Talisker 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland
Reviewed January 9, 2021 (edited January 13, 2021)
I’ve had Talisker’s non age stated “Storm”, so I’m interested to see how the standard 10 is as a Talisker baseline. The nose has bright fruits (citrus and fresh pear and apple) and cooked fruit, very salty/briny, smoked meat, roasted almonds, spicy chili pepper, and a hint of sweet vanilla The palate light body but packs a punch. It is salty, fairly spicy chili on the back of the palate, nice nuttiness, orange marmalade, peaty iodine and light vanilla cake. The finish is medium in length with spicy chili pepper lingering on the back of the throat along with peaty iodine. Some orange marmalade shows up as the former trails off. This is spicier than I expected. Overall it’s good, more focused and slightly refined flavors over the Storm. But for peated whiskey, I’m still favoring it’s Islay cousins.