"Initially salty, then sweet and spicy on the nose, with summer berries, heather honey, and an earthy note, plus subtle peat.Gavin Smith, Whisky Advocate Fall 2012
A rich and smooth Talisker which should be enjoyed in a Talisker Rocks Glass, neat or with a little water.
Something both gentle and deep from the Isle of Skye.
Unreduced, a quiet nose, not hugely assertive, yet quite maritime. Fresh ship’s varnish. Faint nose prickle. Spicy, briny, with distant smoke.
Smooth and firm in body.
At bottled strength, a gentle start, immediately building in intensity. Slow and sweet, then kicks in peppery and hot, with significant balancing bitterness and salt, and a little smoke.
Long, warming, slightly bitter and very drying, with a little smokiness.
Age: 25 years old
Strength: 45.8% ABV
Place of Origin: Isle of Skye
in brief… Delicious, appetisingly dry and still very much ‘there’ at 25 years.
in a sentence...This beautifully orchestrated variation of Talisker has a lingering finish which cannot outstay its welcome.
Unreduced, a quiet nose, not hugely assertive, yet quite maritime. Fresh ship’s varnish. Faint nose prickle. Spicy, briny. Distant smoke. Adding water subdues the sea and raises subtle, sweeter notes.
At bottled strength, a gentle start, immediately building in intensity. Slow and sweet, then kicks in peppery and hot, with significant balancing bitterness and salt, and a little smoke. This balance bursts across the palate, with a mouth-drying effect. Medium bodied. Drinks powerfully straight. Minerally. Toasty. Appetising. Adding water (30% approx.) gives a slower, sweeter, fruitier start, with the warmth coming in behind this then extending more slowly across the palate. There’s no marked chilli pepper catch in the throat at the end, but pepper is there on the tongue.
2007 & 2009
2005 - 2007
"Comes across initially to me as reserved, perhaps even elegant for a Talisker. Soothing too, with an oily texture. Quite fruity (orange, tangerine, apricot), perhaps even floral, with a delicate pastry sweetness. Then the more traditional Talisker notes kick in -- brine, seaweed, warming pepper -- repeated in the finish. A high-quality Talisker; albeit a bit reserved at times. I love the oily, viscous texture."
John Hansell, Whisky Advocate Spring 2010