Caol Ila 12 Year Old

Caol Ila 12 Year Old
WhiskyCaol Ila 12 Year Old
CountryScotland
RegionIslay
TypeSingle Malt
Age12 years old
Abv43%
Rating 83/100

About

The Caol Ila distillery is located near Port Askaig, on the Scottish isle of Islay. They generally produce one of the lighter Islay whiskies, pale in colour, with peaty, floral and peppery notes.
Reviews of Caol Ila 12 Year Old
says on December 11, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 74/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

Recht mild geräuchert für einen Vertreter der Insel auch in der Nase eher untypisch.

Beim ersten Nipper kommen gleich fruchtige Noten auch eine leichte Süße bevor sich eine beachtliche Pfeffer-Schärfe breit macht.
Er wirkt recht jung am Gaumen.
Der Abgang ist mittellang und wieder etwas rauchig.

says on November 21, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

not a peat whisky fan but definately enjoyed this one: elegant smoke but accompanied with great sweetness which makes it really delicious

says on November 14, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

peated islay. but not as strong peated as other islay malts. its like a cold campfire. the smoke is not so dominant

says on November 12, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

Gentle and soft for an Islay malt. Peat and smoke present but in a moderate way.

Nose

Smokey. Citric. Iodine.

Palate

Spicy. Smokey. Peaty. Malt. Herbal.

Finish

Smokey. Peaty. Old wood.

says on October 27, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Pale gold

General description

great Islay in general - a good balance between the stronger versus mild Islays.

Nose

sweet peat, smoked meat

Palate

salt, meaty, pear, bit of citrus

Finish

dry, slightly oil, fast finish

says on October 27, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

My first from Caol Ila, good flavor profile. Peat but not overpowering, going to be a go to dram for a while.

says on October 14, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 91/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

I call this fine Islay a cigarette vs a cigar in its smokiness. That is when compared to heavy hitters in the peat, like Laphroaig 10 or Ardbeg 10. Smooth enough for a 12. It presents against its Islay neighbors with a lighter taste and less complex, but a truly worthy Islay. Buy if you think you’d like a light Islay.

says on October 11, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

Peaty smoke with a smooth, oily finish.

says on October 4, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 65/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

sweet, peaty

says on September 14, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 65/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

Lekker maar smaak waar je van moet houden

says on September 11, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 81/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

Strong tobacco smell and taste, plenty of iodine, lingering, enjoyable aftertaste

says on September 4, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Chestnutoloroso sherry

General description

A good choice for trying the aromas and taste of Islay single malt with wood, tobacco and smoke at the nose, smokey and slightly salty and medicinal at the palate and with a long finish of smoke and spices.

says on September 3, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Pale staw

General description

süsser, fast sirupartiger Duft, der noch nichts von seinem erdigen und rauchigen Geschmack vermuten lässt. Und der ist ziemlich der Hammer!

says on August 31, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 94/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

I like this. Yamy

says on August 4, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Amontillado sherry

General description

Medium smoke, Sweet caramel, earthy, very oily. Easy drinking and affordable. Not very intense.

says on July 28, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Color: Pale staw

General description

really great, especially with some drops of water

says on July 17, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

Delosh. Refined, maritime, unwavering smokiness.

says on July 15, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Lighter bodied than most other Islay malts,yet retains that typical peatiness

says on July 13, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Pale staw

General description

good Islay to stsrt

Nose

fruity a bit smoky

Palate

smooth, fruity sweet a bit smoky a bit peaty interesting but not overly complex unfortunately a moment of clove I would prefer not to taste but passes

Finish

spicy sweet smoky lingering long

says on June 24, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 75/100
Color: Pale staw

General description

Good peated whisky. Easy to enjoy. Missing the complexity of other Islay whiskies

says on June 21, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 92/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Gin clear

General description

The perfect balanced caol ila!

says on May 18, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

very peaty, but it starts light and then swells. Good general scotch for those who like a little prat but not too strong

says on May 12, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 72/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

peaty

says on May 8, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

tourbé bien sur mais délicat et maritime. Un excellent daily dram

says on May 3, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Russetmuscat

General description

peat smoke with a background sweetness this Whisky takes me to an oak paneled sitting room with a roaring fire and two obedient Irish Wolfhounds by my side my favourite distillery I love the 25yr but as a penny pinching alternative shes a good'en

says on May 1, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

Goto peated whisky, there's always a bottle of Caol Ila 12 open in my cabinet.

says on April 29, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 95/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

peat nose, delicious

says on April 27, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Torfig. Komplex. Nicht beißig

says on April 27, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 90/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

delicious but didn't like finish

says on April 24, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 87/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Pale gold

General description

A very approachable Islay whisky. Well balanced with smoky, salty and notes of floral and pepper. A great introduction for those not acquainted with peated whisky.

Nose

Smoky and peppery

Palate

peat smoke, salty with floral and peppery notes

Finish

Medium finish that draws out the salty elements

says on April 10, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 78/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

Always nice to find back in every bottle its golden clear colour and smoky taste. Not particularly complex for an Islay malt, but I appreciate its lemon and grass notes, refreshingly warm for a peaty malt.

says on April 2, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 65/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

Like Lagavulin, but without the "pow" you see in comic books. Pretty friendly for an Islay, would recommend to beginners.

says on March 28, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Old gold

General description

Fruchtig-frischer Malt mit tollem Raucharoma

Nose

Zuerst frisch mit Zitrusfrüchten, dann toller aromatischer Rauch.

Palate

Süß und weich, dann rauchig und würzig. Ölig auf der Zunge.

Finish

Langer, rauchig maritimer Abgang

says on March 27, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 82/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

lagavullin 8y lim edition complexer . Nice whisky for the price

says on March 19, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 70/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Guter Standart Whisky um einen angenehmen Preis. Für Peatheads ein Muss!

says on March 6, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

Smokey but not overwhelmingly so

says on February 18, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

reakky smooth with nice smoke. Have to have all the time in home

says on February 17, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 79/100
Color: Amber

General description

nice balance, interesting smoky flavours.

says on February 11, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 94/100
Color: Pale staw

General description

Smooth, smoky and sweet Scotch whisky. A really pleasant one to drink. Certainly try it, if you get a chance!

says on February 11, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 82/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

lightly smoked

Nose

peat smoke subtle. citric when watered. some phenol after a while in glass

Palate

smoke species

says on February 2, 2018
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 51/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

sehr torfing

says on January 26, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 96/100
Color: Amber

General description

initial burst of peat and smoke on the nose, but then develops into sweet and spicy undertones. very oily on the palate, coats the whole mouth. then the spice comes in, pepper and chilli!! ends in a waft of smoke and peat. slight medicinal taste but very pleasant! nice long spicy and smoky finish! beautiful whisky!!!

says on January 23, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

Lots of peat and smoke. Good stuff.

says on January 2, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Old gold

General description

Smoke, peat, sea spray. Hints of orange zest in the background. Long finish if only slightly unidirectional.

says on December 27, 2017
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 70/100
Color: Pale staw

General description

Strong medicinal taste.

says on December 8, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Old gold

General description

real solid choice for someone thinking about diving into the peat world

says on December 1, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Pale staw

General description

A very straightforward dram. Smoky and salty and not in an overwhelming manner.
Very good. Great value for your money.

Nose

Smoky with a bit of sea.

Palate

Salty, oily, peat, a little herby.

Finish

Salty. Doesn't make a long impact.

says on November 26, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

first whykeys, so not much to reference

Nose

lite smoked

says on November 19, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

smoke and peat, hint of grass

says on November 14, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

On the nose lovely soft salty peat with hints of leather, young wood and wet soil.
Alcohol is very subtle present in the background.
On the mouth a soft and subtle taste of ripe fruits, but also smoke and peat are there.
In the medium finish the salty peat kicks in again.
A lovely Islay, although the taste comes closer to Talisker then most of the Islay ones.
A nice soft peat whisky.

80 points.

says on November 2, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

peat, smoke, a bit salty and very well balanced with a nice long finish.
Not as extreme as its Islay brothers Laproaig or Ardbeg but definitely a keeper.

says on October 24, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

Great peaty island whisky, great name!

says on October 15, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 75/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

An excellent Islay. Reminds me of a more mild Lagavulin, and I believe to be a great intro scotch for someone who isn't a fan of smokey flavors. Great find

says on August 24, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

like a slightly milder, smoother and maybe even more pleasant, laphroaig 10.
nose: meaty and rich
palatte: slightly salty, deep and rich, medium oily
finish: medium
overall, very similar to laphroaig, but a smoother finish that opens up some of the other flavours.

says on July 11, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 60/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Rokerig, beetje zout

says on July 8, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 93/100
Color: Amber

General description

I like drinking this as much as saying the name correctly. Full flavors that never disappoint.

says on June 2, 2017
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 70/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

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says on May 6, 2017
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 88/100
Color: Deep gold

General description

Nice flavour! very smokey taste, it gives a kick after drinking.

says on May 5, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Sehr aromatischer Islay Whisky. Anfängliche süße weicht leichter schärfe und torfigem Abgang.
Gefällt mir sehr gut, sollte in meine eigene Sammlung.

says on April 30, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Pale staw

General description

Smooth, spicy and rich islay.

Nose

Swirl of smoke and honey slowly covered by sea salt

Palate

Smooth, rich and smoky entry -hints of vanilla and honey- closely followed by a growing spiced heat -cinnamon and pepper- that lingers while peated smoke prepares for the finish.

Finish

Peat finally expresses it's full potential then leaves the sweet and spices linger a little longer.

Oily texture will stick to the mouth.

says on April 26, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

good, peaty, smokey. Not as deep or smoky as Lagavulin but smoother than Laphroaig

says on April 12, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 87/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

A smoky, sweet whisky, more reminiscent of a Speysider than an Islay. Very good, except for a slightly oily mouth feel.

says on March 25, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Jonquiripe corn

General description

my favorite smoke whisky.
if you like bowmore you like this.

says on March 11, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Yellow gold

General description

Lekker stevig en rokerig. Toch is deze whisky ook erg zacht en voelt als fluweel in je mond. Heerlijk!

says on February 23, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

Behind Lagavulin 16 my second favorite Islay

says on February 23, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 83/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

Un classique d'Islay.

says on February 21, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Excelente.

says on February 19, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 77/100
Color: Deep copper

General description

krachtig en rokerig

says on February 18, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 78/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

crossover from talisker to laphroaig. Smokey, islay.

says on February 4, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

very nice islay, peaty, well balanced

says on February 1, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 94/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

One of the best out of the hart oder Islay

says on January 13, 2017
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 81/100
Finish strength: Medium
Color: Pale staw

General description

pleasant and well balanced.

Nose

pear, light peat, tropical fruit, banana

Palate

medium body, wood, iodium, peat

Finish

flavored tobacco, mint, peat, chimney

says on December 19, 2016
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 80/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

My favoriete

says on November 29, 2016
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 87/100
Color: Pale gold

General description

This is a gateway Scotch to Islay whisky...light peat and smoke compared to others.

says on November 13, 2016
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 79/100
Color: Pale staw

General description

Quite nice

says on October 23, 2016
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 100/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

Очень... острый.

says on August 7, 2016
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 85/100
Color: Old gold

General description

soft & mild

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Flavour profile

  • Smoke
  • Peat
  • Sweet
  • Oily
  • Salt
  • Smoky
  • Good
  • Spice
  • Malt
  • Pepper
  • Delicate
  • Light
  • Fruit
  • Amazing
  • Strong
  • Lemon
  • Lovely
  • Balanced
  • Sea
  • Medium length
  • Pale gold
  • Grass
  • Fresh
  • Apple
  • Wood
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