Caol Ila 12 Years

This Malt shimmers clear and whitegold. Tingly fresh aromas of sea salt transit to smoky turf of the island. Without a doubt an Island-Malt, even with the sweetness in the beginning. Pleasant, with a punch.

This Malt shimmers clear and whitegold. Tingly fresh aromas of sea salt transit to smoky turf of the island. Without a doubt an Island-Malt, even with the sweetness in the beginning. Pleasant, with a punch.

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

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16. Jan 2021
Many moons ago, it was a dram of Caol Ila 12 that ignited my passion for whisky, and what a journey it has been. Time to revisit my old friend! On the nose, puffs of twiggy bonfire smoke give way to green apples, lemon and briny hints of seawater. Heather honey, black olives and peppery oak spices drive the full-bodied and oily taste, always accompanied by well-integrated sooty salinity. Citrus fruits, subtle vanilla and complex tea notes linger in the long and peaty finish. I'm biased, I know, but this characterful Islay malt is still overlooked and underrated!
RATING: 4.0/5.0 ≙ 87 pts
03. Apr 2016
Nosing:
Peat SmokeBonfire SmokeMedicinal SmokeGrapefruitIodineSalt
The nose is peat/wood smoke and light antiseptic as well as grapefruit/citrus and slight saline/marine notes.

Taste:
Peat SmokeMedicinal SmokeSweetSalt
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:
SweetOakMalt
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.
alexgol296
11. Dec 2015
Nosing: seaweed

Taste: little bit petty and salty

Finish: long

Comment: one of my favorite type of whisky
23. Jan 2016
Nosing: Bonfire SmokeIodineSweet Liquorice

Taste: Peat SmokeSaltSpicesOil Liquorice

Finish: Peat SmokeOilPepper Liquorice

Comment:
mwrock
22. Apr 2016
smokeybourbon
27. Oct 2019
Nosing: :Peat SmokeMedicinal SmokeZitrusSweet

Taste: Medicinal SmokePeat SmokeSweetOakSpicesMaritime Notes

Finish: SweetOakSpices

Comment:
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30. Apr 2016
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07. Dec 2016
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