This was Caol Ila’s bottling for Feis Ile 2016 and another one that was matured in ex-bodega sherry butts as well as refill American oak hogsheads.
Nose: immediately transfers you to a Scottish harbour. Punchy brine, hints of kelp and tar ropes. Mossy peat. Plenty of iodine and antiseptics. A bit of pepper and vanilla, from the American oak I guess, with rounder notes of honey and almonds in the background. Lime juice too. Unsurprisingly excellent
Mouth: again assertive, slightly rough but not austere. Big, fatty texture. Peat and tar, briney notes and salty liquorice, quickly balanced by sweet mocha, dark chocolate and hints of toffee. Lemon pie. And quite some pepper again.
Finish: very long, still oily, with lovely cocoa and coffee.