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Nose: Peat, smoke, ocean air, lemon peel
Palate: Phenolic, reminiscent of Islay (naturally) but uniquely Talisker. Spicy pepper, salted pretzels. With a little water the salted pretzels mellow and become more like salted butter.
Finish: Delightful. Flavors relax and allow something new to arrive. Basil perhaps? The more I taste the more I feel that it is basil, however, this will take some future exploration.
I always know that I have made a wise purchase when the whisky leaves me feeling that I haven't sufficiently explored it in one sitting. Upon tasting some whiskies, you might feel that everything it has to offer is sitting in the glass. This is not one of those whiskies. Talisker 10 y.o. leaves me thinking that it has much left to offer in the whole bottle!