Tasted with the following Cadenheads Caol Ilas: 15yo 2000 Auth. Coll. 53% (85 pts.), 31yo 1984 Small Batch 52,1% (90), 34yo 1982 Small Batch 60,1% (93), and 36yo 1980 Auth. Coll. 52,3% (91).
Somewhat sweet oak, with a noticeable bourbon note on the first nosing. Herbal, some fruitiness, lemon cheesecake. With water: Tar, cottage cheese, fresh mimosa leaves, and wax. Then varnish or faint poster glue. None of that fishy smokiness you can find in aged Caol Ila from 1984 or earlier.
Medium body, not very powerful. Dry oak and a good share of aged peat. Some litchis. Water makes the peat more raking but otherwise it doesn't change much. Some surprising strawberry jam notes at the very end.
Fades away too fast apart from the peat. Ashy but thankfully not too dry.