This was Compass Box’s first vatted malt which is comprised of 15 year Clynelish (part of which was matured in re-charred hogsheads) and 12 year Caol Ila. It was retired in 2005 after they ran out of stock of the Clynelish. It’s bottled at 46% ABV.
Nose: Peaty with a good amount of tar, seaweed, a bit if isopropyl alcohol going on with some vegetal notes. The Caol Ila clearly dominates the nose.
Palate: Caol Ila continues its domination here with strong peat, dry smoke, decaying leaves, smoked fish, and some farmy notes.
Finish: Dry smoke and vegetal notes as the oak fades.
Rating: 80/100 – I wish the Clynelish stood out more here as this mostly just tasted like a young Caol Ila for me.
Value for the money: I found this in a shop for around $45 which is a decent price. I wouldn’t chase this discontinued expression on the secondary though unless you find it at retail price.