Caol Ila 12 Year Old

Caol Ila

12 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)


8.5/10
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$72.99
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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 Whisky
  • Region
    Islay
  • Country
    Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Caol Ila
  • Bottler
    Caol Ila
  • Age
    12 Year Old

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herbs
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black pepper
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Colour
Pale Straw
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Signature smoke with hints of tobacco and herbs, boiled sweets
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate 
Deep peated flavour with a richer sweetness and notes of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg spices 
 
Finish
Lingering peat combined with more spicy cinnamon
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Caol Ila 12 Year Old
Ben
If you want smokey and peaty- this is top shelf!
anonymous
Spicy, and nice amount of smoke
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
Not quite as smoky as Laphroaig, but similar in flavor without being quite as harsh on the front end.
anonymous
Mm mm, so good!
Chris
I thought the oil, peat and phenols were a bit overpowering in this whiskey.
David
Joy
Giacomo
PEATY
anonymous
Was my birthday present...love it!!
Dumitru
Smoky, peaty and smooth one of my favorites.
anonymous
Отлично. Немного грубоват, но я прощаю. За дым, торф и остальные прелести....
Chris
Character. Best enjoyed on a cold winter evening.
Phillip
Love this scotch. Nice middle of the road Islay. Great flavor and not overly peated.
anonymous
Strong
anonymous
I'm a huge fan of all things Caol Ila. The softest smoke on Islay. Beautiful whisky.
Pawan
Smoky Peaty light
Michael
What a great dram! Very balanced and smooth.
anonymous
Соленая сладость, обжигает. Сухой вкус, дубовый, достаточно грубый
Maurizio
My favorite standard. End of story. :)
Brendan
Smoke sea brine peat and fruit. Pair with a lobster.
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