N: A fruity & yeasty malt with nicely integrated yet clearly defined smoke - blended malted barley personified.
T: It does tighten up initially, taking a while to loosen up. Now i know the main emphasis, the heart of this blend if you like is it’s Speyside malts yet it’s the Island malt[s] that has/have captured my attention today. This is so very Talisker-esque in it's smokiness and sweet-savoury maltiness, and far better than my current Talisker 18 that’s for sure [I’m really struggling with a 2016 batch].
F: Longest finish of the night and the first with a noteworthy mouthfeel. More peated-smoked barley with more Talisker character-style heather and dry vanilla all the way to the end.
C: New & re-launched whisky tends to be of higher quality whilst the customer base is being established, and this is really good gear. I may even join that customer base and buy a bottle. It would really benefit from an abv hike though. It rather died in the glass after an hour - but then i guess it's not necessarily intended for long periods of sipping, though there’s plenty to glean given all those components and all them years. A super blend for drinking and sipping and for getting trashed on. Best of the night for me, equal to the Dewar’s. Blog.
Scores a C+