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Talisker 10 Year Old

One of the classics?

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@tjbReview by @tjb

24th Feb 2013

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As one of the 6 classic single malts much is said of Talisker 10 year old. I purchased this as part of my ongoing education. This has been in my cabinet for a while before writing this review.

Upon pouring you get a smokey yet sweet nose with a promise of fruity spice.

On the palate you get an intense wave of smoke. There is a saltyness which is followed by smokey honeyed pears. Then a peppery bite. The finish is fairly long and the smoke stays with you.

Overall very pleasant but it is missing something which I can't define. This is a classic but unfortunately not a great.

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6 comments

@PeatyZealot
PeatyZealot commented

Yes it lacks a little developement doesnt it? Its like the Ronda Rousey of Scotch Whiskies haha, strong, full of character and hot but a one trick pony

7 years ago 0

@Onibubba
Onibubba commented

This is all about smell to me. The 18 and the DE deliver so much more on the taste and the finish. The price difference, at least on the 18, is just so damn high though. I can get the 10 for around 65 bones. The 18 will cost me at least 120. Is it that much smoother and delectable? I swear, the cost of enjoying whisky is getting to be a real problem. I am right on board with your rating. The 10 is nice, but lacking. The 18 makes up for it, but is less aggressive on the nose. For me, the happy medium is the DE at around 80.00.

7 years ago 0

@PeatyZealot
PeatyZealot commented

If I want to drink an older smoky/peaty whiskey I always go to the Lagavulin 16 since its quite affordable here at €37,5 a Bottle of Talisker 18 is just too expensive, but I'd order it at a whiskybar.

7 years ago 0

@tjb
tjb commented

Great mind think alike. I would rather drink the Lagavulin 16 or a Ardbeg 10 over the Talisker 10 and i haven't tried the 18 yet. That being said, they are all different beasts and each has earned it's place in my cabinet.

7 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

I am always a little flummoxed when I read what people write about Talisker 10. Why? Because my own experiences of having sampled from about 7 bottles of it has given me tastes that might as well have been from 7 completely different whiskies. My current bottle, after MUCH oxidation has settled down into a very virtuous place, and one which tastes now like a very typical and delicious sample of what I identify from this distillery from its other expressions, particularly Talisker 18 yo and Talisker 57 Degrees North, both of which have seemed to me much more consistent in the flavours which have come out of bottles of them. The Talisker 10 I have on hand now is really great, but I would have little confidence that any new bottle or sample of it that I would buy would taste the same way. So when I read y'all talking about Talisker 10, I always wonder "Which Talisker 10?"

7 years ago 0

@PeatyZealot
PeatyZealot commented

That must be why they add the colorant... then at least the spirit looks the same haha. I heard about Talisker that oxidation actually does it good and makes it sweeter, but I've never been dissapointed by the 10 and I like it when bottelings differ a little. Only thing... I cant stand bottles staring at me for more than a few weeks ;)

7 years ago 0

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