Talisker aged 25 years
56,9% Natural Cask Strength
Distilled ca 1981 - bottled 2006
One of only 4860 Limited edition bottles
Talisker 25 yo (56.9%, OB, 2006 release, 4860 bottles) Colour: straw. Nose: quite different from the ‘usual’ Taliskers at first nosing, as we get a few notes of small yellow plums (mirabelles) and even prunes at first nosing, just before the expected peat and minerality take control, making the whole rather sharp and kind of ‘rigid’ – yes, like a blade. Hints of fresh butter, green tea, apples (Fuji), old walnuts… And then a whole plate of oysters with kelp and lemon plus freshly ground pepper and hints of lily of the valley.Lots of elegance but kind of reserve, although it does get more expressive after a good fifteen minutes (wet straw, cow stable, coffee…) Mouth: a powerful and invading, extremely salty attack with also lots of liquorice, peat, bergamot and small bitter apples. Rich but not extravagant (quite the contrary), as maritime as it can get and with little oak in the mix… Gets quite liquoricy and toffeeish (coffee flavoured toffee), with also notes of violet sweets and quite some tarry notes. Very classy, the finish being very long but rather clean and pure, on salt, apple skin and almonds. Little pepper this time. 91 points.