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I was first introduced to Talisker through the 10yr at a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse which is now a favorite of mine (not really a steak eater but, because of business, I find my self at steakhouses a few times a month).
When I went to buy a bottle I figured that if the 10yr was so good, the 18yr had to be better. As many of you know, with whisky, age doesn't always matter.
While I do prefer the 10yr over the 18yr, I'm not going to do a comparative review. I will review the 18yr on it's own merits. I just thought, for those who like to find a bargain, you can save a good $20 sticking with the 10yr, if you so choose.
Nose: I found myself nosing this for quite some time. So nice and warm, almost savory. Some oak notes here too. Some peat, quite subdued however. Subtle fruits - overripe berries or spiced pear. Quite lovely. Kind of like when you go to the bakery during bake time, you just want to keep sniffing!
Palate: Warm & spicy. Toasted coconut, apple cake that has been re-heated in the toaster for too long and became slightly burnt (can't tell you how many times I've done crap like that), kind of peppery, honey glazed baked goods and burnt grass - hello peat!
Finish - Medium long with a bit more smoke. Oily coat. Some of the extra maturation can be tasted here - there's some nice oakiness which I only noticed on the nose.
This made me want to bulk up on carbs! A nice baguette with some oil...here I come!