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So far, the few Distillers editions from Diadeo that I tried weren't bad at all. I already like Talisker a lot so I figured this just couldn't go wrong. Got this in a 20cl bottle for €15,-
Nose: a very full nose. Its like walking into a medieval hospital. Dark old wood, cellar musk, leatherpolish, Iodine, bandaid, Incence, tobacco smoke, smouldering coals, burnt sugars. With water some dark fruit like blackcurrant and brambles and creamy marzipan with dark chocolate. Quite a luscious nose.
Palate: clean and quick arrival with immediately the medicinal iodine, big wet peatsmoke, dates, roasted nuts, big black pepper, cloves and winterspiced cake. Very clear, distinguishable flavors, not muddy at all.
Finish: long with some sweet dark fruit, bitter chocolate, dry oak and some salmiak/liquorice.
In a blind test I could have mistaken it for a Lagavulin 16 or even a Laphroaig px. Its really medicinal and heavy on the dark wood/dry sherry/tobacco notes. The Amoroso casks must have been very active. I've never tasted the iodine so up front in a whisky not from Islay. There is no spring or summer in here, this is a winter companion and if you like westcoast Scotch with the sherry/peat combination this is a safe buy.