Talisker 18 (2007)
Shame on me, because this is only the first ever Talisker I review on Words of Whisky. And Talisker is surely one of the more recognizable names in whisky, and represents some of the best that Diageo has to offer. Their 10yo is a classic, but today we move a little higher up the Talisker-ladder as I try their 18yo. This review is of an older bottling from eight years ago.
Talisker 18yo (45,8%, OB, 2007)
Nose: Some light smoke is accompanied by brine. Then lots of fruit appears. Lemon, underripe banana, nectarine and peach. It also has a floral quality. Yes, this is proper stuff.
Taste: Soft at first but then some intense smoke and pepper. Pretty dry. But it mellows after a while, which is when the fruit returns, this time apples and pears. And there’s some marzipan too.
Finish: Smoky and peppery, giving it a beautiful long fruity ending.
Very good stuff from Talisker. The people working for this Skye-distillery certainly know what they are doing. I wonder if the newer bottlings of the 18yo are just as good?
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.