Insider knowledge: Caol Ila 12 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Caol Ila 12 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Fresh, herbal. Rubbed peppermint leaves, stemmy, damp grass, smoky. Oily, cigar leaves, smoked ham, hickory.
Palate: Good body, oily, tar, elegant smoke. Hints of boiled sweets.
Finish: Long, peppery, spicy warmth, smoke.
Peat and the sea... but boy it's good. Oily finish makes it last. An improvement on the previous Caol Ila 12. A great stereotypical Isla.
14th December 2009
And what a price 4 this one! GREAT STUFF'!
27th May 2010
Really good whisky, nice drink, nice health.)
11th June 2010
Really delightful stuff and great value for money
1st July 2010
I was in NY 2 weeks ago (Nov 2011), and a Scotish lady recommended....... amazing good....
30th November 2011
Bao demais da conta veio..... tao bao quanto uma Cachaca de Salinas
Whilst I've always liked some of the Islays, I've previously stuck to a limited few and am not that taken with Lagavulin.
I was therefore really pleased to find how delicious Caol Ila is, having never heard of it before. I'm definitely going to buy some more.
7th January 2012
Along with Bowmore 12, Caol Ila 12 is a classic example of medium peatiness and as such a good introduction to the Islay style. Less complex than the Bowmore, but none the worse for it - it delivers a good dollop of smoke and it's a great alternative to Lagavulin if you want to save a tenner.
22nd June 2012
This is a Must to Try....I have never tasted anything similar to this Single Malt....you Love it...or Hate it....I Love it!....Not for beginners though! beginners go with Speyside or Lowland Single Malts.
24th October 2012
Went to play golf with old Navy buddies and everyone brought a flask with them, and each flask had a different whisky in it; mine having the 12 year old Caol Ila. By the time we finished playing, my flask was the only one empty because my buddies drank it all! For now on I’m keeping it to myself! Terrific whisky.
13th January 2013
For people who like Islay malts but find Laphroig a bit too full on, I recommend this. It's oily, salty and grassy and kind of like a really smooth and refined version of Talisker. If you could drink embers they would taste like this!
2nd February 2013
Not as good as Laphroaig 10yo or even Bowmore 12yo. I was a bit disapointed, because people brag about this dram. I guess Laphroaig spoiled me :P
8th February 2013
Light scent of medical adhesive. Definite taste of smoked meat and aftertaste of smoke or ash. For all that, it's not unpleasant. I'd try the 12 year old again, certainly try a different Coal Ila expression.
19th February 2013
Light, but packs a punch too. Nice sweetness... a must try!
1st April 2013
Love Islay whisky and this is a very good one. A must try!
Highly recommend. The finish is long and gloriously warming. Nice balance, not as hard hitting as brother Ardbeg but complex enough for a late evening dram. Brill
12th April 2013
The answer was of course Caol Ila. This was a very nice surprise. I think I had become an Ardbeg snob. So there are other Islay's which are well worth the investment. One bottle on order please and dont spare the horses.
13th April 2013
This is a very nice whisky. Also recommendable for beginners like me. I would give it 4.5 star if it was without artificial coloring.
20th April 2013
It always amuses me when fairly uneducated people comment on Caol Ila about it's unique Islay qualities. It is in fact taken off the Island as soon as it is Distilled and matured wholly on the mainland. Not quite what it says on the bottle!
6th May 2013
it is true that call is aged on mainland Scotland, although nowhere in Scotland is more than 40 miles from the sea so it is not especially important...but the distilling is and Call gets a better share of copper surfaces than most..
as good as you will find d anywhere, the 12 is in fact better than the 25.
a five star dram!
8th May 2013
Tried this whiskey at my friend's over the weekend and I have to admit I was not expecting such a surprisingly tasty and relatively unknown drink! Totally recommended!
14th May 2013
I was surprised how similar this is to the Laphroaig 10 (a littler milder perhaps). Not that that's a bad thing, but after all the rave reviews I had expected it to be quite different.
22nd June 2013
Reminds of the Ardbegs but re-tuned, with more pronounced, oily finish. A well balanced, smoky whisky.
27th July 2013
Lovely whiskey, just sad that I have to wait 4 work days to get it to Sweden.
Fruity but powerful. Complex but simple. Just overall a great whiskey.
7th August 2013
This was my first Islay whisky but this tasted really awful. I felt sick after just nosing it a few times. I can't really explain it but it tasted really bad, even after adding some water i couldn't keep it in.
I quess Islay Whisky just isn't for me.
30th August 2013
Good one. Recommended
30th October 2013
This was my first Islay whisky and I really liked the smoke and peat flavors, so it made me check out a few other Islay brands like Ardbeg and Laphroaig. Those are a more expensive but also more complex and richer in taste, and I do prefer them a little bit over Caol Ila but the latter sure stand it's ground.
4th November 2013
What can I say: Islay whisky from the finest
18th November 2013
Caol Ila 12 was the first bottle of Islay whisky I purchased for my home cabinet. I was attracted by the rumors of exquisite "balance" between sweetness and smoke, and I was not at all disappointed. I get an immediate sweetness in the nose of soft fruits, honeydew melons. Peat comes along with a minty edge. The palate follows along appropriately, with a rock-candy sweetness and a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel; the sweetness gives way to fresh-baked bread and toasted nuts. Gentle smoke dominates the finish and is ultimately carried away by that wonderful Islay sea breeze.
5th December 2013