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Talisker 10 Year Old

Scottish Sweetheart

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@SimeonSanchezReview by @SimeonSanchez

18th Jul 2014


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It smells of smoke, peat, brine, and the same velvety quality of Black Label.

For taste, there is an explosion of sweetness and flavor in the mouth, with no bitterness, and a lingering finish.

On further nosing, the brininess intensifies. Pear-peach-grape are also in there; it lends itself to deep nosing, lacking the pinch of alcohol. Exceptionally smooth. Smoke is prominent. Also something green, like grass, seaweed, or evergreen trees.

Tasting again, there is very pleasant honey-molasses followed by a slowly unraveling wood-cellulose quality, also very pleasant.

Ultimately, it possesses a sweetness which is very difficult to describe, and this is combined with a manageable wood-smokiness like that of Highland Park 12, only here there is also the Speyside-like fruitiness.

Nose again: a hint of iodine - the first dram in which I ever found the brine-seaweed-iodine or "coastal" quality. An extremely interesting drop, full of spice, smoke, fruit, sea-spray, and baked sweets. Exceptionally smooth and partakable, friendly and complex.

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FMichael commented

Nice review...The Talisker 10 yr is a unique whisky, and many seem to either like it, or simply don't care for it at all (I was on the fence at 1st, but gave it another try several months later, and glad I did).

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bijalon commented

Very nice review indeed. I love this whisky. It reminds me of the scents of being at home on the Gulf of Mexico. No other whisky (I have found thus yet) share the profile of Talisker 10. I recently have found Clynelish 14 y/o to have the same maritime quality with a fruity, floral character typical of some highlanders. Just as unique as Talisker 10.

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