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Talisker 10 Year Old

Salt and Pepper!

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

20th Apr 2010


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This Talisker 10 Year Old is the representative of the Island region in the ‘Classic Malts’ series from Diageo, but it can also be obtained as a 20cl bottle in the ‘Strong Collection’ and in the ‘Talisker Collection’. The distillery is the only one on the island of Skye. The spirit is an important part of Johnnie Walker Black Label.

The whisky is very oily and draws nice, big legs in the glass.

It has an exceptional nose: peaty, salt and something sweet underneath. I’m reminded of oysters with a dash of lime, mixed with… err… banana? Can’t help it, that’s what my mind tells me.

On the palate it’s silky soft with the peppers building up rapidly. Oh, my. OH MY! Red hot chili, baby! Incoming! You simply have to swallow or your head might just explode. Wow! Absolutely wonderful. Something sour in there as well? My god, this is good!

The finish lasts forever and it’s the peppers that keep your mouth hostage.

This Talisker 10 Year Old is a top whisky. You simply have to try this. Not for beginners, though (no offense). Don’t pour this as an introductory whisky, unless you want to scare people away. This taste needs some getting used to. But for the practiced whisky buff this is probably a godsend.

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kian commented

I like a bit of talisker myself mate.Theres some nice variations to the 10yo as well,the 18yo in particular is worth a look at as is the distillers edition.I saw a 21 yo first fill sherry butt talisker the other day and was tempted to buy it but opted for some others instead,still on my wishlist though which seems to getting bigger by the day unlike my bank balance,mores the pity.

9 years ago 0

jdcook commented

The Talisker 10 year old is a really good solid dram. For it's price range, it's fantastic value for money.

That said, it is a powerful flavour, and not for people who prefer sweet, mild whiskies (or whose palate has yet to expand beyond them). It's probably one of the last stops on the flavour journey from Speysides to Islays.

9 years ago 0

Pudge72 commented

markjedi1 - Awesome review. I agree with your 'banana' comment on the nose...it is the sweet aspect of an otherwise salt/brine/pepper combination that makes for a wonderful nose. I have to admit though that I did not pick up the lime/citrus characteristic that you noted. That being said, each time I have had T10, there is something new to be discovered.

9 years ago 0

drinix commented

This beauty never fails to deliver. A marvelous malt with an endless finish.

8 years ago 0

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