Re: Talisker 10/DE/18 Tonight
Anyone tried the Talisker 57 degrees, bottled at 57 degrees?
got one on the go as I write. Available in duty free. which is where my "best man" bought this for me as an xmas present!
goes down very easily for such high ABV. good fun...All that you would expect of Talisker, though it does feel young to me.
N: Elements that I love in a nose! Have found this same nose before, where I find an oakiness and a sweetness combined. "Sweet Peat", but this is sweeter! Then, on second nosing it changes! the peat becomes more rugged, earthy, plasticiny...and then that "spongecake by the sea" combo returns!
T: Rich, sweet, reminiscent of the 10 AND the DE, red fruits, but with less "wineyness" than the DE. then a bit of pepper, flattening out with a salty, mineral, seabreeze sweetness!
F: All the elements on the palate just seem to fade gently, in concert. late return of peat.
Really nice. Really fun.
But the 18 remains the most "serious" expression. Subtle, special, to be meditated upon, and to my mind, much as I was weaned on lagavulin 16, which remains a favourite, I believe the T18 is more complex and subtle.
3 degrees extra proof doesn't hurt either...