Nose: Sweet fruit and heavy smoke - pineapple, green apple, and hints of tar and bung cloth. Brioche, butter and medicinal hints - swimming pools and fabric elastoplast. Wet blankets, spiced fruit cake and sugared raisins.
Palate: Thick on the palate and sweet to start, with heavy minerality and coal smoke following behind. Hints of rockpool brine, sweet lemon sherbert and green fern vegetality. Water knocks out some heat, revealing more minerality and some darker earthy notes.
Finish: Floral touches, candied lemon peel, coal dust and lingering sweet woody spice.
Comment: Restrained sherry notes and lots of freshness makes this quite a different beast to most Caol Ilas, sherried or not. The fruit and seaside notes are there, all backed up with sherry cask richness and spice.