Very concentrated at first, lime, lemon, moist dew, gooseberry, vanilla. With a little time in the glass and hand warmth, subtle mango, some passion fruit, passion fruit emerge. The smoke is most likely coal smoke on which fish previously lay, from which some fat has dripped into the embers. Light pastry notes (chocolate croissant and pudding), some seaweed on the beach (very subtle). Nut nougat.
The smoke is relatively subtle and fits nicely into the overall picture.
Water changes almost nothing on the nose, the fruit may become a my stronger
In the mouth it reminds me very strongly of the 25 year old bottling, only with a little more fruit. Here, too, he looks older than the specified 16 years. The 1st fill barrel in contrast to (at least with the OAs) more usual refill barrels worked well, nutmeg, vanilla, again chocolate croissant. In addition, the fruit from the nose, here less maritime, the smoke is medium-strong, also well integrated here. Citrus fruit is more in the second row, nicely underlines the tropical fruits.
In a nutshell - vanilla sweetness and nutmeg, citrus, it gets a bit ashy (I have the feeling that from 2000 onwards the nose is often more medicinal and the mouth and finish are often ashier than, for example, the 80s distillates). There is oak and slight bitterness, but very subtle, goes under if you don't explicitly look for it.
An all around successful, beautifully matured Caol Ila. Looks a bit older than the given age, but what are numbers. It is important that this whisky brings flavors of a more mature age, but the origin can still be tasted.