Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Talisker Trio – Part 1 : Talisker Distillers Edition

Talisker Distilers Edition Gift Pack Size

In this first of three parts I review the Talisker Distillers Edition. Each part in this series relates to an expression in a Talisker gift pack I received for my birthday.

Nose: Chocolate notes are at the forefront. Quite interesting really, as chocolate is not something I detect regularly in other whiskies. There is also a hint of charcoal, phenol and peat. The aroma is quite fragrant.

Taste: More chocolate for sure. But along with thick, chewy wood smoke. It’s rather dry in the mouth and also tastes quite alcohol. Although this isn’t cask strength it does weigh in at 45.8% abv. A little bit ashy as well - not particularly pleasant.

Finish: Intense burst then subsiding to nothing. The whole whisky seems a little bit hollow for me.

I admit being disappointed with this whisky. It could also be my bottling, with gift packs not usually known for the quality/consistency of normal bottles. I am aware that The Diplomat has a bottle of this expression and look forward to his views when opened. I’ll have to give this 3.5 stars out of 7.

El Capitan