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Caol Ila 12 Years Old
 43%   |    70cl

Caol Ila 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the colour of pale straw, with a delicate balance of tastes.
Caol Ila 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the colour of pale straw, with a delicate balance of tastes.

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"Another example of a great Caol Ila, everything fits together perfectly."

Rob Allanson 2009, Whisky Magazine, Issue 79

The perfect

To enjoy, simply serve the 12 Year Old Caol Ila neat in a rocks glass, adding ice or a splash of water to taste.


The tapenade brings out Caol Ila's smoke and salt notes, while the mix of capers and herbs accentuates the vegetal flavours.

More food pairings


Rusty Nail: The Caol Ila 12 year old retains its light fragrant smokiness when mixed with Drambuie, creating a warming serve with a subtle flavour.

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Caol Ila 12 Years Old On The Flavour Map
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Smoky Rich Delicate Light


Bursting with powerful flavour, Caol Ila Scotch does justice to its Islay home.


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.


Distillery: Caol IlaTM

Age: 12 years old

Strength: 43% ABV

Place of Origin: Port Askaig

Region: Islay


in brief… Fresh, sweetly fruity and smooth, with light smoke.

in a sentence… Sweet floral fragrances with a smooth body, balanced taste, and a sweet-smoky, lingering finish.


Pale straw.


A little water raises almond oil and old fashioned oilskins; still a fresh fruitiness (lychees?), a trace of olive oil, and after a while potpourri or scented hand-soap.


Firm, smooth, light to medium.


Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel; with water light acidity, some salt and still the sweeter notes. A complex balance of primary tastes.


Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish.

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Expert Reviews
Insights from some of the best in the business

"Iodine, fresh fish and smoked bacon feature on the nose, along with more delicate, floral notes. Smoke, malt, lemon and peat in the drying finish."

Gavin D Smith, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015, p.93

"This version shows its character the best, a nose that mixes seashore and grass with a distinct hint of smoked bacon. The peatiness isn’t dominant, but flows throughout the palate, scenting, lifting, and subtly changing the mix. A delicious oiliness makes it a great food whisky."

Dave Broom, Whisky Advocate Summer 2012

"This is a splendid Coal Ila. It is wonderfully vibrant. Understandably, the immediate impact on the palate is the peat smoke, but there's so much else going on here, too: smoked olives, seaweed, salt and pepper, all placed on a gently sweet bed of toffee and vanilla fudge. Lingering smoke, olives, and seaweed on the finish."

John Hansell, Whisky Advocate Winter 2004

"A balanced expression of peat in this version. A lot of intricate aromas in this dram."

Martine Nouet 2005, Whisky Magazine, Issue 50

"Better balance than the cask strength. The peat is at same level, but a greater range of aromatics has been brought out. Complexity emerges."

Dave Broom 2005, Whisky Magazine, Issue 50

"Barbecued fish and seaweed on the nose, oily bacon-fat, squeezed lemon and sweet smoke on the palate, immensely satisfying citrusy seaside barbecue of a finish."

Dominic Roskrow, Malt Whisky Yearbook 2015, p.93