islayjunkie wrote:My favorite substitute for Talisker is Brora Sutherland Clynelish 14yo... very nice balance between peat, spice, salt and affordable.
Although not as peaty as old Talsisker it is close. Clynelish 14yo has the same lingering finish but with a mild rounded pear and raisin sweetness (no sherry). The sea salt balances the sweet nicely. It's also fairly smooth. I was able to convince a couple guests new to whisky to try it and they loved it after recoiling from Ardbeg 10yo.
hpulley wrote:BTW, calling it Brora Sutherland Clynelish might be a bit misleading. It is distilled at Clynelish which is located in Brora, Sutherland. Some might think it is a Brora, but it is not (an admittedly confusing history of the twin distilleries where the two names are used interchangably depending on the year of distillation)....
I'll be trying the 20yo Talisker shortly which I hear is very good and a return to old form.
Lawrence wrote:I have a SMWS Talisker that I've not opened yet, I'm curious to see how it compares.
akallio wrote:Anyone knows if the black+grey+brown box versions really are the proper (peppery) stuff?
When the change happened? Less than year ago?
I guess I have to find out it myself... I have the blue box version (which didn't impress me THAT much) and I managed to reserve the second to last black box one in Helsinki...
ronnie: Thanks for the tip!