...which is a fine old Caol Ila, most probably. Why? Simply because it misses the medicinal notes of a Laphroaig, the fat texture of a Lagavulin and the big sugars of an Ardbeg. Why are you disappointed now? This is a fine dram!
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a cold metallic and peaty profile without medicinal aromas but a lot of nice honeys and fruits, the latter are induced by the red wine finish (most probably). All is balanced without any off-note and to be honest, this nose reminds me most of my beloved 25-years old Caol Ila. I like it.
The taste is a balanced combo of malt, wine, peat and wood flavours which is not layered, unfortunately. So the single impressions are hard to catch but again I do not find any medicinal notes of Laphroaig and I miss the impressive barley sugars of Ardbeg too. So again my best guess is Caol Ila, sorry all you Ardbeg lovers out there.
The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments but far from the fat texture of a Lagavulin. The finish is of medium length and adds some cardboardy moments from old woods towards the end, unfortunately. Maybe this was the reason why they added the red wine finish and this finish worked pretty well to cover this flaw. Water is not needed but it takes away most of the cardboardy finish so add a splash if you find this distracting.