Cask strength whiskies (this is 57% which just happens to correspond to the 57 degrees latitude of Skye, hence the name) in my experience need just the tiniest drop of water added to magically help release the complexity of flavour locked in and without which it may taste a bit underdeveloped. My first glass of this even so did taste a little raw still and I didn't feel overly enamoured with it. My second glass however lay (unintentionally) undisturbed for something like twenty minutes before partaking, and the experience was much smoother and mellower, sweet on the tip of the tongue but warming on the palate and with a long finish. So my recommendation is to give it the splash of water, swill around a bit and leave stand for a while before sampling. Personally I wouldn't necessarily go for this again over some of the other Talisker bottlings - for a cask strength it perhaps doesn't have quite the complexity one might expect and it seems deceptively 'light' (note that there's no age statement so it's probably young relative to standard Talisker), but it's still a top class whisky.