Picked this one up a while ago from Europe. Bargain too, coming in at less than half the price you can find it for in Australia these days. Caol Ila has always been a favourite of mine. I have enjoyed every official bottling I have tried, and a lot of independent ones as well.
Eye: Burnt blonde
Nose: Apple liquorice, apples, and apple skins. Hints of ocean but very subtle. The peat is not very prominent on the nose but it is noticeable. Candles and furniture polish.
Palate: Waxy and massive, then the ocean and peat come kicking through. Apple skins and hints of spice.
Finish: Waxy, long and malty with a touch of fruit. Salt and the lightest hints of peat. Ten minutes later my palate is all malt and apples. Not at all dry, perfectly balanced.
Distillery: Caol Ila
Age: 25yr's Old
Absolutely fantastic stuff. This is a perfect example of a well rounded old Islay whisky. Shame the prices have more than doubled here in Australia in the last two years. Do yourself a favour and buy it from Europe, even with duty tax it will still be a bargain.
To go with this whisky I have chosen the Alabama Shakes set from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2014. Well worth the hour to watch it, especially over a top notch dram like this Caol Ila.