Hey all. Well, I was supposed to buy my second single malt whisky at the end of this current week, but I just couldn't wait last week! As some of you may recall, I wasn't sure whether to try the Talisker 10yrs of Bowmore Islay 12yrs. Then when I went to the bottle shop, I found out that the special on the Bowmore had just expired, and so it and the Talisker were exactly the same price now, (the Bowmore was $10 cheaper during the special).
So I thought "oh screw it" and bought the Talisker 10yrs.
And boy, I gotta say to you all around here, "it's an unusual taste" to say the least!!
If anyone asks me what a smoke and peat whisky smells and tastes like, I could perfectly describe it like this: take a bottle of whisky, add some cigarette ashes to it, shake it up and there you go! That is what a smoke and peat whisky tastes like.
The empty whisky glass smelt exactly like an ashtray, and the ash taste was evident through it, (but not overpowering).
My old man and me drank half the bottle quickly. I have to say it's incredibly smooth and soft. And even though I enjoyed all its other qualities, it's not a palate of single malt I'd buy again. But like I said before, I'm glad I tried it. My old man wanted me to leave the bottle behind, so it didn't go to waste. And I'm having a coworker over for lunch at the end of this week. So I'll share some with him and finish the rest of the bottle with my old man. I have no regrets buying it, for now I realise that smoke and peat aren't my favourite palates.
So I'll cancel the Lagavulin 16yrs. My next whisky will either be the Glenfiddich Solera Reserve 15yrs, the Balvenie Double Wood or something like that (Highland Park 12yrs for eg). Something not with smoke and peat, but fruitier and sweeter.
But I still can't get over how soft and smooth the Talisker 10yrs is. The softness of it is more like liqueur than whisky. It is an amazing drink for sure. As a matter of fact, to be totally honest, I'm ticked off!! Ticked off that smoke and peat aren't palates that I particularly enjoy. Because the rest of the qualities of the Talisker 10yrs are outstanding! It is definately more refined than the Cragganmore 12yrs that I drank last.
For me, it's like eating out at a restaurant and having the most incredible juicy, soft and tender steak-but marinated in a sauce that it not quite to my liking. That is what drinking the Talisker 10yrs is to me. And it's such a shame, as I am blown away by the other qualities-that even trumps such a good reputation whisky as the Cragganmore 12yrs.
So there you go, my second single malt. I can't wait for my third.
Also, my old man's birthday is in 2 weeks and I'm buying him a cherry liqueur (which I know he loves) from his own country (Croatia). After that, I'm going to buy him a single malt of his own-Aberlour 10yrs. And the simple reason I'm going for this one is that it's considerably cheaper than all the other single malts in my to buy list. The Aberlour is only about $50 whereas all the other ones is $75-90.
I'm just curious on what your impressions are of the Aberlour 10yrs? I'm sure it's going to be a hell of a lot nicer than the usual whiskies he buys for himself, and it's a real win-win for me. I get to buy a single malt cheaply and sooner than I otherwise would as it's for him instead of me.