Part of Diageo's Special Releases for 2020, a single malt from the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye. Distilled in 2011 and finished in pot-distilled Jamaican rum casks before being bottled in 2020. Bottled at a natural cask strength of 57.9%. (Bottle size 750ml)
Nose: Sweet and maritime, with molasses and crystalline sugar vying with dry seaweed, salt and iodine. Then ‘pear drop’ boiled fruit sweets on a smoky base with traces of charred meat.
Palate: A soft, smooth texture and a big taste; salty and especially, lightly sweet, before the full-on Talisker pepperiness takes over. Very drying.
Finish: Long, hotly peppery and drying, finishing sweet and smoky with the typical Talisker chilli-pepper ‘catch’.