I briefly went through what I already reviewed on the blog and found one big and glaring omission – I didn’t review even a single whisky expression from Talisker. It’s not like I didn’t taste any Talisker whiskies in the past, on the contrary, I have a bottle of Talisker 10 right here and I did taste a few other Taliskers in the past.
So I need to make some amends here, so lets start a Talisker appreciation week where I review a couple of Talisker whiskies, and naturally we’ll start with the core and well known whisky – the Talisker 10 year old.
Talisker 10 year old (45.8%, £35.15 / €30)
Nose: Starts off with a peat smoke but only smoke and then it recedes you get the fruity notes and for me it was mainly sweet apricots. Then after swirling it a bit more in the glass and giving it time to breath, some peat show up accompanied with heavy and thick honey and vanilla.
Palate: Lots of ashes. and smoke as expected from a Talisker whisky. Also a bit of peat and then honey sweetness arise before going into the finish.
Finish: Oak, peppery, oh so much pepper, and sweet honey to balance it.
Thoughts: Good basic whisky. Very affordable. A staple whisky in everyone’s bar.
I had a dram of Talisker 10 last night, right after a glass of Longrow. I hadn’t noticed before quite how briney the T10 was, but in comparison to the marshmallowy sweet smokiness of the Longrow the saltiness really stood out.
Good point! Indeed having 2 different drams can help spotting such nuances.
This is certainly a staple in my house. A brilliant 10 yo at an affordable price.