Thanks to WB user GIORGOS for the sample!
A great whisky moment: nosing the current 10yo, then turning to this one to find a very similar profile, but with all the aromas deeper and more vivid. Pool water, oak softened by age, sea salt, tar and white pepper. Taffy or caramel. With water it becomes just about perfect, and gives out some hints of bourbon.
Neat it's too sharp for me, but despite the alcohol cutting into my tongue, the body already feels perfect: Full - luxuriously so - and rich with a strong peaty backbone on which everything else rests. Perfect oak, pepperiness, turfy peat, and salmiak with a side of seawater. The peat is immense. It's a little harsh but it works very well, and is actually very impressive in its imposing, relentless attack. I get some flashbacks to various batches of Laphroaig 25, but I much prefer this Talisker to any of those.
A long, sinking peat wave followed by tannins and wet plaster. Lasts a good while. Best not be in a hurry when trying this one.