Caol Ila 12 Year Old

  • Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling

70cl / 43%

4 (98 Reviews)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old

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(£67.07 per litre)

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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..

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  • 3


    Yeah, nah. Not really the one for me. A pleasant enough somewhat smooth whiskey. Dominant smoke but lacking overall complexity and anything like a robust body. A distinctly thin and somewhat medical/alcoholic feel in the mouth.

  • 4


    When I found out this was the primary source of smoke in the Johnnie Walker Black label I was apprehensive to try it, can't say I'm a fan of the blend. However this on the other hand ticks all the right boxes as an Islay for me. Lovely smokey sweetness on the nose with a surprisingly light taste, some vanilla and stone fruit on the palate which disappears into a nice ashy finish. If you ever see this on sale, stock up, its great served neat and works wonders for your tastebuds in a smokey old fashioned.

  • 5


    This doesn’t get the same love as other Islay distilleries, but do not underestimate the richness and complexity of this expression. Rarely is this seen on sales and offers, which is testament to high standard of this distillery bottling.

  • 5


    Smokey bacon straight out of the bottle then a good whiff of smoke and brine.A few minutes later vanilla/toffee notes.The taste is superbly sweet and smoky which gives way to a heavenly ashy finish.Truly a great among whiskies

  • 1


    Most disappointing Islay whisky I've tried. I have given this dram 3 goes now. The results are the same each time. Nose is almost chemical. There is something sweet and smokey there, but its overpowered by something less pleasant. Taste is medicinal, tar, ash, overwhelming. It's almost like it should be sweet and smokey but something is killing it. It feels really light on the mouth initially, but as the taste fades, the somewhat surprising burn begins. For a whisky of this ABV and age, I was expecting something much smoother and more tasteful. It could just be my bottle... but I doubt it. I've tried younger whiskies recently with far more enjoyable characteristics.



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