The peat is a bit more light and dry in the taste. Some oak comes forward alongside some red and dried fruits. A bit ashy in the finish where some vanilla mixes with the fruity sweetness. The classic Caol Ila vanilla peat is very noticeable in the end.
Nineteen years in a Sherry butt may sound like a Sherry bomb, but it really isn’t. It’s a classic refill, making it a sweet and very elegant old Islay malt. I could easily sip this all night long, and depending on the mood, I think it could go well with either vanilla ice cream or a cigar. I will give this 88/100 (21/22/23/22).