Talisker 1996 Distillers Edition
If I may share my thoughts on this fine malt.
Distilled in 1996, bottled in 2008. 45.8% alc/vol like the other standard bottlings. Finished in Amaroso sherry casks.
A peaty, somewhat tarry aroma is immediately evident. Hints at big sweetness but smokiness prevails. Light floral aromas in the background.
Luscious on the palate, tingling with spice before a massive perfumed sweetness envelops the tongue. A late surge of peat smoke follows, then becomes sweet again. The finish is mellow with lingering peat and a hint of...ginger?
A beautiful expression of the Talisker character. Not as heavy or luxurious as the 18 year old but definitely richer than the 10. I wish I could compare them side by side. I highly recommend this whisky to just about anyone. It would make a good introduction to the smoky island style.