The only from Isle of Skye.
Once, Talisker 10 years old was the primary whisky from this distillery. Now there are Storms, Mochs etc, but fortunately 10 years old has not disappeared from the market and is still available.
We have a bottling at 45.8% ABV, why not 46%, I don’t know, maybe to stand out? The difference of 0.2% is so small that it rather doesn’t influence on tasting virtues. I would not cry if the color was natural and there have been no chill filtering, but I cann’t have everything ;).
I’ve drunk this whisky many times, generally there is no problem with its purchase. However, earlier I didn’t focus enough to write down my impressions. The opportunity has come, so let’s go ahead.
N: peat elements are evident, pleasantly smoked, charred wood, smoked mackerel, smoke, bonfire, then citrus with lemon emerge, red grapefruit and ripe orange, ginger traces are here and there, quite fresh maybe even with mint, sea air, brine, grilled seafood and later I found wet chalk and bandages;
T: sparkles on the tongue and warms up, it gives peaty flavor with elements of wood, I still have grapefruit and ginger with some bitterness, orange peel and ripe orange, a touch of salt, grilled oysters;
F: long, dry, persistent traces of peat and grapefruit with bitterness, just as at the end gets sweet.
Complex and well-balanced single malt. Everything is just right. Nice introduction to Laphroaigs and Ardbegs, it is milder to them. I added a few drops of water. Whisky has become calmer, heavier peaty tones went to the background. I prefer it without water.