The second Gordon MacPhail exclusive celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Whisky Exchange is this Caol Ila 2005, bottled from a refill sherry hogshead.
Caol Ila 14 yo 2005 (54,5%, Gordon MacPhail for The Whisky Exchange 20th Anniversary 2019, refill sherry hogshead #19/051, 142 btl.)
Nose: clean but surprisingly medicinal as well. Creosote, smoked bacon and iodine. Lemon juice and cold ashes. Gets sweeter as it opens up, with vanilla cake in the background. Mouth: strong, showing plenty of medicinal peat again, ashes, but now slightly richer due to a bigger amount of sweet notes. Yellow raisins, toffee and a hint of mocha. Light pepper. Finish: long, leafy, on liquorice and faint fruity notes.
Solid whisky, as expected, with the sherry adding some sweetness. Maybe not special enough a 20th anniversary though? Exclusively available from The Whisky Exchange.