Caol Ila 12 Year Old

70cl / 43%
  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Caol Ila 12 Year Old
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Caol Ila 12 Year Old is of medium weight, but still packing plenty of potent phenols, this is a refined, powerful dram with a compensating oiliness. A balanced, peaty beauty..
Distillery Bottling
12 Year Old


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Pear Pear
  • Brine Brine
  • Tar Tar
  • Smoke Smoke
  • Toffee Toffee

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes by Rocky

    Nose: An intensely rich nose of Shreddies and toffee with hints of violet. When left in the glass for a minute or two, smoky bacon notes were also apparent.

    Palate: Fairly light in texture with notes of toffee, vanilla and pear joined by a hint of ash on the very back palate.

    Finish: Light in intensity, but not in complexity. The sweeter notes from the palate end fairly quickly, leaving a delightful subtle finish of ash, tar and light peat.

    Comment: Another excellent whisky for those who don’t like their Islay too peat-heavy. I tried this with some Cashel Blue cheese and as has been proven many times before, peated whisky and blue cheese are a match made in heaven.

  • Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Advocate

    Funny to think how recently Caol Ila was an Islay giant that was kept pretty much under wraps by its owner. These days it has cemented its reputation as the island's Mr. Consistent. This version shows its character the best, a nose that mixes seashore and grass with a distinct hint of smoked bacon. The peatiness isn't dominant, but flows through-out the palate, scenting, lifting and subtly changing the mix. A delicious oiliness makes it a great food whisky.

    89 Points

42 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    25 September

    A very very good whiskey, lots of great notes. Rich in flavour and a tad rich on price. I would of liked to give 4 1/2 stars but can''t.

  • 5
    2 March

    Exceptional. Right from the nose, it goads your chi to press on. I find the nose smokey, tinge of ham and sauerkraut. Certainly not sweet. Leave it alone for 3-4 minutes in the glass and the waft reaches you 15 feet away. Smoky peat. Taste is refreshingly light. Add 3 drops of water, wait a minute or so and here comes the sweetness. Ephemeral Jaggery, sugarcane juice. Trace of Vanilla. Stays light. Complex, light, not overpowering the nasal cavity. Peat lingers on as smokiness dissipates. Fabulous subtlety, suggestive yet not seductive. Finish is short, pity! Stilton and Baby cheese and this dram go well, since Adelost, a Swedish blue cheese and made for this whisky is not readily available.

  • 5
    2 March

    Exceptional. I prefer it to Talisker 10.

  • 5
    19 February

    An Utterly Superb Whisky. sweet toffee and yes, shreddies on the nose. i love the toffee taste on the pallate and with that subtle hint of smoke this is a real winner

  • 5
    12 September 2014

    The only dram, that answers all of a real whisky lovers questions, avoids any kind of extremes and shapes that genius composition priced at a level, which gives everybody the chance to have that wonderful experience.

  • 21 April 2014

    Very very nice indeed! I think I still prefer the Ardbeg for its extra peat kick, but this has a much smoother subtlety to it! Highly recommend!

  • 11 July 2013

    Fairly light. Smoky but not quite as overpowering as Laphroaig 10 which it resembles a bit. I'm not too fond of it because it seems to be a bit thin for my taste. Still, if you're into the style of light-bodied peaty whiskies, certainly worth a try.

  • 30 March 2013

    A great whisky, one of the best for this price. Plenty of peat but nothing like Laphroaig of Lagavulin. I had a fantastic cask strength 30ish year old single cask Caol Ila at a Whisky Lounge tasting and have loved it ever since.

  • 12 February 2013

    Very interesting dram indeed. Lovely sweet oily nature to it. Sophisticated for sure. Sweet and dry, some peat, somewhat intense (nothing like Laphroig or Talisker per se). No chill-filtering and no coloring also indicate that this single malt has a dram with solid character.

  • 4 December 2012

    Yup, like most people have said, a nice way to "ease in" to Islay's. A few more unusual flavours with Caol Ila which you dont get with Ardbeg or Lagavulin - salt, a nice oiliness (trust me) and believe it or not there's a pleasant hint of rubber when you're sniffing!! :) Overall a nice "left-field" dram. The cask strength stuff is wonderful too!!

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