Nose: Ground white pepper, Tabasco and maritime notes. Quite creamy. Lightly peated. Fresh basil leaves? Light oak. Hint of raisins and chocolate-coated peanuts. Soft sherry tones. Fairly sweet. Something slightly medicinal. Very, very light notes of lemon meringue.
Palate: Thin and weak. Very mild sherry and peat. Peppery again, alongside some salt. Watery lemon juice. Slightly briny.
Finish: Quite long and peppery, with notes of smoke, mild Tabasco and salt. A little lemon juice and perhaps a faint touch of peat towards the end.
You could look at this as a gentle introduction to Talisker; not as powerful as the 10, not as complex as the 18. Quite thin and watery throughout. If it's raw power you're after, go with the 10; for complexity, the 18. It does share a few family traits, but it's a long-distant relative rather than a sibling.
That said, for me it's also nothing particularly special, falling short of the 18 and, perhaps more tellingly, the 10. It's almost as if it's been dumbed down and seems a little weary in comparison to the OBs mentioned.
I got a bottle, but didnÂ´t open it yet.
Luckily, a kind forum member (like Tross) mentioned that it was at best a collectors item for Talisker freaks, and at worst an average malt (albeit for â‚¬50).
Not great, not bad, IÂ´ll see how it will develope with time ....
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