I should have gotten a better smoked salmon (it's a supermarket brand, a bit too salty), but the Caol Ila improves it, taming the salt, and the CI itself is going down very well after a bite of the salmon. With the smoked cheddar, not so much.
The Bruichladdich on the other hand pairs extremely well with the smoked cheddar, developing a creamy sweetness to go along with the wood smoke. Sipping it after the salmon, it's a little too woody and spirity.
I might have to get some more of the applewood smoked cheddar to go with the 3D3, this is really good. I'll go with higher quality smoked salmon next time, I think CI is a natural with this.
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