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Tasted January 2013.
Ah, Talisker, the single malt that started it all for me a few years ago, and it still holds a special place in my heart for that reason.
Nose - peat smoke and saltiness, smoked kippers, lemon juice, leather and wood shavings, some oak and vanilla notes.
Palate - Pleasing initial sweetness, followed by a rolling flow of peat smoke over the tongue, salt spray and seaweed, some sharp citrus notes and warming peppery kick.
Finish - Maintains the pepper and smoke with a long, warming finish, with some bitter oak notes remaining.
Still a favourite of mine, even if there are other whiskies that objectively I prefer. The rolling smoke and salt-and-pepper flavours are what make it distinctive for me.