I have been curious to try this since I heard it was coming out so I was glad to see it in my local last night so gave it a bash. Must admit though that I had partaken in several pints of Guiness before sampling so perhaps taste buds were not at there best! Any way this 1993 Caol Ila has been finished for 6 months in Dark Moscatel casks.
Here is what I thought last night!
Nose: Almost smells pink! A bit bigger than a standard Caol Ila but has a nose of raspberry jam as well.
Taste: Taste is not so big. Touch of orange and peat. Quite oily would maybe mistake it for a soft lagavulin. A little metallic actually I like it though.
Finish: Quite a short finish for an Islay
Comment: I like it but maybe the Moscatel dominates a little to much and dulls the Caol Ila character a little.
Will try again when not already three sheets to the wind and will re-evaluate. Could be interesting!