Talisker 10 Year old
A Jack of all Trades
13th Mar 2015
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Tasting Notes by BARutledge
This is a scotch's scotch. It's masculine and refined, like a well groomed beard... Alright, all chauvinism aside, this scotch is a jack-of-all-trades; a special hybrid of various styles of single malt.
Snifter, splash of water
Nose-22: smokey sugary tangerine, oak, suede
Palate-22: mahogany, molasses, raisins, smoke, sweet-peat, shortbread, maple
Finish-21: First wave is a burning rush of smoke, with a hint of lemon. A slight pause... Then comes through a second wave of warmth with a hint of seaweed.
Balance-21: Rugged swings from smoke and leather, to stone, to seaweed, with some sweet characteristics in between each which ties it all together.
As an additional note, this is my go to (if available) when ordering a scotch for someone who does not typically drink much scotch... It provides exciting transitions and flavors, but is politely inoffensive.