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The nose invigorates: a very pure nose, heady, with peat that cuts through and yet is not overpowering. None of the tar-like character of Ardbeg. And I should say this older Talisker is more heady and complex than the 10 for sure! The oak comes through in just the right attenuation as you lightly inhale and shift the angle of your glass.
The taste is power and strong: all of the bravado of Lagavulin without the wallop. A very rich and full mouth feel that does not coat with too much oil, and yet satisfies immensely. One's tongue is bathed in spices and just the right amount of tingle. With water, the tingle goes down and more woody, fragrant spices come through. I like it hot with white pepper, dried ginger, cafe du monde coffee (black), smoking mesquite chips.
The finish envelopes the head and neck with delight: white pepper, smoked chipotle pepper with a light burn, allspice and the scent of a new horsehide jacket from Aero. Not an eternal finish, like the Campbeltown Loch 21 that lasts and lasts, but a very fine and satisfying finish, especially without water. With water it is also delicious but the finish doesn't linger so long on the tongue.