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A year ago I visited a whisky seller who told me Talisker ran out of casks of the 18y; I would be quite lucky if I'd find one. Surprise, he had one more in his shop! He may be right about the casks, I'm not sure, but too bad for him and for me I couldn't afford it. A few months later, I found another bottle somewhere else. This time, I did have enough money. Am I glad.
Nose: Subtle peatiness on the nose with smoke seeping through. Sweet fruits, a little iodine and a bit spicey.
On the palate: It feels smooth, even a bit creamy/oily in the mouth. Spicey, peaty and burned fruits. All very well balanced. Warm, smokey and peppery finish, but surprisingly refreshing. Perhaps light-footed is a better word. The combination seems to change with every sip. Pleasant medium length aftertaste, but not a strongly present one.
A very, very nice whisky. The flavours seem to change in the glass, which makes it such an interesting malt. It's balanced, warming and smooth. I hope Talisker has plenty casks left!