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Talisker 18 year old

Dramming with Keith – Two malt mates, six Talisker expressions in a vertical tasting

It’s a few months after the 2016 Malt Maniacs awards. I’m sitting in Keith Wood’s den and we’re talking about the whiskies I’ve helped decant into sample bottles just a few months earlier. “You know, it would be interesting if we did a vertical tasting together and publish both our notes at the same time.” One of obvious candidates is Talisker, since there are no less than six expressions that were entered into the awards. A plan is hatched, samples are filled – and about a year (or so) later, the day is finally here: A vertical tasting of the following six Talisker Expressions: Skye, Storm, Dark Storm, Port Ruighe, 10 yo, 18 yo. Let’s do this!

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(Undisclosed) Talisker 10 yo by Adelphi

Tasting: (Undisclosed) Talisker 10 yo by Adelphi (Fascadale Release 2)

(Undisclosed) Talisker 10 yo by AdelphiDram data:
Distillery: Most likely Talisker
Bottler: Adelphi (Fascadale Release 2)
Distilled: –
Bottled: 2010
Age: 10 years
Limitation: 3746 bottles
Casks: –
Alcohol: 46%
unchillfiltered; natural colour
Whiskybase link

Tasting notes:
Colour:
hay
An independently bottled Talisker. Don’t see that too often. Let’s see what it’s like! The nose opens with peat smoke and brine, white pepper, the typical chili catch note combined with quite a bit of fresh menthol and some chalk (scallop shells?)
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Talisker 1999 - 2010 Distiller's Edition

Tasting: Talisker 10-11yr 1999 – 2010 Distiller’s Edition


Talisker 1999 - 2010 Distiller's EditionDram data:
Distillery: Talisker
Bottler: Official bottling
Distilled: 1999
Bottled: 2010
Age: 10-11 years
Limitation: –
Casks: Amoroso Finish
Alcohol: 45,8%
chillfiltered?; coloured
Whiskybase link

Tasting notes:
Colour:
red gold (with a fake tan)
Amoroso is a PX-sweetened style of Oloroso sherry – let’s see what carried over from the casks into the whisky: The nose opens with – indeed – a noticeable influence from sweet sherry, but it is not overdone, integrating well into the Talisker style. What else? Continue reading

Tasting: Talisker 18yr 2012 edition

Talisker 18 years 2012 editionDram data:
Distillery: Talisker
Bottler: Official bottling
Distilled: –
Bottled: 2012
Age: 18 years
Limitation: –
Casks: –
Alcohol: 45,8%
chillfiltered?; coloured
Whiskybase link

Tasting notes:
Colour:
light red copper (with a fake tan)
The nose opens slightly subdued with a mixture of fragrant peat smoke, salty brine, freshly cracked pepper, peppermint and sweet caramel pudding with vanilla on top. Let it sit for a moment and notes of ladies’ perfume (lavender?), fragrant oak, baby powder, fresh hay, caramelised ginger and marmalade appear. Continue reading