Review: Talisker Distiller's Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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11 Years; Ex-bourbon finished in Amaroso Sherry Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Talisker (Carbost, Scotland)

This is similar to the standard Talisker 10, but with a finishing period in Amaroso Sherry Casks - similar to Oloroso but sweeter - providing another different look at the spirit of Talisker.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L4266C2000 07011707

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Creamy almond strikes me at first - but with many other things at play: smoke (of course!), vanilla, gooseberries, white grape, sultana raisins, cooked apples, cinnamon, and the lightest touch of sherry in the background – though I’m not sure I would have noticed it if I hadn’t gone looking for it. The light tannins balance out this whisky well and provide a lot more nice structure to the whisky. A good bit of complexity and subtlety playing into the mix for this one. The finish comes out with a fair bit of creaminess which fits well into all the subtlety, yet it is still a bit dry…very nice.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $120.