Product Type: Talisker Distillery Vodka
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Smokey whisky from the Island of Skye
Talisker 10 Years Old
Member Name: Ninski1
Talisker 10 Years Old
Advantages: Good balance of flavours
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!
Summary: Good whisky that is not too antiseptic tasting