When first nosed there was fruit, a lot of it: plums, orange peel, a richer sweeter experience than expected. Adding water brought out the Talisker of old: seaweed, smoke, low level peat, with the characteristic chilli catch in the finish. Highly appealing to my taste”
Mark Lochead, Distillery Manager
APPEARANCE – Amber
NOSE – Rich and fruity Victoria plums, greengages, perhaps dried orange peel with some butterscotch or rum toffee and a thread of smoke behind. The smoke soon advances into the foreground and the toffee note is joined by a light mintiness. With water, those maritime characteristics emerge once again dry boat varnish, edible seaweed. Still sweet; now with notes of iodine and the smokiness of an un-struck match.
BODY – Full. Pleasant, smooth.
PALATE – Sweet in front, then more assertive, with a whiff of smoke. The overall effect is warming. The development is towards smoke, coal-tar and toffee.
FINISH – Medium length. The characteristic chilli ‘catch’ in the finish is subtly present in the aftertaste.
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