Review: Talisker 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

10 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Talisker (Carbost, Scotland)

A definitive smoky, Island malt - Talisker is another distillery in the Diageo portfolio, hailing from the magnificent Isle of Skye. An interesting fact - not all the whisky is matured there. While I was at Glen Ord last year, I saw a cask of Talisker maturing - Diageo distributes its casks among its distilleries so that if there is a fire, etc., not all the stock will be depleted.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L4072CM0 0 0 0159818 7

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

There is some nice peat here! I suppose that might be obvious, but there’s peat, and then there’s peat….And a good bit of creaminess as well, yet still spicy and interesting as well and what seems to be some nice bourbon cask influence. On the palate, creamy and smoky, though it is a bit flat and plain – it is missing some of the depth and complexity it usually does. The finish develops in a warming fashion, too, with apple, apricot, and the lightest drying of the mouth in the end.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $100.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L6194CM000 04970461

  • Bottling Date: 2017

The nose is marvelous. Pepper, creamy malt, dark chocolate, custard, and terrific earthiness. The palate is sweet, with apple, a light marine mineral character, spice, apricot, and terrific earthiness – and slight floral dried flower notes (these are very nice!). Old (as opposed to freshly) ground black pepper on the finish, with earthy peat, smoke, and vanilla. The finish is lightly drying, and the sweetness is perfect to balance.  Terrific - better and more vibrant than my last bottle! The cacao, smoke, earthiness, dryness, and sweetness of the finish are just brilliant.

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

Value: Average at $100.