I first tried this one at a Talisker tasting held be Diageo’s importer here. I didn’t take notes then, but it popped up a day or two later in the 2015 Tapuz Blind Tasting Competition and I had no idea what it was. This is an older sibling of the classic 10 year old Talisker but it is quite a different whisky.
Aged 18 years. 45.8%ABV
Nose: Brown sugar, malt, honey, spearmint, oak, flowers, vanilla, light smoke, crème brulee.
Palate: Hot, apples, oak, spices, honey, vanilla, bit of brine and flowers.
Finish: Short, Dry, oaky, apples, smoke, toffee, brine.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: No
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I personally didn’t like this one so much. I like the 10 year old a lot for its bold smoky, salty notes and there was very little of that left here. It’s good stuff and I can understand what some people like about it, but for my tastes it’s stuck too much in the middle between a solid Talisker and a well aged whisky.