Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Unpeated Style
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Barrels
64.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
06 Nov 2018 6:59 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 139.99

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.82 points

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      86 86
      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.
    • Taste
      88 88
      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.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Amazing, superbly mineral, saline, mustardy, with an incredible vegetal freshness. Lime, green olives, green apple skin. Limestone, grey salt. Incredible length.

  2. dramspotter scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      floral, fruity
    • Taste
      fruity in the mouth, melon fruit salad
    • Finish
      medium to long with some reflux due to the strength

  3. joep scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
        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.
    • Taste
        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.
    • Finish
      Ginger-grapefruit (crust), sweet, warming, light oak bitterness, bitter-sweet cloying tablet. It practically does not change with water.

  5. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    hmmm....I think I like it although I wouldn´t want to drink it too often. good but a little weird.
    still 87/100
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      peaty and ashy, still very lemony

  7. Arquebus scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    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  )


  8. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I like the taste of this unpeated Caol Ila. It's my subjective favorit single malt of this distillery!

  9. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. vojt466 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Without water virtually unappealing - for bigger play it would want a bigger sample, but drinking it is not bad bad - you fuck me too strong
    • Nose
      Without water - honey, wax, vanilla, bananas and enough alcohol With water - again honey, wax, vanilla, dried figs and plums, toasted toast
    • Taste
      Without water - honey, vanilla and a lot of alcohol With water - vanilla, fruit tones, honey tart, salty onset, spiciness, alcohol
    • Finish
      Without water - in the reverberation of caramel and vanilla, chocolate and again alcohol With water - reverberant caramel, coffee, toast, burned gum, alcohol


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