Powerful peat-smoke with just a hint of sea-water saltiness, fresh oysters, and a citrus sweetness.
A rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. Peppery at the back of the mouth.
Huge, long, warming and peppery in the finish with an appetising sweetness.
Malt Advocate 90 points - Another that should need no introduction. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that gives the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker’s smoke, which ain’t as all-pervading as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality. When young there are notes of the land: heather, moor, sweet seaweed, and a finish that has a distinctive cracked black pepper hit.
(Summer 2012) Reviewed by: Dave Broom (Aug 2012)
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 96 points - (UB Collection,Finalist,Great Value,Tried & True Award)- Wheat field yelloa/amber color. Distinctive aroma serves notice immediately that this is a spirity, robust malt of consequence. Flavor profile supports the bouquet, adding traces of sea salt, tobacco, cooking oil, sage. Maritime malt magnificence in a glass. (Apr 2016)
Chestnut brown color. Sharp and well focused; no lingering, rambling smoke here. A sultana sweetness. One of the most tantalizing sherry noses - certainly the cleanest. Crisp peat then softens to great richness in the mouth. Sweet, roasty malt with heathery dryness. Sherry notes keep back some pepper. In its place is luscious, slightly oily sweetness with juicy fruit and vanilla. Some very deep cocoa notes, vanilla and lingering quite earthy peat.