A weird one. I don’t get sherry much on this at all, as it makes me think more of a red wine cask aged peater. It definitely brings the peat, but the supposed sherry casks make this a funky and strange animal. Plus it has evolved quite considerably and I find each time I pour a glass I get different things.
I know it is typical to assume these Cask Islays come from Caol Ila, but I’m not convinced of that here as it doesn’t have those ashy notes Caol Ila brings with such consistency. Here I get more of a sweet smoke I expect from Ardbeg. This is great, however on the finish it gets into bitterness, lemon and acidic notes that are less pleasant.
Getting down to the end of my bottle there is actually some mustiness and sediment - certainly no chillfiltration going on here!
I’m not in love with this bottle and I probably won’t replace it, but I am going to give the bottler points for effort as it truly is a unique peated whisky.