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Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.63/100
votes
1406
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281016283
Added on
02 Jun 2007 2:00 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

150 × in wishlist

1406 × member ratings

4341 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

All versions

Category Rating
Nose
21
Taste
21
Finish
21
Balance
21

Tastingtags

172 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Administrator Slàinte Mhath Review note
04 May 2017 6:30 pm
Slàinte Mhath gave this whisky 87 points

What a characterful dram this is! Caol Ila 12 is a hidden peaty Islay jewel that is underrated by many. On the nose, you get well-integrated bonfire smoke. Unlike with some of the other Islay Single Malts, the peatiness is well-balanced and does not mask the complexity of the aroma. Tasting honey-sweet in the arrival, it develops full-bodied and oily with spicy hints of oak. A fire-infused warming glow turns into a long and peaty finish, leaving behind salty sea notes. It is a consistently good whisky and one of the foundation stones of the Johnnie Walker range.

RATING: 4.0/5.0 87 pts   ·FIRST-CLASS·

Weighted Rate
87.4
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
86
Finish
89
Price
88
Presentation
86
“That's what I do. I drink, and I know things.” (Tyrion Lannister)
ColdAesthetics
Expert Senior ColdAesthetics Tasting note
29 Sep 2017 8:27 pm
ColdAesthetics gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Stärkeres Peat Level als erwartet, gleichzeitig jedoch typisch Caol Ila mäßig ölig weich, der Peat ist dazu recht süßlich, was immer eines der rundesten Islay-Erfahrungen gibt, aber trotzdem unverkennbar Islay ist. Schöne Honigsüße, feinste Zitronenbonbon-Noten, ein schönes Glühen wie ein noch auskokelndes Lagerfeuer, aber ohne viel Asche, brauner Zucker, etwas Thymian, natürlich leichter Salz dabei, ein bisschen weiße Weintrauben, vllt. ist das aber eine Täuschung vom DE im Hinterkopf, den ich so mag', leichte Aprikose dazwischen

Taste

Schöne sanfte Salzgischt an der Küste, ein schwelendes Feuer, auch hier aber kein richtiger Rauch oder trockene Asche wie bei anderen Islays, mehr ein allgemeines "Glühen" der Kohle, süßer Waldhonig mit Kräutern darin, alles typisch CI auch hier schön ölig-viskos, die Aprikose ist auch hier dazwischen zu finden, mit Kern, süßlich-bitter mit dem schönen Salztick

Finish

Der Waldhonig mit ein wenig Asche bleibt schön zurück, brauner Zucker und junge Eichenchips, trockene Küchenkräuter, mittellang

Comments

Für mich einer der unterschätztesten Single Malts die es gibt, ein sehr schöner Standard Islay für Leute die nicht nur blind Asche-Geil sind. ;)

oppi
Expert Junior oppi Tasting note
21 Feb 2018 12:51 pm
oppi gave this whisky 72 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

Wenig Torf

Süsslich

Honig


Taste

Torf/Rauch

Recht scharf 

Finish
Comments
Oldpultnie
Expert Senior Oldpultnie Review note
20 Feb 2018 12:15 pm
Oldpultnie gave this whisky 82 points

2nd review after 17 months. WB average value went up with 9 € in less than 1,5 year and the overall rating came down for this bottle from 86 to 83.63 points.

 Very slow and oily tears in the glass (sorry if this is a pleonasm). An almost perfect peaty smoke aroma. Fresh sour touch. More sour apple and soft lime than strong citrus. Pears and malty vanilla. Beautiful nose all together. For taste I get the better entry this week. Of course you get that little oily and peaty taste in front but it comes with a complex variation of flavours. There's that malt vanilla, sweet pears, tobacco smoke and spices all fighting for the best place but they stay in line in a very good balance. Perfect standard whisky for a good price.

Weighted Rate
85.8
Nose
86
Initial taste
87
Body
85
Finish
85
Price
87
Presentation
85
anibalec
Member Junior anibalec Tasting note
18 Feb 2018 11:17 pm
anibalec gave this whisky 82 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

smoke 2, peat 2, phenol 1, wood 1

Taste

peat 1, smoke 1, spicy 1

Finish

sweet

Comments
My Collection
Rosebank88
Expert Senior Rosebank88 Tasting note
19 Jan 2018 6:08 pm
Rosebank88 gave this whisky 86 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

Wunderbar torfiger und maritimer Antritt. Salzige Meeresbrise, verregnetes Heu, eine Spur Wacholder, Zitrus und Pfeffer. Unter allem liegt eine schöne Süße.

Taste

Mittelschwer und leicht ölig. Schönes Spagat aus Torf, Zitruszesten, malzigen Elementen, Salz, herben Kräutern und einer Pfeffrigkeit.

Finish

Lang, lakig, torfig.

Comments
neo
Expert Junior neo Tasting note
07 Jan 2018 5:26 pm
Color
Pale gold
Nose

zout ,zee lichte turf kruidig

Taste

kalis sap, zacht en vettig

Finish

 redelijk kort 

Comments
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stefsel111
Connoisseur stefsel111 Review note
05 Jan 2018 9:08 pm
stefsel111 gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84.4
Nose
82
Initial taste
86
Body
85
Finish
84
Price
87
Presentation
83
My Collection
Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
02 Dec 2017 5:11 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

More bourbon sweetness than I remember from the last time I tried the 12yo 3 or 4 years ago, but maybe it's just me. Woodsmoke, tar, and very ripe lemons in salt water, plus some sea air. 

Taste

Fairly strong for a 43 %. Very vivid burnt wood sootiness, sweet lemon, and a perfect peat for this age; rounded enough, without any of that biting harshness, and feels like central to the whisky's structure instead of a separate element. It's very simple, but everything is in tune and balance.

Finish

A little hollow, with some staying peat, a bit of chalk, and a coaly tail.

Comments

I feel like this old favourite has improved enough to earn an extra point (83 -> 84) over Laphroaig 10yo (83), mostly due to the watery body the latter has at 40%.

Nestheth
Member Senior Nestheth Review note
22 Nov 2017 3:55 pm
Nestheth gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85.4
Nose
86
Initial taste
85
Body
84
Finish
86
Price
89
Presentation
83

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