Notice, I said I very much enjoy it, so my saying it is not typical is not a knock. To me, the peat has a very different quality than the other Islays, perhaps more olivy and peppery, as i stated, than smoky or medicinal. Port Ellen was the closest in profile, IMHO. My point is that one can not like Caol Ila, but that it should not stop anyone from the others; they are very different. Of course, easy to argue that they are not all very different from each other, which would than mean that there is no such thing as a typical Islay, which is easlily a defensible statement.
Of course,my experince is limited to the ones below, so I am no expert, as i have only tried 8 expressions.
Caol Ila 9yo 1996/2005 (58.1%, G & M for Binnys, Cask 1691, 1/320 bottles)
Caol Ila 7yo 1989 (43%, Signatory)
Caol Ila 10yo 1993/2003 (43% Dun Bheagan, UCF) Rum Cask, cask #90221
Caol Ila 12yo (43%, OB, 2005)
Caol Ila 13yo 1988 (40%, G & M Connoisseurs Choice)
Caol Ila 15yo (43%, OB, Flora & Fauna)
Caol Ila 18yo (43%, OB, circa 2005)
Caol Ila 1981 19yo (43%, McGibbon's Provedence)