Price Point: $65 – $75 for 750 ML
Of the 96 whiskey reviews I have posted, only 13 have been rated a 90 or above. For all you math nerds out there, that’s under 14%. And, if you’ve read my reviews, you know that I tend to purchase a variety of whiskeys, but certainly not a lot of bottom-shelf expressions.
That being said, when I received a bottle of Talisker Distillers Edition for my birthday, I wondered if it would stack up with the Talisker 10 Year Old, which was one of the elite making it into my “grade A” category. Let’s see how a whisky from the Isle of Skye, double matured in Amoroso cask wood, stacks up to its younger brother.
The nose opens up with wood and peppermint. Talisker Distillers Edition is smoky with plenty of ocean influences. It’s medicinal, with rich vanilla and red wine (sherry) at the tail end of the nose. Oddly, I pick up a strong bourbon scent, too.
In the mouth, Talisker Distillers Edition is a tamer version of Ardbeg Uigeadail. It’s heavy on leather and oak; smoky but not overdone. The sherry influence mixes very well. It’s salty and oily – a complex Scotch that keeps you guessing and guessing.
Like putting out a fire, Talisker Distillers Edition ends smoky. The finish is salty and sweet and here to stay; wonderful!
Rating & Recommendations
This is an excellent Scotch whisky, earning a rating of 92 out of 100.
If you consider yourself a fan of maritime Scotches (or the 10 Year Old Talisker), you have to pick up a bottle of the Distillers Edition.