- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Diageo Special Releases 2011
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- 1st Fill Bourbon Barrels
- 64.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Unpeated Style
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 06 Nov 2018 6:59 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old
21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.81 points
- The nose is quite shy, and weird at times (though not incoherent imho) ; the palate is bombastic and the finish is just amazing, which allows it to score 88. Probably among the best unpeated Caol Ila's, if not the best.
Sand, salt, banana chips and quite a lot of alcohol blocking the whole. After five minutes, a lot of grey salt, white pepper. Extremely saline now actually, very pleasant. Brine, grilled and marinated vegetables, sweet onions even, but this banana roundness persists. Sounds unlikely, but it works. Still quite shy though. Water unlocks aromatic herbs : tarragon, coriander, menthol even. Still very salty.
Neat, I'm having a hard time deciphering things precisely. Diluted however, it has a really nice balance and texture with an incredible length. Wet sand, salt, vanilla, fleet wood. Some very precise vegetal notes that I already encountered the first time I tried it : thuja, pine needles. Salt & pepper still.
Amazing, superbly mineral, saline, mustardy, with an incredible vegetal freshness. Lime, green olives, green apple skin. Limestone, grey salt. Incredible length.
fruity in the mouth, melon fruit salad
medium to long with some reflux due to the strength
- It seems that the active barrel suppressed the base (especially in the fragrance), but overall it was nice and fresh, it makes sense to play with water - the flavor and taste will show themselves from a different angle and diversify the consumption process.
Sharp, fresh, spirituous, smoke really does not smell, but obviously there are bourbon derivatives, vanilla, cotton candy, thinner, lacquer notes, cucumber, nuts, freshly processed wood, carpentry. With water, flower-honey notes, lemonade, pollen, cream-vanilla cream, lollipops, spirituousness disappear, the aroma as a whole becomes lighter and more airy, the heavy bourbon components recede into the background.
Burning, sweet peppery, lemon, orange, bitter-sweet oak, varnish, fondant, creamy notes, limoncello. With water, the density and power are lost, but depth and lightness are found, more citrus, sweet-floral and fruit notes.
Ginger-grapefruit (crust), sweet, warming, light oak bitterness, bitter-sweet cloying tablet. It practically does not change with water.
- hmmm....I think I like it although I wouldn´t want to drink it too often. good but a little weird.
haha, unpeated style, there´s quite some peat in that whisky! it´s very strong and I`ll dilute it immediately.it takes a minute or so to open up.
lots of citrus notes plus raspberries. a faint nuttiness or is that oak? always a slight ashy feeling.
initially some apples but the fruit profile turns to citrus very quickly, mainly lemons. also a bit of salt. again a certain nuttiness and still some peat.
peaty and ashy, still very lemony
- Tasted at the distillery in 2012 - one of five samples, including a 20+yr old straight from the cask. This one really stood out for me, big vanilla, huge malt. Reminded me of some of the Glenlivet Naduras I was into at the time. Time was limited and I still have the bottle I bought at the time - so yet to really taste this one, but different and in my view well worth a look at. (Ralfy is a big fan of the unpeated Caol Ila - see review 215 ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfCLjkuy9oo&t=113s )
- I like the taste of this unpeated Caol Ila. It's my subjective favorit single malt of this distillery!