Yes, this dram clearly shows the same characteristics as the flabbergasting 30+years releases from that period but with more power and (a little) less complexity. Caol Ila at its best!
[August, 2018] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm the review above. Today I am tempted to score it even one point higher but this may be because of the beautiful summer evening setting tonight (so I leave it where it is)...
The colour is yellow gold and the texture shows many small tears that stick to the top of the glass and slowly consolidate with very slow moving legs (what a great oiliness!). The nose - oh yes, it shows this delicious mix of peaty, maritime (like a fishermen's pier), fruity (oranges) and spicy aromas in a well-balanced mix. It is much bolder than the 30+years old releases (but their complexity is somewhat higher). Great stuff to sniff and dream of Islay...
The taste is very sweet (mainly on fruits), peaty-smokey and chewable for minutes. Certainly a big taste with lots of "oompf" and an interesting complexity, too. It is nicely layered (but again, the 30+years releases show a deeper complexity here but less "oompf"). Water opens up both the nose and palate that show additional aromas after adding some drops. It is easier to sip and (even more) quaffable this way but first this dram should be explored neat and untamed. Actually, it is a pretty good swimmer and I recommend to play around with water (if you have more than just a small sample at your hands).
The dram arrives creamy and instantly coating in the mouth with no distracting moments. A salty feeling pops up that is really nice as is the slight tobacco ashy dryness at the end. The finish is very long and maritime peaty driven with some additional nutty and fruity flavours (quinces?). No flaw that I can find, simply a perfect dram.