Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
25 Aug 2012 2:40 pm

Average value

€ 62.96

19 × in wishlist

79 × member ratings

291 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.46 points

  1. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. EliR07 scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

     While not the most complex Islay whisky it still has enough going for it to keep you interested. Despite the lack of smoke on the nose the palate leaves a pretty good dent but for this whisky it’s all about the finish; long and a rush of flavors. And despite being aged on the Scottish mainland it still has some very typical Islay-type notes. Very easily drinkable and enjoyable.
    • Nose
      It’s very earthy, dewy grass, moss, damp tinder and of course peat bogs. There are some nice briny aromas as well like sea weed, coastal rocks, shellfish and fish oil. It has some smoke but doesn’t hit like an Ardbeg or Laphroaig would. Behind that there is a citrusy lemon aroma that I find refreshing. I’m also getting some faint vanilla, linseed oil, herbal tea notes. With water the smoke is intensified and we get wood varnish, sandalwood, coffee roast and celery.
    • Taste
      Packs a bit of punch for only 43%. Briny notes initially up front with some apple slices and grapefruit mixed in there. Then those muddy earthy notes and a good amount of smoke(more campfire than tobacco or cigar) This is one that is benefited with water. There are some subtle notes underneath and the water helps make way for them. Now I get tart lemon, ginger, some wood spice and cappuccino.
    • Finish
      Rush of sweet vanilla, bitter black coffee, hints of dark cocoa, soot, fish oil, citrus and the signature campfire smoke. The finish is rather long.

  3. lauwensm scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    My favorite day to day whisky. Nice peated and a bit salty.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. Edwin de Lange scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very nice islay classic, peaty and salty.

  5. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "Pale straw in appearance. Subdued nose with citric fruitiness; a whiff of bath oil and dentist`s mouthwash. A fresh and appetising nose, with little or no trace of smoke. A little water raises almond oil and old-fashioned oilskins; still a fresh fruitiness (lychees?), a trace of olive oil, and after a while pot pourri or scented hand-soap. Firm, smooth, light to medium bodied. Drinks well at natural strength; sweet start; pleasant, light fragrant smokiness and a lengthy finish. Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel; with water light acidity, some salt and still the sweeter notes. A complex balance of primary tastes. Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish." - Malts.com




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