Review: Talisker 10 Years Old
Category: Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Origin: Talisker Distillery
What they say:
Talisker is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky made by the sea on the shores of the Isle of Skye, one of the most remote, rugged, yet beautiful landscapes in Scotland. Few whiskies tell the story of their origin better than Talisker. Its smell and taste instantly connect the drinker with the rugged environment – like a warm welcome from a wild sea. It’s a powerhouse; challenging but adored; once discovered rarely left.
The classic stalwart of the Talisker family. The perfect companion for when the day is done, smooth, smoky with a comforting afterglow.
The warm, subtle smokiness of Talisker 10 Year Old should be sampled neat.
Powerful peat-smoke with just a hint of the sea-water salt of fresh oysters, with a citrus sweetness.
Full and rich.
A rich dried-fruit sweetness, clouds of smoke, strong barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. Peppery at the back of the mouth.
Huge, long, warming and peppery in the finish with an appetising sweetness.
What I say:
The classic Talisker 10 Years Old expression, I have a certain fondness for this whisky as it was one of the first on my initial forays into whisky that really struck a chord with me. It is intense and smoky but in a very moreish and approachable manner.
Rich golden amber (11/20), numerous medium-large droplet tears leave medium legs
Old leather saddle, briny sea spray, a mixture of red and black fruits, dusty smoke, chalky, salt caramel, old rope, seaside, oilskin rags, ginger spice and cinnamon buns, long and enjoyable
Smooth toffee and butterscotch, hints of old leather with a tickle of spiced cinnamon and white pepper, creamy vanilla, strawberries and cream, peaty smoke, dry and dusty, thick barley malt, tannic old leather, coffee and cocoa beans, raisins, dates and figs
Medium-long, relaxed, leather and fruit, malty
Still a classic in my book. A lovely mixture or peat smoke, sweet and savoury/salty. Still hard to beat.
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