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This is an example of how even an entry-level expression can be so great if the distillery is that awesome. And Talisker is such a distillery!
The nose is typically Islay with a beautiful blend of salty ocean spray, seaweed, iodine and the hints of smoked dry fish. A whiff of sausages on a hot barbecue come through all the initial aromas. Mingled with all the smokiness is the delicate balance of sweet honey.
The palate delivers what the nose promises but this time whipped into the mix are oily charred nuts and sprinkles of leathery tobacco. Spices make their way to the back of the throat but are nicely balances with all the other flavor profiles.
This is truly an excellent excellent single malt from one of my favorite distilleries.