i do not seem to learn my lessons. Rushing into action without research and consideration of what i am about to do. First the Scapa, on a whim, but turned out to be a great whisky in its own right, just not what i assumed ( and we all know what happens to those that assume) and now the Tactical 23y.
There i was, back at my local drug dealer, oops, sorry, whisky merchant
ready to delve deaper into the complexity that i found in Talisker - this time with a Old Malt Cask bottleing of Tactical 23y, this, as it says on the label, from the Isle of Skye itself.
Now previous experience with OMC has always been good, so no doubt so should this have been.
Disappointment, and this time i don't think there is any excuses, i should have read the tasting notes on this site and the various forum messsages.
Suffice to say that the Tactical is, as it so rightly states on the bottle, dry and oaky, but not in a nice way. Its a very deep colour for a whisky that has no colouring added, dark like dark rum rather than caramel dark.
At 50% there is a strong hit of alchohol, a dash of water takes the edge off. I tried the 23 seconds in the mouth trick for the 23 years but could not do it - it burnt like Listerine ( mouthwash!).
My first taste impression was of the oaky, corky taste of a bottle of red wine that had been "corked" A dry, blotting paper sort of taste on the tongue.
Suffice to say, I have returned to this site and found very little on the 23y but lots on the 20y - distilled at the same time - Jan 1982 but this bottled in 2005 and nothing really positive.
Overpowering sharp taste, surgical spirits sort of bite, gets you at the back of the tonque with the aftertaste.
So, for comparison, i poured a dram of Talisker, 18y, and there it was - WARMTH.
The Talisker, much lighter in colour, 45% so i added less water, has the warmth, the character that allowed for various tastes and "feel" to develop, something that was completely lacking in the Tactical.
So, the Tactical is my first " by comparison" bottle that will be used at future whisky tastings as an example of what a great whisky should not be, and to serve the purpose that not all is what its dressed up to be on the label. Sure is a pity that one is not allowed to taste a bottle before purchasing - or take it back afterwards!
So, lesson learnt, research first, but then does it not take away from the discovery???