Talisker Secret Stills 1.2
Added on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 06:01 PM
  Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  Age: 21 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1986 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 45.00 % Region: Highlands
  Price: $125 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Member Ratings and Notes
Fails to distinguish itself as even a Talisker. A classic ho hum if there ever was one. "Unoffensive" is my only compliment 
N: Rubbery and smokey, glue and caramel
P: Velvety caramel and not much else
F: Vanishes quickly
For some reason I think this was an experiment with caramel color and they over did it.   The mouth feel is just really odd. 
Nose is winey, with something like crisp apples.  Palate is mildly sweet, with honey and spice.  This is hot, and when I discovered it wasn't cask strength I was surprised.  Water tames the fire but doesn't seem to improve anything.  The finish is medium-long and continues the previous, turning mostly to dry spice.  Good and fine to drink, but mostly kind of plain-with-spice and hot. 
The nose is cornbeef hash, dried fruit, and light peat.  Definitely Talisker. The palette adds salt to the mix.  The finish adds more peat and salt.  Very long.  Very nice.  This made me very happy.   
A pepper-mill and nothing great - nothing bad....just okay. 
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