Last in my Old Particular trio is a complete shift in character to the Isle of Skye with the peaty Talisker. Though technically part of their “Highland” region bottles, it is also an “Island” distillery.
Talisker 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 12578) 48.4%
- Nose – Mmmm smoked meats, juicy fruits with a bit of brine
- Palate – A nice smokey burn, touch of ash, a dash of sugary sweet
- Finish – Cinnamon, then a nice campfire finish
It has been awhile since I’ve had a Talisker… and I gotta admit it hit the spot. Peat and sweet, nothing complicated but well balanced and just… worked. In truth, it disappeared too soon – always a good sign!
As for tasting notes? Here is what the chaps over at Master of Malt had to say:
Part of Douglas Laing’s Old Particular series, this expression from Talisker was distilled in 2009 and bottled at 48.4% ABV, after 8 years of maturing in a refill hogshead. It is one of only 378 bottles produced. Of course, this whisky was bottled without colouring or chill-filtration..
- Nose: Complex warming phenols alongside intense seaweed notes.
- Palate: Both sweet and salty, maritime flavours are joined by slightly ashy notes and a touch of brown sugar.
- Finish: Distinctly sooty on the finish, balancing by subtle sugar sweetness.
Would I agree? Overall yes!
And what about previous brushes with Talisker?
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