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08 Jul 2009

Talisker 12yo (Friends of Classic Malts)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Talisker

This 12 year-old Talisker was bottled in 2007 but it re-appeared in some FOTCM stores a few weeks ago. It seems they didn’t manage to sell all of their bottles? This release was matured in European Oak.

 

Talisker 12y Classic MaltsTalisker 12yo (45,8%, OB 2007, for Friends of Classic Malts, 21.500 btl.)

Nose: unmistakably Talisker. Grilled notes, freshly baked bread. Some peat. Hints of sherry, a wee bit of sulphur maybe. Some spices, mostly pepper and chilli. Slightly maritime (sea-weed, oily fish). Mouth: in the same league as the standard Talisker 10yo, but sweeter at first. Honey. Spices and toasted notes. Sugar coated nuts. White pepper. Hints of mustard. Finish: getting more salty. Slightly peaty and smokey. Some sweet oak influence.

Compared to the standard Talisker 10yo, this one is a little less spicy with a more generous dash of honey. Creamy but not really worth the extra cash.

Score: 82/100

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  • mars

    After reading your comment, I regret my buy of one sample and didn’t drink it for a few month.
    It is with great surprise that I really enjoyed this whisky with a friend. Make me think about the very good laphroaig 15 year(maybe not better but more to my taste and the price is +- the same). I am waiting the delivery of one bottle I buy with great impatience.

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