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Talisker 10 Year Old

Talisker 10 Year, the Default "Proper" Scotch

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@SpartanReview by @Spartan

7th Oct 2009


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Bluntly, this is my default scotch. This is THE quintessiential scotch whiskey.

NOT for the inexperienced, it's complex smoothness is full-bodied and light at the same time while still providing the bite to remind you that this is a whiskey and not a mixed drink (not that you'd ever catch me having a mixed drink; Vespers excepted).

Talisker is full-bodied enough to accompany a strong cigar and light enough to follow up a light fish dinner, in any season. It is slightly dry, smokey, earthy, woody, and peaty, HOWEVER, those with a refined enough palate will detect the distinct sweetness that exemplifies this drink. Forego the snifter.

I was consequently surprised and also unsurprised to notice a bottle of Talisker on M's whiskey bar in the Bond movie "Die Another Day." Further research revealed Talisker also provided the whiskey for "The World is Not Enough."

If I was stuck on and island I could have only one, this would be the one.

Bartender, I'll have two fingers, rocks glass, one ice cube, and no backtalk. Please.

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JohnoftheYard commented

This is an awesome whisky, everything about it is wonderful, so much bite and character, shame you totally ruin it with ice.

11 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

Spartan, that's a great review. I also love the movie references. Keep 'm coming!

11 years ago 0

galg commented

I agree with every word. it is an amazing malt. peppery,smokey,complex. wow.

11 years ago 0

galg commented

but, hey ! hold the ice.

11 years ago 0

jdcook commented

As soon as you say 'no backtalk' guess what you're guaranteed to get... ;)

Mind you, I'm not a fan of ice either, but it's not my review, and it's not my bottle of whisky... :p

11 years ago 0

manningsmith commented

Nice review. Agree about the ice. This crowd is a bunch of neat freaks, myself included. No biggie; it takes all kinds. One more quibble. I thought Talisker was an Island Whiskey, not an Islay. Talisker is on Skye, right?

11 years ago 0

peteremail commented

Yup, Talisker is from the Isle of Skye. The ABV is also wrong here, it is supposed to be 45,8%

11 years ago 0

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