We review Caol Ila 12 Year Old, the Caol Ila distillery’s entry level single malt Scotch whisky. How does this sweet and smoky single malt compare to other peated whiskies in its class?
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
This year’s Ardbeg Day release, Ardbeg Grooves, is a vatting of Ardbeg single malts that have been matured in ex-bourbon and heavily charred Portuguese red wine casks. How does it compare to past Ardbeg Day releases?
Lagavulin 16 Year Old has long been considered a staple among Islay single malts and a favorite among peat heads around the world. This sweet, smoky single malt was many enthusiasts’ introduction to peated Scotch, so it only felt natural to revisit this in our first peated whisky review. Is the fanfare justified?
Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve was introduced a little over two years ago, joining the 12, 15, 18 and 21 year olds as a permanent addition to Glenfiddich’s core line-up of whiskies. Unlike the 12, 15, and 18 year olds, which are matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry casks, or the 21 year old, which is finished in Caribbean rum casks, Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve is matured entirely in ex-bourbon American Oak and finished in deep charred new American Oak casks. This process lends the whisky a sweeter profile with more Bourbon forward characteristics, but does it do so without overwhelming the classic Glenfiddich spirit?
Those that decide to explore the world of Single Malt Scotch whisky tend to start with one of three distilleries: Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, or Macallan. For our first review, it only felt appropriate to do the same, so we’ve decided to revisit Glenfiddich 12 Year Old. How has this classic, entry level Speyside Scotch whisky held up?