Had this at one of our tastings some time ago – but didn’t take any notes as I simply wanted to enjoy the event. I got a little sample bottle of this stuff to revisit recently and it was time I did a little drinking. It has been a while. It was Thursday and that is as good a reason as any. This particular sample of Caol Ila is yellow, light and pale. The coal and traces of smoke are readily apparent in a pleasant, straightforward manner. The coal is fresh on the tongue and with a mild peat accompaniment. (One thing I love about whisky is the potential for novel flavor combination and the ability to experience a flavor such as ‘fresh coal’.) Decently viscous. Traces of something sweet sneak about the coal and I dare say a lofty fruit note or two (probably from the Moscatel cask) find their way through a mix including light pepper. A dusty hint-o-peat finish lingers. A slightly reserved Caol Ila, an easy one to enjoy, and if one takes the time, a spirit not lacking in complexity. Good to see that the second maturation didn’t overpower the whisky like some DE’s do.