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Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.53/100
votes
1696
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

€ 44,77

161 × in wishlist

1696 × member ratings

5033 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

190 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.53 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. Ila-Maus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. 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

  4. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    I find the game between smoke, sweet and fruit very interesting. I liked that very much
    • Nose
      Medico-smoky, light sweetness with fresh, ripe fruits
    • Taste
      Smoky, sweet, a fruitiness stands out
    • Finish
      Long and sweet, then the smoke builds up, warming and soft

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A no frills, good smoky whisky.

  7. Glenjasper scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  9. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    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.

  10. Stef89 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

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

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