The second batch of three Talisker whiskies and the second half of the tasting at the distillery. Without further ado:
Talisker Distiller’s Edition 2012, 45.8%
A batch release with, according to the tour guide, significant differences between batches. One is supposed to be lots better than the other with the last two releases being pretty good I believe. Anyway, this is the latest, from the 2012 Distiller’s Editions from Diageo’s special release programme. On the nose it is quite comparable to the 10 years old, but the sherry influence is added. So some dried banana and peach on top of the gentle smoke. The palate offers a bit more sweetness and even more pepper, but the fruitiness is toned down a bit. The finish is a bit longer but also comparable. (At Master of Malt)
Talisker 25 year old, 45.8%
Another traditional bourbon cask release that has stopped being Cask Strength a few years ago. Opinions veer towards ‘they shouldn’t have done that’ but as we will see, this is still a pretty tasty dram. Pretty expensive though. On the nose it has quite some citrus and very gentle smoke. Some wood influence and some orange peel too, also a hint of acetone. The palate is incredibly smooth and less peppery than all previous drams. Still full and rich with a bit more wood and a slightly bitter edge. The finish is a bit more fruity and long with hints of crushed black pepper. (At Master of Malt)
Talisker 57 Degrees North, 57%
A strong but not Cask Strength release and at the moment the only regular CS bottling of Talisker. They should do more like these but with the super premiums every year I think they feel covered. This ’57 North’ is a bit sweeter than I remembered the first batch some years ago. That makes it a bit nicer in my book, since I found the previous one very fishy. Smoked eel like. On the nose it’s sweet with a bit of salty smoke. The palate has some oak, fruit and salt. The finish offers the fishy bit, but toned down. It also has some pepper, fruit and is quite rich. Strangely enough, with a drop of water it starts to taste like tea quite a bit. (At Master of Malt)
I’m not as big a fan of the Distiller’s Edition as I expected. The regular 10 takes the ‘entry level prize’. The 25 is pretty stunning, even though the ABV has dropped significantly. I preferred the more batch-like cask strength version. Especially since those were about 50% cheaper! The 57 North is a damn delicious dram to be honest. If the 18 wouldn’t have been available I would have bought this. It’s fairly affordable for such a ‘flavour driven’ dram!