This 12 year old is the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is of medium weight, but still packing plenty of potent phenols and that distinctive Caol Ila smoke. This is a refined, powerful dram with a compensating oiliness. Herbal on the nose with cigar leaves, smoke ham and damp grass. Good body with elegant smoke, hints of boiled sweets and a long peppery finish. A balanced, peaty beauty.