AGE Ten Year Old
REGION Isle of Skye
COLOR Sweet, sweet amber
NOSE Totally awesome, potent and peaty as fuck
PALATE Like being punched in the face by someone who has lathered their fist in pepper, also smokey like you’re inhaling a campfire
FINISH Loooong, sharp note that leaves your tongue tingling
90 out of 100
NOTES In 2009, I was given a bottle of Talisker as a farewell gift from work colleagues in Sydney and I’ve been hooked on single malts ever since and this remains one of my favourites to this day. In fact, I was so drawn to the peaty taste of the Talisker 10 Year Old than initially, I just saught out similar Isle whiskies. It took about another year before I got more adventurous with single malts.
The beauty of Talisker and what makes it a good introductory whisky is its complete lack of subtlety. The nose on this bad boy is super strong and the palate is stacked with so many different tastes that anyone should be able to extrapolate something from it and appreciate the rich variety of flavours that a single malt is capable of. Then once you’d had a sip, it sits in your mouth and leaves an aftertaste for another fifteen seconds for you to think about. Beautiful.
And at the end of the day its still pretty modestly priced. For my money, the best entry level whisky you could try.
Edo. I think you could perhaps be a little more definitive about the region of origin. ‘Isle’ is just a little vague, and for the uninitiated might be confused with Islay, where the peatiest whiskys are from. The pointer on the map is correct – is this a geography quiz?
Err “peaty as fuck”? Come on man. I think that moniker has to be saved for Laphroaig.
Dammit, I didn’t really think of that.
I’m going to need a new swear word for the Lahfrog review.