Review No.49. Talisker 10 Year Old

Talisker is from the Isle of Skye and it is traditional classed as an island whisky if you are talking about regions.  When you think of islay whiskies you think of smoke and when you think of speyside you may think of rich fruits.  I am not sure how or if you can really summarise whiskies from the islands becuase there are a mix of distilleries that produce whiskies with different characteristics (Jura, Scapa, Arran, Highland Park etc.).  However, when I think of Talisker I have to remind myself that it is not from islay given the smokey characteristic.  You can find the Talisker 10 year old in most supermarkets at the upper end of the supermarket price band, also you can get hold of this as a 20cl bottle.


Whisky: Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 45.8% vol.

Nose: Pepper, heather, salt, vanilla, citrus

Taste: Liquorice, pepper, sea salt, raisins, spice

Finish:  Brine, pepper and oak

Score: 3.75

Summary: Talisker 10 year old is a full on whisky.  It has the balance between sweet, spice and smoke spot on for me and I really enjoyed sipping this one slowly.  Water and oxygen helps soften the flavours if you feel that either the sweetness, spice and smoke is too full on.  I think the balance and full flavour has a lot to do with the higher than the norm alcohol volume, at 45.8% this still drinks easy.  If you like smokey whiskies then you will like this and if you are on the fence I would recommend that you try this.  Talisker have recently released a few non age statement bottles such as Skye and Storm but I would suggest you skip these and go straight for the 10 year old, or a 20cl version of the 10 year old.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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