Which Talisker 20 in issue 39 "Best Malts"?
Second place in the "Best Malts" list goes to a Talisker 20 at 58.8% where "the very obvious presence of sherry" is noted.
But there are two Talisker 20's:
1981, 62%, sherry casks only, 9,000 bottles
1982, 58.8%, bourbon casks only, 12,000 bottles
I tasted the 1982 58.8% at Whisky Live and it definitely has zero "sherry presence." The 2003/2004 Diageo Special Releases booklet also describes it as "a fine contrast with its predecessor twenty years old sherry cask bottling."
I can only draw the conclusion that the 1981 sherry bottling is the intended second place winner and that the 58.8% abv is a mistake. Unfortunately, this mistake will lead readers to seek out a very different whisky from the one described in the list.