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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.