This is a 14 year Caol Ila that was part of the 2012 Daigeo special releases. It as matured in an ex-sherry cask and bottled at 59.3% ABV.
Nose: Salt water, hazelnuts, mild oak, baking spices, and very faint cocoa.
Palate: Fairly hot, but oddly hollow with a splash of dry oak, mushrooms, and a slightly sugar malt.
Finish: Fades very quickly leaving only a hint of oak behind.
Rating: 73/100 – I must say I was pretty disappointed with this one. For one, I would’ve never guessed this had ever touched a sherry cask as I detected no influence whatsoever. I only learned it was sherry matured after reading up on it after my review. Maybe there’s a reason Caol Ila uses peated malt normally if this is what their non-peated stock is like. Reminds me of a really watered down/bland Talisker type profile.
Value for the money: This retailed for around $115 I believe, and I would definitely pass at that price. I wouldn’t put this above $50.