Talisker 20yo 1981 - 2002, sherry-matured, 62%, Original Distillery Bottling.
Nose: Leathery, sherry-ripeness and fruit, spicy with a hint of pepper.
Taste: Without water -despite of high alcohol percentage, please do yourselves a favour and take a rather modest sip of this whisky without water..it goes down like pure nectar, sweet and beautiful! Some raspberry-notes, then Talisker's trademark pepper, touch of allspice? Sherrynotes are left to wallow on the palate with peat. Added water almost spoils the nectar-honey sweetness, but increases flavour-sensations: Dried dark fruits, Corinth raisin, leathery, peaty aromas - and the spicy pepperiness.
Aftertaste: Quite long and somewhat fruity, not too dry (much less so than for example in the Lagavulin 21yo sherrymatured).
Comments: Sherry may have dampened down a tad the distillery character, but it is still definitely there. For what the sherry may have taken, it gives fantastic new dimension to Talisker: This is almost perfect sherrymaturation, not too fruity and sweet, and not too woody and dry. What a fabulous whisky, no wonder many have enjoyed this one.