What justifies the difference in price tag?
Is the anniversary bottling-
Cask strength - No, the normal 43%
A very limited run - No, a whopping 60,000 bottles
In fact, the only obvious difference seems to be the label, which hardly justifies the extra £30.
Unless you know differently.
Anyway. I'd not call this bottling priceworthy at all compared to the 10 or 18-year old.
When we tasted it this weekend it was similar to the Talisker 10 but with actually less complexity. The sea-character was lacking in the sense I couldn't find much of the sea-weed and salt I found in the 10-year old. The peat was there but not very much more than that.. the body was smaller than the ten.
I'll dig into the bottle some more before saying too much though.
and because this bottle is done of vatted talisker from different age ( including 20ich years old whisky)
Haven't managed a bottle yet, but a cask strength version would have been appreciated..
That's why whiskies who are claimed to be collectors items often are cheaper here in the expensive north than elsewhere.
Admiral wrote:Well, before we accuse him/her of having a brain cramp, let's see what happens. Sadly, not every consumer is as well versed as us, and it may prove to be a big seller. In which case, said genius in marketing department will be warmly congratulated.
It may well be, and he may well be...but I'd still consider it a brain cramp, if what I read here is on the level. On the other hand, I've neither heard nor read anything about it except the gossip here, so perhaps I'm jumping the gun. Keep an open mind.
Nick, Mr Picky wants to tell you that while Finland is a Nordic country, it isn't technically part of Scandinavia, as the Finns are more closely related ethnically to the Slavs. Annoying bugger, isn't he? I'm going to go listen to Värttinä and Maria Kalaniemi now.
There's a saying that's quite true when it comes to Norway and alcohol: It cheap be rich, but dear to be poor. (Since cheap stuff is very expensive, while expensive stuff is rather cheap).
MrTattieHeid wrote:Nick, Mr Picky wants to tell you that while Finland is a Nordic country, it isn't technically part of Scandinavia, as the Finns are more closely related ethnically to the Slavs. Annoying bugger, isn't he? I'm going to go listen to Värttinä and Maria Kalaniemi now.
Different language group as well. I think the one feature that makes the finns "nordic" apart from the geographical vicinity is their drinking habits. When observed you no doubt understand them to be nordic
I think I read that it has stuff as much as 20 years old in it. I understand, given the popularity of the 18, why people would balk at the original price of $100 (around these parts at least), but I prefer it to the 18 and don't see it as any kind of "palming off" of substandard stuff. Now that Warehouse has priced it lower than the 18, I'm a happy stocker-upper.
I tasted it first about 3 years ago, and liked it enough to buy another few bottles and stash them away.
I just opened a fresh one for the New Years celebration.
I have a sweet tooth (love A'bunadh, Macallan, Aberlour), and I think the little extra sweetness of the 175th is what appeals to me. I like the Distillers Edition for the same reasons.
I have to confess, I love all the Taliskers I have tasted, finding them sweet, salty, peaty, and complex drams.
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