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What a gift to the whisky world. The Talisker 18 year has become my new favorite single malt Scotch. I have been purchasing and sampling many different bottles. Some have been good to excellent while others are average at best.
I had some apprehension purchasing this bottle. Of the regions I have sampled, highland and speyside drams seemed to be the most in line to my taste. I had only sampled one Islay, a bottle of Lophroaig 15. Although it didn't taste bad, it had an overwhelming band-aid taste I could not escape. This stopped the purchase of another Islay for a few bottles. How foolish I was in that regard.
The nose on the Talisker was very woody and pearish with hints of smoke and Iodine. No essence overtook another which made for a pleasant balance.
The taste initially is very smoky and buttery with an undertone of fruit and iodine. The smoke is at the right balance and works within the (system). The iodine hints are also perfectly leveled and the warth is very pleasant.
I would say the finish is medium-long and warm. This is where the iodine exerts itself and the fruit and smoke settle into the back seat for a nice country drive.
My retailer had two bottles of this when I bought the first one. I have heard in some circles that the Talisker 18 is somewhat hard to come by. I think it is time for my first re-buy and secure his last bottle for future use. Top notch!!