Caol Ila 12 Years

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Caol Ila
Scotland, Islay
12 Years
43%
0.7 l
Original bottling
Rare Auld
Chill filtration - With Artifical colouring - With
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Nosing
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Maritime Notes:
Fruit:
Medicinal Smoke:
Seaweed:
Bonfire Smoke:
Zitrus:
Nuts:
Salt:
Almonds:
Iodine:
Lemon:
Oil:
Herbs:
Alcohol:
Spices:
Apple:
Caramel:
Chili:
Ham:
Malt:
Mint:
Oak:
Orange:
Pear:
Fig:
Floral:
Grapefruit:
Grass:
Hay:
Heather:
Honey:
Leather:
Lime:
Sherry:
Vanilla:
Herb:
Tasting
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Maritime Notes:
Salt:
Spices:
Fruit:
Oak:
Medicinal Smoke:
Seaweed:
Nuts:
Oil:
Bonfire Smoke:
Alcohol:
Malt:
Vanilla:
Chili:
Chocolate:
Pepper:
Herbs:
Zitrus:
Caramel:
Grass:
Ham:
Honey:
Pineapple:
Herb:
Apple:
Cheese:
Coffee:
Dried Fruit:
Grape:
Green Apple:
Hay:
Iodine:
Leather:
Lime:
Mint:
Orange:
Plum:
Sherry:
Finish
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Malt:
Maritime Notes:
Seaweed:
Spices:
Oak:
Fruit:
Salt:
Medicinal Smoke:
Nuts:
Oil:
Chili:
Pepper:
Herbs:
Zitrus:
Alcohol:
Anise:
Barley:
Caramel:
Chocolate:
Coffee:
Grapefruit:
Heather:
Leather:
Mint:
Plum:
Vanilla:
Wheat:
Herb:

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28. Jul 2015
Nose:
Smoke, medicinal, citrus note, lime note
Taste:
Sweet, peatsmoke, medicinal note phenol
Finish:
Medium
Nosing:
Subdued, citric fruitiness; a whiff of bath oil and dentist's mouthwash. A fresh and appetising nose, with little or no trace of smoke. A little water raises almond oil and old-fashioned oilskins; still a fresh fruitiness (lychees?), a trace of olive oil, and after a while pot pourri or scented hand-soap.
Taste:
Drinks well at natural strength; sweet start; pleasant, light fragrant smokiness and a lengthy finish. Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel; with water light acidity, some salt and still the sweeter notes. A complex balance of primary tastes.
Finish:
Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish.
Comment:
05. Aug 2016
Nosing:

Taste: Salt Medicinal Smoke Seaweed Alcohol Malt

Finish:

Comment: very oily medicinal, rough stuff
09. Oct 2016
What a characterful dram this is! Caol Ila 12 is a hidden peaty Islay jewel that is underrated by many. On the nose, you get well-integrated bonfire smoke. Unlike with some of the other Islay Single Malts, the peat is balanced and does not mask the complexity of the whisky. It tastes sweet in the arrival and develops full-bodied and oily, including hints of spice and oak. A fire-infused warming glow turns into a long and peaty finish, leaving behind salty sea notes. It is a consistently good whisky and one of the foundation stones of Johnnie Walker Black Label.
RATING: 4.3/5.0 ≙ 89 pts
03. Apr 2016
Nosing:
Peat Smoke Bonfire Smoke Medicinal Smoke Grapefruit Iodine Salt
The nose is peat/wood smoke and light antiseptic as well as grapefruit/citrus and slight saline/marine notes.

Taste:
Peat Smoke Medicinal Smoke Sweet Salt
Smoky and somewhat phenolic but also quite sweet compared to other Islay malts I've had. There's a salty tang that hits just before the finish.

Finish:
Sweet Oak Malt
Medium length with lingering sweetness

Comment:
It can take a drop of water but not much.
Peated whiskies aren't generally my thing as far as preference goes, but the peat isn't so over the top as to put me off in the way that other bottles from Islay have in the past. The peat seems to be a bit more smoky than phenolic which I think does it for me.
02. Dec 2017
Nosing:
Medicinal Smoke Bonfire Smoke Sweet Caramel Orange Lemon
Taste:
Sweet Medicinal Smoke Peat Smoke Salt Fruit
Finish:
Peat Smoke Sweet Malt
Comment:
daily 5star
12. Mar 2018
Nosing: Peat Smoke Medicinal Smoke Alcohol Zitrus Seaweed Maritime Notes Fruit Sweet Lemon Herbs

Taste: Peat Smoke Zitrus Sweet Fruit Medicinal Smoke Spices Oak Oil Maritime Notes

Finish: Fruit Zitrus Sweet

Comment:
01. Dec 2017
Color: straw
Nose: freshness of the fruits: plums, grapes, apples. Smoke, vanilla, mint. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. The content of the smokiness is superbly balanced - the smoke doesn't dominate, but pleasantly works with the rest 23/25
Palate: black, aromatic coffee, bitter chocolate, smoke, orange peel, butterscotch 20/25
Finish: burned caramel, peat, muscovado, grapefriut, wood, leather, cotton candy, walnuts. A little bit short 20/25
Balance: the quantity of the peat smoke is definitely the strong side of this Whisky (about 20 PPM?). Just like by one of my very favorite Islay Malts (Bunnahabhain 12), the taste is almost completely different than the nose, but in this case (unlike the other one), the nose is much better. Besides, the alcoholic content doesn't dominate. Very well balanced, aromatic Whisky 23/25
Overall: 86/100
Highly recommended

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Farbe: Getrockene Getreide
Nase: Frische der Früchte: Pflaumen, Weintrauben, Äpfel. Rauch, Vanille, Minze. Der Alkohol ist sehr gut versteckt. Der Inhalt des Rauchs ist perfekt ausbalanciert - der Rauch dominiert nicht. Er komponiert perfekt mit anderen Aromen 23/25
Körper: ein schwarzer, aromatischer Kaffee, bitter Schokolade, Rauch, Orangenschale, Karamell-Sahnesoße 20/25
Finish: ein dunkler Karamell, Torf, Muscovado, Grapefruit, Holz, Leder, Zuckerwatte, Walnüsse. Ein bisschen kurz 20/25
Balance: die Menge an Rauch ist definitiv die starke Seite des Whisky (Zirka 20PPM?). Genau wie im Fall eines meiner Lieblings Whiskys - Bunnahabhain 12, der Nase zeigt was ganz anderes als der Geschmack. Hier aber... die Nase ist viel besser. Außerdem, der Alkohol dominiert nicht. Gut balanciert, aromatischer Whisky 23/25
Generell: 86/100
Ich empfehle völlig

vazquez
05. Jul 2015
Nosing: Peat Smoke Peat Smoke Peat Smoke Sweet

Taste: Fruit

Finish:

Comment:
javis1213
24. Oct 2016
Nosing: Peat Smoke Sweet Floral

Taste: Peat Smoke Vanilla Sweet Spices Honey Fruit

Finish: Peat Smoke Sweet Spices Anise

Comment: Very light smokiness which is quite surprising as a very famous Islay malt and the very important component of the Johnnie Walker. The fruitiness is very remarkable and very enjoyable, which makes the whisky very mouthwatering, savoury and enjoyable. The finishing is long and it is a very well balanced dram. Much appreciated.