Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
Talisker 16 yo 1970/1986 (53.1%, Gordon & MacPhail for Intertrade) Colour: gold. Nose: it’s maybe a tad ‘silently monolithic’ at very first sniffing, and it certainly takes its time to unfold, but then it gets totally great albeit still a little monolithic, in the sense that it’s really a magnificent whole rather than a composition with various aromas (gibberish alert!) Let’s simply say ‘smoked almond and quince jam’. The rest is exactly as one would have expected (sea air, pepper, oils, camphor, oxtail soup and herbs.) Highest grade. With water: more leather (not of the feinty kind), more tea, more ham, more wax polish, more, more, more… Mouth (neat): amazing. Astoundingly compact and complex, an embodiment of ‘coherence’ as far as malt whisky is concerned. Please don’t call the anti-maltoporn brigade yet… With water: please call them now. Finish: no comments. Comments: the only problem is that ‘average’ malt drinkers such as us have to down at least 1,000 other malts before we ‘may’ come across such a legendary bottling. Except, of course, if a good friend tipped us the wink about it before. Enormous. SGP:656 - 96 points.