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A classic malt from a big time distillery. The Talisker 10 bottled very specifically at 45.8% is i think somewhat of a legendary dram (maybe im a bit Diageo-ed). This is a well peated young whisky which is available almost everywhere
Nose: pepper, chili, some phenols more subtle earthy peat, some toffee, noses pretty young, quite beefy spirit. With water more prominent and more abrasive peat, more of the seaside, little bit briny, rock salt, windswept coasts, the toffee has lifted as well, overall more pungent and abrasive.
Pallet: rich sweet arrival, then pepper and chili, peat is a little more prominent on the pallet than the nose, quite briny as well, pepper really develops. With water spicier arrival, chili is back, sweetness still dominates initially, then peat, pepper, mocha and aggressive citrus.
Finish: mocha, some smoke, briny note kind of hangs around, mellows out and goes a tiny bit sweet, then the earthiness returns. With water doesn’t take much water, toffee comes back, then some mild smoke and dark chocolate builds up, good length.
Mark neat – 8.4, with water – 8.6
This is a very warming dram thats for sure, would be great on a cool wet night. It must be said though i was expecting more, i have one Michael Jackson's malt whisky companions where Talisker is described as "volcanic" and this malt in particular, "huge". I just dont get that. Its still a very good whisky but its not what i thought it would be.