Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
87.13/100
votes
190
Whiskybase ID
WB82786
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
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
24 may 2016 8:40 am by maltaholic
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 262.65

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190 × member ratings

324 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

24 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.13 points.

  1. Spoerkel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  2. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good caol simple but effective.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very pretty, clean nose. It's quite defined and complex, which is a credit to the pedigree.
      Lemon and mineral peat.
      Lemon, lime.
      Light solvent, parafilm.
      With aeration a nice branch of liquorice.
      Very classic caol, and very successful.
    • Taste
      87 87
      In the mouth, the candied lemon takes center stage.
      Then the ash, the oily peat, the pencil lead.
      A little less complex than the nose.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, on graphite, oily peat, a little Embrun, zest.

  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  4. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Islay Festival 2020-Dram, Kyle Ila Open Day.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I had this dram in my glass at the weekend, and I have to admit, it really surprised me positively, a fine drop.
    Color: golden blossom honey
    • Nose
      89 89
      Peat smoke, raisins, Kaiserschmarrn with plum roaster, peach
    • Taste
      91 91
      Raisins, peach, smoke, leather, Kaiserschmarrn, hay 1st cut
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, sweet smoke, hay, sawdust

  6. 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

  7. 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;

  8. 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

  9. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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

  11. 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...

  12. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Goethe scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.

  14. 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[+]

  15. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. 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.

  17. ScottFrench scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very pretty young Caol Ila. Powerful and controlled, he gets straight to the point. It lacks perhaps a little finesse and madness to move into the higher range.
    • Nose
      powerful, sharp on a very maritime profile with particular notes of seaweed, seafood, shellfish, iodine, wet sand and salt. We are on Islay, the sea is rough and we have spray full nostrils. There is a lot of antiseptic in this Caol Ila Feis Ile 2016 as well as nuts (almonds, hazelnuts), a hint of pepper and a zest of lime. We also feel quite frank sherry notes, but rather a fino and dry notes characteristics. It's fresh, smoked and well chiselled. Promising!
    • Taste
      powerful, lurking, ample, explosive. In short, you'll understand, it sends! The smoke is much thicker and we are dealing here with notes of charcoal, smoked herrings, grilled meat sprinkled with Provence herbs, chalk, sand and then, a good dose of lemon, almost pastry, in any case, which brings a little sweetness in this dram. It's always very salty and it goes very well with black chocolate with hazelnuts and pepper. It's pretty good
    • Finish
      long, persistent and oily with hints of ashes, smoke, lemon, salt, chocolate, pepper.

  18. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely loved the nose, the palate was a bit too rough for my liking. Nonetheless this is a wonderful whisky, confirming why I absolutely adore Caol Ila.
    • Nose
      An immediate campfire/wood smoke/bbq-esque quality. Smoked ham, salty bacon. A pinch of cracked pepper and tar. A fair amount of brine too, with some subtle iodine, accompanied by honey.
    • Taste
      Quite the attack on the taste buds. Big flavours. Nice oily texture. Lots of peat. Quite a lot of tar too. Smoked salmon, chili peppers. With water more cappuccino and some fennel. Fairly citric now too.
    • Finish
      Long, slightly dry with some barley sugar, peat and lime.

  19. steinrich scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  20. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A Caol Ila as he stands in the book! Great body and long finish. Definitely add some water then it goes off really !!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  21. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Georges scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, iodine, tary, coastal notes, salty, pepper, vanilla, almonds
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, iodine, tary, oily, creamy, liquorice, toffee, chocolate
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, cocoa, coffee

  23. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I do not understand the taste of why Caol Ila has been sitting on your bottles in recent years. There is nothing wrong with this whisky. For my personal taste but a tad too dry.
    • Nose
      Light grassy smoke, which also brings some freshness, the Bourbon notes are dominant, vanilla, some caramel and honey, marzipan or almonds, the alcohol is well integrated, slightly greasy, meringue wood, macadamia nut, and also slightly sour fruit, quince marmalade, whole easily cocoa
    • Taste
      directly very intense smoke with a nice sweetness, cinnamon, spicy, the cinnamon brings a dry feeling, bittersweet, again the sour quince, some salt with water a little creamier, caramel and vanilla are added
    • Finish
      the smoke remains surprisingly dominant, the sweetness is gone and the dry mouth feeling is on the increase, still salty, on the palate still sour, here comes the nut from the nose again to the fore, bitten grape seeds

  24. Helgo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  25. Shane_IL scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    This wasn’t a bad dram. Very full-bodied and chewy, with some nice herbal and oily notes to it. I just found it a little bit underwhelming, like it was missing something special.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/07/15/my-islay-trip-part-1-a-stopover-in-glasgow-and-a-tasting-at-the-bon-accord/
    • Nose
      Ashy Peat. Char. Lemon. Oil smoke. Porridge. Papier-mache.
    • Taste
      Oil smoke. Tar. Seafood. Lemon juice. Garlic bread.
    • Finish
      Long. Olive oil. Wood smoke. Bitter wood. Lemon zest.

  26. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. zormik scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  28. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A fabulous cask strength release from Caol Ila with an attractive
    character. What you nose is what you get. A typical and beautiful
    balanced version of Caol Ila with some lovely added fruitiness from the
    sherry cask. The sherry character isn't overwhelming but supports the
    distillery character in a perfect manner. For me, a sensuous dram,
    highly enjoyable when neat.

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    • Nose
      Quite sweet on the nose with barley sugar, cereals and subtle peach.
      Clean phenolics with good intensity, fragrant peat, light smoke and a
      hint of tar. With time, subtle notes of cherry and plums arrive, lovely
      mixed with a hint of cinnamon and spiced oak in the back.
    • Taste
      Oh yes, this is strong and very intense on the palate. Deceptive
      fruitiness of plums and dark cherries at first, subtly soaked in sweet
      sherry, quickly overlaid with a massive and warming load of chilli,
      cloves, nutmeg, anise and oak. Once this warmness fades, dry notes of
      peat, medicinal flavours and a whiff of smoke linger nicely towards the
      finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, rich, and warm with a subtle sweetness of barley
      sugar. Phenolic with dry sherry notes, lovely mixed with spiced oak,
      cloves, tender cinnamon and crisp peat on the tail.

      WITH WATER:
      Carbolic, phenols, tar and peat. There's no chance for the lovely
      sweetness and fragrant fruitiness to shine through when water is added!
      The same on the palate. Phenols, medicinal flavours and tar are
      dominating here. Sherry derived flavours are significantly decreased in
      addition to a slightly restrained spiciness. The finish is medium long,
      slightly warm and very dry with oak, peaty flavours, medicinal notes,
      phenols and a touch of smoke.

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