Caol Ila 12

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.

I want to say a huge thank you to Chris Allen who supplied me with this sample along with a few others. I’m very grateful to him for giving me the chance to try this fantastic dram!


White wine.


Smoke and peat – very earthy, a bit of tar and some brine in the background.

With water: No change.


Sweet to start but with citrus mixed in – like lemon drops. Spice and bonfire smoke, slightly nutty and some vanilla. Reminiscent of Laphroaig 10 year.

With water: More nutty but also way too bitter.


Bonfire smoke, nutty and again some brine in there.

With water: Once again too bitter.


I love a smoky dram and this is no exception! Great smoky nose and flavour but with enough depth to make it interesting. Water is not a friend to this one though – far too bitter when you add water to the point it overrides almost everything else. Not sure about the notes from the Classic Malts website for this one though claiming “little or no trace of smoke” on the nose – I most certainly got smoke on the nose and lots of it… thankfully I like that 😉



Taken from The Classic Malts Website.


Pale straw.


Subdued, citric fruitiness; a whiff of bath oil and dentist’s mouthwash. A fresh and appetising nose, with little or no trace of smoke.


Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel: firm with a light to medium body.


Drinks well at natural strength; sweet start; pleasant, light fragrant smokiness and a lengthy finish.


Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish.

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