Opposite to widespread rumours some time in the past, Talisker 10 Yr Previous hasn’t been discontinued. Earlier this 12 months it was given a makeover with a label that was lower within the form of the Isle of Skye.
On the similar time they needed to take away the declare that Talisker was the one distillery on Skye (after the opening of Torabhaig). They now say it’s the oldest distillery on Skye.
Talisker 10 yo (45,8%, OB +/- 2022)
Nostril: the standard spicy / coastal assault, with loads of seaweed, brine and pepper. Maybe somewhat extra caramel sweetness within the background than within the previous days. Hints of yellow apples, toasted almonds and vanilla. Quite a lot of boat rope and ashes full this good nostril.
Mouth: nonetheless fairly ashy with a lot of black peppercorns. Once more an apple sweetness with some lemons and milk chocolate behind it. Sharper mineral notes and a refined natural edge come out. Dried seaweed. Briny smoke with some anise and chilli.
End: fairly lengthy, saline, with iodine, pepper and a lemony rigidity.
Maybe somewhat sweeter than I remembered, however Talisker 10 Yr Previous remains to be a benchmark for maritime character in whisky. It’s not at all times simple as a critical whisky lover to seek out one thing fascinating in a bar, however that is one in all these drams you may depend on. Obtainable from The Whisky Change or Grasp of Malt, and just about every other whisky store.