Nose drying. Seaweed and old oranges, with smoke in the distance and some chalk.
Surprisingly fruity and juicy, although with clear Talisker identity. With water almost soapy, a waxy sweetness. Smoke still present, but now more fragrant. Sweet and meek to start, with some acidity and saltiness. Extraordinary flavour development. Becomes dry, stony, minerally, dusty, toasty. Ground white pepper. Chillies. Medium to long, slightly bitter, drying finish. Vegetal.
Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky lodged far from any neighbour in the small coastal community of Carbost at the head of Loch Harport, is one of the finest yet most remote distilleries of all. It was in 1825 that came here from the smaller island of Eigg, first to bring sheep to Skye, then to bring Skye's wild spirit to the world.
Leasing Macleod land at Carbost, the MacAskills built Talisker Distillery in 1830 against the fiery protestations of the abstainer and former parish Minister, the Rev. Roderick Macleod, who declared this "one of the greatest curses that... could befall it or any other place". However, it wasn't long before their elixir was commented on more favourably, by no less a writer than Robert Louis Stevenson.