The nose has malt and lots of coastal, oceany type notes with no discernible peat. The palate starts with sweet corn syrup which yields quickly to peat (yes, peat) with some light fruit in the background. The finish tastes of peat on the seaside.
Surprisingly peaty tasting for the "unpeated" Caol Ila, and certainly stronger in peat than other unpeated Caol Ilas I've tried.
Strangest thing, but this really is like Ritz Crackers in a bottle to me. They're in the oily nose, with cooked eggs, and a little bit of peat (from the water I guess). Ritz crackers again the palate, buttery, salty, crackery-wheat-corn stuff, and all very fruity. Some coffee joins in the finish. Great stuff.
A few years ago when I tried my first unpeated Caol Ila, I liked it so much I said, "If this is what Caol Ila is like when it's unpeated, then I demand they start a whole new unpeated line."
Dear Diageo: Thank you for listening, please continue. B/B+