Nose: Meaty and malty at first, washback notes with sooty smoke. With time in the glass and just a few drops of water (don't drown it) it transforms and opens with honeyed barley, almost entering Gold Bears territory although it never quite decides to go there. Instead, the barley is joined by cumin, sweet florals and gentle smoke.
Palate: Again quite meaty at first, developing slowly with juicy oak, pecan and linseed with this edge of persimmon and starfruit. It makes you work a little this one, but it's definitely worth it.
Finish: Pow! Where did all that ash come from? Now all my citrus is buried in ash, it's in there somewhere though.
Overall: Full-bodied Caol Ila, great peated malt from Islay!