Last in our random session of Scottish drams, was an opportunity to revisit this Island whisky from Talisker – nicely matured to 18 years.
Here is what our Whisky Ladies found..
Talisker 18 year 45.8%
- Nose – Seaside peat, sweet, salty, reminded a few of Douglas Laing‘s Rock Oyster, fried fish with lemon and tarter sauce, maple bacon with hickory smoke, lots of bacon, sea salt and iodine
- Palate – Started by dancing along the surface of the palate, very sweet, cinnamon gum, cinnamon hearts, lovely sweet
- Finish – Peaty with light cinnamon finish
Overall we found it was a fall whisky, think apple pie and autumn leaves.
Here is what the folks over at Talisker had to say:
- Rich and fruity – Victoria plums, greengages, perhaps dried orange peel – with some butterscotch or rum toffee and a thread of smoke behind. The smoke soon advances into the foreground and the toffee note is joined by a light mintiness.
- With water, appropriately, maritime characteristics emerge – dry boat varnish, edible seaweed. Still sweet; now with notes of iodine and the smokiness of an un-struck match.
- In brief… Sweetness and power, with less smoke and chilli than younger expressions.
- In a sentence… Unmistakably Talisker; mild-mannered and sweet to begin with, then more assertive, warming and smoky.
Here is what else we tried in our Whisky Ladies evening:
- Ballentine’s 17 year Glentauchers 40%
- Glentauchers 20 year (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
- Balvenie 14 year Caribbean Cask 43% (from Taiwan)
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