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Talisker 10 Year Old

Liquid Gold

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@cheeserandyburgReview by @cheeserandyburg

23rd Dec 2012

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This was the deal breaker for me. I was either gonna love it or hate it. A little risky spending $80 on a bottle of something that could go both ways, but whats the point of living life without taking a little risk...

Colour - Medium gold, thick gold

Legs - Quite slow, thin, long

Nose - Hello peat! Its the first thing to make an appearance on the nose. Big, thick peat. Earthy and dominating thats how he rolls! Followed by this is some vegetal sweetness, almost vanilla'ish in nature. Then a hint of smoke, and something else hanging around in the back? Oh oh, whats this I smell….. antiseptic? Can't say I smelt this before in a whisky. As strange as it is, it doesn't stay with you, instead it just pops up when it feels like it.

Palate - I was gonna either love it, or hate it... but instead I have discovered liquid gold! Its official. Explosive. It enters the mouth and feels as if its expanding endlessly. Never knew this was possible. Sweet oily texture. The strangest mouth feel I have experienced to this date. Rich, thick, robust, just massive expression in this. Salty, spicy, sweet, peaty, citrusy, earthy, syrupy medicinal notes and 100% delicious. On second tasting there is a load of antiseptic flavour in here. Just like the nose it comes and goes, however when it hits you, its unmistakable.

Finish - Lingers off with a fair amount of dry sweetness, peat, and hint of smoke. The dominating mouth feel is sweet earthy peat with a sweet antiseptic taste lingering around. Not getting too much pepper (as some talk about), a little spicy (on the tongue) but nothing over the top. As you stay with it, the peat and smoke just bounce off each other, resulting in a nice long enjoyable finish……..until your second glass! Damn this stuff is good.

Conclusion - Worth every penny. A very intense peaty, yet, sweet oily whisky. Already one of my favorites. If I could make it even better, I'd throw in more peat and smoke.

Perhaps Lagavulin 16 or Laphroaig QC will fit that bill! Off to the store I go!

92 points.

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4 comments

@AKGcandlefish
AKGcandlefish commented

Been wondering when you'd finally open this one. Glad to hear it was a hit. Pretty sure my wife is giving this one to me next week for our ten year anniversary. Can't wait to try it. I'm going to open my Lagavulin 16 on Christmas Eve with review to follow.

7 years ago 0

@cheeserandyburg
cheeserandyburg commented

@AKG, I was actually waiting for a strong hit of smoke and peat in my face from this one, but it was much less then expected. Very sweet and balanced, truly unique to anything I've tasted to this date. I couldn't resist breaking some out an hour ago to try with some smoked bass and smoked cheese with spices. I usually don't drink my whisky with food, but I remember it being mentioned that this goes well with smoked foods. For some odd reason I wasn't getting too much pepper last night with it (maybe 'cause I eat pepper/spicy foods in general so frequently). However with the smoked gouda w/spices it really brought out the pepper on the tasting! And the smoke lingers really nicely in the back during the finish and onward. Can't wait to get my hands on some Lagavulin 16! Pricey stuff over here at $114 a bottle!

Enjoy your Tali and Laga during the holidays!

7 years ago 0

@cheeserandyburg
cheeserandyburg commented

Sitting here exactly 3 months after opening the bottle, got a nice dram poured.. and wow! Massive sweetness emerging one this one. Looks to me as if this is maturing nicely after popping it open 3 months ago. The key word here is "sweet honey". Nothing like it when I first opened the bottle. Lots of fruity notes coming into play now, the smoke is still there and the peat but to a lesser degree. Perhaps after this one opens up it loses some of the peat/smoke but lets its doors open up to some other flavors which were hidden before! Delicious stuff.

7 years ago 0

@Lars
Lars commented

Great review, this is a go to dram for me as I can get my hands on it for a reasonable price here.

I also have the 18yr which even better but tough to get a bottle of, in my opinion it's a dram for when you want to treat yourself. If you get a chance grab a bottle you won't be disappointed.

7 years ago 0

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