Appearance: Chestnut brown.
Nose: This is beautiful stuff. Extremely sharp and well focused; no lingering, rambling smoke here. There is also a quite wonderful sultana sweetness. One of the most tantalising sherry noses you can find – certainly the cleanest. Remarkable – the stuff of legend.
Body: Full bodied, clean yet rich.
Taste: In brief… Brilliant, clean marriage of peat and rich sweetness. In a sentence… There’s near perfection in the bitter-sweet harmony which is such an enthralling feature of this truly classic whisky, as its crisp peat softens, not to pepper, but to rich, sweet, juicy fruit.
Palate: A magnificent start – the peat, crisp at first, softens to enormous richness in the mouth, then wafts around the palate with sweet, roasty malt and a heathery dryness. The sherry keeps back Talisker’s usual pepper, replacing it with luscious, slightly oily sweetness – ripe, juicy fruit and vanilla.
Finish: Deep cocoa notes, magnificent vanilla and lingering, earthy peat. Enormously chewable and from beginning to last exemplary in balance between sweet and dry, with sweetness always having the slight edge.