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I tried this a few months back on holiday in Italy and was immediately taken by the unique aromas and thick rich complexity on the palate, and was also surprised to find this so widely available and surprised by the price point. I bought a bottle in London this week and left open for a hour before pouring.
The colour is a very inviting burnt gold with almost a mascara-line of pepper around the edges... make what you will of that..
My knowledge of Island malts is pretty good but by no means expert but I would rate this Talisker as a reference Whisky. There is an immediate uniqueness in both the aroma and on the tongue, with a sensual briney musk and herbal aroma that conjures up thoughts of by-gone almost ancient eras with the taste delivering a refined complex garlic-oil, exotic spice kick. Perfectly balanced combination of the masculine and feminine.
For me better neat but worth trying with water either way you know that you have tasted something unique and almost ancient/mysterious.
I could imagine sipping this in the wet months of autumn or the biting cold of a Scottish Winter.
Am looking forward to trying Talisker as cask strength, the 18 yo and the 57 North at 57% abv as am developing a taste for higher strength offerings.