Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
Talisker 34 yo 1956 (54.4%, Gordon & MacPhail, Cask series, +/-1990) How many glories have been bottled under this immaculate ‘white’ label? Colour: full amber. Nose: aaah, these old peaters from sherry casks! An amazing combination of fruit ganache, old strawberry liqueur (say one that’s not too fruity), soot, fresh herbs (chives, mint, dill), soot and then these whiffs of vin jaune (flor, fresh walnuts) that are absolutely marvellous. Very old palo cortado. No powerhouse, rather an elegant old sherry monster. Yes, not quite a monster. With water: in-cre-di-ble now. All the herbs and spices of the creation, from thyme to mint and from star anise to cumin. Mouth (neat): oh whaaaah! An extreme concentrate of peat, bitter oranges and spices (pepper as expected but also cinnamon, heavy liquorice, caraway seeds, aniseed – cask strength pastis). A drier Chartreuse. Really an extreme whisky! With water: quite superb despite the slightly invading dry oakiness. Big peat, citrons, walnuts, bitter apples, ale… Finish: long, with an obvious tannicity, a lingering peatiness and a rather drying aftertaste. Cigar ashes. Comments: I’ve already noticed several times that Talisker was keeping its peatiness better than the Islayers when becoming older, and this baby was a good example. What a beast! Only the slightly drying finish was a tad below par. SGP:377 - 92 points.