Bought: Whisky Galore 5th August, 2014
If you want a visual impression of what this dram tastes like I recommend watching the video by the Whisky Bitch. Her expressions tell you that this Talisker is an orgasm in a glass! And if you ever get it as a present from someone, they clearly really, REALLY like you!
It seems this bottling doesn’t always get released each year as it’s missing from the Whisky Bible 2013 and 2014. I had to go back to my 2009 version (I must get the years in between!) to get a rating. Jim Murray (Whisky Bible author) says of this malt “wonderful, almost unbelievable softness to the arrival” and “what happens on the palate is a masterful telling of the Talisker tale: all what should be is there and in perfect proportions. Exceptional.” He scores the overall balance and complexity a perfect 25/25.
For any lover of the Talisker 10yo who hasn’t tried any older versions from the Skye distillery, the 18yo is the step-up of dreams. It’s a reasonable price for its age, and reviews suggest that the 25yo and 30yo Taliskers are no better (it would be hard to beat!). Although Jim Murray says about the 20yo “I’ve been tasting Talisker for 28 years. This is the best bottle ever!” It scores the same mark (95/100) as the 57 Degrees North but costs £400, if you can track it down. As I write this the 18yo is £64 and the 57 Degrees North is £57.