Review #75. Caol Ila 12yr

Review #75 | /r/Scotch Review #28 – Caol Ila 12

The Schtick: This is Caol Ila’s 12yr old expression from their core line of age stated products.


Distiller: Caol Ila

Bottler: Caol Ila

ABV: 43% ABV

Age: 12 Years

Mashbill: Single Malt (Barley)

Source: Sample


Nose: Smokey with mild vegetation. Lots of sweet honey and mild brine.

Taste: There’s a lot of smoke followed by custard sweetness. I’m amazed at how much salty caramel follows. For being smokey, it’s a really sweet dram to me and I love it. There’s a tiny bit of vegetable notes, but not in an off putting way. This salty, smokey, sweet profile is really starting to become a favorite of mine.

Finish: Medium to long. Sweet and smokey, taking turns having their moment. Gentle, but it is fairly low proof.

Overall: This is a very solid pour with great balance.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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