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Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating 1362 votes 83.70
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281016283
Added on
02 Jun 2007 2:00 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

148 × in wishlist

Member rates

4195 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

All versions

Nose 21
Taste 21
Finish 21
Balance 21

Tastingtags

166 Notes

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

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

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

Weighted Rate
87.4
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
86
Finish
89
Price
88
Presentation
86
“There is no such thing as bad whisky - some are just better than others.” (W. Faulkner)
ColdAesthetics
Expert Senior ColdAesthetics Tasting note
29 Sep 2017 8:27 pm
ColdAesthetics gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Pale straw
Nose

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

Taste

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

Finish

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

Comments

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

Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
02 Dec 2017 5:11 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

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

Taste

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

Finish

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

Comments

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

Nestheth
Member Senior Nestheth Review note
22 Nov 2017 3:55 pm
Nestheth gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85.4
Nose
86
Initial taste
85
Body
84
Finish
86
Price
89
Presentation
83
Nestheth
Member Senior Nestheth Tasting note
22 Nov 2017 1:36 pm
Nestheth gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
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.

Comments

Good entry level stuff. Calls for strength in alcohol, body and taste.

Ra_Di
Expert Junior Ra_Di Review note
12 Nov 2017 6:27 pm
Ra_Di gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
85.5
Nose
85
Initial taste
85
Body
85
Finish
85
Price
90
Presentation
85
iDea D
Expert Senior iDea D Review note
10 Nov 2017 9:55 pm
iDea D gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
83.8
Nose
84
Initial taste
87
Body
82
Finish
82
Price
88
Presentation
80
Dimitri
Edward MacKenzie
Member Senior Edward MacKenzie Note
30 Oct 2017 7:51 pm
Edward MacKenzie gave this whisky 86 points

Der gefällt mir immer besser!
Ein überragender Standard, PLV fast unschlagbar!
Sanfter, weicher Rauch, nicht medizinisch.
Eher Kaminrauch.
Dazu leicht Islay-typisch salzig, Meeresbrise, Gischt...?
Zitrus aber nicht so stark wie z.B. Bowmore.

Wer ihn noch nicht kennt, unbedingt probieren!
Auch für Fortgeschrittene sehr zu empfehlen!

86/100

Helgo
Connoisseur Helgo Review note
11 Sep 2017 3:28 pm
Helgo gave this whisky 83 points
Weighted Rate
82.1
Nose
82
Initial taste
82
Body
82
Finish
83
Price
82
Presentation
81
Christian = Sammelbegriff
Calmar
Expert Senior Calmar Tasting note
23 Aug 2017 11:43 am
Calmar gave this whisky 83 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose
Нежный и мягкий дым,торф и уголь... и всё, плотно и насыщено, но простовато и однообразно.


Taste
Торф, уголь, дым, резина, затем мощная перечная атака, также не поражает разнообразием.


Finish
Цедра апельсина и лимона, перец, затем проявляется сладость сухофруктов, нотки брусники и калины, довольно короткое.


Comments

Молт приятный, всё вроде бы при нём, но слишком уж всё минималистично и просто, нет в нём индивидуальности, что-ли, какой-то изюминки (в отличие, скажем, от базовых Ардбегов и Лафройгов). А в остальном очень неплохо - питкий, хорошо сбалансированный, абсолютно неспиртуозный, мягкий и теплый виски.

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