|Robert Karlsson||Quite strong, dry, a little restrained. On fresh malt and pure slight vanilla, tiny hints of white smoke. With time it gets darker in style, leathery kind. Tastewise considerably more exciting, with whiffs of smoke initially, then nice round vanilla and then the aftertaste gets smoky again. Quite enjoyable indeed. |
|Rich Howard||uh oh... sweet and smoky, right in my wheelhouse. let's go deeper and see what we've got here. i'm getting simultaneous notes of wood smoke, sweet vanilla and fresh berries, then almonds, and just a hint of citrus. after a few minutes, more berries, chocolate, and then some glove leather and tobacco join in. the palate is sweet and smoky, with chocolate, tobacco and berries, black pepper, and a little sea salt dancing on the tongue. very nice! water enhances the wood, tobacco and vegetal notes on the nose, but sweetens the palate with cream sherry and vanilla. stronger but perhaps just a tad better without water, although water is definitely worth the journey as well. [tasted blind for the 2010 Awards] |
|Keith Wood||Glass: Bugatti Kelch
- Colour: Light, fresh 9 carat gold
- Nose: I'm immediately transported to an Isle of Skye jetty in Spring
- Palate: Immediate cream, quickly opening to smoke, peat, apple and pear, then on to liquorice.
- With 4 drops of water: Yet more intense smoke and peat and even more 'jetty', Oh to be there with the Atlantic right now! The palate is much smoother and a little drier.
- Finish: Never ending, dry, smoke, peat and liquorice.
- Overall Impression: Fantastic. A great Talisker! (But at what price?) |