Caol Ila 12 Year Old Whisky 70cl

Scotch Whisky • 70cl • 43%
Product details
Caol Ila 12 Year Old
Country Scotch Whisky
Region Islay Whisky
Distillery/Brand Caol Ila
Style Single Malt Whisky

Caol Ila 12

An Islay classic that we will never get enough of. Caol Ila 12 year old is the entry-level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002. Caol Ila is the largest of the Islay distilleries by output and so it’s a favourite of brands, independent bottlers, and blends like Johnnie Walker.

Caol Ila 12 Year Old appeals to connoisseurs while also making the perfect entry to the world of peated whisky for newcomers, with its beautifully measured and mellow smokiness and a rich array of seaside flavours. It’s a serial award-winner that works great in cocktails (we recommend a smoky Highball), as well as being a good whisky to pair with salty and savoury foods.

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.

Winner of 4 spirit awards

1st Place
1st Place
Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years - 2015
International Whisky Competition
Islay up to 12 years old - 2015
The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)
Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under - 2014
International Spirits Challenge
Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding
Scotch Single Malt - Islay - 2017
International Wine & Spirit Competition

Allergy information

This product does not contain any notifiable allergens
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Reviews for Caol Ila 12 Year Old
A gift
My sister offered to buy me any whiskey up to £**. I chose a peaty dram and Wow this is worth far more than it cost. Never had it before but I will again.
Geoff Woollan , United Kingdom
4 months ago
Solid choice
Love this bottle. I'd buy it more often if it was available in my area more often. Smoky, peppery, & a lingering finish that leaves an impression. Slightly oily, but not overpoweringly so. An Islay whisky to be regarded with respect!
Craig , Canada
5 months ago
First bottle I've bought from Caol Ila working my way through all the Islay distilleries.

Smooth and smokey, amazing whisky especially for the price.
Alexander R , United Kingdom
7 months ago
Surprisingly good for its price. Nose - smokiness, floral, flowers, garlic. Complex.
Taste - sweet, oily, smoky, medicinal. Good , very good, I am surprised
Pavel D , Israel
8 months ago
Open and smell it in another room!
I haven't had this whisky in my collection for some time - I really don't know why not as it is excellent. I opened the bottle in the kitchen and my wife, in the lounge, said what's that disgusting smell. I kid you not. She hates the smell of peated whisky I should explain. I was amazed by the nose and even more by the taste - yes, it's Islay but more complex than most. Side by side, I tried the Caol Ila with Laphroaig 10, which I really enjoy and I was surprised that I liked the CI far more. What can I say - you live and learn. My only gripe is that it's only 43%, has added colour and is chillfiltered. It's still a lovely dram.
Robert S , United Kingdom
8 months ago
What is not to love?
This is a grand whiskey that has great style, mixes well with ice and water and is great taken neat also. Please note if you dont like smokey whiskeys, jog on.
Kanwar A , India
8 months ago
Excellent example of a classic islay malt. Good entry to peaty scotch whisky and the ensuing rabbit hole.
Master of Malt Customer
9 months ago
A good islay dram
A nice tasting islay malt which I take sometimes. But my preferences are still Oban 14yo and Talisker 10 yo.
Master of Malt Customer
10 months ago
Shows aging isn't everything. At 12, this is glorious.
N: Sweet BBQ sauce.
P: This is the core of all peaty Watery mouthfeel.
A: Peat sneaks in leaving a mild smoke behind before sweet complete the set. More!
David D , United Arab Emirates
one year ago
Complex, oily. Great stuff.
Smoky, complex, peppery, oily, with great texture. Superb. I tasted this first on a cruise and had to add a bottle to my stock.
What intrigues me is the hints of olive oil on the palate that persist on the long ending.
John M , United Kingdom
one year ago