Talisker DE 2000 is an 11 year-old whisky which aged in ex-bourbon cask and finished in amoroso sherry(aka cream sherry) cask for a few months, this is a 20cl bottle which has been opened for 6 months.
Nose: Fruity and peaty. Orange peel, peat, smoke, raisin, tobacco and leather.
Palate: Dried herb, sea salt, apple brandy, black pepper, ginseng and smoke.
Finish: Coffee bean, black pepper, caramel and burnt wood. The peat is soft and gentle.
Balance: Slightly sweet with dry finish, the peat and smoke is moderate, very subtle and enjoyable.
Overall: I enjoy this more than Talisker 10yo, DE is clearly more sophisticated and complex, definitely worth the extra money even it's only one year older. It seems Talisker DE has turned to be 10yo in the recent two years, not sure if the quality has clear drop but always sad to see these things happening to the whiskies you love.
You're saying that the more recent ones are moved from bourbon barrels to the sherry casks after only 9 years, instead of 10?
That certainly sounds legit and expected from today's whisky world, but it's the first I've heard of it. Is that on the labels, or what's the source?
@Ol_Jas just go check sites like Master of Malts and you can see the recent two batches are 2005-2015 and 2006-2016.