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April 20, 2013


Two official finished Talisker

Talisker 2001/2012 'Distillers Edition' (45.8%, OB, TD-S: 50A)

Talisker 2001/2012 'Distillers Edition' (45.8%, OB, TD-S: 50A) Four stars This DE has lost its brown livery and goes for blue like all the other Taliskers, but it's kept its finishing in amoroso casks. Colour: gold. Nose: a rather gentler Talisker, we’ve already tried many vintages and this one isn’t very different, the sweeter raisiny (instead of vinous) touches blend well with the maritime, almost sardine-y profile, while the peat was toned down. Actually, I’m wondering whether this vintage isn’t a little better than earlier ones, it’s very well integrated and does not reek of wine or grapes at all. Wonderful notes of smooth and fruity olive oil (do you know Nyons?), brine and then orange zests. Also the smoke from menthol cigarettes? Very nice nose, subtle and complex. After fifteen minutes, pink grapefruits! Mouth: this time it becomes a little fizzy, with a little leather, bitter oranges, the expected pepper and a mild smokiness. Seaweed, nori, some menthol again and a slight feeling of shoe polish. Works. Finish: rather long, ashy and peppery. Always bitter oranges, esp. in the aftertaste. Some salt too – of course. Comments: I think it’s a good vintage, and that the finishing was done well, with a wine that complements the spirit rather than overwhelming it. SGP:455 - 87 points.

Talisker 'Port Ruighe' (45.8%, OB, 2013)

Talisker 'Port Ruighe' (45.8%, OB, 2013) Two stars This brand new one was finished in Port casks (I’ve read it’s ruby Port). The distinguished owners state that 'Port Ruighe is a combination of spirit that has been matured in American Oak and European Oak refill casks in the traditional manner along with spirit that has been filled into specially conditioned deeply charred casks. The spirit is then finished in casks that have previously held Port Wine'. What a recipe! Colour: apricot. Nose: the wine is much more obvious than in the DE, and I must confess that this is much less my style. I think that just like at many other distilleries, the combination of peaty whisky with red wine is a very tricky one, and that balance is extremely hard to achieve. The result is quick to become too leathery, or too farmy, or rubbery, or too bubblegummy, or simply dissonant or dirty-ish. I’m not saying that’s completely the case here, but again, I like the latest DE, or the new Storm, or the regular 10 years old better. Now, maybe the palate will tell us a different story? After fifteen minutes, some nicer chocolaty notes come through. Mouth: how difficult to assess! I’ve never come across something that was that cask-influenced at Diageo’s (right, I haven’t tried everything of course). It’s an extremely bizarre whisky, at times liqueury, at times very orangey, at times hugely gingery (not to mention all the cardamom!)… Some parts are interesting or even nice (this peppery lemon) but others are, well, new to me. Between red pepper and… chilli and tomato sauce? Peppered honey? Cherry stem tea? Rubber bands? Chervil? Tarragon infused in curaçao? I’m compleeeeeetely lost here. Finish: long, quite acrid and green. Comments: I am a huge fan of Talisker and as such, I’m afraid I do not like this one too much - remember, always a matter of personal taste. I’m sorry, it’s not ‘Talisker’ to this humble little amateur taster, but if the aim was to come up with more variety, it’s a huge success. SGP:466 - 70 points (coz I’m in a jolly good mood).

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