Caol Ila 12 year old Islay Whisky

Caol Ila 12

From the label
“Each expression of Caol Ila (say ‘Cull Ee-la’) reflects a special quality of the light at this remote Islay distillery, where sublime malt whiskies have been made for over a hundred and sixty years. Together they picture a day in its secret cove on the sound of Islay. The smoothness and fine balance of Caol Ila 12 Year Old suggests the rounded shape of the stills, softly outlined in a cloudy day’s first glimpse of the sun. Fresh and fruity, it is the classic expression of the Caol Ila character, first seen in 1846. Here are those spicy sea-air aromas and sweet smoky-dry flavours, elegantly expressed with a clarity and balance that came from perfect maturation”

ABV 40%

A Spectacular Islay Expression

Reviewed by John Fegan on 15/09/2015 Rating: 4.1

The Coal Ila 12 is one of my all time favourites, fresh and smoky with herbacious floral notes not quite as refined as the Lagavulin 16. It definitely requires a little breathing time or a drop of water to bring out the best of this dram but it’s well worth the time.

Nose: Smoke, and peppermint mask woody yet floral notes with a hint of pepper

Palate: Well rounded, oily and smoky with pepper and salt

Finish: long lingering smoke and pepper

Coal Ila Aged 12 Years

Produced by Coal Ila
Average Price £40

An understated often overlooked gem of Islay, lacking the sophistication and refinement of the 16 year old Distillers Edition, possibly for the better. A bargain at only £40 and one to add to your everyday collection if not something to save for those more special occasions.

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