First Impression: Talker 20 Years Old Bottle No. 5242

A.K.A. “Seaside Gourmet Shop”

I tasted this vintage Talisker a while back at Baxter Inn, where noise-cancelling earphones really came in handy.

Smoky and earthy on the nose, aged ham and subtle meat rub spices. Toffee, almonds with notes of poached dark fruits on the back end. Let it breathe and some Chinese five-spice cured beef along with heavy oak notes surface.

An intense sweetness upon first sip alongside the signature maritime breeze. Toffee and a subtle hint of almond butter and polished wood notes.

Full but delicate oak spices in the finish, notes of molasses, a bit nutty.

A legendary dram worthy of every compliment.