This is a 30 year expression from Caol Ila that was distilled in 1983 and released as part of Diageo’s 2014 special releases. It’s bottled at 55.1% ABV.
Nose: Perfect blend of dry, old oak and peat that has mellowed nicely with age. Vanilla bean paste, seaweed, cocoa powder, and a fair amount of brine round out this well balanced nose.
Palate: Strong peat up front with a quick kick of red pepper flakes and oak – prominent seaweed notes with acrid smoke and new leather.
Finish: Dry peat and peppery oak linger on for a very long time.
Rating: 90/100 – A very good old Caol Ila with everything balanced well.
Value for the money: These can be bought on TWE currently for $471 which I would pass on. I’ve been debating getting a bottle of this, but I don’t find it that much better than other 25-30 IB Caol Ilas that can be found for close to half the price of this OB. I’d be happy to pay up to $250 for a bottle if it were available near me.