Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.49/100
votes
2732
Whiskybase ID
WB23
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Single Malt Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281016283
Added on
02 jun 2007 2:33 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 47.31

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Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

220 users have left 252 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.49 points.

  1. uap304 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Caol Ila 12
    This was a re-taste after many years of a Drinks By The Dram sample. It really surprised me how much better this was than in my memory. Maybe not very complex, but close to nectar on this night with this sample. Cheers!
    • Nose
      89 89
      It feels light, very approachable, not overwhelming, really not smoky at all but rather earthy, vegetal, ash tray, seaweed, and celery. There is a soft sweetness, with oranges and lemon, maybe grapefruit rind.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Tangy attack, beautifully effervescent. Becoming sweet, delicious, refreshing and mouth-watering. How is this so good?! Piquant pepper, spicy citrus. Lemonade, eventually becoming bitter but only after 30-45 seconds sustained on the palate. Somehow, the taste of smoke and ash and dirt transitions right on into the finish. This dram is perfectly balanced.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length finish actually. Beautiful wisps of smoke. Ashtray and faint cigarettes elsewhere in the room. Some oak, a little drying, but not really bitter and actually more sweet than anything. Latterly, some milk chocolate in the background, salt brine, and candied oranges. Utterly delicious!

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  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/09/02/friday-night-four-caol-ila-dornoch-glentauchers-highland-park/

    The last time I tried this classic was in 2018 [WLP81], so I’m due a revisit.

    N: A forward/vibrant/crisp oily peated nose, this is just as good as I remember it being fifteen years ago. 
    T: It’s on the palate where my memory of this one differs and where I think it’s changed. It’s lost its [olive] oils for starters and is decidedly less vegetal.
    F: A mildly savoury-sweet finish with new if soft wood-dry smoke.
    C: I find this go-to Islay classic a few degrees better than in 2018, mostly down to that excellent nose. The rest is perfectly ‘fine’ if lacking intent.

  4. Taribo scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The first bottling from 2002, once again.

    Very nice. Maritime, fresh, and fruity. Very good balance. I wish current bottlings were as good as this.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very kippery with lots of honey, soot, apples, and citric grapefruits. There's a subtle maltiness and mild medicinal notes. Overall the nose is well-balanced.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Kipper, honey, mild soot, green grapes and apples, barley sugars, a fresh citric fruit taste that develops into grapefruit with some chewing. Some iodine.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Kipper (of course), honey, fresh ripe limes, a bit more soot here, subtle mint leaves, apples. Very fresh and maritime.

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Caol Ila 12 year old, SMSW 43%.

    30ml sample June 2022.

    Natural-looking paleish yellow.

    Aroma is a nice mix. All the following mix into one another: Vanilla and biscuit, salted rusks, seaweed, cat paws, minty alcohol, burnt seeds, celery. Plenty going on. There’s a sweetness that’s mostly caramelised but could imply tropical fruit.

    Body is moderately oily.

    Taste is light and easy up front, soft salt and smoke behind the easy watered-down spirit impressions. The spirit is at the fore of the flavour and the cask just brings a little supporting vanilla-like sweetness. No real heat to it at all (and this is my first whisky of the evening).

    The aroma has a few different things going on whereas the palate delivers salt and subtle smoke in a more straight-forward way. The typical Caol Ila brine carries on into the linger and the breathy smoke starts to build given time. Becoming seaweedy on the palate after two thirds of the dram are gone.

    It’s a classic profile at a great price (available at £31 a 70cl bottle at the time of drinking). It’s lovely, but not capable of ousting the south Islay trio from my whisky shelf. 3.575/85

  7. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nice peated whisky.
    The production of this distillery is among the best even in the Diageo group, but its taste is still exquisite, and it has not lost its level because of its production.
    The whole is biased towards bourbon barrels, full of floral peat,
    Very similar to Ledaig 10yo in my tasting experience,
    It's a pity that this bottle of Caol Ila 12yo has a sour taste of overripe citrus, which I personally don't like.
    And the ABV% is only 43%, resulting in a slightly inferior odor performance.
    The taste score is 85, and the price doesn't affect the score.

  8. DDzip scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Everything has already been said above
    An easily accessible gateway for the uninitiated. Nice balance between fruit and peat. It requires a little openness to fully express itself but it offers a lot for a very reasonable price.
    One of the best value for money on the market. Which earns him a few extra points.

  9. zzqfyl scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. bankimate scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  11. hzs275 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  12. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  13. og187 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Watery, marshy, hydrogen sulfide, fermented milk products, cheese,
    • Taste
      82 82
      Caustic, liquid, creamy
    • Finish
      82 82
      Smoke, extinguished fire, rustic

  14. og187 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Watery, marshy, hydrogen sulfide, fermented milk products, cheese,
    • Taste
      82 82
      Caustic, liquid, creamy
    • Finish
      82 82
      Smoke, extinguished fire, rustic

  15. MaroFF scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    One of the best whiskys in this price range. It has a lot of sweets, smoke and seaweed. In my opinion, it tastes much better in the finish than in the aroma.
    Alcohol very well hidden, does not dominate and does not cover all the advantages of this whisky.
    • Nose
      84 84
      fresh, grassy, pharmacy, seaweed, in the background lemon peel, delicate spring onion
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet, honey, burnt milk, charcoal, citrus, floral, slightly peaty
    • Finish
      85 85
      quite long, sweet, smoky, tipped with chili pepper, with a honeycomb

  16. Killswitch scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  17. Expraesi scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  18. claymore84 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-24-2021 in Bergisch Gladbach.

  19. Kraddell scored this whisky 62 points Expert Junior

    Sample from 'the tasting collection'. Pours a rather light yellow, with only a milder golden shine. Aroma is strong - to say the least. Even pouring the sample out fills the room with aroma's. Scent is strong peaty, sharp dirt, smoke, ashy, burnt wood almost. Not my type of nose - as expected. Taste is medium intense, charred barrel, dirt, peat ( who'd expect ? ) full, woody side that goes well with the peat. however, where the ardbeg Ubigail ( sorry if I butchered that name ) provided a decent mouth and an amazing finish, this whisky evolves less to me. It circles more around the peat, and offers little outside of that. Definately not undrinkable or anything like that, just not for me.

  20. Bomshanka scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Review from a bottle open for 2 years, but with sufficient content to avoid losing the quality of the liquid. Considering this is a 12 year old Islay standard, its often vastly under appreciated and under priced too. Probably the best value for money younger age stated Islay. (I paid 33€ for 1 liter in 2018.)
    • Nose
      89 89
      Cold ashes of a bonfire. Stewed, sugared lemons cuts cleanly through. One of the cleanest lemon noses in town. Freshly cut peat, honey on toasted bread. Hint of anise and maybe even jalapeño pepper.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet stewed lemons again, this time they have been through the bonfire. Smoke is clean and spicy. Malty, grainy, honey notes mingle. Clearly not old whisky, but very wholesome for its age.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Drying out on peppery smoke and lemon zest.

  21. Dutchdram scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Maritime and peaty notes like peat, smoke, sea-air and a campfire. Also a salty note of smoked ham. It turns a bit sweet and fruity now with notes of vanilla and lemon. There is oil too. And at the end a hint of grass and a tiny bit of ashes.
    • Taste
      84 84
      It starts sweet with a hint of vanillacake and boiled sweets. Ofcourse there is peat and smoke. It's oily with a hint of pears. At the end a little note of grass again.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long with hints of vanilla, oak and a bit of smoke.

  22. MarcinCh scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, a smoldering fire. Ash. Sea of citrus. Sliced lemon sprinkled with ashes. Sweetness, caramel. Salt, sea. A pinch of spices. Traces of pepper and ginger.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Smoke, ash, fire. Sea of citrus. A lemon in an dying out fire. Sea, salt. Sweetness. Caramel. Salty caramel. Interwoven smoky, fruity, sweet and spicy aromas. A pinch of spices. Light ginger.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The smoke extinguishes the fire. Fresh fruit, citrus. Sea, salt. Sweetness, salty caramel. Medium-long finish.

  23. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This rating is for the first bottling from 2002.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. Don Cassi scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Very light and fresh on the nose, dried lemon peel with some banana, vanilla and seaweed.

    Relatively watery in the mouth and slightly spicy.

    In the finish with and with cold ash, behind that green banana and some wood.
    Length: 7/10

    All in all, a solid smoker who suffers a little from the alcohol content. Also inferior in character to a Kilchoman or Ardbeg with similar parameters in my opinion.

    Grade: 2+

  25. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  26. LaurensVD scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  27. BarrelBeast scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Youtube Review: https://youtu.be/5mnD_hUuRfA
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  28. MLE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  29. rich_93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A seriously complex dram, incredible value for money.
    • Nose
      Savoury, peaty, solventy, sweet. A lot going on here, you'll keep coming back to this and finding new nuances.

      Savoury notes of smoked fish, savoury oatcakes, sharp spices of pepper, fresh ginger and mustard. Hint of leather.

      Lots of complex green and earhty notes: damp forest floor, moss, bark, mentholic rosemary, hint of thyme. Bitter green tomato stem.

      There is a solventy spirit sweetness to this (think Johnnie Walker (wonder why!), tequila. This is made pleasant by *hints* of honey / vanilla and many over-ripe fruity notes: banana, black plum, morello cherry. Hints of lemon and grapefruit give freshness.

      The marine notes are my favourite part though. I guess you could call it 'sea-breeze', but there's also a much sharper notes of seaweed, ambrinol (sharp ambergris aromachemical). I've been working on a woody-marine perfume recently, and many of the smells overlap.
    • Taste
      Salty, mentholic, spicy, fruity. A bit bitter. Pleasant acidity throughout the palate.

      Black pepper crackers. Cool rosemary, cardamom and menthol, warm ginger. Again strong notes of seaweed and ambrinol. Some fruits: lemon, grapefruit, green apple, banana.

      Finishes smoky-woody, slightly tannic and drying, sweetened by honey. At times I perceive the wood as ashy, bringing to mind cigars. Other times it's just smoke and dry wood.

  30. Goldenwhiskycave scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    light golden color, a slight oily movement in the glass, slow tears.
    • Nose
      84 84
      sweet smoke, but I expected smoke but this one is pleasant and sweet, also slightly fresh and minty, licorice nice
    • Taste
      77 77
      volatile, strong flavor, powerful, full, rich, liquorice, strong burning sensation
    • Finish
      79 79
      mouthwashes, oily taste but sweet, powerful and long and warm

  31. riegerjonas scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    2021-04-10
    • Nose
      light smoke, vanilla, slightly musty, stronger smell than the Distillers Edition., light sherry, pleasant sweetness, sweet light fruits, sour, pear, nectarine, banana, peach, strawberries
    • Taste
      light summer smoke, somewhat musty, spicy
    • Finish
      medium-intensive shortly after dark chocolate with a high cocoa content

  32. jvanopstal scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    At first sight a typical heavy peated Islay whisky, but surprisingly sweeter and more delicate than expected
    • Nose
      81 81
      Heavy peated with also fruit scents (citrus)
    • Taste
      82 82
      Oily with some smoke. Lighter than expected from its smell. Later more fruit
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long with smoke and sweet flavours

  33. LDB scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Okay, but it comes across as a bit rough and industrial with cutter diesel, heavy fuel oil and a sooty smokehouse.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  34. Benjamin_Wang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Light and fresh, with a lot of smoke.
    • Nose
      Creamy, sweet, and citrus. A lot of smoke, iodine, and sea spray.
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke, mild with lemon, citrus, light vanilla cream.
    • Finish
      Fresh and long smoke and maltiness, vanilla, balanced.

  35. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Some would say boring about Caol Ila 12, I think it's delicious and just calmly honest. A distillery that for me stands for solid craftsmanship and high quality, despite the large quantities that are bottled. Clear recommendation for the small budget!
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sweet, with vanilla, apples and citrus fruits, moderate smoke and salt. Very clear and open.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Oily and soft, smoke, although I find the salty taste to be even more pronounced. Some ash in the background, nice sweetness and citrus aromas.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Oily, ash, some oak and ham. Excellent!

  36. Saftkenner scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice, and the aroma a really very independent standard bottling at a very fair price. Of course I would be happy if Caol Ila switched to 46% drinking strength, but that is probably not to be expected, any more than with Lagavulin.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Clearly noticeable smoke, stronger than usual with Bowmore, weaker than a Lagavulin or Laphroaig. The smoke aroma of this Caol Ila also has something quite unique, as if you had thrown fresh oranges into the fire, over which a fresh sea breeze blows. In addition, vanilla, delicate oak spice, slightly musty linen cloth and overripe kiwi.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Slightly oily despite the low drinking strength. Smoke, orange, mushy kiwi, vanilla, a little salt, delicate oak spice (Bourbon barrel) and honey.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length. There remains a slightly ashy smoky note with honey and the softened kiwi fruit.

  37. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Not bad but far behind what Caol Ila could bottle as a 12 yo standard in my opinion. Start by making it an integrity malt with no chillfiltration, no color and bottled at 46/48% abv. The potential is there...

  38. hafssol scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Always nice to find back in every bottle its golden clear colour and smoky taste. Not particularly complex for an Islay malt, but I appreciate its lemon and grass notes, refreshingly warm for a peaty malt.

  39. SimondeVette scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A typical Islay, but smoother. Way smoother than I suspected
    • Nose
      A bit peaty, sea spray, citrus
    • Taste
      A little bit sweet, peat, (some) earth/petrichor
    • Finish
      Vanilla, sulfur, some bitterness

  40. Foudos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  41. Emperor69 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Category: Single Malt
    Producer and bottler: Caol Ila Distillery (Diageo)
    Region: Islay
    Fortress: 43%
    Volume: 750 ml
    Bottling date: 11/21/2019
    Barrel type: ?
    Age: 12 years old
    Filtering: ?
    Dye: present

    Aromatics. Weakly peaty release. No bonfires, conflagrations, smoking factories, rather soot and soot, cooled coals. Fine, beautiful, fresh, sour-salty, mineral nose. This is how the salty sea waves breaking on the rocky coast appear. There are also remarkable fruit and berry shades (lime, currant, gooseberry, kiwi, green apples, olives) that make this whisky related to a good white Sauvignon from New Zealand, the theme of apple-lemon pie, smoked bacon and some spices (pepper and vanilla), soda. If you are primarily attracted to burnt-peaty aromas, I recommend not to delay the “destruction” of the bottle too much, because. they become more and more depleted over time.

    Taste. All flavors are in perfect harmony with each other, smoothly flowing one into another, none of them "pulls the blanket" over itself, deliberately creeping out to the fore. On the palate, you can easily find fruits, burnt and smoked bacon, pepper, citrus zest, sea salt with subtle ink-iodine motifs, vanilla and some sweet pastries. Someone will say that the taste, perhaps, lacks density, richness and complexity, but such a “light” style also has the right to exist and personally evokes only positive emotions in me and is always ideal for any mood and circumstances.

    Aftertaste. As refreshing and sour as the main palate, not powerful, medium or just below average in duration. Weak peat trail, sea water, citrus fruits, vanilla.

    An excellent whisky for immersing neophytes in the peaty style in general and the Isles style in particular. Suitable for an experienced amateur, because the distillery clearly has its own unique style, which cannot be confused with other producers. Easily digestible, but very interesting and rich in various flavor and aroma nuances for a 12 year old whisky release. I love, appreciate and recommend to everyone.

    Rating: 84 out of 100.

  42. NXI scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    When in its best shape, this is a great Islay malt that has exceptional balance, beautiful aroma, superb taste, enough complexity and no serious weaknesses. I love its finish, in which delicate smoke gradually rises from your throat and fills your sinuses, causing an effect similar to that when using snuff. Dividing the sip into two consecutive smaller ones makes the experience even stronger.

  43. Gweddry scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      salty, dry, bright smoke, roasted meat with plums, sweetens after a while, jam, pears, herring, lemon, chalk, forest honey, black currant, omelette, apricot jam, melon chewing gum, mango, crust of freshly baked bread
    • Taste
      strong onset of smoke and coals, salty, herb butter, paprika, lemon pepper, omelette, sweets
    • Finish
      long and intense, omelette, smoke, lemon pepper, coffee and cocoa, at the end of a red apple

  44. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  45. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Super Administrator

    Many moons ago, it was a dram of Caol Ila 12 that ignited my passion for whisky, and what a journey it has been. Time to revisit my old friend! On the nose, puffs of twiggy bonfire smoke give way to green apples, lemon and briny hints of seawater. Heather honey, black olives and peppery oak spices drive the full-bodied and oily taste, always accompanied by well-integrated sooty salinity. Citrus fruits, subtle vanilla and complex tea notes linger in the long and peaty finish. I'm biased, I know, but this characterful Islay malt is still overlooked and underrated!

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 87 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  46. Teomarg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  47. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2018 bottling. Really good and underrated these days. It's a shame they don't bump the ABV higher for this release.⁣
    • Nose
      Hugely coastal, briny and lemony. Seaweed, oysters, sour apples, grapefruit, wet pebbles, chalky, slightly medicinal with some bandages/iodine.⁣
    • Taste
      Very salty and brine forward. Touch of lemon, sooty ash, peat, olive oil, parsley, and background medicinal elements.⁣
    • Finish
      Lots of ash, salty broth, touch of sweetness and lemon peel. Tad peppery at the end.⁣

  48. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet fruity(apricot or peach) peat campfire coal smoke
    • Taste
      Sweet fruitiness(apricot or peach) with oily peat campfire coal smoke
    • Finish
      Long, ashy, sweet brown sugar

  49. Svarttt scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Still a very underrated malt. Smoke that is not too intrusive, nice citrus notes, decent mouthfeel. Sensible ABV. What more could you want from a 12 year old original bottling.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  50. bodevami scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
      Peat, dry soil, wild nature, tar
    • Taste
      72 72
      Sweet, again the peat, few other flavors discovered
    • Finish
      72 72
      Short but sweet

  51. martinbutterfly scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    ***
    ????: white wine
    ????: intense peat, warm seaweed, fresh, cut, young, slightly biting, sweet,
    ????: spicy, astringent, intensely peat, slightly spicy, sweet, flattens quickly,
    ????: smoky, sweet, short, slightly warming, a bit tart at the end
    *
    Basic "warm and seaweed" peat, no special depth etc, it was a bit short of "OK".
    *
    ????: 3.5 / 10
    ????: 83/100

  52. Mordeth scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  53. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  54. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The best description I can find for this whisky is "surprisingly generic".
    • Nose
      80 80
      Was not impressed at first. After a while a smell of tar and old wooden ships comes up.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Pleasant, medium peated taste. Nothing impressive.
      A nice sweetness, burnt wood, maritime saltiness.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Dry, wooden taste.

  55. bredstrup scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Nose: Palate: Christmas cake. Spices and oaky bitterness. Not overly complex Finish: oak and more spices. A hint of citrus. Medium long
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, sulfur, citric notes. Wet, burnt wood, old seaweed
    • Taste
      75 75
      Christmas cake. Spices and oaky bitterness. Not overly complex
    • Finish
      80 80
      Oak and more spices. A hint of citrus. Medium long

  56. coldsun scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Peaty smoke, vanilla, citruses, citric zest, sweet roasted malt, tropical fruits, fragnant. Light: gum.
    Very strong character. Empty glass keeps notes of dried fruits and smoked meat for 4 days (and counting)! The only disdvantage is that the whisky could be more variable. But it is great anyway.

  57. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  58. WHISKYBANKCN scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The main reason why I gave this whisky such a high score is because of its cost performance. And it's the balance of whisky that goes beyond most of the same years whisky
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  59. SRB scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  60. dinclas scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    A gentle and mild one, perfectly balanced, always enjoyed the warm taste after dinner.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Iodine and smoke, some grassy and orange, very fresh
    • Taste
      85 85
      Medium strength, warm, peat, oily, and citrus hidden behind. Everything mixed in harmony, with relatively clear texture
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long, seeweeds, sweetness still exists, ash after smoke

  61. The_Chilicatch scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    Wonderful medical smoke, which is replaced by a beautiful, sweet and full body. I wish for a better synthesis of these two sides. For me they are sometimes a bit unconnected side by side. But that may be a matter of taste. Definitely a must have in the bar!

  62. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is the review of the very first release of the standard 12-years old Caol Ila from 2002 (hence distilled in 1990).

    [August, 2019] After an interesting old versus new head-to-head of the standard 18-years old Caol Ila edition that resulted in significant differences (3 points) I decided to do the same with the 12-years old standard edition. It is a head-to-head of the 2018 release (NEW, WB id 120834) versus this first ever bottling from 2002 (OLD, there is neither a Classic Malts logo nor a www.malts.com reference on the back label)...

    ...and the differences between these two are again significant. OLD is a typical old Traditional Scotch dram (distillate-driven, more complex, balanced all the time) while NEW shows elements of the modern whisky style already (much more wood-driven which leads to an imbalace during the finish, less complex). Guess what I prefer (by two points)?
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour of OLD is two shades darker at old gold than NEW which is at jonquiripe corn (despite they used caramel on NEW). The nose of OLD offers a balanced sweet-peaty pofile with honeys, ripe yellow fruits, barley sugars and maritime-peaty aromas. The smoke grows stronger upon breathing without harming the balance as additional waxy and autumn floral notes join in as well. A pretty fine nose for a 12-years old, indeed1 NEW offers a quite different profile with shy unripe green fruits, more sugars and a different smokey impression (no maritime notes, rather like a cold bonfire). It is balanced too with more wood impact, but much simplier than OLD. I clearly prefer the nose from 2002.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste of OLD is quite bold on delicious sweet flavours over fine peat smoke notes. The fruits are present all the time as are the barley sugars, later some waxes and meaty notes (smoked bacon) join in. It is not very complex but it is a tasty mix, easy to quaff. NEW's taste is much more wood-driven with sweet barley sugars balancing the bitter tannins nicely. It is easy drinkble too but a complete different style. Again I prefer OLD clearly.
    • Finish
      88 88
      OLD arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate without distracting moments. The initial mouthfeel of NEW is warming and coating too but a little less impressive with a minor bitter-astringent moment (tannins at work). Both drams own a long finish where OLD adds some spices and herbal impressions without distracting moments at all. NEW turns more bitter during the finish with a drying mouthfeel, now the tannins of the wood take control and drive NEW out of balance, unfortunately. Water is not needed on both.

  63. Moses scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Can I be brief because we will not warm us two. Everything is as it should be and nothing is special. Just as labidary as I have described the two sentences, so is my impression. Respectful but bored.
    • Nose
      83 83
      I'm not a friend of these lemons cleaners. I will probably never become. But I pay respect. Reason made solid.
    • Taste
      82 82
      It is smoky, spicy and even slightly sweet. Slightly salty and fully ok.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium long but fast drying. The smoke and the sea air remain. Island Experience 1.0;)

  64. AdamsB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very good, smoky, peated whisky. Fantastic to alternative daily use.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fresh, mild, grassy, seaweed, juniper, peat, apples, iodine
    • Taste
      80 80
      Peaty smoke, lemon peel, vanilla, oak, oily
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, smoky, citrus, slightly spicy, nutmeg

  65. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/feis-ile-2018-caol-ila-part-1/

    N: I’m pleased to report the 12yo still has that notable oily brininess [on the nose at least], with a touch of smokey bacon.
    T: Decidedly lacklustre after the initial stages. Though the smoke >> vegetal character is likeable, it’s not as oily rich as I’ve remembered it in the past.
    F: Evaporates to a mild something-ness.
    C: I used to regard the Caol Ila 12yo as a go-to, though admittedly, some years have past.

    [Scores 81 points]

    TAKE 2 - around an hour later

    N: Wtf, really? Core range juice on free pour in the courtyard! “Seaweed and iodine”, says the manager. Good, let’s move on.
    T: Light dry smoke, no body. With respect to the already sacrificed in my name, I eat my first and possibly last oyster. It’s of the sea for sure, accompanied by actual gravel in iodine. The oyster is of more interest in the moment,….
    F: ,… and dominates my palate completely. Food pairing, honestly !
    C: Oysters, what’s that all about? The taste of the sea/fish farm, literally. The whisky scores 81 again.

  66. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  67. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 78 points Expert 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

  68. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A no frills, good smoky whisky.

  69. Glenjasper scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  70. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  71. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 85 points Expert 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.

  72. Stef89 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

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

  73. ChrisSym scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    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.

  74. Gaija scored this whisky 88 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

  75. Gaija scored this whisky 88 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.

  76. Max70 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  77. jeoff scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  78. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A staple of peated malt whisky I guess? I would have enjoyed it more with a sweeter mouth fell, however I can see the appeal of this for others. Very decent value for money.
    • Nose
      Aromatic smoke – exhaust fumes and burning mint leaves. Moderately sweet, with honeyed oak and associations of watermelon. 
    • Taste
      Dusty parchment, mild naphthalene, mentholated watermelon. Lime cordial and orange bitters give rise to a more drying and tannic mouth feel.
    • Finish
      Medium. Drying and chalky, plasticine and over-brewed herbal tea.

  79. larswehmeier scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh and citrusy in the beginning. Over it a nice strong plume of smoke. Pretty phenolic. It smells of sea and some cold ashes. Only late does he get sweeter and show some sweet malt.
    • Taste
      Also here rather light and fresh on the cake but at the same time quite spicy in the taste. A lot of smoke on the palate. Some light wood on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Strong and long smoky. Some milk chocolate.

  80. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A light and lemony peat goes well with woody reflections and red fruits. Cherry, vanilla. It's fresh. You smell iodine, the tide, a little coarse salt. On the beach on a low tide day. The scum, the kelp, and a few small crustaceans that run away. The entry in the mouth is sparkling, spicy, fruity, always in balance, varnish, barley, and a very small touch of caramel. Peat, almost acrid, comes out on the finish, with a power delicately contained by oak and barley. It's long on the palate, with a hint of honey and earth, a little oily grass. It's oily, and salty. Truly a good whisky, all in control and in power, varied, between fruits and peat, and in small touches.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/05/caol-ila-12-yo-43-oroginal-bottling.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  81. Rien scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  82. oppi scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Little peat sweetish honey
    • Taste
      Peat / smoke Pretty sharp

  83. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  84. anibalec scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      smoke 2, peat 2, phenol 1, wood 1
    • Taste
      peat 1, smoke 1, spicy 1
    • Finish
      sweet

  85. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wonderfully peaty and maritime entrance. Salty sea breeze, rainy hay, a hint of juniper, citrus and pepper. There is a nice sweetness underneath.
    • Taste
      Medium heavy and slightly oily. Nice balancing act of peat, citrus zest, malty elements, salt, tart herbs and a Pfeffrigkeit.
    • Finish
      Just, walk, torfig.

  86. Goldenwhiskycave scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      salt, sea light peat spicy
    • Taste
      kalis juice, soft and greasy
    • Finish
      fairly short

  87. stefsel111 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  88. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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%.
    • 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.

  89. Nestheth scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  90. Nestheth scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Good entry level stuff. Calls for strength in alcohol, body and taste.
    • Nose
      Gentle peat and strong smoke; leather; fresh, sweet, fruits; liquid "medicine" scent.
    • Taste
      Brine, salty liquorice, peat, oak. Has the Caol Ila signature taste.
    • Finish
      Soft peat and low alcohol percentage do linger in the mouth, but not for long.

  91. Ra_Di scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  92. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  93. Edward MacKenzie scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    I always like it better!
    An outstanding standard, PLV almost unbeatable!
    Gentle, soft smoke, not medically.
    Rather chimney smoke.
    Islay-typical salty, sea breeze, sea spray ...?
    Citrus but not as strong as Bowmore.

    Who does not know him yet, definitely try!
    Also for advanced very recommendable!

    86/100

  94. LiquidThoughts 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

  95. Helgo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  96. Calmar scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Molt pleasant, everything seems to be with him, but everything is too minimalist and simple, there is no personality in it, that is, some sort of raisin (in contrast, say, from the basic Ardbegs and Lafrougs). And the rest is very good - a spicy, well-balanced, absolutely non-spirituous, soft and warm whisky.
    • Nose
      Soft and soft smoke, peat and coal ... and everything, dense and saturated, but simple and monotonous.
    • Taste
      Peat, coal, smoke, rubber, then a powerful pepper attack, also does not strike with variety.
    • Finish
      Zest of orange and lemon, pepper, then shows the sweetness of dried fruits, notes of cowberry and viburnum, rather short.

  97. fgg scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  98. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  99. maltaholic scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  100. Whisky Jig scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A highly underrated whisky and a favourite "daily dram".  Gentle, salty smoke and a honeyed malty sweetness with a clean grassy finish.  Quintessential Islay.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  101. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2010]  I had this during a community tasting near Bonn.In
    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.  My
    notes state simply "a typical young Caol Ila"...

  102. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful entry-level dram and a great introduction to what Caol Ila is all about.
    • Nose
      Plenty of brine with subtle peat and gentle bonfire smoke. Some vanilla custard. Soft fruit aromas wrestle their way past the peat and smoke. Pineapple, peach, banana. Well-balanced.
    • Taste
      Coal and tar with softer notes of bonfire smoke and licorice. A gentle spicy edge, with some cracked black pepper. Lime too. Some sweet vanilla and balances the palate.
    • Finish
      Pretty salty, lingering on wood smoke with a touch of sauerkraut. Medium to long.

  103. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  104. chlinatele scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good standard of Caol Ila. Like at a low price
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      81 81

  105. berarith73 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  106. uap304 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I found this a bit demure actually. Fairly well-balanced but not the most inspiring peated I-slayer.
    • Nose
      Pungent and earthy, suggesting moss. Then candied smoke somehow. With time, vague fruits and spice.
    • Taste
      Medium and "smooth," doesn't swim too well. Quickly mineral, then becoming peppery and woody. Not particularly smoky. Hints of bourbon cask, sweet fruit, and soot.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Soot and wet cigarette butts (why does everyone know what that tastes/smells like?), then falls abruptly flat and becomes unpleasantly spicy, dry, and woody.

  107. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Winter Dram
    Caol Ila is the big work horse of Islay that produces peated whisky for Diageo's blends, of which Johnnie Walker Black Label is the best known one. But it stands on its own as a single malt without any problems. There is a reason why Coal Ila is my favorite Islay whisky. This 12 Year Old is the entry level malt that can be had for as little as 35 EUR. I try a recent bottling, from February 2016.
    The nose is soft and sweet on caramel, apple and lime. Loads of dried grass and a touch of fish oil. Then something that reminds me of green olives, but with a medicinal twist. The smoke is rather mild. If you leave it for a length of time, it will turn a touch sour.
    It is wonderfully oily and very spicy from the start. The first sip offers peat and maritime elements, the second leaves a bit of room for the citrus. A soft peppery note and some wood counterfoot this. It is nicely balanced.
    The long finish keeps the mouth warm. At the death you get another salty uppercut that floors the sweetness.
    For that price, this Caol Ila should be in your cabinet. Wonderful winter dram. Thanks for the sample, Pat!

  108. McKen did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    84/100
    • Nose
      Subdued peatiness and smoke, combined with a fresh citrussy scent. Medicinal, yet sweet. It brings to mind a soft coastal breeze, because of the present seaweed and saltiness.
    • Taste
      A light to medium body. A vanilla-sweet start with elegant peat. Hints of lemon, resulting into a light acidity. Some salt and pepper.
    • Finish
      A long and spicy, warm finish. Medicinal and ever so slightly sour aftertaste.

  109. Laga93 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  110. Era68 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      75 75

  111. Era68 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Good Daily, interesting and definitely worth a try for the price.
    • Nose
      Soft with a hint of citrus and a lot of medicinal peat smoke
    • Taste
      Sweet at first, the sweetness gives way to the peat smoke and the alcoholic note comes from the background to the fore.
    • Finish
      Medium. Citrus and medicine

  112. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Unpretentious, a rush of abundant mineral notes of brine, cold stone
    and salty peat of seaweed on first nosing, underlay with some curious
    fruit sweetness. Splash of water to waken the diesel and tar notes.
    Intriguing and complex.


    Palate:- Syrupy sweet approach, follow by lightly sour burnt caramel and
    traces of iodine. Masked smokiness, not too noticeable, but it is there
    lingering in the mouth.

    Finish:- Furry, throat heating and the
    thick herby smoke reveals themselves, mouth coating and warming.
    Thin-medium body, medium length. Slightly deceiving and uniquely
    structured, don't hold back after the first sip, it took me 2 drams to
    truly enjoy this goodness.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  113. Arno Pelgrim scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  114. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  115. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    like a full flavored (more potent)
    version of connemara
    original
    • Nose
      cream (dissipates quickly), medium
      peat, saltwater, nuts, fresh grass, hint of jura-ish
      earth
    • Taste
      fresh water, minerals, neutral
      spice, caramel
    • Finish
      short-medium, fresh grass, neutral
      sweet, grain,  grass and nuts at the back

  116. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  117. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    In my eyes, together with Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig 10, one of the three standard bourbon cask smokers that belongs to every Islay shelf. Well, if there is not much space, at least one, no matter which one. I mean, the Caol Ila 12 plays in the same league, for ~ 40 € OK.
    • Nose
      strong smoke, some medicine, some bacon, a fresh note (salt / lemon), sweetness (honey, vanilla), a bit bitter bitterness (grass, resin)
    • Taste
      again stronger, slightly greasy smoke, slightly burnt, soft pepper, behind creamy sweetness
    • Finish
      medium long, dry, smoke, pepper, some salt and oak

  118. Waykid scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    If you go for an islayer and are starting the journey, go for this! Clean and crisp, the profile is strong enough for the low strength and some nice strong peat with lemony and tarry tones. Juts very, very nice.

  119. Opeth83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  120. medemaker scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    Peaty, dry, yeasty, slightly fruity, citrus, interesting whisky, worth the price
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  121. LordIslay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  122. vb_bembel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  123. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Looking forward to try a few independent bottlers of this interesting whisky.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  124. vojt466 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Like most things from Islay - just good :)
    • Nose
      Earthly and salty smell on the first attempt. Of course, there is also peat and some more acidic fruit (lemon) and there are also floral tones and malt.
    • Taste
      Prim plays peat in combination with sweet woodiness and spiciness. They feel things like chocolate, latte, fireplace and some cocoa dessert.
    • Finish
      Dozuk is medium-long. There is peat, bitter-sweet chocolate, pepper and a pinch of salt.

  125. Oldpultnie scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Is not bad for the price and i'm looking forward for an other version of Caol Ila to try.
    • Nose
      Flat in the nose. Can't take any specific smell out of it.
    • Taste
      Very sharp and spicy. Warm feeling in the throat.
    • Finish
      Very long warming finish.

  126. sascuas scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  127. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  128. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Campfire. Flower meadow, sweet honey. Leather shoes. Grassy.
    • Taste
      Salty smoke. Licorice. Currants. Grassy.

  129. whiskybros scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review here http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Caol-Ila-12yo/c21kp/5725c3910cf26b6d6847ca38
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  130. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  131. Dram The Man scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  132. Dramned! scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  133. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    What a lackluster and utterly boring smoky single malt!

    Gave it another chance after a few years and the - consistent (usually a virtue, not in this case, though) - mediocrity prevailed again.

    Don't get me wrong, it's still decently made malt without major flaws, off-notes, etc. save one: personality.

    Where Lagavulin, even in its recent 8 yo bottling with scarce wood influence shows exiting notes, Ardbeg Ten remains a proven Islay entry and a Laphi 10/Quarter Cask exude medicinal uniqueness, Caol Ila 12 tastes like some sort of bare-bone peated Islay malt, before it's given its personality.
    Maybe that's just that, the competition is too stiff?

    Not too long ago, Caol Ila knew and acknowleded they were pretty much the weakest Islay distillery regarding their standard range. Their pricing reflected that. Now, with the (presumed) hype of Scotch whisky in my humble opinion they try to play with the big boys. Too bad they are not there, neither with the 12, nor the 18 or the cask strength.

    With pricing as it is today, I strongly advise anybody to get an independent bottling of Caol Ila. There are many good ones out there, almost all of them better than what the distillery puts out.

  134. robain scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Bang for a buck whisky, very pricy malt.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  135. drkrylov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Juniper. Garden mint. Burnt grass, but soft.
    • Taste
      Lightly oily. Soothing at first. Lots of flavour development.
    • Finish
      Spicy (nutmeg, pepper). Warming. Very long.

  136. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice decent peated whisky. Full of flavor, finds a nice balance between smoky smoky at the beginning, to some fruity afterwards, after which the finish is solid again. Pleasure to drink. Medicinal aspect is not too prominent.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  137. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Decent peated whisky. Comes firmly inside, both in smell and taste, but then shows its friendlier side. And you can enjoy yourself for a long time.
    • Nose
      peat, salty, sea air. Medicinal, but also fruity: some banana comes along, citrus, orange (zest). The aroma becomes less powerful after 10-15 minutes.
    • Taste
      peat, smoke, slightly peppery, (salmiak) licorice, powerful. A bit later the sharper disappears, and some fruit comes through: citrus, and even faintly melon ?!
    • Finish
      peat smoke, dry. Reasonably long finish, here comes the pepper back again, also some medicinal in the finish. Taste remains a long time

  138. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    it is getting better and better in my opinion and it is getingt peatier and fatter as well....well done!!

  139. Peaty_Nino scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

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

  140. C.H.M. scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Delicious. If you need something strong. I miss the complex notes.

  141. Bart Joosten scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  142. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    easily accessible, simple but very one-dimensional malt, the smoke never overpowers but it lacks corners and edges, slightly watery
    • Nose
      Medical smoke, behind it a little vanilla, herbs, heather, green banana, fig, resin, the aroma evaporates quickly
    • Taste
      Smoke, a little sweet, soft, a bit weak, herbs, bitterness and dry
    • Finish
      short with smoke, menthol, bitter, not particularly intense

  143. martinni scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  144. jamesis48 scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    Overall sweet and spicy with a slightly fruity scent but I felt that the finish could have been longer. Quite balanced with not too much peat. Great for beginners to intermediate drinkers who are focusing on Islay based distilleries. Great value for money.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      80 80

  145. martinni scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    recommend 
    • Nose
      peat, salted caramel, some overripe fruits
    • Taste
      more fruits come out, pepper, iodine
    • Finish
      sour, liquid smoke, oily

  146. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    A solid but very one-dimensional 12yo heavy peated whisky.

  147. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    A very one-dimensional whisky.
    • Nose
      A lot of peat smoke and in the background an undefined sweetness.
    • Taste
      More peat smoke which covers almost anything else.
    • Finish
      Short and dry.

  148. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  149. domani scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    A good, solid and easily accessible single malt that you can always drink - 06.12.2015
    • Nose
      Phenolic, dominant smoke, resin, pine needles, pine cones, malt sweetness, figs
    • Taste
      Smoke, sweet, immediate dryness, oak, bitter walnut, finally a hint of wood and pine
    • Finish
      Short

  150. Jon Osterman scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    I like this whisky a lot, and find it to be somewhat underrated.  I end up enjoying this as much as almost any other of the widely available peated single malts (at this price range).  I don't find this to be "worse" than the Lagavulin 16, or the Ardbeg 10, just different.  Plus, it is refreshingly pale for a whisky that does not claim to be (so far as I know) natural color.  Holding a glass of this side by side with JW Black Label brought me a chuckle.
    • Nose
      A dry, vegetal smokiness with an underlying sweetness.  Makes me think of dry leaves, and sometimes I imagine I also find milk chocolate
    • Taste
      To me, the peaty flavors come closer to Laphroaig than the other Islay malts, though less extreme, and more balanced (depending on what you call balance).  Sweetness with funky peat flavors; not as "clean" tasting as Lagavulin
    • Finish
      Smoke, but not extreme or ashy

  151. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very tough and yet delicate whisky !! Who can be sure
    • Nose
      Peat, smoke, iodine with fresh honey. Red apples, raisins, grass and hay. Nice hard arrival that slowly takes depth and is reminiscent of a winter day by the sea. Complex and heavy
    • Taste
      Fresh on the tongue with sweet and salty notes. Honey, smoke and peat predominate. Then soft fruit comes through and floral notes, grass. There is a hint to drop / laurel and he has a malty sweetness.
    • Finish
      Warm in the throat and continues to hang very long. Smoky and sweet with an aftertaste of stew.

  152. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A lovely Islay, value for money.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  153. yggr scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  154. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  155. tkoppelaar scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Must have for peated enthusiasts. Especially for this price!
    • Nose
      Sea air, salt, smoke, earth, peat, citrus, little detergent. The alcohol is in the background. Freshly roasted nuts. Campfire
    • Taste
      Peat, smoke, ash, campfire, citrus fruits, grapefruit, iodine, lime.
    • Finish
      Sweet aftertaste, toffee, nuts, citrus fruits, leather, smoke, coffee.

  156. maltaholic scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    one of the best smokers for beginners.

  157. Landryn scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  158. jhut scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Cafe de Toeter in Groningen, 07-09-2015
    • Nose
      Smoke, burned wood, medicinal, salt. No sweet tones, mineral rich.
    • Taste
      complex, hout
    • Finish
      wood, peat, medicinal taste. salt

  159. fileosoph scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  160. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Caol Ila 12 yo (43%, OB, +/- 2015)  Another one that we’re trying to follow almost every year. Colour: pale straw. Nose: a longer ageing seems to have imparted more mineral notes, as well as a ‘wider’ coastalness. Iodine, seaweed, bandages, fresh baguette (dough), then rather citrus, as expected. Lemons, grapefruits, a little wet chalk. Bonfire on the beach. Mouth: hey, this burst and roars, and it’s not afraid of the stronger 5yo at all. In fact I find more smoke, more ashes, and more medicinal notes, and while re-reading my notes for last year’s version, indeed I just cannot understand why some folks would call this a ‘lighter peaty Islay’. Agreed, it’s not extremely fat on your palate, but it’s shock-full of peaty/ashy flavours. Even at 43% vol. Finish: long, with a perfect balance between coastal smoke and zesty fruitiness. The aftertaste is very ashy. Comments: up one point. Bargain. SGP:356 - 85 points.

  161. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  162. hfos scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  163. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  164. sopie scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  165. Defeatless scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Nose: mild peat. Sweetness of oak cask. Red fruit, hint of vanilla and cream. more Iodine and sweetness.

    Taste: peat, some citrus notes. Sweet oak shavings. Blueberries (huh?). Hint of caramel and toffee-cream.

    Body: medium. Not much special to tell.

    Finish: medium. Some smoke and liqourish. A little dusty cellar note.

    Price: quite reasonable in these times of excessive prices.

    Presentation: Moderate, not much blablabla so it's ok.

    Comments: well I now know that it's not much of my liking. Peat and me just don't go along very well.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      73 73

  166. Butz75 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  167. Robert Parker scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    PLV outstanding. Often underestimated. In addition to Talisker 10 unbeatable in the price segment and must not hide from higher-priced Malts.
    • Nose
      phenolic smoky note mates with citrus notes, fresh sea breeze
    • Taste
      slight sharpness (possibly slight spice sharpness / Pfeffrigkeit), which flies away however very fast and makes for smoky sweet notes with Zitrusanklängen place. The Caol Ila smoke is always present
    • Finish
      Smokes on the palate, warms the throat and palate, slightly oak, long.

  168. Kostya scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    (A sample)
    young peated malt, quite fresh and clean
    • Nose
      (neat) slightly metallic, peat,
      salted caramel, some overripe fruits

      (water) more fruits come out, bacon,
      iodine
    • Taste
      (neat) peat, tar, red apple, very
      salty, sweet turns sour, development is quite intense but swift      (water) some raisins, oily, salty,
      peaty and nippy
    • Finish
      short
      to medium, sour, liquid smoke, oily

  169. carokann scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Color: golden yellow

    Nose: light smoke, wood, citrus fruits, wet leather, tobacco (?), Salt

    Palate: At first, it seems a bit watery, but only to immediately overtake itself in a taste explosion! Quite bulky for 43%. The aromas, especially the smoke, are well integrated and it spreads a pleasant warmth in the mouth. Wood notes are clearly perceptible.

    Finish: Long finish, which surprised me positively in this intensity. Light to medium astringent, which makes the overall impression very good for me.

    Conclusion: Who can do something with the Laga 16 and the Talisker 10, is in good hands with the CI 12. Value-for-money Whisky!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      88 88

  170. Bart&Claudia scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    What kind of peat is this? It is the most easygoing I have tasted thus far. Can't shake the carribean sphere of this scotch. Reminds me of partagas cigars. Really enjoyed the nose. The finish is not my cup of tea. Maybe a little bit too sweet, which only appeals to part of my palate. 

    Initial mark: 83/100 
    Most recent mark: 80/100
    • Nose
      Smells like a soccer pitch after a rough game in the rain. Muddy, murky and damp. Some savoury notes which you can smell while baking an egg with bacon and herbs. Slightly burned. tar-like. Really intruiging.

      * Had a dram the other night at a bar from an almost empty bottle and I had a lot of trouble to retrieve all the vivid and fresh notes I got from my bottle (which I traded after drinking a quarter of the content because my friend didn't like his Ardbeg 10!).  
    • Taste
      Something caramelized in a pan. Again a bit burned, which is nice. Sweetness, wallowing in heady cigar smoke. Oily texture. Well balanced. Not exciting though. Just very well made.   
    • Finish
      At first I found the finish somewhat harsh. But after the bottle reached the neck it had already eased down. More peppery instead of spirity. Still cigar smokiness. A tad boring. 

  171. squaadgras scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  172. lucbertrand did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Fine peat, very good
    4/5

  173. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  174. Allandale scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft.Juniper.Garden mint.Grass. Burnt grass.
    • Taste
      Lots of flavour development. Becoming spicy. Vanilla,nutmeg, white mustard.Complex. Flavors combine with great delicacy.
    • Finish
      Very long.

  175. Vrisky scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  176. kalervo scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Pleasant, smoky, rather light whisky. Bottle purchased Alloy and tasted at home from summer 2015 onwards.
    • Nose
      Sea scent, peat, ash, pepper, paper
    • Taste
      Add salt and peat, slightly floral sweetness
    • Finish
      A slightly oily feeling, medium smoky and peppery aftertaste. Quite dry.

  177. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  178. Ties scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  179. ApricotOne scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  180. Vrisky scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  181. wbarchive_149037 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very nice profile, very singular among the Islay entry levels. Both fresh and oily, i liked it. Worth a try.
    • Nose
      Smokey peat, lemon notes. Salty, coastal, with something like orgotten seaweed on a beach. The whole is a very nice nose.
    • Taste
      Peat, less smokey than on the palate. Salty lemongrass, and maybe oysters. Olive oil in the backgrounf. The body is very oily.
    • Finish
      Leaves your mouth oily, even more than Talisker, on coastal and lemon notes. Smokey notes come after that.
      Quite long.

  182. Ciro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  183. ApricotOne scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  184. Bishlouk scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Frankly, a nice surprise; I was expecting the worst. In the end, an entry-level that is a very good introduction to peat. A nice whisky as a whole.
    • Nose
      A lot of dry wood first. Then just behind smoked peat, cold ashes, vanilla and lemon. Soon, malted cereal appears and grows. A nice nose, although a bit flat.
    • Taste
      Infused with vanilla. A lot of ashes, too. Yellow apple and drops of lemon. A little spice. The reduction is not felt, no watery side.
    • Finish
      Short. Peppery spices appear. The ash lasts a moment.

  185. Rom scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nose of fire of wood. Well peated and smoked, notes of new leather, slightly saline, long. Good.

  186. Pépé scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    This is not a very expressive whisky, but with its iodized-peaty hints, its few fruits, its pretty texture and its relatively low price, becomes an interesting daily dram.
    • Nose
      A nose a little closed, bringing apple, a bit of lemon and a medicinal peat quite felted. Not ultra-expressive, but what he says is pretty.
    • Taste
      Pretty texture already, quite thick. Malt first, then peat comes, iodine and a little lemon. A bit of apple too. Friendly.
    • Finish
      Long, on a small peat and some hazelnuts.

  187. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  188. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Fortunately reminiscent of a 16-year-old Lagavulin, from which one has removed his fruity subset. Overall, this single malt shines with soothing smoke and spice, while the sweetness is not neglected. The flavor levels that are included are wonderfully mastered.
    • Nose
      Immediately there is medium-strong smoke that beats into the woody, which combines with vanilla and strong sweetness, behind it are salt and spray, the smoke turns into warm chimney ashes with earthy notes, to caramel, the whole thing is accompanied by a pleasant butterflies, fine spiciness (cinnamon, nutmeg, sandalwood) and ground walnuts can also be guessed
    • Taste
      Aromatic campfire smoke and elegant mild sweetness with maritime components are in the foreground, as well as soft milk chocolate, also oak flavor, cereals
    • Finish
      long and warm, light smoke with old wood, very spicy oak, maritime-salty, caramel traces, later dry

  189. irrerelevant scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    typical islay smoker, relatively restrained, a bit earthy / spicy, slightly floral, more campfire, not phenolic

  190. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    My favorite Islay salmon.
    • Nose
      Peat. Dry ashes, smoked salmon, burned wet wood, heather, salty, flinty.
    • Taste
      Peaty sweetness, a touch of pepper and licorice, herbal notes.
    • Finish
      Pepper, salt, fennel, way in the back some oak, hay.

  191. Zumbar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  192. st7 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  193. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Such an interesting whisky. Adding water helps, but by gentle with the water. 1 teaspoon per dram at the most. Otherwise it drowns the taste.
    And as always: give it time.
    • Nose
      No water: smoke of woodashes. Floral sweetness. Hints of grain.
      With water: sweet of flowers. Vanilla. Tar. Cough pastilles (Antaflu's)
    • Taste
      No water: smoke arrival. Development of smokey sweetness towards lquorice.
      With water: sweet arrival. Creamy on the tongue. Development of sweet liquorice towards briney liquorice ( salmiak).
    • Finish
      Long, dry, smokey finish.

  194. Myst111 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  195. Gloin scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    solid Islay smoker, 84 points
    • Nose
      sweet smoke, light citrus notes (sweetened grapefruit), some caramel and a reminder of tar
    • Taste
      Smoke and menthol (menthol cigarettes?); sweet, light oak, sweet bright fruits behind
    • Finish
      barely bitterness, remains sweet on the palate, then comes again the smoke (medical), slightly tingling, medium to long

  196. hartist scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Essential to apprehend the world of islay and peat. Excellent value.
    • Nose
      Seaside, barbecue fire, citrus thrown into the fireplace.
    • Taste
      A bit oily with a sweet peat, malty flavors, smoked and very slightly tarry, a little salt and citrus.
    • Finish
      Quite long but light, peaty and smoky; ends on sweet flavors of lollipops.

  197. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: Oily, phenolic, nutty, salty, wet granite...
    T: Bold arrival, clean spirit and oak strong with peat oils and salty malt gently opening out.
    F: Salty, bitter wood, sweet, oily conclusion
    C: From a new bottle [Nov ’14] this is a cracking batch of Caol Ila 12, the best ive come across in the last ten years.

    Scores a B+

  198. taldish scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  199. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Balanced and surprisingly sweet.
    • Nose
      At first restrained. The smoke of a campfire rises. Behind it are medical notes. Heather. A strong sweetness behind the smoke. Traces of pineapple, banana and lemon. Liquorice.
    • Taste
      A sweet veil covers the tongue, memories of honey and icing. Then smoky with traces of pepper.
    • Finish
      Sweet with vanilla. Slowly, the smoke is noticeable. Later iodine, coffee, wood and the taste of a good cigar.

  200. lauwensm scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Price quality a great peated whisky. A must have for every whisky drinker. 
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      76 76

  201. Paulski88 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      75 75

  202. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    12-year-old Caol Ila Tasted 2014-07-20 @ WhiskyInteam Spaden Reminiscent of campfires, full-bodied sharply with heather and complex, very good!
    84

  203. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The sugar notes are there but quite restricted. Herbal, smoky salt water lead the flavor profile. It is quite interesting to compare with an unpeated Caol Ila as well, a lot of the sweeter flavors are there as well but needs water and time in the glass to be noticed.

    (Rating interval 83-86)
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, grass, burnt grass, band-aid, artificial banana. After some water the nose becomes sweeter, white sugar, cotton candy is in there somewhere. 
    • Taste
      Peat smoke again, maritime, malty, the wet grass, firebox. With water it becomes more herbal, a bit sweeter, icing sugar far back together with caramel but strong peat and black pepper is the dominating features.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and peppery with smoke and salty licorice, anise seed and fennel notes. again grass and brine.

  204. ColorOutOfSpace scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    it has indeed lost deepth. i compared it directly with a small bottle from 2011.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      87 87

  205. lordvolk scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  206. Wolv scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  207. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  208. ricallende scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  209. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  210. Stenface scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      75 75

  211. Taita scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Harmonious,hard to distinguish individual components
    • Nose
      iodine, peat and after some time a fruity basis (Apple, pear)
    • Taste
      sweat, peat, something more fruitiness, soft peppery,
    • Finish
      peat and pepper continue to hang some time

  212. T.Norad did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    When the smoke is slightly oxidized, it gets better.
    After the smoke comes an eerie sweetness. Unfortunately, there is not much flavor left over, but you can still buy this malt again. Price wise he is accordingly interesting
    • Nose
      strong medical smoke cigarette smoke sweet fruits banana easy pineapple nutty pear slightly minty
    • Taste
      Grapefruit sweet

  213. joep scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  214. Marcallan 45 y.o. scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  215. Dionysus scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A classic islay, low price for an excellent whisky.

    Together with Laphroaig an Bruichladdich my favorite distillery on the island.

  216. GibbonGorilla scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  217. Roosty scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    A classic! Iodized / smoked profile quite well balanced and very appreciable, but too one-dimensional. A good introduction to the Caol Ila range. And very good value for money.
    • Nose
      Smoked, charcoal fire, smoked, salted fish. Seaside, lemon and a little pepper.
    • Taste
      Attack relatively powerful, peppered but also smoke. Salt water, smoked fish, oysters ... Body a little weak perhaps, could benefit from a few% (46-48). The addition of water makes it too "oily" for my taste.
    • Finish
      Smoke, iodine ... a treat! Reminds many memories of seaside. Neither short nor long.

  218. Fable scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  219. Ian V scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Caol Ila is in my top 5 favorite distilleries, but this expression is boring.  Thin body, and there`s not enough of that wonderful motor oil I love so much in the CS Indy bottles.  Oh well, if the lack of popularity of this 12yr helps keep the outstanding indy bottles so affordable, I`m all for it!

  220. zinaf scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I prefer the nose without water. 
    • Nose
      soft and sweet; marzipan; hint of vanilla

      with water: nuttier; salt; baby vomit; wonderful floral notes;
    • Taste
      peaty; zesty; ashy - sounds simple but taste quite nice and complete.

      with water: the same
    • Finish
      short on peat

  221. Jonkers scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Perfect balanced and a great aperitif.
    • Nose
      Light peat smoke but especially salty. Sweet apples and vanilla. Some malt, macaroons and chocolate.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke. Some liquorice. Vanille. Very sweet and tastefull.
    • Finish
      Soft peppery and spicy. After that very sweet. In the end a little peat smoke that remains. Long.

  222. Furtia scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      73 73

  223. D3US scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A classic Islay malt in my book. Enjoyable every time, though not a beast of a malt. 
    • Nose
      Dry peat, coal fire, oily. After that soft fruits; Ripe pear, green apples, some citrus. A bit peppery on the nose. 
    • Taste
      After the initial peaty smoke wave, sweeter and softer. The fruits are still there, now there's vanilla sweetness as well. Soft spices and a warm, coal fire.
    • Finish
      Quite warming. The peat makes this last longer, otherwise I think this would die out quickly. The vanilla sweetness together with some fruit and nice malt are enjoyable. 

  224. Malt Hans scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Smoky and fruity aroma, banana, tar, yellow

    apples, honey, cardamom and fir branches. Medium sweet taste, juniper

    berries, pepper, smoked mackerel, peated malt and vanilla. Long smoky

    and malty end.

  225. granella2003 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A classic Isaly peated-smoke malt, with a low price for his quality.

    Undubitable one of best dram that you can find in ordinary market-retailers

  226. granella2003 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  227. granella2003 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    WOW
    • Nose
      Smoke and seaweed, citrus and dried fruits.
    • Taste
      Smoke and citrus. Spicy, tobacco, nougat, PEAT and sweet barley
    • Finish
      Salty. Peat and  smoke, barley at the last end

  228. karloff scored this whisky 73 points Specialist

    This is a nice malt but it is no where near as good as it`s sister whisky Lagavulin which is a much more balanced malt. I bought this at the distillery after the tour.
    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      77 77

  229. karloff scored this whisky 73 points Specialist

    A lovely malt but it's not the best of the islay whiskies, not the worst either
    • Nose
      Peat and smokey with some burnt matches thrown in for good measure. There is also a mixture of spices to tingle the nose.
    • Taste
      Nice and peaty and again the sulphur is strong but the oak is there in plenty along with a bit of custard.
    • Finish
      The peat hangs around for a while before fading out with some custard cream biscuits.

  230. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice and peaty, phenolic, not sweet, more salty, very full but seems to lack something in the balance. I love peat and definitely love this one, due to its recognisable differences from Laphroaigh and Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  231. Aristocat scored this whisky 50 points Member Senior

    Not knowing much about this whisky I was prepared to take a gamble. Bought the bottle, had 2 drams, and the rest went to the kitchen where it even did not last very long in cooking.
    I thought it had an absolute foul taste. I`m not a peat fan so that does not help of course, but this, it blew my head off in a negative way. I hope I just had a particular bad bottle or so, but, I don`t think so. Try before you buy.

  232. HunterRomario scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    If you like and look for something similar, try Caol Ila 13th Manzanilla finish by Chieftain's or BenRiach 12y Herodotus Fumosus.
    • Nose
      In the smell sweet, peat mixed with iodine, salt and pepper.
    • Taste
      What she promised you in the scent will also satisfy your taste. Peat mixed with salty, medium-bodied body with pepper aftertaste.

  233. nijholtm scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      ofcourse some peat and smoke. Herring with dill and lemon.
    • Taste
      smoke and oil with some tannines as well. 
    • Finish
      a powerful finish with smoke and olives.

  234. Whiskyblend scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Nice Dailydram but nothing special
    • Nose
      relatively one-dimensional, fresh, citrus, strong smoke, medicinal, slightly floral, dry, not sweet
    • Taste
      No burning, at first light sweetness, then rather dry and strong smoke, straightforward, little complex, all in all rather simple. pleasing
    • Finish
      Short / medium long, it dominates the smoke, initially light fruitiness, then rather dry, minimal bitterness at the very end

  235. Whiskyblend scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      77 77

  236. mmaclean scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    "Medium weight, but still packing plenty of potent phenols, this is a

    refined, powerful dram with a compensating oiliness. A balanced, peaty

    beauty."

    International

    Wine & Spirits Competition 2010: Gold Medal - Best in Class; Trophy

    for Best Single Malt Whisky Under 15 Years Old
    TWE

  237. drkrylov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  238. christophe_carles scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  239. hsmithjr scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  240. Willie JJ scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I do prefer CS drams, but this is good stuff. Great bang for your buck.
    • Nose
      Peaty, medicinal, sweet, sea shells.
    • Taste
      sweet, oily, carbolic, salt.
    • Finish
      Lingering, smoky, tar and spice.

  241. Collector57 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Smoke goes right through this malt as does the marine character. 2 or three minutes later I'm now getting a fishy and spicy finish
    • Nose
      slightly phenolic - elastoplast; some wood smoke too; grass cuttings (old ones beginning to rot down very slightly)
    • Taste
      smooth and oily. Smokey. Salty - mackerel? Kippers maybe.
    • Finish
      long and warming, still with the smoke.

  242. drkrylov scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Soft. Juniper. Garden mint. Grass. Burnt grass
    • Taste
      Lightly oily. Simultaneously soothing and appetizing
    • Finish
      Lots of flavour development. Becoming spicy. Vanilla, nutmeg,

      white mustard. Complex. Flavours combine with great delicacy

  243. Feusi scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Medical peat in the nose and an oily sweetness in the mouth. The first mouth feel surprised with its strength and power. That bottle starts with very intesive coastal notes, but stops suddenly.

  244. hsmithjr scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I like this, but my biggest problem is that I taste it hours after I have finished the dram.  Once, it woke me up in the middle of the night.  Caol Ila!!!  The 18 is more subdued, and one of my stock whiskies.

  245. I_SPEY scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I think the colour of this whisky is pale straw, with a peaty nose as well as some fruit; the taste is a little briny with peat, lemon and (too much) salt; this whisky finishes long with a good peat and tar aroma.
    I like this whisky, but it`s certainly not a top whisky; more a moderate one!

  246. Dipmaster did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    200 ml

  247. Lafroy scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Nose is very smoky and peaty, with notes of sea and hints of oak. Additionally, notes of coal and wet wood. Also hints of cheese smoked over a fireplace. Strong influence of alcohol is obvious.
    • Taste
      It starts with smoke and peat, light sweetness, cheese with cranberry, relatively rich but immature with strong influence of spirit.
    • Finish
      Medium long, rather flat, smoky and sweet.

  248. Quaker scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A bit monolithic but in the good sense of the term (still needs to like this style). Perfect in daily dram and very affordable.
    • Nose
      Powerful, no alcoholic sensation. He embellishes the entire tasting room. Leather, meat in first impressions. A sea side ... The nose is also iodized, a little earthy, Italian ham, seaweed.
    • Taste
      The alcohol is very well controlled and perfectly supports the aromas. The beginning of the mouth is sweet and the end is salty.
    • Finish
      Long, notes of liquorice appear.

  249. BenNevis scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    I dont like this, must be the worst whisky i have had. How has it got 84 points !!!!!!

  250. marvec scored this whisky 70 points Member Junior

    07/17/2010, conditions 2/5
    • Nose
      Straight: prickle, smoke, slight salt. Dilute: brimstone, peat.
    • Taste
      bitter, peat
    • Finish
      sweet, almond, disappears quickly, grass echo

  251. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good standard whisky, not as wild as Laphroaig and Ardbeg.
    • Nose
      Very clean aromas, peat and a little fruitiness.
    • Taste
      Peat, smoke, lemon and a little saltiness.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish with peat and tar.

  252. Dede scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    An excellent daily dram, with a good quality/price rapport.
    • Nose
      Peat is talking first here, with smoked barley and fish, a medicinalness perfume and some iodine. No fruits here. Powerful, but without excess.
    • Taste
      The same well balanced peat, powerful but having a kind of roundness with hints of vanilla. Sweeter than the nose said.
    • Finish
      Long and peaty, with a bitterness reminding me a Suze (gentian alcohol) and some liquorice.

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