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I also have fond memories of The Whisky Shop's Fiskavaig. This was a twenty-something Talisker that had a sweet mouth arrival, some chocolate, a wave of pepper and a very, very long smoky finish.
Talisker 18 year island, isle of skye single malt scotch whisky - 45.8%
color: rich deep straw
nose: alcohol, grass, earthy, slight citrus tang
mouthfeel: immediate earthy, long warmth on the tongue back
taste: grass top notes, alcohol, corn, long peat finish
nose with water: tame earth, vegetal
taste with water: more smooth grass and corn, long wet wood finish, tingling in the cheeks
I think the Distillers Edition is interesting, and different ( A Talisker with a sherry finish). For me this one has a great nose, but maybe a tad too sweet for me , and I miss a little of the pepper with this one-- but still a fine and complex dram.
The 18yo is very nice, and one of the best I've tasted that evening. It was on par with the 25yo (last one maybe slightly better, little bit more rich, smooth, but less spicy), but the 175th anniversary edition was the best I tried. The DE is too heavily sherried, which is not a bad thing, but does not have that real Talisker taste to it. A little dull. The 10yo is spicy, fresh, and very enjoyable.
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