Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
Caol Ila 1995/2014 (52.8%, Maltbarn, bourbon, 226 bottles) Colour: straw. Nose: it’s perhaps the freshest today, we even find notes of a meadow after the rain, certainly quite some fresh butter, and a rather delicate smoke that combines well with some green tea (wulong – Taiwanese – oh forget) and just an ‘idea’ of cigars. With water: bark and roots, walnut skins… it’s becoming grassy, in the noblest sense of the word. Mouth (neat): it’s the subtleness that’s impressive, many others are great but a little monodimensional. Not this one, and I especially like these touches of paraffin. Crunching a candle. Then green lemon and sharp herbs. Bites you a bit – ah, a fight, finally! With water: becomes wild! Grassy, bitterish, chlorophilly, green, tense… It fights back! Finish: long, grassy, sharp, not easy. The loveliest green teas. Comments: super-grassy CI, great variations… SGP:377 - 88 points.