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Talisker 10 Year Old

Well rounded and great value

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@casualtortureReview by @casualtorture

11th Dec 2016

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    25
  • Overall
    93

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Got a couple bottles of this because the guys on here really spoke well of it. Bottle has been open about a week so its aired out a bit. Enjoying it as I write.

Nose: Bonfire smoke and salt are the two biggies here. Followed by some orange zest, grape, and hay. Good nose, lots going on.

Palate: Not as diverse as the nose, but still good. Smoke and saltwater again, followed by spice, citrus, grape, figs, some sort of red fruit whose name escapes me, and lastly oak. Smokey transitions to sweet, but not too much sweetness. Great balance of flavors.

Finish: Begins a little smokey but that vanishes quickly, then long and sweet with ripe orange followed by an oaky spice. Lingers for a while. I'm taking long breaks between sips and the finish is still there when I start my next sip. Again, well balanced between smoke, sweet, and spice.

body: Drinkable, and I don't feel like I have to drink the whole bottle at once because, thank goodness, Talisker bottle this at 45.8% instead of 40%.

Overall: What impresses me most about this scotch is the value and the variety of flavors. I picked this up for 185rmb per bottle, so divide by 6.8, USD $27. I recently bought Macallan 12 sherry oak for 365rmb, and it's not even as well made as this is. So impressed at how well balanced this is and how much value is here. And again, kudos to Talisker for the 45.8%. This is a well balanced, drinkable, great value whisky right here. I'll get this again at this price all day. Absolutely. The scotch gods are truly smiling down upon Talisker for this one.

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11 comments

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

Glad you like it! For me Talisker usually carries a bit more alcohol burn than I like. I've had one without it but that one had been open for well over a year.

2 years ago 0

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

@Alexsweden I like a bit of a burn. This one didn't have too much of one for me but yeah it was more than some older whiskies like the Dalmore 15 and macallan 12 sherry I had this week.

2 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@casualtorture, at $ 27 you could go into the re-sale business! That is a steal of a deal.

You might want to pick up more at that price, because you can be pretty sure that it will not remain at that price.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

What @Victor said. I would be bunkering my lifetime supply at that price. yum

2 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

Yep, I "third" what @Victor said. For $27, you oughtta be loading up a steamer with Talisker 10 to meet your mob contacts in Canada and Australia.

2 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

OK, we need a lottery here. How many days will it take before @casualtorture's $ 27 price doubles? 3, 10, 20, 30? My money is on this price lasting 5 more days. Will it be the second, or third time that @casualtorture tries to buy it that he finds the price "adjusted"? Move fast, @casualtorture, if you like Talisker 10 as much as you say you do. Otherwise you will be one more contemporary cautionary tale about not knowing the true value of things and missing your chance when you had it.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Victor not to mention that all those bottles are likely the same batch. Even if found in the future it might not be the same batch. Grab a lifetime supply now....

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Pete1969
Pete1969 commented

Just opened a bottle of the 10 year old, not as easy to find recently but well worth the hunt.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

Unfortunately bringing 20 bottles of whisky back from China to the US might be an issue otherwise I would. Anyone ever tried it? I wouldn't want my lifetime supply to get seized by customs. It's illegal to ship liquor to Alabama otherwise that would be an option.

2 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@casualtorture You could ship i to a friend in another state but the costs might be prohibitive. But even if you brought it with you, if the duty was 100% the cost it would still be cheaper than buying it own Ontario.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@casualtorture, yes, I guess you are stuck with bringing back whisky by plane. Bringing 20 bottles into the US by plane would be quite a trick, but it is easy to do by automobile. By car, they are really only interested in preventing commercial re-sale, and don't want to be bothered collecting the relatively low US duties and fees unless they suspect commercial activity. That said, 20 bottles of the SAME whisky would look suspicious to them. Your duty would likely only result in somewhere between 5 and 20% increased cost, depending on how they decide to apply them. The bottom line is that it would be tough to put large numbers of bottles in air cargo.

On the other hand, if you get a modest number like 6 more of them, you can drink 3 or 4 of them before you leave and can probably bring maybe 4 of them back in luggage. At that price you can afford to treat your buddies.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

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