This is a 29 year Caol Ila matured in a refill sherry hogshead and bottled at 55.1% ABV.
Nose: Blackberry coulis, honey, faint smoke, subtle peat, sour oak, and some licorice.
Palate: Quite oaky with blueberry/blackberry notes, mild peat, grassy, nutty, some brown rice, and plum wine.
Finish: Oak dominant with leather and black cherry.
Rating: 89/100 – Quite good – the sherry influence isn’t overwhelming and the peat has mellowed to a good, complimentary level.
Value for the money: Looks like this might run $250-300 which is in line with most other Caol Ilas of this age, and it would be toward the top of my list if you’re looking for a 25-30 year Caol Ila around $300.