Talisker, the creator of many friendly single malts, which offer a nice peppery touch of the sea with often a sweet twist. With this port cask finished expression they took the sweetness to another level.
Don’t let the colour guide you, because sadly it’s heavily coloured. So bring in the blind tasting session:
Spicy oak, full and sweet hints of grapes and cherries. It’s beautifully mineral. It vaguely resembles smelling a jar of peas.
Soft and creamy mouthfeel with red fruits and wood, but don’t forget the salty sea influence and struck matches.
Thick grapes and sulphur, they go well together. Spicy wood, pepper and minerals. The finish is sweet and pretty long. The smoky flavours are very subtle, it’s the thick sweetness that overrules.
It’s a beautiful dram. It is a non-age-statement, so probably pretty young. The youth of the spirit pairs very well with the big huge influence though.
For our participants this was one of the favourites in our last open tasting, along with the Redbreast 12 Cask Strength. That’s a big compliment for this well-affordable dram.