...which is an average-only dram (by Talisker standards). It is okay to drink but leaves no lasting impression. I had much better ones in the past...
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a profile that reminds me more of a Port Ellen than a Talisker, not bad! But after some breathing the typical Talisker aromas are all back and now it is an unmistakingly Talisker-ish nose with lots of herbs and spices and some fine maritime and peaty notes. This is fine but I liked the first Port Ellen impression better...
The taste is rather shy for a Talisker and not layered at all. It is composed out of barley sugars and herbal-spicy flavours with waxes and peaty notes. Water releases more chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and fruits and honeys on the palate, finally. I like this dram best when reduced to about 40% abv.
The dram arrives warming but without any coating effect in the mouth. The finish is long and adds no new impressions but a minor drying-astringent feeling (tannins).