Oh boy. This is it. This is what Talisker is meant to be. The 10 y.o is good. The Distiller’s Edition, not bad. The 30 y.o., brilliant, but out of most of our ranges. But here, at 18 years, we have Talisker in its prime. This is not just a great example of what Talisker can be, but a great example of what whisky can be.
I recently nabbed a couple bottles of this in San Francisco for a steal of a deal, but I think this bottle I’m reviewing now may be from an older batch. I am desperately hoping there is not much batch variation, because this is a stunner. If it just so happens to turn out that there are two bottles of this exact batch on my shelves downstairs…my mates and I are gonna be very happy lads in coming days.
Phenomenal complexity and composition here. Beautiful mature peat runs headlong into an array of fruits already growing and coming forward as they tend to do with age. Smoke and pepper, as you’d expect with Talisker, but with far less bite than the 10 y.o. most are familiar with. There is a knowing waxy and latex maturity here, and a tightrope balance that would almost have me guessing this was a Port Ellen if I didn’t know better. Mature beyond its years. In a good way
The palate? Again…Port Ellen-ish. Waxy fruits, a bit of smoke and a quick twist of pepper. 45.8% abv is a perfect bottling strength for this one. Flavors are rich and finish is long.
Outstanding. I adore this whisky.
– Reviewed by: Curt
– Photo: Curt