This was an interesting experience, since you don't get sherried Caol Ila from their official bottling, if I am not mistaken. However, I believe there is a good reason why they don't have such things in their official line of products. And that reason is simple: it just doesn't work!. Here's why...
NOSE: sweet, brown sugar, and very big and very smoky aromas (think bacon, smoked paprika, smoked processed foods such as potato chips), some peat (not a lot), leather, preserved cherries.
TASTE: slightly metallic, very tannin-rich sweetness with that big explosion of bacon kicking right in. Bacon jam?
FINISH: short with the same combination of flavors.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: unfortunately, this marriage hasn't been successful, in my opinion. The balance is totally out of whack. All of the flavors are disjointed.