...and this time I am completely with Jim. This cask was almost completely exhausted when they filled the Talisker in 1970, most probably. So it did not support the maturation of the spirit hence this stayed rather young and simple, not capable of developing the more complex flavours over time. I guess, that is why they did an additional sherry finishing (to add at least some flavours). I am not sure how Serge managed to identify all the different impressions and I am somehow jealous on this capability - but I own an ordinary set of tasting genes only.
I do not like this dram and as a drinker I would not spend any money for a bottle of such quality, to be honest (I bought a bottle for 116 Euro in May, 2002). May the super-tasters have fun with it!
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a rather strange profile, indeed. It smells quite young with shy hints of sherry and some OBFs but to be honest, there is not much in there (for my olfactory cells, maybe a super-nose can identify more aromas but who owns a super-nose except the "experts"?). There are buttery feinty (off-) notes, caramel-vanilla and wooden impressions. Sorry, but to me this is very disappointing for a 31-years old dram from 1970, let alone a Talisker. Where is the peat? The maritime impressions? The fruits? Sorry, I am with Jim on this dimension.
The taste is not really impressive either with just sweet vanilla-toffee, bitter wooden and some shy citric fruits flavours. Again, my taste buds are not senstive enough to check out more impressions even after a long chewing session (by the way, this is the first alcoholic drink I have tonight so no corruption of my taste buds, for sure). Sorry Serge, this is unimpressiv and uninspiring to me - in a blind setting I would have guessed a much younger dram. It is not unpleasant to drink but it is not delicious either.
The initial mouthfeel is warming but just a little coating without distracting moments. The finish is rather short and adds more sweet vanilla-toffee notes and a minor astringent feeling (plastics, cardboards) which grows stronger towards the end (this unpleasant impression is the only one that stays longer). Water releases chalky aromas in the nose (but not more) and flattens the taste even further.