Rating: A bottling that really plays and brings the huge potential of Talisker to life. From me there are enjoyable 92 points. Combined with the desire to have these old bassy Taliskers again and again in the glass in the future.
Right here, a good deal of grain and malt flow out of the glass. The first impression is very beautiful distillate-stressed. Fresh citrus fruits join: lemon juice and grated lemon peel. Of course, peat smoke is also present. He is really really involved. It does not take long and it gets increasingly spicy in the nose. Leather flashes through, and a delicious spicy oak smell lets the anticipation of the first sip rise. The citrus fruits turn towards orange zest. Intense, varied and delicious all in all.
This bottling I drink from principle undiluted, since there are no such beautiful 25y in cask strength yes, unfortunately. The intensity with which the drop hits the tongue is a sheer force. With the first sip, there is the famous Talisker Chili Catch. Clear, intense, peppery and as I said with plenty of chili makes this filling really steam in the mouth. The salivation is stimulated and a pleasant warmth sets in. With all this, a delicious basic maritime character resonates with: peat smoke and herbs blend in harmoniously. The wonderful balance of taste wrestles in itself my full respect. To the vanilla and the delicious caramel, which ensure a delicately soft and slightly sweet embedding.
The finish is long and intense. First, chili sounds intense in the mouth. Peu a peu sets then an intense oak flavor on the whole oral mucosa. Powerful and equally elegant and solid, the old European oak wood presents itself. In addition, there are beautiful citrus notes until the end: lemons and limes. And peat smoke? Yes, it is there too, but as in the nose and taste damn well interwoven with all the other flavors and quasi as a delicious support of the oak.