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Caol Ila 12 Year Old

(70cl, 43%)

Caol Ila 12 Year Old

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Caol Ila 12 Bottling Note

This 12 year old is the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is light and fresh with that distinctive Caol Ila smoke.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Fresh, herbal. Rubbed peppermint leaves, stemmy, damp grass, smoky. Oily, cigar leaves, smoked ham, hickory. Lemon peels at the harbour.

Palate: Good body, oily, tar, elegant smoke. Hints of boiled sweets.

Finish: Long, peppery, spicy warmth, smoke.

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Caol Ila 12 Year Old Reviews

Nice drinkable Islay malt

Not overly peaty and drinkable. Is a relatively clear pale whisky in colour and smooth to drink. A nice contrast to Laphorhaig. A few drops of cold water also changes the aromatic notes. An easy drink by the fire!

13th February 2021

Worth trying

Quite enjoyed it, pretty much what I’d expect from a 12 year old Islay single malt.

29th January 2021

Disagreeable taste

The worst single malt whiskey I’ve ever tasted.
I have generally enjoyed most 12 year old single malts. Each have their own characteristic tastes but from the first taste of this one it did not feel right. I kept trying for a week to see if I could get used to it but each time it was definitely not agreeable.

17th January 2021

Disappointed beyond eords

Extremely disappointed, a pleasant enough whiskey but doesn’t, in my opinion have the characteristics of an Islay SM and could very easily be confused with a cheap supermarket blend. Will stick to Laphroaig for true peaty Smokey loveliness

9th January 2021

Solid whisky

Lovely and light, peaty and smokey without going too far - nice drop.

29th December 2020

Surprisingly smooth and subtle

I'm relatively new to whisky but cut my teeth on Laphroaig and Lagavulin 16. I concluded that I didn't like smoky whiskies until, that is, I tried this!

This is so amazingly smooth, with those lovely peaty and smoky flavours but without being overpowering. Such a lovely drink and, at this price, a real bargain.

15th October 2020

Best coastal whisky for the money

Not a peat bomb, instead, one of the best, if not the best, coastal whiskies you can get for the money. There´s so many great and accurate reviews of this Islay classic below, that it´s difficult to add anything to those.

Caol Ila 12 beats easily many, many trendy and overpriced whiskies. Funny, some much pricey whiskies are only a poor mans versions of Caol Ila 12. It´s so delightful that you can still get something really great, without emptying your wallet.

One advice, if you´ve never tasted this, don´t except anything. Just sit down with the glass, and take your time.

Five stars because of the price/quality ratio.

6th October 2020

Fantastic daily favourite.

Fantastic dram this one! Would become one of my favourites! Read the description on the box. Very apt poetic description.

19th September 2020

Fantastic

I love this stuff. Peaty of course but much more mellow than some others of a similar ilk(which I also love). Complex flavours come after and for me it all comes together beautifully and just reminds me of the sea. Wonderful dram.

18th August 2020

Classic beautifully balanced Islay whisky

They call it the "entry level" Caol Ila. Ignore that, and all the gimmicky moscatel finished variants. This is their best product and an absolute classic. Plenty of the characteristic Islay smoke but with a beautiful balance and a long spicy finish.

14th August 2020

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