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I tried this new(ish) release at the Whisky Live 2013 Melbourne and was quite impressed. Decided to get a bottle the day after.
Just poured: Nose: Taking a whiff freshly poured from a fresh bottle and I detect rubber, medicine cabinet, the sea, not overpowering but like the tide, it ebbs and flows. Left in the glass and the rubber recedes but we start seeing garlic notes (?) developing. Take a deeper breath and you can jus make out a bit of the malty sweetness.
Palate: Salty with just a hint of honeycomb crunch. Not very intense as you would expect from a Talisker but it is gentle. Rather closed, really with just some spearmint and the slightest citrus at the back palate. Glides down rather well and just mildly spicy.
Finish: Rather short and not very lively. A mineral like austerity. I can just make out the following notes in the fade: barley sweetness, coconuts, a hint of smoke and brine. Warming.
Adding some water to see if it helps improves the dram. Not really, the nose dulls but there is noticeable improvement on the palate: more malty sweetness to the fore a little soy-sauce, miso soup...(I am waiting for dinner to be ready, LOL).
Not what I recall from Whisky Live 2013 but it is ok. I reckon this would be a very good food-friendly dram or if you just want a casual everyday drink without feeling overwhelmed.