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Talisker 10 Year Old

A brilliant Islay

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

15th Feb 2012


Talisker 10 Year Old
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This is an example of how even an entry-level expression can be so great if the distillery is that awesome. And Talisker is such a distillery!

The nose is typically Islay with a beautiful blend of salty ocean spray, seaweed, iodine and the hints of smoked dry fish. A whiff of sausages on a hot barbecue come through all the initial aromas. Mingled with all the smokiness is the delicate balance of sweet honey.

The palate delivers what the nose promises but this time whipped into the mix are oily charred nuts and sprinkles of leathery tobacco. Spices make their way to the back of the throat but are nicely balances with all the other flavor profiles.

This is truly an excellent excellent single malt from one of my favorite distilleries.

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DylanKennedy commented

I've noticed a lot of people mentioning "fish" - like what kind? - I should detect something like at a seafood restaurant or what? My bottle says it's from "the isle of Skye" - is there another from Islay, or what do you mean by that? Thanks


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MacBaker62 commented

Talisker is the only distillery on the Isle of Skye. It is not a true Islay single malt, but it has that peaty, salty, briny style of whisky that the island distilleries are known for. Talisker isn't as peaty as Ardbeg or Laphroaig, but where it may have less peat, it more than makes up for in the hot pepper kick that Talisker is uniquely known for!

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