Caol Ila 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Feis Ile 2016
Stated Age
12 years old
Hogsheads & Bodega Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
56.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Feis Ile Festival 2016
Added on
24 May 2016 8:40 am by maltaholic
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 196.96

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 12-year-old

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.06 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. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  3. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 89 points Member 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

  4. 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

  5. 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!
    [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;

  6. 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

  7. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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

  9. 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...

  10. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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


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