Caol Ila 12

CaolIla copyCaol Ila is an Islay distillery that has been in production since 1846. They were acquired in 1972 by what is now the whisky and spirits mega giant, Diageo. Caol Ila’s entry level whisky is their 12 year old single malt. It has a pleasant, smokey-sweet nose like a bbq’d empanada. The palate is devoid of the nose’s sweetness and is instead a hefty serving of sea salt and smoke. It’s like having a little too much salt on your grilled steak. The finish starts out smokey and warm then goes on and on, becoming mildly sour and annoying. Adding some water brings a fruity characteristic to the nose and cuts down on some of the saltiness of the palate. Overall, we found this single malt has some different flavor profiles going on for an Islay whisky, but when compared to other similar style and region entry level whiskies, The Caol Ila 12 falls far short. Locally available at Gates Circle Liquors for $65. Rating 82/100.

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2 Responses to Caol Ila 12

  1. Caol Ila 12 is a lovely drop. It may not be as in your face as Ardbeg or Laphroaig or Lagavulin, but I feel it’s very well balanced and a good introduction to peated whiskies for beginners!

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