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Talisker is the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, something they proudly print on their labels. Although they may get competition as Pràban na Linne, who put the black Poit Dhubh whisky to market, have plans for a distillery on Skye as well. While Talisker is an Island whisky for most of us, the SWA declared that this region is non-existent and thus Talisker is a Highlander. Whatever, SWA. It is one helluva whisky and this 18 Year Old will prove it beyond the shadow of a doubt.
What a fruity nose! Soft and creamy on peaches and apple sauce. Orangettes and vanilla custard. Soft honey. The peat is discreet and there is no salt to speak of. After a few moments, I even get some espresso and baked banana. Mint and chocolate. Well, After Eight delights. Magnificent.
It is oily on the palate and remains very sweet on yellow fruits before exploding in a mix of peppers, liquorice, leather and marzipan. Clear sherry influences. The peat is still discrete. Midpalate, the orangettes return with a salty twist. Nice balance.
In the medium long finish, it is the smoke and pepper that lingers the longest.
A great, complex, wonderfully sweet and salty, balanced Talisker. A Classic.