Tried this while visiting a whisky bar in Japan that had a decent stock of Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottles. Caol Ila, refill bourbon cask, and a recommendation from a friend meant that I couldn't say no.
Eye: Light blonde
Nose: Heavy barbecue with lots of fresh citrus. Ocean elements. Very dry intense peat. Honey with time.
Palate: Sweet peat with a heavy lemon / lime mix. Then comes the salty maritime rush.
Finish: As you exhale it's as if a barbecue was just extinguished in your mouth. Very medicinal malty finish, with a juicy citrus twist. Peat just goes on and on.
Distillery: SMWS 53 (Caol Ila)
Age: 13yr's Old
Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Hogshead
Distillation Date: 7th December 2000
Limited: 316 Bottles
I knew this whisky was going to be good just based on the nose, but the palate and finish were absolutely fantastic. Port Ellen style fantastic with a lot of juicy citrus and a heavy level of barbecue and peat. Going to have to do some hunting to try find a bottle of this! Music to fit with this dram is from The Prodigy.