Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.
Light, sweet smokiness to start with a hint of vanilla giving way to fruit and citrus with a hint of brine lingering in the background.
With Water: The brine certainly comes through stronger with a drop of water and a hint of orange zest coming out.
Creamy and sweet with a definite vanilla note before the pepper comes through followed by a nutty smokiness. Slight fruit and citrus notes hovering in the background throughout.
With Water: The pepper and nutty smokiness are toned down allowing the fruit and citrus to come through more.
Medium length with more nutty smokiness and still slightly spicy.
With Water: Not much change other than the spice being reduced.
You can certainly get the characteristic Talisker from the this expression however it has been tempered to give less smoke, pepper and brine. It would certainly make a good introduction to the Talisker range for someone new to whisky. However for me it seemed to be lacking something. Maybe I’ve just become accustomed to more “punch in the face” flavours these days. It certainly left me wanting the more hard hitting Talisker 10 year old though.
Taken from the Diago – Malts Website: