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Talisker 10 Year Old

Talisker 10 The Way People Like It

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@VictorReview by @Victor

4th Nov 2016


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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I've tasted and drunk a lot of Talisker over the years, including a lot of Talisker 10 yo. The first 8 or 9 times I tasted Talisker 10 yo it might as well have been 8 or 9 different whiskies I was tasting, how different they were from one another. I did a previous review of Talisker 10 yo from my first full bottle of it, which, I would say, was the greatest outlier of all of the Talisker 10s I have tasted. That bottle tasted of absolutely nothing except salt and pepper, UNTIL the bottle was opened for 7 months, at which point honey blossomed and for the very first time I understood why other people liked Talisker 10 yo. I am reviewing this sample, compliments of @Jonathan in 2014, because now, after all of these years of drinking Talisker 10, 18, 25, DE, and 57 Degrees North, I have a sample of Talisker 10 which I believe is what so many other people assume all Talisker 10 tastes like, because they have been lucky enough to get bottles from good batches only

Nose: deep, rich, and broad delicious malt with plenty of peat, smoke, and pepper brine perfectly integrated with the faintest trace of honey-style sweetness. Fabulous. Score: 24.5/25

Taste: lovely peaty briny mouthful, a very good translation from the nose. There isn't much sweet balance here, but there is enough. Very nice. Score: 22.5/25

Finish: long strong finish which just slowly fades down. Delicious. Score: 22/25

Balance: very good balance in all sequential tasting stages. Score: 22/25

Water added: 1) brought out sweetness and malt in the nose, and 2) bundled the flavours in the mouth

Total Sequential Score: 91 points

Strength: very strong. Score: 24/25

Quality: all of the flavours are of very high quality. Score: 23.5/25

Variety: lots of contrast and variety. Score: 22.5/25

Harmony: very good harmony in all phases. Score: 22.5/25

Total Non-Sequential Score: 92.5 points

Comment: this particular bottle of Talisker 10 yo is in the same excellent league with Talisker 57 Degrees North, which is my go-to Talisker. When people rave about Talisker 10 I now assume that they have been drinking from bottles like this one, and not from the other 8 or 9 I have sampled previously to having tried this sample. It took me about 10 tries to get one like this one

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Nozinan commented

I rarely get to this one but I have enjoyed it when I do. It has a lot of flavour for 43%.

I'm very curious about 57 North. I will at some point need to open my bottle of it and taste it.

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Nozinan, is the LCBO selling you some watered down 43% Talisker 10? I've never seen it listed at other than 45.8? That extra 2.8% is worth something.

57 Degrees North may need to take some air to be at its best. My first Litre of it needed 7-10 days, my second bottle, from a different batch, needed much more time than that. Still, 57 N is the standard for me. I am very glad that Ontario Duty Free has made it possible for me to stock away a few litres of it.

7 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

@VIctor, my mistake, our Talker 10 is at the standard strength. Probably one reason it has all that flavour.

I'm not fortunate enough to visit your great nation by car so have not had a chance to add to my 57 North position. I understand it's reasonably priced there. Maybe one day...

7 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

of course, I was referring to TALISKER 10, not some "talker"

7 years ago 0

MadSingleMalt commented

One can really become a talker after drinking 10 or so Taliskers.

5 years ago 0

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