Diageo’s Distillers Editions appear on a yearly basis. Their classic malts then get a second maturation. For the Talisker, that’s on Amoroso sherry casks. This is the Talisker DE from 2007 that was bottled in 2017. Can’t go wrong with this one.
Talisker is immediately recognizable on the palate – the DNA is there – but that is nicely upholstered with lovely notes of orangettes, raspberries, red apples, barbecue sauce, walnuts, bacon, dark honey and some sweet espresso. This is actually much better than I remember.
It caresses the palate in all its creamy glory. It starts off bittersweet on blood oranges and grapefruit, green grapes, chewing tobacco and walnuts, only to become sweeter on some honey. But it does not last. Quite a big hit of brackish water kicks in, joined by some white pepper and an unexpected and previously undiscovered floral note, almost perfume-y. Am I imagining this? I’ve never had this in a Talisker before. In the meantime the smoke, which was almost undetectable upon arrival, starts to grow warm and big.
While the smoke fades away gently, I get an uppercut of candied orange peel sprinkled with chili peppers. The floral element remains surprisingly present. So I did not just imagine it.
It remains a helluva malt, but the perfume-y note was somewhat odd. If I were to launch a perfume with Talisker, I’d name it the Talisker Touch (wifey rolls the eyes when I mention this). Thanks, Pat, another great experience.