Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tasting: Caol Ila. 12 Years

Caol Ila. 12 Years
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery: Caol Ila
Region: Islay
Age: 12 Years
Proof/ABV: 43%
Dk Price: $60/400dkk
Release: Ongoing

Points: 85/100 Points

Caol Ila is not the typical Islay whisky, as we all know it. It is lighter than most of its Islay brothers and the sea air smell, that so many of the other Islay distilleries is famous for, is gone. Properly because Caol Ila don't store there barrels on Islay.

The nose is fresh with sweet malt and citrus counterbalancing the soft medicinal, (not like Laphroaig 10) iodine, bonfire, and tar. 

The taste is oily soft and clean with a soft smoky syrup taste and a hint of lime.

The long finish fills your mouth with gentle salty smoke.

Caol Ila 12 is defiantly a great dram, and a suitable evening starter, to make way, for the more heavy smoky peat monsters from Islay.