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Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.54/100
votes
1743
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281016283
Added on
02 Jun 2007 2:00 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 44,67

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1743 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

192 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.54 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 87 points Administrator

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

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

  2. Ila-Maus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    For me, one of the most underrated single malts out there, a very nice standard islay for people who are not just blind ash-horny. ;)
    • Nose
      Stronger peat level than expected, but at the same time typically Caol Ila moderately oily soft, the peat is quite sweet, which is one of the roundest Islay experiences, but still unmistakably Islay. Beautiful honey sweetness, finest lemon sweet notes, a beautiful glow like a still burning out campfire, but without ashes, brown sugar, some thyme, of course, light salt, a little bit of white grapes, probably. but that is a deception of the DE in the back of my mind that I like so much, light apricot in between
    • Taste
      Beautiful gentle salt spray on the coast, a smoldering fire, but here also no real smoke or dry ashes as other Islays, more a general "glow" of the coal, sweet forest honey with herbs in it, all typical CI here also beautiful oily-viscous, the apricot is also to be found in between, with core, sweet-bitter with the beautiful salt tick
    • Finish
      The forest honey with a bit of ash remains nice, brown sugar and young oak chips, dry herbs, medium

  4. AdamsB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    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

  5. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 81 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.

  6. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    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

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A no frills, good smoky whisky.

  9. Glenjasper scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

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