talisker 18yr old, 45.8% ABV (Blind Tasted).

talisker 18

Matured in ex – Bourbon and Sherry casks.

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This bottling was blind tasted during the Blind Tasting Consortium blind tasting #9 (Cask away) on 20/3/21. To look up past tastings or follow future tastings check out #BlindDrams, using Tweetdeck is the best way.

Appearance

This whisky is mid gold in colour, it’s really quite syrupy to be honest, and has slow medium legs.

Nose

Medicinal/fruity peat, like port Charlotte. BBQ sauce, cooked meats, very fruity behind the peat/smoke, canned fruit cocktail, cherries, toast, cereals, good ABV again too.

Palate

Red berries, a little drying, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, then medicinal peat, germoline, but still sweet, a touch of salinity, but still sweet, BBQ sauce, but still sweet, very nice.

Finish

Long side of medium, quite spicy, dark chocolate, chilli heat, hot cinnamon, hot ginger, coffee beans, seared pineapple slices, nuts, Germoline, Smokey/peaty, again rather nice.

My thoughts

I have tried a couple of Talisker distillery bottlings in the past, and i have enjoyed them. This bottling continues the trend for me to be honest, i do like this and it was really interesting to try it blind, i’m really happy with the notes that i got.

Would i buy a bottle?

I would be very tempted, there is no doubt about that, what might sway me away from purchasing a bottle is another whisky at a cracking price. Personally for what’s in the bottle, i’d say the price is fair, it is at least 18 years old after all.

Thanks to – @MaltMusings, @MckWhisky and @jenkaloid, (all Twitter).

Image credit – @MckWhisky.

Cask away banner image courtesy of @jwbassman_

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