A few weeks ago my whisky buddy Rainer sent me a message about this bottle. And whether he would be allowed to come by to have it tasted and whether I would like to make a Rambling about it? Yes & yes. And so here we are. Firmly sherried nose on leather, horse coat, beef jerky, blood oranges, chewing tobacco, balsamic. Very intense, but nothing but sherry... The typical DNA of Caol Ila is fully wrapped up and clearly plays second fiddle here. But it is nevertheless a very tasty nose. Nice and oily and intense, call it piquant. Immediately very sweet on dark fruit and even somewhat umami on chewing tobacco and sweet and sour on lime. Even the peat is wrapped in a sweet jacket. The wet rocks and kelp that I often find in Caol Ila... takes some work to find it here. But again: this is very powerful and very tasty. The finish is very long and at the very end the DNA of the house gets the chance to show itself. Funnily enough, this seems to me more like a sherry that matured in a Caol Ila cask instead of the other way around, but when it's that tasty, you won't hear me complain. Thank you, Rainer!