Has kind of a muddy bitterness with a twist of pepper and orange peel. Reminds of of chinese food that need more MSG because there is no sweetness at all. The finish is sour in that Islay way. It's okay, but a great distillery lika Caol Ila should have done better.
I don't really have much to say about this one, which is kind of my typical Caol Ila experience -- that experience being one of campfire-type smoke and not a lot of dimension, rarely amazing, yet always tasty. So, yeah, that's what we've got here. This one is quite sweet, particularly for 25 years old. Mint enters in the long finish. There's heat, but for the ABV it's actually well restrained. This is a solid "B" whisky -- nothing to celebrate, nothing to curse, and a decent amount to enjoy.
A quality smokey whisky but seems rather one dimensional for a 25 year old. While I'm sure this is great stuff for adding smoke to a premium blend, on it's own it just doesn't stand up to other Islay's.