Got a couple bottles of this because the guys on here really spoke well of it. Bottle has been open about a week so its aired out a bit. Enjoying it as I write.
Nose: Bonfire smoke and salt are the two biggies here. Followed by some orange zest, grape, and hay. Good nose, lots going on.
Palate: Not as diverse as the nose, but still good. Smoke and saltwater again, followed by spice, citrus, grape, figs, some sort of red fruit whose name escapes me, and lastly oak. Smokey transitions to sweet, but not too much sweetness. Great balance of flavors.
Finish: Begins a little smokey but that vanishes quickly, then long and sweet with ripe orange followed by an oaky spice. Lingers for a while. I'm taking long breaks between sips and the finish is still there when I start my next sip. Again, well balanced between smoke, sweet, and spice.
body: Drinkable, and I don't feel like I have to drink the whole bottle at once because, thank goodness, Talisker bottle this at 45.8% instead of 40%.
Overall: What impresses me most about this scotch is the value and the variety of flavors. I picked this up for 185rmb per bottle, so divide by 6.8, USD $27. I recently bought Macallan 12 sherry oak for 365rmb, and it's not even as well made as this is. So impressed at how well balanced this is and how much value is here. And again, kudos to Talisker for the 45.8%. This is a well balanced, drinkable, great value whisky right here. I'll get this again at this price all day. Absolutely. The scotch gods are truly smiling down upon Talisker for this one.