A somewhat educated guess was what I did yesterday with this Talisker. The recently released OMC bottling with the name of the distillery on it was something that came to mind. Not that I have tasted that one, but I had to think of it. Of course, I was wrong and only scored 19 points on the ABV (0.1% off).
Slightly salty and a little peaty at first, with a hint of sweetness. The apricot sweetness is accompanied by some green banana skin and charcoal.
Quite sharp and dry, with pepper, sweet fruit and burned wood. A lot of flavours and even some stewed tomato!
The finish has a lot more wood than I expected, and quite some spiciness too. The sweetness is balanced by a tinge of smoke again.
Or so I thought. I really had a feeling we were going for something slightly smoky here, although I started to doubt myself halfway through the dram. I did really enjoy this one because of the complexity and the sheer amount of things happening in your mouth. Good stuff!
Fettercairn Distillery Only, 14, 1997-2011, 58.2%, Cask # 7753
Never guessed that. Its nowhere near the flavours of the regular Fettercairn and most of this distillery’s whiskies I tried before the revamp were not that good either. This, however, is top notch stuff!