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I do a lot of research before buying a bottle, especially one that costs $80 like Talisker 10. I expected the peat/salt notes that are typical of the Island style and mentioned in so many reviews here and elsewhere. Instead I got an extremely plain ho-hum whiskey. Even the bottle of Bushmills Black I had going at the same time was superior.
Nose/palate where almost identical: soft malt followed by custard and some red fruits. Seems like it might have spent some time in a sherry cask. Too bad it ends there.
Laddie 10 is a better whisky for the style at $16 less. I don't think I'll be buying any Diageo malts again. I've been disappointed by them all except Lagavulin, but it's too expensive for me to purchase again. It's too bad, I really wanted to like Talisker.