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Bluntly, this is my default scotch. This is THE quintessiential scotch whiskey.
NOT for the inexperienced, it's complex smoothness is full-bodied and light at the same time while still providing the bite to remind you that this is a whiskey and not a mixed drink (not that you'd ever catch me having a mixed drink; Vespers excepted).
Talisker is full-bodied enough to accompany a strong cigar and light enough to follow up a light fish dinner, in any season. It is slightly dry, smokey, earthy, woody, and peaty, HOWEVER, those with a refined enough palate will detect the distinct sweetness that exemplifies this drink. Forego the snifter.
I was consequently surprised and also unsurprised to notice a bottle of Talisker on M's whiskey bar in the Bond movie "Die Another Day." Further research revealed Talisker also provided the whiskey for "The World is Not Enough."
If I was stuck on and island I could have only one, this would be the one.
Bartender, I'll have two fingers, rocks glass, one ice cube, and no backtalk. Please.