Insider knowledge: Talisker 25 Year Old (2009 Release) whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Talisker 25 Year Old (2009 Release) whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Had this at a premium tasting quite recently and got a handsome of spice/pepper from this. Smoke, peppermint, spice and some vanilla with citrus on the nose, the palate is spicy with vanilla, with notes of smoke and caramel. Chocolatey/peppery finish of medium length. If you add water, you will get more sweetness on the nose, but more spice/pepper elsewhere. A powerful Skye dram for those who can handle it.
8th December 2013