...but this is a Caol Ila, for sure. It is easy drinkable but the rather simple profile provides not many interesting aromas and flavours to explore. I am not willing to pay more than 50 Euro for a bottle of this quality, to be honest.
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a typical Caol Ila profile with significant peaty notes and the typical "smoked bacon" aroma. It is quite nice but not of any particular interest according to my olfactory cells - the wood grows rather strong upon breathing and drives this nose somewhat out of balance.
The taste forms an (un)holy trinity of sweet barley sugars with bitter peaty and spicy wooden flavours. It is not too bad, actually - but again my taste buds state "okay to drink, but no interesting flavours to explore". Water releases some waxy aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother, hence more quaffable. I like this dram best best when reduced to about 43% abv.
The initial mouthfeel is hot (peppery) and coating with a minor drying moment (cold metals, ashes). The finish is long and turns more to the bitter side (green tea, tobacco, cold ashes) what drives the dram (again) out of balance. It dries out towards the end.