Caol Ila 12 Year
Caol Ila 12 Year at Third Base Market & Spirits
We at Third Base Market & Spirits are thrilled to feature Caol Ila 12 Year, a quintessential Islay single malt that is both sophisticated and unpretentious. Hailing from a distillery renowned for its meticulous attention to detail and distinct maritime influence, this whisky is a striking embodiment of the Islay tradition.
- Name: Caol Ila 12 Year
- Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Age: 12 Years
- Region: Islay, Scotland
- Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 43%
Tasting Notes and Technical Description:
Poured into a glass, the Caol Ila 12 Year captivates with its light straw color—a reflection of its natural and unaltered essence. The liquid's moderate legs suggest a balanced texture and mouthfeel.
The olfactory experience commences with a wave of briny sea air interwoven with unmistakable notes of peat smoke. Underlying aromas of lemon zest, green apple, and fresh cut grass lend complexity and refreshment to the nose, mitigating the smoky forefront.
A sip reveals an intriguing dichotomy. On one hand, there's the earthy robustness of peat, seasoned wood, and a wisp of medicinal iodine. On the other, you'll find a gentler underbelly characterized by citrus, malt sweetness, and a hint of nuttiness. This dual personality is both surprising and harmonious, making each mouthful a nuanced journey.
The finish is long, warming, and slightly drying with a finale of smoky embers, sea salt, and lingering echoes of lemon peel and soft spice.
Caol Ila 12 Year offers a medium-bodied mouthfeel, oily enough to carry the weight of its smoky and maritime elements but not so much that it overwhelms the subtler notes that provide balance.
Third Base Market & Spirits Perspective:
This expression is a jewel in our Islay whisky collection, offering a depth and complexity that intrigues and beckons. Perfectly suited for those looking to delve into the world of peated whisky as well as seasoned enthusiasts, Caol Ila 12 Year never ceases to capture imagination.
Given its standing in the whisky world, the Caol Ila 12 Year maintains reasonable availability. However, its timeless quality ensures that it's always in demand, so we recommend not delaying your acquisition.
In summary, Caol Ila 12 Year is a masterfully crafted single malt that stands as a paragon of Islay whisky-making. Its balance of smoke, maritime qualities, and a nuanced fruity sweetness offers a multifaceted drinking experience that captivates and endears. Your invitation to explore this compelling dram awaits you at Third Base Market & Spirits, where it enjoys its well-earned place among Islay's finest.
I am a Islay fan. But sometimes I don’t want to be punched in the mouth by Smoke and Peat. That is when I drink this. Plenty of Islay flavor’s but smoother and less aggressive than say an Ardbeg 10 which is very good.