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Talisker 8 Year Old 2011 Diageo Special Releases 2020


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

15th Oct 2020


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This is probably the bottling that most have been looking forward to. It is the first Talisker to be finished on Caribbean rum barrels.

I confess... That's a strange but intriguing nose. Talisker's DNA is present, don't get me wrong, but is largely 'wrapped' by sweet notes from the rum barrels. Almost as if Talisker's seawater was replaced by sugar water. There's something savoury about it, like meat on the barbecue. But it's okay.

Immediately honeysweet and spicy on the palate. Vanilla, rum and citrus fruit with a few drops of soy sauce, a lot of pepper and a nice smokiness.

Something of camphor and chillies in the (rather short) aftertaste.

Yes, this one is going to sell like sweet cupcakes, no doubt about it. But... I thought the 8-year-old of 2018 was a lot better.

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