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Talisker 18 Year Old

Subtle and Sweet

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th Sep 2011


Talisker 18 Year Old
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Talisker 18 Year Old was launched in 2004 and is currently not easy to find. I has a lot in common with the classic 10 Year Old, but is so much more subtle. Less in your face and rounder, calmer, but no less good.

While the salt and pepper are certainly present, this nose is a lot softer and sweeter. Honey, chocolate cookies with orange marmalade, ginger. The peat is there, but stays in the background. The sea breeze remains in the glass and doesn’t become a storm. Subtle, sweet nose!

Wonderfully sweet at the attack, immediately followed by a peppery bomb, as you can expect from Talisker. Very smokey, counterbalancing the fruitiness. Powerful mouthfeel. Great body. Damn, this is the good stuff!

The finish, like the nose, is subtle and sweet and allows the wood to speak at the end to finally die on liquorice and brine.

Man, oh man, this is a beautiful whisky. Much better than the already great Talisker 10. If you can still find it, don’t hesitate!

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CaptinTom commented

I totally agree this is a wonderful whisky. Much more restrained than the 10 year old, especially in the nose. All the Talisker trade mark notes are there, just more refined and dare I say, sophisticated.

12 years ago 0

mattberg commented

Have just bought a bottle and am looking forward to opening as enduring the sharp weather here in London deserves a good dram!

12 years ago 0

Victor commented

@markjedi1, thank you for a very nice and accurate review of a delightful whisky.

@mattberg, I will be very surprised if you do not like this whisky. As I said about Talisker 18 in my own review of it: "...smooth, smooth, smooth!" It is beautiful, sweet, subtle, and very refined. For me, this is a watching-the-sunset kind of whisky.

12 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

Hear, hear!

12 years ago 0

GregLogan commented

All right Gents - I am on the journey (as of today) based on your input - need to follow through with the "half bottle" review for credibility sake...

12 years ago 0