Cloudy oranges shine in the glass, extremely thick and syrupy "legs" adhere to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. Red grapes mix with dried grapes and berries, peat rises voluminously, bacon left out in butter exudes its fatty and meaty aroma. Soil and minimal smoke come into their own in a slightly mineral way, slightly salty notes of maritime background. Despite 62.6% alcohol, the nose is surprisingly mild, the alcohol is wonderfully creamy. Hints of chocolate and caramel, oranges and minimal abrasion of the grapefruit peel mix with peat, bacon and fresh mint.
With the addition of water: fresher and sweeter, the oily bacon remains, the smoky peat withdraws noticeably after a minimal addition of water. The fruit aromas appear lighter and sweet caramel and toffee appear, whole milk chocolate puffs through the nose with apricots and mandarins.
Oops! The alcohol strikes mercilessly with the first sip, envelops the palate in cozy warmth and leaves peppery sharpness on the tongue. Suddenly the saliva is stimulated, smoky wood tones stick to the palate, creamy grapes and red berries swim in the saliva. Spicy wood tones, mineral smoke and peat, sweet and dried fruits combined with oily bacon on the tongue, the Caol Ila shows me mercilessly where to go.
With tongue of water: creamy and oily, the smoky elements come into their own more intensely, campfires, ashes and embers dominate the taste at the moment.
The fruity elements are paler and more reserved after the addition of water, milk chocolate with mint and menthol come out powerfully.
Slightly smoky wood elements and earthy peat stick with sweet fruits on the palate, oily bacon and old walnuts swim in the stimulated saliva under the tongue. Mint and grapefruit appear minimally, otherwise creamy bacon and mineral peat dominate the aftertaste, in the background there is a cold, mineral smoke note. The aftertaste is of medium length.
After adding water, intense menthol and fish mint dominate the aftertaste, hardly any other aromas are noticeable. The addition of water surprisingly prolongs the aftertaste, mint, menthol and eucalyptus linger on the palate for an unbelievably long time and end after a perceived eternity with smoky peat and old walnuts.