Caol Ila 12 Year Old

Caol Ila

12 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)


8/10
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The Islay Youngster.
 
The Caol Ila Distillery was founded in 1846 by Hector Handerson on the Isle of Islay, in a location overlooking the strait between Islay and Jura, hence the name which derived from Gaeliec Caol Ìle, meaning Sound of Islay or literary, Islay Strait. Over the years Caol Ila has changed owners numerious times, eventually it became part of Diageo.
 
Caol Ila 12 Year Old is a malt that takes you back to the coastal shores it comes from. Hailing from Islay, this is a smoky and sweet expression, a classic combination that Caol Ila 12 nails perfectly. There is also the slightest hint of herbs and spices from nose to finish, adding a smooth complexity that piques the interest of the taste buds in just the right way. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just like every other smoked Islay malt. The Caol Ila 12 Year Old has a lot more to offer than just peat.
 

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  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Bottler
    Caol Ila Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

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smoky
phenols
oily
herbs
cinnamon
white pepper
vanilla
sweet
spicy
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called a Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Pale Straw
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Signature smoke with hints of tobacco and herbs, boiled sweets
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate 
Deep peated flavor with a richer sweetness and notes of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg spices
 
Finish
Lingering peat combined with more spicy cinnamon
Ratings & Reviews
Tristan
Tristan,
Pale gold. Fruity nose with delicate smoke notes and a touch of petrol. The notes on the palate (smoke, wood, herbs, and spice) are soft and not really accentuated. I feel it does better with a couple drops of water or on ice. Not as great as I was hoping it to be, but still enjoyable.
simon
simon,
What a lovely whiskey with plenty of character.
anonymous
anonymous,
Very smoothy. Probably much more than any other I've tasted so far. Liked a lot though, perhaps it's spirits are absolutely complex.
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Did not enjoy at all. Not much else to say.
anonymous
anonymous,
Good, just not a favourite. Bit bitey.
James
James,
A good dram sweetly smoked and peaty.
anonymous
anonymous,
Heavy smoke, peated, Peppery
anonymous
anonymous,
This is a more softer whisky untill the smokey touch comes. Then it changes to a more strong and smokey whisky. The aftertaste is quite short but slightly bitter. Nice whisky, very accessable.
Johann
Johann,
Really oily (too oily for my taste) and very smokey. It's probably the Sledgehammer of the #peaty Whiskys.
Polona
Polona,
Gentle straight peat - fresh hay, citrus and sweet. Slightly medicinal until well aired. Balanced and quite complex with long, nice aftertaste
Chris
Chris,
Just the right amount of smoke.
Andrew
Andrew,
Very peaty. Fairly sour with some spice. A lot of brine.
anonymous
anonymous,
One of my favourites...
David
David,
Definite notes of sweet and peaty. I prefer more cinnamon but I am enjoying it.
anonymous
anonymous,
Manque un peu de relief
anonymous
anonymous,
It has a smoky, spicy taste. Not too peaty. Almost like a Glen Livet
Alex
Alex,
The peat flavor is extremely strong, basically overwhelming the other flavors, ruining the experience.
Will
Will,
nice
Eric
Eric,
Caol Ila 12 Year Old is now one of my favorite Islays. Very smooth, great peat, and an amazing smokiness. To me, this is very subtle, yet complex enough to be interesting. Wonderful. I immediately purchased a bottle.
David
David,
An excellent smokey and peaty Islay. Definitely will buy again.
Mel
Mel,
Nose of vanilla and delicious peat. Light mouthfeel with medium finish. Very drinkable for beginners to Islay Scotch.
Stephen
Stephen,
I wasn't impressed. There wasn't anything that really stood out. The oiliness was there, as well as the peat, but nothing to really stand out from the other scotches.
Eric
Eric,
Caol Ila 12 Year Old is one of my favorite single malts. I prefer smoky/peaty/spicy whiskys and this one has an added bonus of being a little stronger than usual.
Craig
Craig,
Wonderful salty smell with a peat rush. One of my favourite Islay malts
Ben
Ben,
If you want smokey and peaty- this is top shelf!
anonymous
anonymous,
Spicy, and nice amount of smoke
anonymous
anonymous,
Delicious, so much value for money. I love all of Islay and the first glass of CI 12 isn't different. Not as smoky and peaty as I remembering Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig 10, it's in the middle of those and Lagavulin 16 and Bunna 12. I must say that Caol has more to it and to me it's a 'younger Lagavulin'. The balance makes this whisky superb and therefore for the relative cheap price a 9!
anonymous
anonymous,
Not quite as smoky as Laphroaig, but similar in flavor without being quite as harsh on the front end.
anonymous
anonymous,
Mm mm, so good!
Chris
Chris,
I thought the oil, peat and phenols were a bit overpowering in this whiskey.
David
David,
Joy
Giacomo
Giacomo,
PEATY
anonymous
anonymous,
Was my birthday present...love it!!
Dumitru
Dumitru,
Smoky, peaty and smooth one of my favorites.
anonymous
anonymous,
Отлично. Немного грубоват, но я прощаю. За дым, торф и остальные прелести....
Christopher
Christopher,
Character. Best enjoyed on a cold winter evening.
Phillip
Phillip,
Love this scotch. Nice middle of the road Islay. Great flavor and not overly peated.
anonymous
anonymous,
Strong
anonymous
anonymous,
I'm a huge fan of all things Caol Ila. The softest smoke on Islay. Beautiful whisky.
Pawan
Pawan,
Smoky Peaty light
Michael
Michael,
What a great dram! Very balanced and smooth.
anonymous
anonymous,
Соленая сладость, обжигает. Сухой вкус, дубовый, достаточно грубый
Maurizio
Maurizio,
My favorite standard. End of story. :)
Brendan
Brendan,
Smoke sea brine peat and fruit. Pair with a lobster.
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