Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Whisky review: Talisker 10

Talisker is the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, a rugged, mountainous, and beautiful island off the west coast of Scotland. It was on this island in the late 1800s that the liqueur Drambuie was developed, using Talisker malt whisky as its base. Drambuie is short for "An Dram Buidheach," Gaelic for "the drink that satisfies." It is only appropriate that it was originally constructed from one of the most prominent single malts of Scotland.

Talisker is a medium-peated malt, being not as peaty as some whiskies from Islay but definitely letting you know there is some smoke in the mix.

Nose: Sweet peat, light grasses/flowers, light fruit (peaches or apricots).

Palate: A light mouthfeel, but with flavors of smoked bacon, asphalt, and dark cherries.

Finish: Peat on the finish, lingering and leaving a little grittiness. Dark and relaxing.

Rating (of 100): 92. A great mix of peat and other stuff. 'Nuff said.

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