Scotch - Single Malt

Caol Ila 12yr Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    545 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    4.6 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $60
    Proof
    86.0

Rating Description

Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.

Notes

Caol Ila Distiller was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson on the northeastern shore of the Sound of Islay. It changed hands a few times until demolished in 1972 to make way for a larger edifice and production resumed in 1974 with a modern and updated distillery. It is named for the Sound of Islay by which shipments of barley and scotch whisky make their way... Caol Ila is the Gaelic name fo rthe Sound. The correct pronunciation of this is "kuh-LEE-luh" roughly translated as "sound of islay." Caol Ila is operated by United Distillers & Vintners, itself a subsidiary of Diageo.

The Caol Ila 12yr is heavily peated in much the same manner of Laphroaig and Ardbeg.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2005
Muncher (89)(2014-03-30)
This one is like taking a wild beast like Ardbeg or Laphroaig and teaching them to sit and roll over. Definitely peated and smoky, but more tame with a bit of sweetness in the profile. Really similar to the Lagavulin 16 but the Caol Ila doesn't have the blended scotch flavor that the Lag has.
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joelbarrett (58)(2013-03-22)
Very strong peaty scotch. Love it!
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Machismo (2)(2012-11-14)
One of my favorites if Im in a peaty mood
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magezi (56)(2012-03-08)
I don't know why people like this so much. It's strange, like peaty sweat with some fruity notes. Sweaty, don't like it...
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danurdan (16)(2012-02-18)
Drinking this was a religious experience . Full rich flavor and superbly smooth. Buy this and bring it out only to share with worthy companions
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HardyTaylor (7)(2011-12-14)
Hidden jewel Islay malt! Top tier Islay.
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Alchemist (50)(2011-09-27)
The nose gives gives light peaty smoke with hints of wood and light bitter spices. The body arrives nice and spicy developing medium pepper, peatiness and some salt. The long finish comes in with another blast of peat smoke and lots of spicy notes. There is a slightly oily bitter edge to the aftertaste - almost sulphur like - which lets this down just a little. This edge is much more evident if this whisky is not left to open up for 5-10 minutes.
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