The Schtick: This is an independent bottling of spirit distilled at Talisker, and bottled by Old Particular for KLWines after 8 years of aging. Bottled at cask strength without coloring or filtering, this young Island spirit should be interesting. I tasted this dram blind and then got the reveal at a later time, so keep that in mind as you read through these notes. Let’s dive in.
Bottler: Old Particular
ABV: 59.5% ABV
Age: 8 Years
Nose: Brine, pepper, honey. Light fresh baked bread. Some sulfur, but not much at all. Lovely salted caramel.
Taste: Nice palate, but quite a bit of heat. Brash, powerful brine and salinity, along with some baked bread, light ash and some pepper. Honey, caramel and fresh berries round out the palate.
Finish: Long, bit of heat, but pretty nice. Vanilla, toffee, brine and caramel are dominant with a good dose of pepper to close things out.
Overall: This is really nice. A bit hot, so likely a bit young, but good balance and depth for its youth.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect