Character: An unmistakable, but rather light Islay malt of the sweetish and not too complex kind. The main lines of life are peat, malt, grain and discreet maritime notes. Review: A good drinkable, honest Islay Malt with a decent value for money. For me personally but somehow neither fish nor meat. While the 25-year-old Caol Ila leaves nothing to be desired in terms of intensity and punket with me especially with its balance and elegance, leaves the 12-year-old with me no lasting impression. Somehow everything is too soft for me here. I'm missing corners and edges or at least a little more intensity. So it remains at a somewhat "pale" overall impression and 83 points .
Basic flavors: peat, malt, cereals, fruit (light), citrus, sweetness, honey, herbs, grass, maritime Description: Immediately intense malt and peat flavors rise in the nose. This bottling is not a smoke and ash monster, but the sweetish peat / malt mixture is much more intense than expected. No comparison to the comparatively elegant restraint and balance of the 25-year-old. Gradually, more nuances are added. Sweet honey, limes, ripe honeydew melon and green apples. Over time, the slightly grassy-seeming, maritime basic characteristic unfolds subtly with a herbal note that reminds me of thyme. As expected, not a drop that invites you to explore for hours, but really to complain there is nothing here in the overall view: recognizable Islay, dominated by sweet peat malt and consistent in itself.
Basic flavors: peat, malt, cereals, sweetness, citrus, wood, coffee Description: The drop meets comparatively clear and mild on the tip of the tongue. A sweetish taste of peat, malt and cereals makes its way through the mouth. The texture is lighter than expected. Not watery, but body and intensity leave something to be desired. Only a very short time a slight idea of spice comes up, and there are fruit flavors in the taste as good as not at all. With a little bit of imagination, there may be a hint of citrus (sweet limes and oranges), but that's hardly worth mentioning. In terms of taste, it simply stays with the sweet-peaty "liquid bread" - complemented by a slightly salty, maritime touch. In the transition to the finish then join some oak and a little coffee. In the overall view, taste is somewhat lower than that of the nose.
Basic flavors: peat, malt, grain, sweetness, wood, maritime Description: The finish is medium long. Peat, malt, grain and oak sound sweet and dry as well. In comparison to other Islay malts certainly not very pronounced and possibly even only imaginary, but somehow a vague idea of sea spray remains.