Single malt

Talisker 2006 Distillers Edition (45.8%, OB, TD-S: 5SE, 2016)

Talisker 2006 Distillers Edition

Whisky Review

Talisker-2006-DE

What they say

Talisker Distillers Edition

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.

A legendary expression from the oldest distillery on Skye.

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

Finishing off our quartet of Talisker reviews with this 2006 Distillers Edition released in 2016. The standard Talisker profile is tweeked here with a finish in Amoroso – a sweetened and fortified Spanish wine in the style of Oloroso sherry (but presumably not manufactured with the specified region surrounding Jerez).

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Blood orange gold (13/20), quick, medium tears and long, medium legs.
  • Nose: Rich and fruity, red berries, a little jammy then thick malt extract, dry hessian/rope, softer and sugary and more fruity notes, gentle peat, heather brush in bloom.
  • Taste: Salty and spicy on the palate initially, peat-smoked, well integrated red berry fruit and malt, smoked raspberries & elderberries, earthy, softens into fudge, berry and vanilla cream.
  • Finish: Smoked and salted, berries & cream ice cream.

Overall

Much more subtle than the “double-matured” I tried previously, and much better integrated. This feels more like the standard 10 year old expression after receiving a soft fruit infusion.

Score 86/100

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