You don't really have to put your nose in the glass to detect the strong Caol Ila smoke. I find this slightly cooling on the nose and very medicinal with the typical hospital notes of plasters and gauze bandages. Over time, the smoke lets fresh citrus fruits through, then you can feel the sherry more clearly with a pleasant sweetness. After a while, the smoke goes even further and an interplay of citrus fruits and dark, berry fruits of the sherry pushes into the foreground.
Very oily on the tongue. The mouthfeel is very pleasant. The strong smoke is complemented relatively quickly by a distinct sweetness. Then ripe fruits come through, which at this point remind me more of apples and pears than citrus fruits. The barrels bring a slightly spicy influence. This one reminds me of pepper and nutmeg.
The impression remains intense, the sweet ripe fruit clearly noticeable. The pepper and nutmeg get stronger over time, overcoming the sweet fruit towards the end. The smoke stays noticeable until the end.