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Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating 1336 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

144 × in wishlist

Member rates

4094 × 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

160 Notes

Slàinte Mhath
Moderator 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. ;)

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.

fgg
Expert Junior fgg Review note
30 Jul 2017 2:48 am
fgg gave this whisky 82 points
Weighted Rate
82
Nose
86
Initial taste
82
Body
80
Finish
81
Price
85
Presentation
77
HammerHead
Expert Senior HammerHead Review note
15 Jul 2017 4:17 pm
HammerHead gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
84.8
Nose
86
Initial taste
86
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
85
Presentation
85
maltaholic
Connoisseur maltaholic Review note
09 Jul 2017 2:08 pm
maltaholic gave this whisky 85 points
Weighted Rate
85.3
Nose
88
Initial taste
85
Body
85
Finish
86
Price
90
Presentation
75
Whisky Jig
Member Senior Whisky Jig Review note
08 Jun 2017 4:21 am
Whisky Jig gave this whisky 86 points

A highly underrated whisky and a favourite "daily dram".  Gentle, salty smoke and a honeyed malty sweetness with a clean grassy finish.  Quintessential Islay.

Weighted Rate
84
Nose
84
Initial taste
85
Body
83
Finish
83
Price
90
Presentation
80
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
02 May 2017 2:41 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 85 points

[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"...

There is no accounting for taste...
thijs100
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
05 Apr 2017 2:58 pm
thijs100 gave this whisky 85 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
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.

Comments

A wonderful entry-level dram and a great introduction to what Caol Ila is all about.

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