N: Familiar intense Talisker nose, similar in characteristic to the 10 but beefier, less fruity but with a chocolate/cocoa syrup sweetness mixing with the floral notes. Perfumed [floral], maritime, herbal - sage again and chewed chewing gum. Musky dried burned orange and ginger. Sherry cask finish clearly evident on the nose and by the colour. Biscuit notes from the malt with oily briny peat. Overall - controlled
T: Intense, spicy, tequila arrival - sweetness comes through, then herbal sea notes, and a wood bitterness. Talisker zing throughout. Vanillas herald the finish.
F: Strong sweet bourbon notes arrives as the zing diminishes, integrally mixed with the wood spices and salty maritime notes. Becomes a little sickly. Citrus, coffee, toffee and cocoa. Wood spice chilli cocoa/chocolate finish with a hint of oily sea wood, with a little smoky charred bitter citrus wood. Oily, malty, citrus and cocoa.
C: Old Pulteney like, brutish in delivery and sophisticated in character. More refined than the standard 10 with slightly more intensity and a superb arrival. The most surprising thing is how bourbon like it is on the finish. Like the 10, theres a dense heaviness to the palate but this is slightly more restrained. Complex and refined, has the edge on the 10 but only just - they are similar.
Scores a B+