The KOTQ has enjoyed 10 tastings from the Talisker distillery

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Distillery Region Open Blends
Talisker Highlands Islands 1830 – Today Johnnie Walker (Black), White Horse
       
Status Ownership Water Source Production
Active Diageo Cnoc-nan-Speireag 2,000,000 liters/year
       
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TALISKER 2nd Edition 05Q2 – TALISKER 10 2nd Edition [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Similar nose to Talisker 10, old packaging (peat, smoke, sea)
Full!
Not as alcoholic on first glance, but later draws a similar punch
Despite the thread on whiskymag.com suggesting differently, I could not tell enough of a difference between the newer release and the older packaged release. Any differences might be due to normal variations in the cask/bottlings.
05Q2-Bluff
June 18th, 2005
Bop
Atypical
Somewhat less smoke than I expected
Direct
Darker than 1st edition…could be due to aging in new or different casks
A little warm
Seems to be a kinder, gentler Talisker 10…not exactly what I want from a Talisker, btw.
05Q2-Bluff
June 18th, 2005
Irving
Light smoke–not as alcoholy as Talisker 10 First Edition
Rugged
Hot, medium peat
Lingering heat
Peppery vichyssoise is a nice pallette cleanser between the two Talisker tastings
05Q2-Bluff
June 18th, 2005

TALISKER yo 00Q1 – TALISKER 10 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Two-toned silver & gold – refractive
Pungent – peaty
Dry Salty
Short
00Q1-Centennial
March 11th, 2000
Centennial
Silvery/Gold
Smoky oak
Light
Sharp
Warm/Lasting
Brother Irving’s Favorite for the night
00Q1-Centennial
March 11th, 2000
Irving
Oak, Smoky
Warm, oaky, salty
Long, lingers
My favorite for tonight – surprised me as I thought I would have chosen Macallans or Laphroaig. Reminds me that its as much as what the scotch brings as what I bring to the experience.
00Q1-Centennial
March 11th, 2000
Lakeview
Two-toned silver/brown
Oaky, pungent, mossy
Salty/Dry
Smooth
00Q1-Centennial
March 11th, 2000

TALISKER yo 02Q1 – TALISKER 10 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Gold
Whiff some smoke, caramel notes
Medium
Peppery, saline
Dry, long
02Q1-Bop
March 23rd, 2002
Bop
Brownish/Gold dark
Pretty, delicate
Peppery – its best feature
Some tongue-buzz, warming
Skye is known for its mountainous (Caillins) peat is gabbro.
02Q1-Bop
March 23rd, 2002
Centennial
Bronze, Regal
Iodine, pungent
medium
Warm, soothing, comfortable
Woody, pepper
02Q1-Bop
March 23rd, 2002
Cyclone
Yellow-orange, Cinnamon
Iodine, pungent with apple hints
Consistent solid young, Jessica Alba
fierce smokey peat fest
lingering and aggressive
Nose changes and evolves each time I take it in. Very interesting.
02Q1-Bop
March 23rd, 2002
Irving
Medium brown with reddish hue
medium smoke, light esthers, maple syrup. Great.
Mature for a 10 yr.
dry, salty, peppery
lingers, light soap
“note to self: pull this out from back of scotch cabinet”
02Q1-Bop
March 23rd, 2002
Lakeview
Dark gold
Salt toffee – cream, smoke
Peppery
Warm, Smooth, touch of pepper
“Yes sir, may I have another!”
02Q1-Bop
March 23rd, 2002
Tao
Chewey caramel
Bits of the sea
Drew Barrymore (Round but prickly edges)
Sweet, pepper
Spicy smooth, tails off smoothly
02Q1-Bop
March 23rd, 2002
Ville
Golden, grass tint
Cream, fruity-citrus, nutty
Dry
Smooth, nutty, peppery
Midlong but firm
Must have – treat to Non Initiated
02Q1-Bop
March 23rd, 2002

TALISKER yo 05Q2 – TALISKER 10 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
peat, smoke, sea breeze, smoky cheese
rich and rocky
heat and pepper, slight sweetness, salt!
warm and long
The original packaging pre-2005-ish
05Q2-Bluff
June 18th, 2005
Bop
Atypical
Pepper and smoke
Direct
Bold, tasty-peppery. Nice smoke.
Spicy
A good friend. When drinking Talisker you can only cleanse your palatte with a fine vichyssoise!
05Q2-Bluff
June 18th, 2005
Irving
Smokey, esthers
Heavy, spicey
Tongue gripping, heavy, salt, mellow peat
Lingering nose heat
Good pallette and finish but I like the “original” Talisker nose and body better. Or maybe the difference is just the difference in casks. (?)
05Q2-Bluff
June 18th, 2005
Tao
Smoke and Spice
Not heavy, but interesting: Heather Graham
classic peat and hint of sea
short and pleasing
No difference between labels (old and new bottles)
05Q2-Bluff
June 18th, 2005

TALISKER yo 11Q3 – TALISKER 10 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
B Funk
Golden
Strong, sweet
Slightly sweet, bit of fire and pepper
Slight butter
Lingers, but without differentiating above others
11Q3-B Funk
October 1st, 2011
Bluff
too hard to tell in the bar
carmel and oak…butter
full
fire and pepper with a lot of flavor…..sea salt and brine
typically warm….maybe not a comforting dram.
Still cant believe how awesome the 18 is compared to the 10. My palate prefers Laphroaig 10 over Talisker 10.
11Q3-B Funk
October 1st, 2011
Bop
Sweet which is odd.
A little too hot.
A little lost and not peppery enough.
Not as peppery as the classic Talisker that I remember. The question is did Talisker change the ten year?
11Q3-B Funk
October 1st, 2011
Hoopie
Very light
Sweet
Kind of like a teenager, not focused.
Not the pepper expected
11Q3-B Funk
October 1st, 2011
Lakeview
Caramel
Honey with lemon
Average legs
Wants to be the 18 but is too raw
Lacks commitment and focus
Starts off really good but the palate is too intrusive
11Q3-B Funk
October 1st, 2011

TALISKER yo Distillers Edition 13Q4 – TALISKER 11 yo Distillers Edition [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

TALISKER yo 06Q2 – TALISKER 13 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

TALISKER yo 08Q1 – TALISKER 18 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Peaty, organic
Full – Neko Case
Pepper – not as the 10
08Q1-Lakeview
February 16th, 2008
Bop
Chicken Marsala when lighting the browned mushrooms
Go BIG or Go HOME – salty at the end
Interestingly it lacks Talisker 10s distinctive peppery taste. Big gulping it – alchemistic!
08Q1-Lakeview
February 16th, 2008

TALISKER yo 15Q3 – TALISKER 18 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

TALISKER 175th Anniversary 09Q2 – TALISKER nas 175th Anniversary [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Smoke
Arbitrage choice – risk free
09Q2-Bluff
June 26th, 2009
Lakeview
Nutmeg
blend of smoke and sweet
Yum! chocolate meets the sea
Pure arbitrage
09Q2-Bluff
June 26th, 2009
Ville
woody, oily
well built – work out firm
Med +
medium little kick
had a cold. could not smell.
09Q2-Bluff
June 26th, 2009