Review #422 – Talisker Distillers Edition
Review #422 | /r/Scotch Review #168 – Talisker Distiller’s Edition (1992-2005)
The Schtick: Diageo releases special “Distiller’s Editions” of each of their core line of products once a year. This particular Talisker was aged from 1992 to 2015 and finished in Amoroso sherry. I’ve not had much Amoroso sherry before but I think it will marry quite well with the profile that Talisker delivers. It is NOT bottled at cask strength, bummer, but at 45.8% ABV, it’s not awful either.
Bottler: Talisker (Diageo)
ABV: 45.8% ABV
Age: 13 Years
Maturation: Ex-bourbon then Amoroso Sherry (Duration undefined)
Mashbill: Single Malt
Source: r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Sweet vanilla, stewed fruits, salted caramel and the briny sea air. There’s really nice fruitiness accompanying the brine – lots of strawberry, lingonberry, blackberry. Nice blend of scents.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel but no heat, salt and pepper make a good first appearance followed by stewed fruits and vanilla. There’s a lot of toffee here and the pepper balances the sweetness really well. The combination of sweet fruity notes and the briny salt and pepper makes for a very savory palate – not in the BBQ peat sense but the sweet vs salty sort of way. Really delicious. Very complex.
Finish: MEdium in length but no growing heat. Lots of that blackberry-strawberry along with a good deal of salt, pepper, caramel and a nice oak note. Very savory.
Overall: I’m incredibly impressed with this bottle. The blend of sherry and the Talisker profile here is just phenomenal. This was my first Talisker DE and I really need to try more. The notes were delicious and the complexity was meticulous and really well done. I’m going to give this a Rank 8, which, if you follow many of my reviews, you’ll realize that that means this is a hell of a dram.
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