N: Smokey sherry nose with plenty match stick sulfur. P: Resinous peat and sherry, actually reminds me of Lagavulin 21 to a certain extent but with an extra layer of sulfur spice (as odd as that sounds, it's a good thing). Very huge syrupy stuff. F: Long smoke, long smoke, long smoke. The 62% UK version was very similar and (on several re-tastes) definitely had a sulfur component to it, but I think it may be a bit stronger and slightly over the top in this one. Or maybe I was just expecting it this time so it seems more prominent. So I'll go A- for now until I can do a side-by-side.
N: Candied/ stewed fruits, heather, tobacco, leather, apples and graphite
P: Peppers, peat, stewed fruits and some wood
F: Sweet licorice finish
A bit different than the UK release. It has much of the core stuff from the UK version (stewed fruits, leather, tobacco and smoke) but it was packaged differently. This was distinctly more spicy and not as sweet and I got a little more wood from this. You can't go wrong with any of the 1981 20's.
Love this one. Would like to do a side by side, but off memory, I slightly prefer the UK release. The nose on this is big and nice, peaty, maritime qualities. The palate obviously has more of that sweet peat combo, with some oak. Can't read all of my notes, but I did write it is "just fucking delicious, so drinkable". Classic Talisker. A-/A [7/25/14]