Nose: First impressions are led by a sweet seaside vibe: seaweed, iodine, crystallised citrus fruit and charred meat. After a while, molasses and stewed tropical fruits come through, along with a wisp of smoke.
Palate: Silky smooth and mouth-filling, with prickles of that characteristic Talisker pepperiness. The fruit becomes more caramelised, and the smoke becomes more bonfire-like, but the nose and palate are beautifully aligned.
Finish: Long and warming, with the pepper turning more chilli-like, wrapped up in gentle smoke.
Overall: An unusual Talisker with the rum cask influence, and absolutely one to add to the must-try list.
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A fantastic Talisker here, released as part of Diageo’s 2020 Special Releases! This 8 year old expression was aged in ex-pot still Caribbean rum casks – a first for the distillery! The result is brilliantly balanced, with smoke, fruit, peppery spice and even a touch of meatiness to it. Definitely worth checking out!
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