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Talisker 10 year old is a rugged whisky from the Isle of Skye. I think it's generally very liked and even I noticed that it is versatile. But some ingredients in the taste and aromas pulled me away from it. It's hard to explain, what were the exact tasting notes that didn't fit into my palate. Maybe it was a taste of olives, which I read from another review in here (I really hate olives and it somehow fits in the taste I felt). I'm not completely sure what it was but something stingy and stale rocked my boat in a bad way. One of my friends call Talisker 10's taste "dusty" but I don't agree with that.
For me Talisker 10 year old is like the movie Heat. Very much appreciated and with an allstar cast but something leaves me cold. People (especially men) always seem surprised when I tell them, I didn't like Heat. Even though it had the great Al Pacino, my alltime favorite actor.
The worst part of my tasting and movie experience are that I can't explain thoroughly, why I didn't like Talisker 10 or Heat. Both are classics of their kind. And they both have lots of character. In fact, Talisker 10 had probably the richest aftertaste I've tasted. I just didn't like it that much.
So in a conclusion: Spicy and characteristic Talisker is easy to fall in love with. It gives you Heat. It just wasn't my 'cup of tea'
Nose: Salty peat stays in the background while the liquor with spicy notes takes over. This has a seafood feel, like stuffy oysters. And maybe the olives?
Taste: A mix of sweet and spicy notes. Peppers with dry syrup and ginger. Something ruined the taste for me and I guess I have to blame olives until a better explanation comes along.
Finish: Peppers explode in your throat. Warming barley with lots of sweet spots as well. If you keep on chewing, you'll find lots of different flavors in the aftertaste. My senses aren't that sophisticated that I could thoroughly spot 'em for you. Take notice of my 22 points in finish even though I didn't like the taste. That's how lasting and complex it was.
Balance: Complex and versatile, especially the finish is rich and very long. For people who love spicy whisky (but not for me). Finish and balance were the best parts for me.