Price Point: $45 – $55 for 750 ML
Distiller: Talisker Distillery
As you may recall, in one of my first reviews, I mentioned my first experience with Scotch whisky. I was in my parents’ basement and my dad was exposing me to various Scotches, starting with the Highlands and Speysides and working our way to the Maritime varieties. Ardbeg was the finale, but before that, I had to overcome Talisker. To my untrained palate, Talisker was no walk in the park – further evidence that whiskey is an acquired taste that transforms negative flavors into positive ones.
Talisker is the only whisky distilled on the Isle of Skye, an island West of the Highlands region of Scotland and well far North of Islay. However, Talisker embodies a lot of the peat and smoke of Islay whiskies despite its geographic differences. It’s a bit more refined, and even has a slight hint of sherry on the nose.
In the mouth, there’s a touch of peat, but not overwhelming like Ardbeg or Laphroaig. There’s also the familiar malty taste of a Speyside whisky and the ease of drinking of a Highland. Talisker is a wonderful blend of the best qualities of Scotland’s whiskies.
I really like the finish. A little smoke, a little oak, and a little bit of tingling on the back end. Very nice.
Rating & Recommendations
Since my first exposure to Scotch, my taste buds have adapted, and I appreciate good whiskey at long last. Talisker 10 Year Old is easily one of my favorites, which is why I rate it 90 out of 100.
I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but drink this stuff neat!
I don’t give out a whole lot of 90 ratings or above, so clearly Talisker is right up there for me. If you think you have similar tastes to mine, go out and get yourself a bottle.