Launched in June 2002, Caol Ila 12 year old is a highly prized, hidden gem that continues the traditions of Caol Ila. This malt is a fantastically balanced Islay with juniper and wet grass/light salt fish subtleties. Official Tasting Notes: Appearance: Pale straw. Nose: 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 (lychees?), a trace of olive oil, and after a while pot pourri or scented hand-soap. Body: Firm, smooth, light to medium. Palate: 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. Finish: Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish. For lovers of Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin, this Islay distillery is less famous but very highly rated. Caol Ila 12 year old is a medium weight, balanced, peaty beauty.