Very maritime to the nose, like a load of salty spray that hits you in the face. In addition, banana and some vanilla. A little more pleasing than the 10, but more boring than the DE.
In the mouth a slight alcohol sharpness on the tip of the tongue, a bit peppery and further maritime. Slightly watery and less full than expected despite the alcohol.
The finish is almost like Christmas with gingerbread spices, mainly nutmeg, dark chocolate and a good portion of wood. Behind it a slightly "fishy" association that I usually know from Caol Ila.
Nice part but unfortunately not full enough and it still looks relatively young. In addition, I can't find the characteristic Chili Catch, which means that I wouldn't blindly identify it as a Talisker. PLV is correct and I like it a bit better than the 10er.