smoky
phenols
oily
herbs
cinnamon
white pepper
vanilla
sweet
spicy
Spiral Caol Ila 12 Year Old
Caol Ila
12 Year Old
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.
Price:
$75.99
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Caol Ila 12 Year Old is adored for its smoky, phenols, oily and herbs flavor notes.

This Scotch is carefully distilled at Caol Ila distillery, Islay.

Based on 352 votes, the average rating for Caol Ila 12 Year Old is 7.9/10.

Top reviews for Caol Ila 12 Year Old:

— Excellent. Smoky, yet refreshing. A new favorite.

— What a lovely whiskey with plenty of character.

— 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.
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old

Caol Ila 12 Year Old

(0.75l, 43%)


7.9/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Caol Ila 12 Year Old
Bradley
Bradley,
Delicious. Balanced smoke and peat with nice spice on the tongue
 
Troy
Troy,
Balances smoke and peat without being one note. A pleasant finish on a lighter dram than others in the region.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Smoke & honey
 
Keith
Keith,
My favorite scotch so far. Like a camp fire on an ocean cliff in your mouth. Smoky and salty nose and smooth smoooooth finish.
 
guest
guest,
Great mix of smokiness and flavors
 
Eduardo
Eduardo,
Nice bright gold color. At nose smoky notes are first perceived but under that you can find some pepper and herbs. In the mouth a bit warm with medium long aftertaste
 
NICK
NICK,
Smoky, peaty aroma. Sweet and smoky with a touch of a bite. Pretty decent but whistlepig is still king. Mac $50/bottle.
 
guest
guest,
Really pitted. Maybe too pitted.
 
Matt
Matt,
It was good... I was a little worried... This is only my second peat I have tried... No pun intended... My first peat left a bad taste in my mouth... This one agrees with my tastes a whole lot better.
 
Michael
Michael,
Its good - but the 12 year old expression is bested by other Caol Ila offerings.
 
Myke
Myke,
A nice Smokey islay that has more herbal and peppery notes. It’s Nita lay less peaty than the islands other offerings.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
too much peat for me
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Smooth, nice aftertaste
 
Christine
Christine,
Grassy, sweet notes in the aroma, alongside the smoke and peat. Not all that smooth - the bite of it is a little overwhelming and distracts from the flavor. If comparing to its Islay brethren, this reminds me more of an Ardbeg 10 than a Lagavulin 16. It's light and refreshing, but not very complex.
 
Andrej
Andrej,
Good price performance! But overall the taste is not ballanced.
 
Jedediah
Jedediah,
Way to smoky for me. If you like a smoky drink though this one is for you.
 
Thaine
Thaine,
Excellent. Smoky, yet refreshing. A new favorite.
 
Danny
Danny,
Love the superficial notes of peat and smoke. Was surprised I picked up on the cinnamon. Delicious.
 
Steve
Steve,
Strong peat taste
 
Gordon
Gordon,
I found it a bit too harsh & extremely peaty. I had to add a drop of water to make it palatable. (I do not like mixing malt) I compareed it with an Arran peated, Machrie Moor. This I found was perfect.
 
Herbert
Herbert,
great aroma
 
guest
guest,
X
 
Harrison
Harrison,
Light, bit peaty but not too bad
 
Daniel
Daniel,
At first whif, floral notes but they discipate quick, releasing the smoke and peat. The same for the palate; first hits the floral with a medium strength, about 10 seconds later (rough guestimate) the smokey peat rolls in. I sense some caramel at the end which is a great combination to add with the smokey peat. At second thought, the reason why i gave this Caol such a high rating is because it is actually and nice change of combination to have the floral mixed with smokey peaty caramel. It helps you appreciate the peaty type scotch so much more.
 
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.
 
Mariano
Mariano,
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.
 
guest
guest,
Good, just not a favourite. Bit bitey.
 
James
James,
A good dram sweetly smoked and peaty.
 
guest
guest,
Heavy smoke, peated, Peppery
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
guest
guest,
One of my favourites...
 
David
David,
Definite notes of sweet and peaty. I prefer more cinnamon but I am enjoying it.
 
guest
guest,
Manque un peu de relief
 
guest
guest,
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!
 
guest
guest,
Spicy, and nice amount of smoke
 
guest
guest,
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!
 
guest
guest,
Not quite as smoky as Laphroaig, but similar in flavor without being quite as harsh on the front end.
 
guest
guest,
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
 
guest
guest,
Was my birthday present...love it!!
 
Dumitru
Dumitru,
Smoky, peaty and smooth one of my favorites.
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
guest
guest,
Strong
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
guest
guest,
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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