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Talisker 10 Year Old Impressions

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What is it? 

Distillery: Talisker, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Name: 10 Year Old
Make: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Extra Info: Two of Talisker's five stills have unique and unusual Lyne arms with a dramatic crank shape, which help give the distillery its signature flavour.

Why did I buy it?

The Talisker 10 Year Old was part of my journey to sample non-Islay peaty malts. I was also stuck by its peppery finish when I first tried it and wanted to buy a bottle at some stage. The Talisker 10 Year Old was the whisky used to make my Whisky-Cured Bacon.

What did I think of it?

Presentation: Classic Scotch whisky bottle shape with a traditional style label in attractive navy blue and gold on off-white. The label contrasts well against the colour of the whisky inside the uncoloured glass bottle. Bottled at 45.8% ABV.

Appearance: Bright orange gold colour, with consistency maintained through the addition of E150 caramel colouring and chill filtration; a common practice with larger distillery’s flagship expressions such as this.

Aroma: Far off beach bonfire, brine. Addition of water brings out a scent of sweet vanilla.

Flavour: Spicy. Pleasant smoke.

Finish: Long, lingering smoke, building to peppery punch.

Would I buy it again?

Yes, I would buy this again, but not for a while. I would love to sample a cask strength version. The Talisker 10 Year Old is a great whisky to introduce to someone who only drinks Islay malts. It has a pleasant smokiness and a very obvious peppery finish which is a good indicator for anyone trying to learn how to identify whisky flavours for critical tastings.

Disclaimer: I do not claim to have the nose and palate of a Master Sommelier, however, I am working to train my senses to better identify whisky aromas and flavours. Consider all my whisky 'Impressions' to be a work in progress and I hope to come back to each of them in the future to see if I notice anything different. Most importantly, I'm not just throwing around random aromas, flavours and adjectives for the hell of it; I am trying really hard to critically describe each whisky I taste - WhiskyDad.

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