Aged in re-fill American oak barrels
Talisker, The king o’ drinks as Robert L. Stevenson conceived it, was born in 1830 and is, to date, the only distillery on the Isle of Skye. After a rough start, the distillery was bought by Distillers Company LTD. who abandoned the triple distillation to go with the classic double distillation. Today, the distillery is owned by the Diageo empire and is part of the Classic Malt line. It will also be featured in the crossover between Classic Malts and Game of Thrones.
Situated on the shore of Loch Harport and not far from the coast, Talisker has always been characterized as a maritime malt, with its classic signature of salt, pepper and peat being in every bottle.
Color : light golden.
Nose : a blend of vanilla and sea salt. The distillery has a deep character with notes of seaweed, moist peat, sea salt and grilled fish. Everything is combined with notes of vanilla and caramel from the barrels.
Palate : chili spice, delicately peaty and salty, with steak on a charcoal BBQ. Well accompanied by skewers of honeydew melon and proscuito. The farther we go in the glass, the more peat and salt get stronger.
Final : short astonishment for a Talisker, but the after-taste of peat and salt stays long enough.
Comments : Talisker is one of my favorite distilleries, but I do not think they hit a homerun here. It’s good, it’s nice, the character of the distillery is there, but nothing more. For me, this is the expression that should be under the classic 10 years, instead of the Skye. If you’re a fan of Talisker and you find it cheaper than 10, it’s well worth it.