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I had a good idea of what to expect here- an Islay-esque explosion of peat, smoke, salty surf, spice, and a beautiful, long finish. Turns out I was pretty spot-on! It really reminded me of the raw sea surf found in the Bunnahabain 12, mixed with a bit of Ardbeg 10 earthiness and the stinging pungent smoke taste of the Highland Park 12. It was delicious! It almost had a sort of "mischievous" taste to it, as if it was saying, "ohhh, you like me? Nobody else up here in Skye- why don't you come visit?" Good scotch for pirates or other maritime adventurers. The taste didn't stand out to me as much as Laphroaig or Bunnahabhain, but I look forward to trying other Talisker bottles.