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Background: First experience with Talisker 10.
Poured into a Glencarin, took a quick sip, then let sit for 10 minutes prior to nosing/tasting.
Setting: Just came back from dinner and sitting on my couch watching the football game.
Nose: Floral bouquets at the entrance of a beach with a salty ocean air breeze blowing my way. Left over Banana Bread from the night before.
Taste: Sweet sugar, Hot, Black Pepper spice, Iodine, Peat, and Brine. I can taste the Bourbon cask influence on the whisky.
Finish: Dry and slight peat warming finish. Lingering taste of a small oak wood beach fire which was smothered by seaweed a couples hours ago.
Conclusion: Clynelish 14 meets Caol Ila 12. Very good nose, salty/sweet/peppery taste with a decent cask maturation. I do feel however it is hot, maybe the bottle I have but for what I paid it needs to be rounded out more. I'm thinking they might need better casks or I need to ante up for the 18yr! Either way an enjoyable whisky. A winter warming dram.
Final Score: 87