“Bottled around 2016, so 31/32 years old”, says Fergus.
N: Caol Ila is such a winner. I much prefer it to Lagavulin. I find it sharper, more focused and defined over its neighbour. With oyster sauce close by, a smouldering clean fresh vegetal peat fire to the right, just a hint of shoe polish and garage oil up top, then fruit juices, pear, Orangina?!, a squeeze of lemon juice, a little worn-in leather,… pleasingly vegetal sweet overall, a touch briny and a pinch of saltiness,… that should cover it.
T: Far softer than 49% abv would suggest, possibly understood by the formidable strength of the last two drams. Crisp-ish apple-y > citrusy slightly briny salty barley juice, a little soft and watery. Lingering a little, we are soon into the finish.
F: The slightly watery mouthfeel thickens [oily and waxy] into fruity smoky briny-ish caramel barley juice.
C: Lovely easy drinker, utterly accomplished and vibrant. Scores 86 points, all day long