This will always be the one that got away. Talisker released its first bottling from ex-sherry casks in 2002. I had one sent to a friend’s place in Amsterdam and there I left it after my first taste, declaring it “over the top”.
Johannes insisted I give it another chance but it was late and we had too many bottles to take home anyway. He later sent me this sample with a note that it had scored highest in the Malt Maniacs first awards competition.
Caveat emptor: never judge the first taste from a bottle.