Caol Ila 12-year-old

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Islay Single Malt Whisky
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 jun 2007 2:33 pm
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€ 50.67

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

239 users have left 271 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.53 points.

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  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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