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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..Tasting Notes (3)
Tasting Notes by the Whisky Exchange
Intense and rich, with malted barley and gentle floral touches overcome by smoky notes.
Light and fresh, with toffee, vanilla and pear balanced by smoke and ashy touches.
Complex and long, with sweetness fading to leave dark and smoky flavours.
Tasting Notes by Rocky
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.
Fairly light in texture with notes of toffee, vanilla and pear joined by a hint of ash on the very back palate.
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.
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.
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I love peat single malt. This is probably my new favorite. Amazing. Sharp, brine, sea salt, apple. Love it.
Smoky and peaty tastes throughout, leaving it almost medicinal. Not for me.
A very good dram, one to enjoy slowly. It has a very nice finish. Nice to relax with and take it all in.
Wonderful! A perfect balance of smoke and sweetness. So light and dry it's almost ethereal. Faeries have just danced on my tongue!
Bought this one after a friend recommendation and... Jesus it is bad ! I am big fan of islay single malts, but really, this one is not for me. The nose is already badly balanced with a hint of fruits and then Peat and Tar overpowering. The attack is smooth with gentle banana I guess, and then again peat. Reminds me of the Laga 8 yo, which is all about peat as well, really not my cup of tea. I really like when it is peaty and smoky, but it has to be well balanced, complex like the lagavulin 16yo, ardbeg Corryvrekan, Springbank 10yo, Laphroaig triple wood for instance.
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