Powerful, fresh-clean and growing in complexity like a gathering storm to reveal a sweet maltiness with ripe red berry fruit. Eventually well integrated mellow smoke drifts across the scene as a wild sea turns up briny, fresh clean notes, and an oily explosion of pepper.
At first mellow and rich in the mouth then quickly very spicy and increasingly stormy as the Talisker heat comes through. Its as if the pure, tongue-coating sweetness joins hands with a deep nutty smokiness to embrace those spicier notes. The flavour is elegantly drawn out with a good balance between sweetness, smoke and salt, which is all the more evident when a little water is added.
Drier and of medium-length, with a lasting, smooth aftertaste, in which light peaty burnt embers can be found.