Caol Ila 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

  • Caol Ila 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
  • Caol Ila 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

Caol Ila 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky


AVAILABILITY: 8 in stock

Spirit Whisky
Style Islay, Sweet, Smooth, Salinity, Complex, Smoky
Where's it from? Islay, Scotland
Volume 70cl
ABV 43%
Pairing/Garnish Neat or with a dash of water


The ultimate Islay malt, Caol Ila is considered by experts to be the perfect entry point into the world of peaty malt whiskies and a reference for connoisseurs of Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky the world over. Fresh, sweetly fruity and smooth-bodied, Caol Ila 12 year old is the colour of pale straw, with a delicate balance of tastes.


Pale straw.


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


Subdued, citric fruitiness; a whiff of bath oil and dentist's mouthwash. A fresh and appetising nose, with little or no trace of smoke. A little water raises almond oil and old fashioned oilskins; still a fresh fruitiness, a trace of olive oil, and after a while potpourri or scented hand-soap.


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

About the Producer

In 1846, Hector Henderson chose a remote and beautiful site to build his distillery, on the shores of the Sound of Islay overlooking the Paps of Jura. His traditional methods of malt whisky production continue to this day to ensure the distinctive quality of Caol Ila malt whisky. The barley used today is malted locally at Port Ellen and pure spring water rises from limestone in nearby Loch nam Burn, then falls to the sea at Caol Ila.

Pronounced “Cull Eela." It’s the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, which separates the island from Jura. For some, the distillery’s pronunciation is as remote as its location, sitting as it does on the rugged eastern coast, where it has remained hidden from view since 1846. Reopened in August 2022 after an exciting renovation project, Caol lla is The Islay Home of Johnnie Walker.