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I'm starting to get pretty into this whiskey thing, i've tried getting the girls involved but so far no joy, just can't pull them away from those vodka/diet cokes!
The girls I know who do like whiskey, tend to like the easy drinking floral whiskeys, the easy whiskeys, where as I am all about the peaty ones, the smokey ones, the fiery ones!
Talisker is something i'd wanted to try out for a long time, after hearing very good reviews on it from my whiskey buff friend. My first experience with this drink was as a restaurant, a premium curry house (extremely tasty), I saw it and ordered a glass, (a large glass).
The first thing that struck me was the colour, it is an intense colour, it looks as if there are complex flavours lurking within- it looks intreguing and mesmerizing. In terms of taste it has the peatyness of a strong islay, but without the fire and smoke. It is absolutely delicious, for a 10 year old whiskey it has some very strong tastes, almost like a spicey taste- it matched perfectly with the curry.
I later found out that talisker indeed does have a 'spicey' quality to it, and I was correct to assume if would go well with curry- a happy accident.
A slightly less happy moment was when the bill came to me, £10.90 for a double! I knew talisker was premium but nearly £6 a glass was way too much but I still thought it was worth it. Thankfully an entire bottle could be purchased for £35, which is about right for a nice whiskey. Get some, it tastes great and it looks good on the shelf too.
Talisker, a delicious whiskey from the Isle of Skye- recommended
My husband enjoys whisky and over the years I have tried a fair few alongside him and have developed a sense of which ones I like and do not like, just like wines really.
"Talisker is the only distillery on Skye. The island's Gaelic name, Eilean a Cheo, translates as "Isle of Mists", which gives a clue to the maritime climate - tall mountains and poor soil made it impossible to cultivate barley in quantity, as was done on Islay"
Talisker comes presented in a blue cardboard case with information on Talisker and the drink on the back and inside the case is the bottle, clear glass with a pull off plastic and cork stopper that is easy to use and does not leak in my experience. The cardboard case shows scenes from Skye and always brings back found memories of the time I have spent there. The whisky is 70cl and 45% abv and costs in the region of £32, though it is worth shopping around as you can sometimes pick it up in when supermarkets have special deals for around £5 cheaper.
The whisky is golden in colour and has the consistency of water, though it tastes so much better!
On opening the bottle you will be greeted with a smokey smell with hints of apple and the sea, I find it quite fresh on the nose and not overly strong or antiseptic smelling. On tasting I get strong peaty, peppery and smokey tastes that are fairly intense, though not overly to put me off drinking it. Overall it is a very well balanced single malt, in terms of flavours, that has a lingering, warming after taste with hints of malt and barley.
Overall I would recommend this to people who enjoy single malts, that pack a punch, are peaty and peppery and help to warm you on a cold winter's night. The only downside is possible the price and the fact that if you drink too much you get a hangover!
When it comes to well known single malt whiskies there are a certain few that stand out. One of these is Talisker. This is one of the biggest selling single malt whiskies and it is often considered on of the best. Although it's not one of my favourite whiskies it is one I have had a few times and I do actually have half a bottle of this sat in my kitchen right now. So I suppose that means this is a whisky that I really need to review.
So Talisker is actually made on the Isle of Skye. The Talisker distillery is the only one of Skye which is something of a surprise given that Skye is a very large island by Scottish standards. Talisker has been going for a few hundred years and it has a very good reputation and you can find bottles of this stuff all over the world.
So what about the whisky itself. Well the first thing you notice is how dark in colour this one is, in fact it's one of the darkest whiskies I have ever sampled. The smell is quite strong and powerful and you get a smokey whiff. When you taste it I would say it is not as smooth as I would expect and it hits you quite hard. That smokey flavour is in evidence and there is also a subtle sweetness. The finish is quite long and again very powerful and warming, there are also peppery and spicy flavours that come through at the end. The finish I find is a little harsh and although the flavour is certainly not bad the finish leaves you feeling a little disappointed.
Talisker whisky comes in at 45.8% and this is for the standard ten year bottle. There are other versions that Talisker make and these are supposedly very nice although I must admit I have never been lucky enough to try any of the older versions. The price of this one is around £30 although as this is such a well known whisky that is nearly always in the supermarkets it is one that is often found on offer. I got this one for £24 just before Christmas when Tesco had lots on offer.
So overall I would say this is not really one of my favourite whiskies but it is one that is a very high standard. Many people would list this as their own personal favourite and so that shows that there is something special about it. For price and value it's not bad at all and for new whisky drinkers I would say this is a very good place to start. Plus it comes in a nice box!
I am not really a whiskey drinker,but occasionally I do enjoy a wee dram. We have been visiting the Isle of Skye for many years and know the Talisker distillery well. A few years ago whilst on the Island,I was offered a wee dram of Talisker by a friend. I accepted as I was keen to try a local offering and was pleasantly impressed by the taste.
Talisker whiskey is a single malt. There are various ages of the whisky available but the most common is the 10 year old malt. The distillery is situated in Carbost and commands a beautiful spot on the Island. There are tours available of the distillery where you can watch the process.These cost £5 for an adult with children from aged 8 charged half price. The tour includes a dram of whiskey and you will be given a discount voucher against the purchase of a bottle of whiskey from the well stocked shop. I love the fact that this whiskey is distilled on the Island .
The taste of Talisker is unlike any other Whiskey I have tried and will probably not suit everyone. It has a strong smoky/peaty taste and is sweeter than other Whiskeys I have tried. I like to drink it with ice as this dilutes the strong taste of peat. The taste comes from the fact that the water used in the distilling process flows over peat. I don't drink this whiskey very often,but whenever I do it reminds me of my beloved Isle of Skye.The whiskey is very smooth and gives a lovely warming feeling as you drink.
Talisker whiskey is available from most large supermarkets and Tesco have the 700 ml bottle on offer at present at £25.60. The alcohol content of Talisker is high at 45.8%,so a wee dram is enough to warm you !
Nice. I am a new whisky drinker (just turned 18) and the only things i have had before were Glen Grant and Glenmorangie, and i had heard bad things about the islay ones (too peaty) but i can tell you, they were wrong!talisker has a lovely smell and is very smoky/oaky and just slips down nicely (no biting aftertaste unlike some whiskys e.g bells) and warms your belly right up. LovelyGot it for a friends 18th present and liked it so much i got some for myself. Very Very nice. Would reccomend, especially as its available for £20 to £30 depending on whether its on offer or not.
This review is about one of my favourite drinks and I hope I can persuade you to give it a try! Talisker 10-year-old single malt is the drink I am referring to but before I tell you about the whiskey let me tell you a bit about where its made.
Talisker whiskey is produced on the beautiful island of Skye off the north west coast of Scotland. The distillery itself is on the shores of loch Harport in the shadows of the impressive Cuillin Mountains. The location is fairly remote and I think it is a very fitting place for such nectar as this to be produced. There is in fact only one distillery on Skye. Hugh and Kenneth Macaskill founded the distillery in 1830. During the Second World War the distillery stopped production and in 1960 it was partly destroyed by fire. However since 1961 production has been in full swing! Visitors are welcome to have a look around and partake of a small dram or two!
The whiskey is made using water from a nearby burn and is matured in Amoroso sherry casks that is, apparantly, what gives it its smoky nose and taste.
Right enough of the history, what does it taste like?
Talisker whiskey has a very unique flavour. When you see it in a glass you will realise that it is different. The colour is dark amber and the nose is slightly smoky. Put it to your lips and sip and immediately you will be struck by a slightly sweet taste. There is a lovely warm sensation as it goes down and then a smoky peppery aftertaste. I find it difficult to describe really so would recommend you try it for your self! This whiskey has definitely got what I would describe as a full flavour and has quite a kick to it. With an alcohol content of 45.8% you need to treat it with respect!
Talisker whiskey is widely available from most supermarkets and you will have to pay around £26 for a bottle, which I think is a very fair price. I like to drink this neat but you could add a little Scottish spring water to it. It really should be taken on its own and to add anything other than water would be a crime!
The first time I tasted Talisker I loved it and knew we would be together always. I have never been to Skye but whenever I taste Talisker, I am transported to a rugged scottish coastline - the combination of syrupy saltiness and spicy, peaty pepperiness, laping and crashing against me. I *love* malt whiskies especially the Islay malts and sometimes Talisker makes me feel sad - because whenver I drink the others, I am secretly thinking of her (sorry Lagavulin). I sometimes find Bowmore and Laphroig leave me a little 'headachey' but Talisker only yields euphoric intoxication. If you have not tried it I envy and pity you. If you do not love it I have no time for you. And if you add a mixer GRRRRRRRRRRR fdlkgjldfkgj gfsd ... Cheers, Kip.
This will probably be the easiest review I will ever write. Talisker is my drink. By that, I don't just mean that it's my drink of preference, it runs far, far deeper than that. I was born on Skye, you see. The picturesque village of Lower Breakish was my home for the first few years of my life. Breakish is about twenty miles from the Tallisker Distillery on the shores of Loch Harport. With the wonderful sight of the Cullin mountains and the silent waters of the loch, it is the perfect setting. Being the only distillery on Skye, Talisker has an awful lot to live upto. Skye is famed worldwide for its unspoiled natural beauty and unique history. For generations, the inhabitants of the island have survived a life of subsistence farming. Turner painted here by the side of Loch Coruisk, and Flora MacDonald brought Bonnie Prince Charlie here in refuge in 1746. The distillery was founded in 1843 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill. Since then, of course, the distillery has undergone many changes. In the late 19th century, it was refitted with the latest equipment, and at the turn of the century a pier was built and a tramway laid to connect the various buildings on the now extensives premises. The distillery uses water from a burn whose source is on Cnoc nan Speirag (Hawk Hill) With a full flavoured peaty taste, Talisker has a unique character, totally different from the Islay and other Hebredean whiskies. It is exceptionally well-balanced and has a slighty sweet aroma. The taste explodes on your palate and lingers on wonderfully. In my opinion, there is no finer whisky and very few spirits can come close. I drink Talisker and it makes me forget that I'm not at home. Wonderful Oh, and incase you were wondering, the title means "Welcome to the Misty Isle"
It'll come as no surprise whatsoever, I'm sure, that celebrations - Hogmanay in particular, and Burns Night more recently - are treated with the utmost seriousness chez Sleevie. Festivities always are and always will be treated with a degree of reverence which has astonished many an unwary visitor, especially when said festivities can be used as an excuse for conspicuous consumption, loud music and generally having a wee birl around the dance-floor that is our kitchen. Having made it clear to one and all that single malt whiskies featured heavily on my 'wannagit' list for Christmas, I was delighted that the heavy hint was taken, and I could look forward to a dram of Talisker to see in the New Year. Indeed, the suggestion was treated so seriously that I could look forward to toasting every New Year, Burns Night and birthday celebration for the next decade or so in the finest Skye style! Talisker is one of the 'Classic Malts' designated by Guinness United Distillers, who are the overlords of many fine distilleries. It's therefore readily available through retail outlets and in decent bars and hotels across the land. So once you've had a wee read about it, you can zip down to the local offy and grab a bottle to test out the veracity of my words. Expect to shell out around £20 for a 70cl bottle, or around £2.50 - £3.00 for the meagre 25ml measure English pubs are obliged to serve. As you may be aware, malts, like wines, have clearly defined 'regions' which, if you follow the geographical rather than the taste method of classification, run to around six areas, these being (excuse the approximations here) Lowlands, West Highlands, Highlands, Speyside, Islay, and Western Isles. Talisker is produced on Skye, and indeed is the island's only malt whisky. As far as the classification goes, it should be a Western Isles sort of dram, but - engagingly - bears more resemblance to a Western Highlands malt than t
o it's nearer neighbours. Enough prevarication. Let's get down and dirty and have a taste. Talisker (from the Norse Thalas Gair, meaning Sloping Rock, as you'll learn from reading the box your bottle comes in) is a bit of a split-personality. Pour yourself a decent measure. I'll leave you to decide what constitutes a decent measure; far be it from me to deny your right to take it by the half-pint. Just make sure you use a good glass-that's an order! First, take a look at the stuff. A rich, deep colour gives you the first hint of what's in store. Now get your nose into the glass before you taste it. Take a couple of good deep sniffs and, unless you've got a REALLY heavy cold, you'll notice a fruity, slightly smokey scent. You may, at this point, think that what you are about to taste will be something along the lines of an older Macallan or one of the Glenmorangies aged in Madeira casks or something. HAH! Couldn't be further from the mark! Go to the back of the class and put on the pointy hat. To find out what it's really about, take a tiny sip and run it across the whole of your tongue to capture all the different elements. Now climb down from the top of the bookcase, calm down the dog, straighten your clothes and have another undiluted sip. You'll be tasting a rich, powerful and intense whisky with a deep, slightly sweet flavour. Swallow, and you'll start to find out what's so special about this drink. The finish goes on for about 4 months, and walks to Lausanne and back in the meantime. This whisky gets stronger in its taste and character after you've swallowed it than before. My rule of thumb with malts is that they should be softened with a dash of Scottish spring water to release the scents and some of the softer elements in the taste. With Talisker, however, I make an exception and drink it neat. Somehow it suits having your palate do the work. Try it both ways and make your own mind up.
A few historical notes to go with your tasting session. The Distillery was established in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill near the banks of Loch Harport, and was all but destroyed by fire in 1960. It was rebuilt, along with all the necessary accoutrements, most significantly exact replicas of the pot stills which had been at the heart of the distillation process. The rebuild was a success, and 'post fire' whiskies don't differ at all from the pre-1960 samples-or so I'm assured, not having been given the opportunity to taste one of the originals-yet! For more information, on this and malt whisky in general, www.smws.co.uk is the place to look. A great site full facts, gossip and even short stories relating to Malt Whisky. And finally, if you ARE thinking about doing it by the half-pint, don't neglect the fact that it's 45.8% alcohol by volume, so a tad stronger than most other malts on general sale.
Whilst we were on holiday on the Isle of Skye a couple of years ago we drove past the Talisker Distillery and Dave, who does like a wee dram, suggested a visit. I wasn’t particularly keen, as whisky is one of the few alcoholic drinks that I do not like. Anyway I thought that the tour showing exactly how it was made would be interesting even though I didn’t like to drink it, so I agreed and in we went. However the tour began with the guide pouring us all a good shot of Talisker to try and, to my surprise, I actually liked it. It has a smoky aroma with a sweet malty taste and a warm peaty afterburn, and I could really feel the heat as it went down my throat. I could see why we were given the sample before the tour as it gave the drivers time to walk the effects off on the tour before returning to their cars! I have since found out that Talisker is 45.8% alcohol by volume, no wonder we all felt light headed! Talisker is a ten-year-old single malt whisky and is one of the six ‘classic’ malts. The others are Glenkinchie, Dalwhinnie, Cragganmore, Oban and Lagavulin if you’re interested. The distillery is located in the shadow of the Cullin Mountains and the unique taste of Talisker comes from the effects of the peaty soil and local seaweed. It is the only whisky distilled on the Isle of Skye produced by the Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye IV47 8SR which was established in 1830. It should only ever be drunk in small quantities almost like a liqueur so that it can be fully appreciated and it must never ever be mixed with anything other than ice or water. If you intend to drink to excess use a cheaper whisky and keep your Talisker for occasions when something special is required. Talisker currently retails at about £28 for a 70cl bottle so it isn’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but for a special occasion it is well worth the money.
I am more a whisky drinker than connoisseur but still feel I have drunk enough different malts to offer an opinion. It is generally accepted that Island/Islay malts are some of the most potent and these whiskies feature heavily amongst my favourites. However Talisker is not one of the Braveheart "kick you in the teeth" whiskies. It much more of a gentleman in a smoking jacket in front of a warm fire. Why should you try this drink? Because it must be one of the very best whiskies that are consistently excellent and always available whereever you go. Oh, and the taste is like this....... Get a good whisky tumbler and sit down with the bottle. Slowly open the bottle and sniff..... It smells warm and cosy. Not yummy and sweet or sharp and sour. Just inviting. Admire the deep golden colour that signifies real flavour. Pour a decent dram into the glass and sniff again after swirling. More of the islands comes out of the whisky. Then sip it slowly, always enjoying the finish. I can't describe the taste but it doesn't feel like you are drinking a strong neat spirit. It is so smooth and luscious as the flavours explode all over your tongue. And the flavours expand and change as the liquid soothes your throat. Ahhhhhhh. And any reasons why you shouldn't drink it. Well, it is strong both in taste and alcohol. If you just want a cheap sweet tasting whisky, stick to blends. If you want a smooth flowery whisky, go for Lowland malts. If you want a smooth melting caramel taste go for Highland whiskies. But if you want refinement, beauty and a mood changer in a glass then drink Talisker.
At Last ! I thought when DooYoo included my favourite subject and one of my passions - Malt Whisky. Indeed, I was the first to write an opinion, having stumbled on te Food & Drink category before its official 'launch'. I felt like a 5 year-old in a sweet shop again. All that choice to write about. Which should I choose first ? I have a number of 'favourites' and several 'not-so-favourite' (but they are mainly blends and not Malts). I try to keep a 'smidgen' of each in my large Whisky cabinet for reference (42 at the last count - hang on 3 of those are Irish, so make that 39). A note here. All whiskies should be kept in the dark to totally preserve their flavour. If you get them in a box or a tin - put them back when you've had your dram or three. Unless, that is, you have decided to throw the cork over your shoulder (as long as you've bought the bottle, that is !) - a sure sign to your companions that you feel you are among good friends. So this is the first of many opinions that I shall write (with very great pleasure) in this category. So why with "great pleasure" ? Well naturally, before describing each whisky, I shall have to taste each of them personally to ‘remind’ my palate of the experience shan't I ? You see, I use the same professional integrity when writing my dooyoo opinions as when I carry out my Consultancy work. So why am I writing about Talisker first and why the title ? Well the title is derived from the usual cry I make when someone in a Pub, bar or at a restaurant has asked me if I fancy a “wee Dram” (or if they are very good friends, a "Large One"). As for the main reason ? You see, I am well - acquainted with this nectar - and in my second Malt whisky opinion (on ‘Highland Park’) I tell you why I am so 'well-aquainted' with such a number of distilleries. The whole
tale of my ‘life with malt whisky’ cannot be told in just one opinion ! So I am not going to 'shoot my bolt' all in one and, sorry, you'll have to read them all ! Right. When you visit the Isle of Skye a trip to the Talisker Distillery is a MUST. Note I say "when", and not "if" you visit Skye. How anyone with any sense can go to the likes of France, Spain, Germany or anywhere else on the continent and completely ignore the Scottish Islands and Highlands and in particular, the Isle of Skye - I cannot find words for my contempt of them. Skye is heaven on earth. The scenery, the food, the local people - every time I visit there (which is annually) I do not want to leave. Mind you, at some times of the year, the wind will fair whistle up your Cuillins and leave your nadger and yer gorbals all braw and naer-so-bricht ....! The Talisker Distillery is located "Beyond Carbost Village ... in the shadow of the distant Cuillin Hills ..." and the guided tours of the distillery (by very knowledgeable local young ladies) are excellent, with a 'wee dram' at the end, and the opportunity to buy a select range of whiskies from the Distillery shop. For all malt whisky aficionados, I cannot rate this shop too highly. Apart from the range of Talisker products, there are products of other distilleries and at 'preferential prices'. Last summer, I bought a bottle of 'taste bud heaven' there (sorry I mean "Linkwood 1983 Cask Strength" - but even typing these words makes me go weak at the knees) for less than £30. So the first problem is which of the Talisker Malt Whiskies should you try? The DooYoo header shows an 8 year old label, for example, and I have (in stock) both the 10 year old (renewed frequently) and a bottle the 1986 "Distillers' Edition" bought in 1999. Well, if you want the advice of
a well-educated palate, you should generally avoid those Malts under 10 years' old (with an exception that will be discussed in my ‘Glen Grant’ opinion). Indeed, I don't think I have ever tasted the 8 year old Talisker. The Taste I shall here read the Riot Act. If I could re-write the law in Scotland, I would fine (heavily) those who 'mix' their malt whisky with anything other than a small amount of still mineral water. No Ice and Not Tap Water (read my future opinion on ‘Glenkinchie’ for reasons on why not) and certainly NOT LEMONADE OR SODA OR DRY GINGER OR GINGER WINE OR ... it is no good, I've just had to go for a lie down (the VERY thought of it!). Oooh Moomybabe, you've a lot to answer for ! Now I will admit that when I am into serious discussion about and drinking malt whiskies, at home with friends I do prefer the Islay malts (well most of them - look out for my opinions on them !) I doo like to taste those with "lead in their pencils", good and very strong-flavoured when I am into serious discussion/drinking. But Talisker is not like that. It has a beguiling smoothness, but with a fullsome flavour that creeps up on you and with that lingering taste that is almost, but not quite, similar to the 'phenolic-clean' flavour of the Islay malts. It is just a completely unique experience. It really clears the Guinness-aftertaste from the palate which is why I always specify it when I am in a Pub or bar. If I have made those of you who have yet to experience this, (you Lucky Talisker virgins !), I suggest that you resist the immediate temptation, and get up to the Isle of Skye this year. Let your first taste of the nectar take place in its hameland. The 1986 Special Edition Talisker ? - Oh I'll have to offer an update on that (or ask for another DooYoo category ?). My palate needs to be cleared completel
y before I write another opinion on a Malt Whisky - my palate has little lasting memory. It has to be re-educated before my fingers can touch the keyboard. Strength 45.8%VOL Copyright Sidneygee 2001
45.8% vol, bright amber-red colour. Nose pungent, smoke-accented, rounded. Full body, slightly syrupy. Smokey, malty-sweet palate, with sourness and a very big pepperiness developing.