It is said Diageo will put more effort in Caol Ila and Tasiker next year. It is certainly a good news to us. Let's look at some of the "standard" bottles.
Caol Ila 12yo (43%, OB)
Award Sample. Very peaty. Strong. Malty. Some background nut. Light and refreshing. Must be bourbon cask only. no sherry influence. very light heather. Score 88.
Caol Ila 10yo 1993/2003 (43%, Dun Bheagan Cask#3450-3452, 1,200b. Hogshead)
Sample from bird. Light Yellow. Very Nutty. mint. lightly peated. no legs, thin. a little bit caremel. Feel like the Bowmore Legend. Adding water nose gone but taste better. finished weak. Score: 77.
Caol Ila 18yo (43%, OB)
Award sample. Mint. Nutty. Peaty. Soft body. very sweat. Must be some sherry inside but not too much. sweet came from the malt. Beautiful legs. A very easy drinking one but not my style. Score: 82.
Caol Ila 12yo 1991/2004 (50%, OMC, Cask#876, 360b. 6 months sherry finish)
Award sample. Very peaty. sweet came from sherry for sure, mint. Firm body. Very nice malt. Young and robust. Finished short. Sweet in mouth. Score: 88.
Caol Ila Cask Strength (55%, OB)
Light, lots of peat. Flower. Strong, Just hit you in the heart. I like it. Score:90.