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I actually bought a bottle of Caol Ila at the Airport of Varna (Bulgaria) when heading home from our hollidays. I had never heard of it, but since it's an Islay malt (and I'm quite fond of those), I thought it was a good idea to buy it.
Back home I decided to give it a try, and just as advertised on the packaging it is not quite as strong and smokey tasting as some of the well known neighboors, but it is rather 'balanced'.
I'm not a professional Whiky taster, but if I had to describeit, I would say it doesn't smell as smokey as other Islay Malts, but rather light / fresh and maybe even a bit sweet.
The taste actually is very balanced. The peat and smoke is stronger in the taste than in the aroma, and the finishing is just perfect for my taste.
As I mentioned I never heard of Caol Ila before, but by now I'm a fan :-)