A Quartet of Taliskers

Doing this blog i am quite lucky to be sent samples occasionally by friends, or directly from Distilleries or PR for distilleries, i attend whisky shows and whisky clubs and also tend to buy a fair bit of whisky tooand as such I sometimes find myself with a bit of a backlog of reviews to get through, or to post on the site. At the moment i have around 40 reviews that are ready to go on the site and with a lot more whisky to try this year i've decided to combine some of the reviews into news articles and do a few at a time if there is a consistent theme.

Luckily i have a constistant theme with this lot as I sample a range of whiskies from the Talisker distillery being the Taliskers Distillers Edition, Talisker 18 Year Old and the 2 latest releases Talisker Storm and talisker Port Ruighe.

Talisker 2000 Distillers Edition Talisker 2000 Amoroso Finish - Distillers Edition

This Talisker Distillers Edition is finished in an Amoroso Sherry cask and the fruitiness in this whisky mixed with the seasalt, smoke and pepper really works well. Thanks to Johanne Mcinnes (@whiskylassie) of the Perfect Whisky Match blog for sending me this sample all the way from Canada.

Bottle Name Talisker 2000 Amoroso Finish - Distillers Edition
Bottler Talisker
Distiller Talisker
Age* NAS
ABV 45.8%
Nose Touches of smoke, come and go then there's loads of sweet jammy fruit, lots of fresh pineapple and mango tropical fruits with floral gums and a smidgen of fresh oak.
Taste Oaky and smoky, with that tropical fruit and floral goodness hiding in the background.
Finish touches of smoke and oak sweetness.


Talisker 18 Year Old Talisker 18 Year Old

Thanks to Andrew Purslow (@ardbaggie) for the sample of this cracker of a dram. I was totally expecting just a more refined version of the Talisker 10 but what i got was a fruitiness and sweetness similar to the Distillers Edition but with a lot more refined in the seaspray and finish, this is a cracker of a dram and i need to grab a bottle soon.

Bottle Name Talisker 18 Year Old
Bottler Talisker
Distiller Talisker
Age* 18
ABV 45.8%
Nose There's a real sweetness and fruitiness on the nose here that i wasn't expecting, it reminds me a bit of the Distillers Edition as there's an edge of fruit that hits before the trademark Seaspray you get from Talisker. with plum jam, almost port line, then atouch of greengages and nectarines before seaspray and salty chips and a touch of open fire wood burning smoke.
Taste plums and greengages with seaspray and a touch of pepper, there's an edge of smoke but nothing more than the smell on your clothes after sitting by an open fire the night before.
Finish has a nice long finish that grows and grows with the usual talisker pepper and spice


Talisker Storm Talisker Storm

Many thanks to my good friend Steve Prentice (@steveprentice) of Somerset Whisky Blog for sending me the sample of this new Talisker which was supposed to be a stronger, peatier version, but that i found a bit tame and not as powerful as the name would suggest.

Bottle Name Talisker Storm
Bottler Talisker
Distiller Talisker
Age* NAS
ABV 45.8%
Nose a really unusual nose, quite subtle with edges of acetone mixed in with a touch of chinese all spice, there's a touch of smoke, but not huge, just a smidge not as much as i was expecting.
Taste spicy and peppery with a hit of heat, there's a smidge of smoke but again i was expecting more from it, a touch of sweetness in there too.
Finish quite a winey note, medium length.


Talisker Port RuigheTalisker Port Ruighe

The sample of this whisky came directly from Talisker so thank you to you guys for the sample. Initially i was really excited about this dram as i'm a big fan of port finishes, however when i tried this initially at Edinburgh Whisky Festival i was quite disappointed and found it very cheesey, but then when i re-sampled at home i found it was still a little cheesey on the nose but no-where near as bad as i remembered from the Festival, i'm going to put that down to a tainted glass at the festival.

It's still got a little cheese there but nothing that stops me wanting this anymore and it's made it onto my list of bottles to buy soon.

Bottle Name Talisker Port Ruighe
Bottler Talisker
Distiller Talisker
Age* NAS
ABV 45.8%
Nose Smoke and seasalt come first, that typical talisker note is there before a sweetness that eludes to more and edges of plum and strawberry jam, the backing notes are however quite lactic with bavarian smoked cheese.
Taste Fruit with a lot of plum and homemade strawberry jam, sweet but with a salty sea spray like eating a jam piece at the pier.
Finish homemade strawberry jam and sea spray



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