This is a 27 year Talisker released as part of the Diageo Special Releases in 2013. It was matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 56.1% ABV.
Nose: Bold, briny malt with loads of clementines and tangerines. A healthy dose of smoke taking on a slightly acrid/burnt rubber note along with some crushed, chalky candies (Smarties come to mind – and not the weird Canadian Smarties).
Palate: Very salty up front with vinegar-heavy bbq sauce (Carolina style), mossy, damp oak along with bold pepper and allspice, wildflower honey, and Smarties notes again.
Finish: Burning leaves and spiced oak linger with heavy farm notes and sunflower seeds.
Rating: 95/100 – Very complex, expertly balanced, and an all around enjoyable dram.
Value for the money: These retailed for around $600 I believe, and for it’s quality I think that’s not too outrageous of a price in the premium malt world.