12yr Caol ila std

12yr Caol Ila std

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Mashtun notes

 
This is Caol ila’s standard malt, and what a standard! The nose has honey, barley, pearl drops, sultanas, pepper, steelworks, freshly cut lawn, a small hint of aniseed, oh, and sweet smoke. The palate has honey, caramel, warm sweetness, and balances that well with its tcp / smoky taste. It’s a medium to long finish that is smoky, tart in places, but overall leaves you with a warm glow at the end.  Giving this dram time to breathe and then adding a tiny amount of water mellows every aspect of the nose, taste, and finish. We love this dram, it’s sweet, it’s smoky, and it leaves you feeling good. All in all it’s a fantastically well balanced whisky.

 

Overall = 72/100

Fresh, sweetly fruity and smooth-bodied, Caol Ila 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky is the colour of pale straw, with a delicate balance of tastes. The clean, appetising nose shows subtle citrus fruit with just a puff of smoke. Firm and smooth, it begins sweetly then yields a fragrant smokiness and a sweet-smoky, lingering finish.

12yr Caol Ila std

Nose:

Honey, barley, pearl drops, sultanas, pepper, steelworks, freshly cut lawn, hint of aniseed

Palate:

Peat tempered with a honey and caramel sweetness, a very satisfying rounded flavour unfolds, a lovely balance of malt, warm sweetness and peat.

Finish:

Smokiness comes through on the aftertaste, medium-long finish.

Colour:

Warm yellow

Texture:

N/A

Air:

Mellows with air and water.

Water:

N/A

Overall score and comments:

78 / 100 - This always leaves me with a warm glow, easy to understand why this is a favourite of so many whisky lovers, a true Islay classic.

12yr Caol Ila std

Nose:

Sweet burn smoke!

Palate:

Smoky peaty sweetness with a hint of tcp.

Finish:

Medium finish that ends with a little smoky tartness. Nice glow at the end.

Colour:

Peely waley!

Texture:

Very light

Air:

N/A

Water:

Brings out barley and honey – really smoothens the dram.

Overall score and comments:

70 / 100 – I love Caol Ila – it’s a well balance smooth

12yr Caol Ila std

Nose:

Not a complex nose but got slight smoke and honey.

Palate:

Great big smoky smack of loveliness. Small hint of sweetness.

Finish:

A good rub of orange peel at the back of the mouth.

Colour:

Light gold.

Texture:

Watery

Air:

Lightens the nose.

Water:

Smoothens the palate without removing the smoke.

Overall score and comments:

69 / 100 – Great Islay dram.

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