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Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.55/100
votes
1542
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

Average value

€ 43.65

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1542 × member ratings

4635 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

185 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.55 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Administrator

    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 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    For me, one of the most underrated single malts out there, a very nice standard islay for people who are not just blind ash-horny. ;)
    • Nose
      Stronger peat level than expected, but at the same time typically Caol Ila moderately oily soft, the peat is quite sweet, which is one of the roundest Islay experiences, but still unmistakably Islay. Beautiful honey sweetness, finest lemon sweet notes, a beautiful glow like a still burning out campfire, but without ashes, brown sugar, some thyme, of course, light salt, a little bit of white grapes, probably. but that is a deception of the DE in the back of my mind that I like so much, light apricot in between
    • Taste
      Beautiful gentle salt spray on the coast, a smoldering fire, but here also no real smoke or dry ashes as other Islays, more a general "glow" of the coal, sweet forest honey with herbs in it, all typical CI here also beautiful oily-viscous, the apricot is also to be found in between, with core, sweet-bitter with the beautiful salt tick
    • Finish
      The forest honey with a bit of ash remains nice, brown sugar and young oak chips, dry herbs, medium

  3. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  4. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Batch:
    L8022
    • Nose
      Sehr schön maritim - Seetang, das schon ein ein paar Tage am Strand liegt. Ein paar kräftige Spritzer Limette und der Saft von sauren Granny Smith Äpfeln gesellen sich zu einem schönen Rauch. Den Rauch würde ich am ehesten schwelenden Grillbriketts zuordnen, aber mit einem gut wahrnehmbaren Einschlag in die medizinische Richtung - Iodtinktur und Desinfektionsmittel.
      Das ganze untermalt mit einer Süße von Karamalz und Vanille.
    • Taste
      Der erste Antritt im Mund ist salziger als die Nase erahnen lässt. Dann breitet sich der Rauch schön im Mund aus, und der Malt hinterlässt einen leicht öligen Eindruck - Leinsamen? Dazu gesellen sich grüne Oliven, und auch im Mund ist eine säuerliche Spritzigkeit da. Dazu gesellt sich ganz subtil der Geschmack von Muscheln und Meeresfrüchten. Der Alkohol ist perfekt eingebunden, ich habe ihn ehrlich gesagt etwas schwachbrüstiger in Erinnerung. Meine letzten Notes sagen "2-3% mehr Alkohol". Dieses Batch braucht das nicht unbedingt, die Trinkstärke bringt eine ausreichende Aromenfracht, und man kann den Dram schön unangestrengt genießen.
    • Finish
      Mittellang bis lang, deutlich süßer als im Mund, hier merke ich kaum noch säuerliche Aromen. Zarter Rauch bleibt noch einige Zeit im Rachen.

  5. Stef89 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. matts scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Character: An unmistakable, but rather light Islay malt of the sweetish and not too complex kind. The main lines of life are peat, malt, grain and discreet maritime notes. Review: A good drinkable, honest Islay Malt with a decent value for money. For me personally but somehow neither fish nor meat. While the 25-year-old Caol Ila leaves nothing to be desired in terms of intensity and punket with me especially with its balance and elegance, leaves the 12-year-old with me no lasting impression. Somehow everything is too soft for me here. I'm missing corners and edges or at least a little more intensity. So it remains at a somewhat "pale" overall impression and 83 points .
    • Nose
      Basic flavors: peat, malt, cereals, fruit (light), citrus, sweetness, honey, herbs, grass, maritime Description: Immediately intense malt and peat flavors rise in the nose. This bottling is not a smoke and ash monster, but the sweetish peat / malt mixture is much more intense than expected. No comparison to the comparatively elegant restraint and balance of the 25-year-old. Gradually, more nuances are added. Sweet honey, limes, ripe honeydew melon and green apples. Over time, the slightly grassy-seeming, maritime basic characteristic unfolds subtly with a herbal note that reminds me of thyme. As expected, not a drop that invites you to explore for hours, but really to complain there is nothing here in the overall view: recognizable Islay, dominated by sweet peat malt and consistent in itself.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: peat, malt, cereals, sweetness, citrus, wood, coffee Description: The drop meets comparatively clear and mild on the tip of the tongue. A sweetish taste of peat, malt and cereals makes its way through the mouth. The texture is lighter than expected. Not watery, but body and intensity leave something to be desired. Only a very short time a slight idea of ​​spice comes up, and there are fruit flavors in the taste as good as not at all. With a little bit of imagination, there may be a hint of citrus (sweet limes and oranges), but that's hardly worth mentioning. In terms of taste, it simply stays with the sweet-peaty "liquid bread" - complemented by a slightly salty, maritime touch. In the transition to the finish then join some oak and a little coffee. In the overall view, taste is somewhat lower than that of the nose.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: peat, malt, grain, sweetness, wood, maritime Description: The finish is medium long. Peat, malt, grain and oak sound sweet and dry as well. In comparison to other Islay malts certainly not very pronounced and possibly even only imaginary, but somehow a vague idea of ​​sea spray remains.

  7. ChrisSym scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Very successful standard, which is very independent and leaves a great impression with pleasant freshness and enough corners and edges.
    • Nose
      In the smell very sweet and cold, first restrained smoke. Maritime and notes of cereals.
    • Taste
      The sweetness remains in the taste, the smoke is a bit more discreet and an extreme saltiness pulls the entire mouth together. Truly extraordinary and interesting in the interplay with the sweetness.
    • Finish
      In the finish rather medium, the smokiness comes back, the saltiness in the mouth remains.

  8. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Will hopefully remain one of my favourite simple examples of an all-time classic distillate.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The best entry-level OB Islay in my view. Such subtletly, such coherency, and such display of what the Caol DNA can be ... at that age, proof and price, well, no wonder it's been my profile picture since the beginning hehe. Caol 12 is Caol 12 ; you can start looking for the most peculiar things during months and years, and then one day you get back to it, and you think, well, what have I been looking for elsewhere ? Can't go higher than 87 because it still feels a tiny-bit bourbon driven at times, I wish it was even more naked. But still worthy of a big fat 87 at least (and in that regard, I never understood how Laga 16 is being given such praise while this one isn't ; their relative quality is similar to me, that is to say very high. Caol 12 deserves more love !)
    • Nose
      (2016 bottle, opened since then). Pff, well, you know, Caol Ila is Caol Ila. The perfect display of its DNA : green olives, kelp and fleetwood, fresh malt and limestone, lemons and limes. Basta. No need to say more, it's Caol Ila in all its simplicity.
    • Taste
      Same story ; its simplicity and coherency are just ... a joy. Sand and kelp with fresh salted bread, briny lemons and limes, cider vinegar, some other green vegetal touches (green pepperoni), and a big minerality. For a Diageo OB at 43%, the texture and length are very satisfying
    • Finish
      Quite long again actually, clean, on fresh malt, salt, sand, fleetwood, and ashy citrus touches. Classic.

  10. Max70 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

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