp fire. Definitely reminds me of a peated lowland or highland malt. 

  6. granella2003 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A Caol Ila peat is not new, it is different from the 8th to 10 years: less rebellious, with panache and good balance. The nose is a lively, fresh, crisp, malty initially but with the unmistakable notes of salty seaweed typical of Caol Ila

  7. D3US scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I would really recommend adding water to this. It brings so much more to the table that way. A hefty whisky, not to be taken lightly. The finish is slightly disappointing for me. It lasts long enough, but there's not much to be said about it. 
    • Nose
      A big hit of alcohol, eye-watering. Then some real nice sweetness, vanilla and a salty tang to it. Sea breeze. 

      With water: Much more to it now. Vanilla, oak, big malt. Also nice fruits now, citrus fruit. A faint smoky note as well, but really faint.
    • Taste
      A dampness to this at first. Slightly bitter, dusty. Then sweetness of vanilla and caramel. The salty breeze is still here. 

      With water: No more dampness. Instead there's oak, sweet fruit, vanilla and a hint of licorice. The bitter note is also still here, but not as prominent as without water. Drying at the end. 
    • Finish
      Long lasting and drying. Despite the 'unpeated style' it has a real Islay feel to it. The sea-salty, warming glow, and still that faint smoky note. At the end a grassy note, with some faint vanilla and malt. 

  8. Jonkers did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Wrong label on the right bottle or wright label on the wrong bottle ??
    Never the less: a very tasteful whisky.
    • Nose
      Dispite the label on the bottle: the nose is certainly peated.
      Also sweet like marshmellows.
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet but also peated. When you are through the peat, you taste honey and a hint of pepper
    • Finish
      longlasting, peated and spicy (pepper). After that: sweet.

  9. Willie JJ scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I like these unpeated CIs, but don't water them.
    • Nose
      Smokey bacon, crystallised vanilla sugar and ozone with lemon. Fruitier with water.
    • Taste
      Smoked crunchy sugar. Vanilla and a little barley sugar. No shortage of smoke. water really takes it apart.
    • Finish
      Lemon, vanilla, soot. Not that long.

  10. hsmithjr scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Very nice.  Better than I had expected.
    • Nose
      Sweet and fruity.  Sea grass.  Pear juice.  Citrus peels.  Some vanilla pudding.
    • Taste
      Bid and oily.  Mouth coating.  Fruit salad.  Citrus juices.  Oak.
    • Finish
      Long and fruity.  Alcohol.  Wood and some moss.


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