Talisker Distillers Edition
Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland
Reviewed April 21, 2021
It’s hard to beat Talisker 10 and 57 North-these mildly briny, gently peated malts are the perfect balance for my palate. The 2020 Distillers, finished in sweet Sherry butts, just about does it though. The finish adds a rich honey-grapey front end to the delicious 10, yielding a luscious fruity-smoky syrup that’s a world away from the bolshy assertiveness of a Laphroaig or the astringent lime of an Ardbeg. Is it a little cloying? Maybe, but you’re not going to drink more than one shot at a time, are you???
Great review. There does seem to be some significant batch variation, though. I had one Talisker DE that was close to the best whisky I’ve ever had. Then I bought a bottle a year later and it was kind of harsh and tannic.
I loved this bottle when I first opened it, but it oxidized rather quickly (in less than six months) and turned into a quite flat yet somehow also astringent dram.