Rating: What makes this Talisker so perfect for me? Somehow he has something more of everything. The individual flavors and tastes are already extremely intense. And then they mesh even more harmoniously than hoped. Not to mention the mouthfeel, which is difficult to describe with its density and balance. What remains is the desire for more. And with rich 95 points the personal certainty that I will remember this delicious filling for a long time.
With its beautiful old gold tone, the drop is downright heavy in the glass: viscous, it runs slowly down the inner glass walls. Even the first smell makes a powerful impression. From intensity, harmony and the initial "wow, how delicious" overwhelmed, at first I am speechless and write-blocked. This nose is an absolute dream! So rich, dense and round Talisker I had not yet in the glass. The peat smoke is surprisingly intense for the old age, and the maritime scent of iodine, algae and sea spray puts me in a dream directly to the coast of Islay. The barley malt, the peat smoke and the maritime notes are incredibly harmonious and closely interwoven. Delicious citrus flavors form the perfect setting for this work of art. Little by little, I succeed in grasping further nuances behind this spectacle. Enigmatic exotic fruits are increasingly noticeable: pineapple, honeydew melon and ripe apricots. Black tea crumbs flash through and a delicious leather note maintains a skilful togetherness with fresh lemon zest and mild mint. Then it's back to the main line of life: maritime iodine, algae / sea level, peat smoke and barley malt. I feel like I'm sitting on cloud seven.
Soft in onset, the drop runs with lots of barley malt, peat smoke and maritime iodine oily-elegant over the tongue and leaves longing for old, bygone times as well as wanderlust to Islay. Brewed on sweet honey, the bottling unfolds its not even too complex, but simply stunningly delicious taste. The mouthfeel, the intensity of the smoke as well as the type and strength of the maritime flavors are optimal. Subliminally there is a little pepper, hints of apricot and some juice of ripe lemons. In the transition to the finish is joined by a restrained, sovereign oak. Discreet and elegant she moves with her delicious woody taste in the background. Together with subtle hints of coffee, the oak passes into the finish. Also the taste is the best Talisker, which I had in the glass so far.
The finish is long, intense, smoky and maritime. Sweet and sour carried by a mixture of barley malt, honey and old elegant oak wood, peat smoke, iodine and algae sound delicious. I wish the finish lasted forever!