Talisker 10 Year Old70cl / 45.8%
- Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
- White Pepper
Talisker 10 Year Old Reviews
Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Advocate
Another that should need no introduction. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that give the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker's smoke, which ain't as all-pervading as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality. When young there are notes of the land: heather, moor, sweet seaweed, and a finish that has a distinctive cracked black pepper hit.
Producer's Tasting Notes
Appearance: Brilliant gold.
Nose: Powerful peat-smoke with sea-water saltiness, the liquor of fresh oysters, a citrus sweetness.
Palate: A rich dried-fruit sweetness with clouds of smoke and strong barley-malt flavours, warming and intense. At the back of the mouth is an explosion of pepper.
Finish: Huge, long, warming peppery finish with an appetising sweetness.
65 Customer Reviews
Great blend of smoke and sweetness - with fire to finish! Very enjoyable.
Was dubious to try, some bad feedback on here. Gotta say I love it :)
FM, there is nothing wrong with your tastebuds, Talisker 10 is not what used to be. Considerably sweeter and duller than few years ago. I think it''s because of new cheaper production methods which intend to meet growing demand.
What happened Talisker? I reviewed this on 27th November 2012 and thought it was fantastic; at the time, it was my all-time-favorite. Haven''t drunk it for a while and bought a new bottle recently. I''ve been mainly drinking American whiskeys at home, with the odd Highland Scotch here and there. I don''t know if my palette has changed in the 2 years since but now it just doesn''t taste as good. It''s harsher than it was and adding water doesn''t seem to help. The flavors don''t seem to combine the way they did and there''s an aftertaste that lingers in a slightly unpleasant way. Still decent (3 stars) but not what it was IMO.
This is the first time I had to practise with a whisky, it made me work. I wasn't sure about it at first but at around the half way point of a small bottle, something clicked! I've not tried an abundance of whisky I must say, but this is complex treat and the "explosion" from the back of the mouth that people talk about is definitely true. I would get this again it is truly worth a try and I think one of the few that live up to the hype
Talisker 10 year old certainly tops the single malts. This a favourite of mine amongst other Talisker Single Malts. Talisker is the best Single Malt Whisky that I have had. Slainte
Very nice Island malt. Could really taste the sea salt and nice flow of smoke. Perfect winter warmer.
Nose: Big peat smoke and iodine with integrated sweetness. Palate: Big, smoky, intense, explosive in the back of the mouth yet obviously sweet and fruity. Restless dram yet somehow well-balanced between nose and palate, full of character. No water needed. Brilliant winter dram. Is there a better and more consistent Islander at 10 YO of age? I don't think so.
As Ruaraidh says above, the awful Covent Garden ad agency-style packaging almost put me off buying what turned out to be a reasonably-priced and great-tasting whisky, certainly packing the briny tang other critics have noted here. This is only the second good whisky I have tried after a bottle of The Dalmore 15-years-old; the journey ahead looks set to be an enjoyable one.
Surprised by all the comments about this whiskey's peatiness. I'm no fan of Islay whiskeys, but this one IMO, is awesome. No big peaty flavor, just delicious honey, smokey flavor.