Talisker 30 Year Old
Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
(£564.29 per litre, includes £10 for engraving)
by Stuart Peskett
- Nose: Distinctly Talisker, but elegant and beguiling. Maritime saltiness, a touch of cured meat, bitter oranges, a pleasant whiff of smoke and a subdued pepperiness.
- Palate: Plenty of clean salinity at first – this is a lip-smacking whisky! Then come added layers of complexity, with Seville-orange marmalade, crushed black pepper, a slight meatiness and evocative smoke. Rich but refreshing.
- Finish: The soft smoke and elegant fruitiness linger for a very long time.
- Comment: What is fascinating about this dram is how different it is from younger examples, but that it has so much in common with the 10 and 18 Year Old. The trademark Talisker note of pepper and smoke is there, but everything is softer, mellower, more drawn out. A fascinating whisky, and one that rewards you the longer you contemplate it.