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Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.10/100
votes
162
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2016
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Hogsheads & Bodega Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
1500
Strength
56.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281045337
Bottled for
Feis Ile Festival 2016
Added on
24 May 2016 8:40 am by maltaholic
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 195.04

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162 × member ratings

281 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.10 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose seems a bit out of time, which makes the Feis Ile 2016 really exciting. Surprising on the nose, classic on the tongue and on the finish. Very beautiful.
    • Nose
      At the beginning a rather unusual nose for Caol Ila. The peat smoke sits directly in the nose, but it seems as if the peat is not completely dried. Slightly musty and loamy. Over time, pepper and curry come through. Then come fermented apples that push the smoke into the background. Slightly sour, but not unpleasant. From the fermented apples are after a while in sherry pickled raisins. After a while, it will be a little medically.
    • Taste
      Creamy and not too strong start. Nice dry with campfire smoke, dark chocolate and fried bacon. Vanilla comes along with crushed almonds and hazelnuts. Over time, it gets salty, while the malt always stays dry on the tongue and covers it with a nice furry coating.
    • Finish
      Medium long, still dry, towards the end smoky fruit on coffee beans and young oak planks.

  2. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat smoke, briny, kelp, tary, iodine, pepper, vanilla, almonds
    • Taste
      87 87
      Peat smoke, tary, salty, liquorice, chocolate, toffee, citrus, nutty
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, smoky, dry, mocha, pepper

  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Here Caol Ila shows what is possible! A very good malt - and also without dye and not cool filtered!
    Enthusiasm!
    [Color gold;
    • Nose
      intense peaty smoke, ash, peppery pungency, sherry fruit, raisins;
    • Taste
      full-bodied, dry smoke, fruits, sherry aromas, spicy oak, salty, vanilla-like, well balanced, complex;
    • Finish
      long finish, woody ash, sherry; dry off;

  4. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    unspectacular and straightforward, priced unfortunately completely covered
    • Nose
      Smoke with a little phenol, menthol and straw - with the addition of water appear ripe sour apples
    • Taste
      Sweet glaciers, iodine smoke, very dry
    • Finish
      dry, medium long, smoky

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  6. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Balance sheet (22) Good (88)
    • Nose
      sweet fruit, grass, peat ... iodine and salt ... wood and pastries ... caramel crust biscuit ... (22)
    • Taste
      Scalding spicy, salty and smoky ... fatty ... dried fruits (22)
    • Finish
      Finish sweet ... medical with herbal notes ... viscous ... spicy and salted popcorn

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2016]  I had this dram during a "Feis Ile 2016" tasting at Bonn.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  My
    notes state a very subtle and delicate complex profile that demands its time to fully explore it.  Very quaffable...

  8. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    All right. For a special bottling this one is missing something. Don't know where the Bodegas are but they are hiding very well.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Peat. Smoked sugar barley, seawater, lemon. With water: more lemon.
    • Taste
      Peaty sweetness, citrus, salt, almonds, sweet liquorice, some oyster. With water: sweet meat.
    • Finish
      Long. Lemony salted salmon. Lemony macadamia nut oil.

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    ‘Blind Islay fury’ was a blind tasting organised by Whiskylounge. We started here: WB
    N: This appears the strongest of the mystery drams so far. It has to be up towards the [abv] 60's. Sugary, sweet vegetal, sweet gherkins, smoked meats, farmy [straw bedding=goats], and a touch of medicinal dressing make for another good nose. Laphroaig?
    T:  I thought i'd killed it with water but thankfully it came back, just. Again there’s a medicinal touch but not before heaps of farmy woody tannins flow in. There are some prickles to endure too despite all that water.
    F: Hornby train set oil, yeah - and then even more. It finishes with a good dryness, vegetal chocolate and curry spices.
    C: I’m guessing its another 18yo again, Maybe Caol Ila but maybe i'll go for Laphroaig. Bah i went the wrong ways, its a 12yo Caol Ila, and the best so far for me. On to number 5 WB.

    Scores a B[+]

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