Talisker DE 2015
10 years old (2005-2015)
Aged in ex-Bourbon casks for 10 years and then finished in ex-Amoroso Sherry casks for a few months
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.
Colour : copper.
Nose : salted caramel, hard candies, seaside.
Palate : sea salt, dark chocolate, blackberries, light peat in the background ! Light spicy notes of pepper complicate the whole thing. The texture is slightly oily without being excessively fat.
Final : long, slow, short in the esophagus. The peat is felt a little more than in the mouth, again accompanied by salt & pepper.
Comments : The whisky that made me go nuts 5 years ago is still good ! My memories were about a complex and pleasant dram, and it stayed the same ! Apparently the 2015 edition is one of the best versions … and I have 2 bottles 🙂
The 10yo from Talisker is a classic amongst fans. It is easy to find, good, stable in time, not to expensive… So the DE is a version of the 10yo, and what a difference does that make ! Where the 10 is simple and enjoyable, this one is more refined, complex and has a different yet recognizable kick in it.
Started at the beginning of the winter, this bottle brings a comforting warmth at the end of the evening.