Nose: Minerals, limestone, damp autumn leaves, earth, moss, peat, lilac, cloves, chives, and musk. Wisps of burnt honey marry beautifully with the mineral notes. Not smoky, and only gently peaty. More natural, earthy, and mineral-rich.
Palate: Medium mouthfeel. Good interplay of sweet and sour. The peat rolls in very gradually, bringing earth and limestone with it. Caramelized onion, salt, lemon tart, and big lilac. Black pepper carries us calmly into the finish.
Finish: Caramel, peat, earth, charcoal, lilac, distant vanilla, lemon tart, seared honey, and, of course, minerals. It is medium-long and very satisfying, with a lingering metallic flavour.
Thoughts: Geologic with floral notes. Very cool. It’s the most mineraly whisky I’ve ever had. The first tasting note I wrote down was limestone. What a unique profile. With all its earthy peat, there’s actually very little smoke. Also, there’s an interesting sweet note here. It’s as though minerals and lilacs have been infused into the honey. Distinctive and delicious. In terms of bang-for-buck, this tops the Talisker range.
Oh, and it's GREAT with seafood.