This is the Feis Ile expression released by Caol Ila in 2009. It was matured in a sherry cask and is around 13 years old. It’s bottled at 58% ABV.
Nose: Brine and dry smoke lead off with burnt rubber, leather arm chari, toffee, and subtle sherry tucked beneath folds of peat.
Palate: Very smoke heavy with only a bit of the sherry coming through for me. Dried fish, red grapes, and bitter cocoa.
Finish: Mossy oak and dry smoke with burnt steak.
Rating: 91/100 – Very enjoyable, but I wish the sherry stood out just a bit more.
Value for the money: These have been going around €190 or so at auction which is a bit high in my book. If this were available in stores, I’d pay up to about $150.