All in all : quite an amazing ride. Old Caol Ila can only be described by itself ; but for it to be that assertive, spontaneous and powerful after all that time still came as a surprise. Moreover, the fabulous finish and the fact that its profile really gets complex with water is gonna push it to a very light 92 (91,5 rounded up). Curious to see how the bottle's gonna evolve.
(Opening of bottle) Right after pouring it's a mix of the most sublime olive oil and acrylic paint. It then keeps getting fruitier with some gasoil-infused pineapple or something, smoked lychees, brine, hemp ropes, rubber boots. Its spontaneity is great at this age, really. With time, it settles on various fruit vinegars (red fruits, cider, maybe some exotic fruits) with a huge citric background, very vivid (briny lemons, limes, oranges). Top notch.
Nice crescendo, I'm quite amazed at how powerful it still is at that age. One the one hand, the malty-salty-ashy "block", quite typical. On the other : citrus big time, mostly. Orange but also blood orange very clearly, plums, camphor, but some occasional flashes of fresher things like bananas and limes. Some clear minerality as well (rather blue stone than limestome if that makes sense). Chewy texture all the way through.
Might be the most amazing part, I found it incredibly evolutive and clean, with luminous notes of bitter citrus, lime juice, but also floral things like violets and basil, and also spicier things like mustard and camphor. And then a huge evolution on beach sand and ashes, still keeping a distant citrusy touch for what seems like forever.