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Talisker 18 Year Old

Like a perfectly tweaked version of the 10 year old

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@jdcookReview by @jdcook

7th Dec 2009


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Once I had completed my tasting of the four Lark malts, I saw the Talisker 18 on the shelf, and thought why not?

The smell is warm, filled with salt, peat, leather, smoke, and underlying hints of maple syrup. With water I start the maple syrup broadens, along with added iodine and good tobacco. Perfect for a cold winter evening.

The taste is a continuation of the nose. Salt, peat, leather, caramel notes. There is tobacco and and a hint of spice. The smokiness is of a clean burning dry wood fire. Very warm and savoury.

The finish is a long, slow burn. With gentle peat and smoke notes, and an initial spicy tingle.

This is a superbly balanced malt - if you could take the 10 year old and just tweak it slightly to be completely perfect - this is what you would get. Good for special occasions, and easy enough to be a daily dram (if you can afford it). I'm definitely going to be getting a bottle for my shelf at some stage!

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jeanluc commented

A fine, fine whisky. Now on my wish list (again!)

11 years ago 0

jdcook commented

Yeah, it is super good, and I'm wishing I had the dosh to just up and buy a bottle - a really good dram.

11 years ago 0

jdcook commented

Just opened the bottle my wife bought me for Christmas. Oh my!

11 years ago 0

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