Talisker 1989 Distillers Edition

Talisker 1989 Distillers Edition (45.8%, OB, TD-S: 5DP, 2002)

Talisker 1989 Distillers Edition

What they say

Official tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Chestnut brown.
  • Nose: This is beautiful stuff. Extremely sharp and well focused; no lingering, rambling smoke here. There is also a quite wonderful sultana sweetness. One of the most tantalising sherry noses you can find – certainly the cleanest. Remarkable – the stuff of legend.
  • Body: Full bodied, clean yet rich.
  • Taste: In brief… Brilliant, clean marriage of peat and rich sweetness. In a sentence… There’s near perfection in the bitter-sweet harmony which is such an enthralling feature of this truly classic whisky, as its crisp peat softens, not to pepper, but to rich, sweet, juicy fruit.
  • Palate: A magnificent start – the peat, crisp at first, softens to enormous richness in the mouth, then wafts around the palate with sweet, roasty malt and a heathery dryness. The sherry keeps back Talisker’s usual pepper, replacing it with luscious, slightly oily sweetness – ripe, juicy fruit and vanilla.
  • Finish: Deep cocoa notes, magnificent vanilla and lingering, earthy peat. Enormously chewable and from beginning to last exemplary in balance between sweet and dry, with sweetness always having the slight edge.

What I say

Approximating the current Talisker Distillers Edition – though the sharp-eyed or Talisker Fans amongst you may notice that todays DE’s are bottled exactly 10 years after they are distilled and come with the more informative ‘Amaroso Cask Finish’ statement rather than the slightly archaic ‘Double Matured’.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Copper bronze (13/20), medium tears, long well-defined medium legs
  • Nose: Milk chocolate, with hints of darker chocolate, vanilla, juicy dark fruits, cassis, blackcurrants, raisins, black cherry, spiced with cloves, mace, black pepper, treacle toffee, molasses, salted caramel and briny seaweed.
  • Taste: A fruity mixture of black cherry, blackberry or bramble, blackcurrant, more juicy and slightly jammy dark and red fruits, hints of apple and plum too, smoky black pepper, mace, cayenne pepper sprinkled on fresh strawberries and oaky tannins collide with a rich malty cereal barley
  • Finish: Long, fruity, sweet & smoke like bbq grilled blackberries


Full of jammy fruits, rich malt, brine and smoke, a perfect Talisker smothered in jam.

Score 86/100

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