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Talk about "bang for the buck" whiskey's and it doesn't really get much better than this. Widely available around 30 of your euros if you shop around a little this is one of my all-time favourites and for me (and my cabinet) an instant classic.
When you have already tasted this whisky you might agree that the nose is not that all revealing if you compare it to the taste. Rather sweet on "first smell" but also a rather profound hint of peat, smoke and also the talisker characteristic coastal element.
Then the tasting... I still get very quiet with this one :-) Wow! Opening very strong on a slightly sweet note and then a massive attack of wood, ash... I feel like I'm sitting by a campfire on the beach and I'm breathing in fire! There's the salt and then again a bit more fruity... Citrus fruit? Realy words don't do much justice, you just have to try it for yourself and realy experience it... and keep experiencing it as the finish is long and lingering, making you look forward to the next round. Try to put this one down, I dare you! :-p
In terms of scoring it's a solid 90 for me. If you take into account the price range this bottling sells in I'd even up that to a solid 95. But that would be unfair to the older bottlings of this distillery.