Upon opening my sample I immediately recalled some Caol Ilas I tried a few years ago and one that was in the first bottle-share. I was sent in that direction so I was furiously hoping my expectation proved to be true while tasting it properly!
Greasy barbecue like sherry influence with bacon and crispy bits of burnt meat and sweet sauce. Quite some smoke too, so expectations confirmed on that part. Somewhat oily and spicy too. There is a background of a more fresh whisky with grass, straw and some lemon.
A bit thinner than I expected it to be. Sharp and peppery and less barbecue-y that I thought it was going to be. Quite some sherry and quite some wood. Rather young and spirity. I’d expect around 10 years old.
The finish gets really sweet with hints of leather and wood. The sharp salty smoke is more present here than it was on the palate.
I’m sticking to Caol Ila. I expect it to be not too old, so maybe about 10 years old. And since I thought the palate was a bit thin and didn’t feel too much burn on the nose I’m going for 46%.
It turned out my distillery guess was good! Finally some points for Sjoerd! For some reason this dram was 18 years old and rather high in ABV. Strange that I really didn’t pick up on that last bit. Last year the ABV got me some really good points over the competition.