Talisker 18 Years Old
Island single malt scotch whisky
45.8% ABV, £73.81 at Master of Malt
What they say:
TALISKER 18 YEAR OLD
“When first nosed there was fruit, a lot of it: plums, orange peel, a richer sweeter experience than expected.
Adding water brought out the Talisker of old: seaweed, smoke, low level peat, with the characteristic chilli catch in the finish. Highly appealing to my taste”
Mark Lochead, Distillery Manager
Rich and fruity Victoria plums, greengages, perhaps dried orange peel with some butterscotch or rum toffee and a thread of smoke behind. The smoke soon advances into the foreground and the toffee note is joined by a light mintiness. With water, those maritime characteristics emerge once again dry boat varnish, edible seaweed. Still sweet; now with notes of iodine and the smokiness of an un-struck match.
Full. Pleasant, smooth.
Sweet in front, then more assertive, with a whiff of smoke. The overall effect is warming. The development is towards smoke, coal-tar and toffee.
Medium length. The characteristic chilli ‘catch’ in the finish is subtly present in the aftertaste.
What I say:
Mr James Bond’s favourite and only whisky tipple according to Ian Fleming, seems M likes a drop of this too, Bond is a real Scotsman with a good taste for whisky it seems. I guess all the shaken dry martini’s were ordered mostly for throwing into bad guy’s faces.