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17 Jan 2012

Talisker 10 years old

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Talisker

This Talisker 10 years old was supposed to be the “value for money” bottling in the Class of 89 tasting.


Talisker 10 years oldTalisker 10 years old (45,8%, OB 2011)

Nose: starts on expected harbour notes (seaweed, flax rope, a little iodine) but also on mashy notes (porridge, soaked grains). It wasn’t too bad on its own, but when compared to clean (bourbon) whiskies it was a little unfresh – a kind of mashy character that I don’t like too much. Some slightly sharp citrus fruits. Mouth: quite oily and rather dry. Lacking a bit of punch. Again a coastal profile with peat, salt and a mustardy sharpness. Kippers. Some pepper (not as much as in other Talisker though) and smoke. Hints of olive juice. Growing warmer with slightly rounder notes (almonds) towards the end. Finish: not too long, spicy and peaty.

Drinkable of course, but not the high quality we found in the rest of the tasting line-up. The porridgy nose kept bothering me. Maybe other batches are more convincing. For now I’ll have a Talisker 18 years old, thank you. Around € 30-35.

Score: 82/100

Talisker 10 years old 3 Ruben Luyten 2012-01-17
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  • Jason Debly

    Wow! A somewhat less than enthusiastic review of Talisker 10! Kudos to you for your honesty.

    I must say that when I first tried Talisker 10 in a bar, I was not overly impressed. But, single tastings or tastings from tiny sample bottles are not always ideal. Sometimes your meal prior to the tasting has impaired your palate somewhat. Or maybe the cigar or the bad day at work.

    Anyhow, what I am trying to say is that when I invested in a bottle of Talisker 10 and tried it on several different occasions, I appreciated it much more.

    Sample bottles do have their limitations and I would want that to harm the reputation of this fine malt.


    Jason Debly

  • Ruben

    This wasn’t a sample bottle, it was a regular bottle opened just before the tasting, and poured immediately. In fact it wasn’t the first time that I had Talisker 10. It’s not my cup of tea although I do like the general Talisker profile and the more upmarket expressions. It could have been a lesser batch as well, this kind of standard bottling tends to change several times a year.

  • Jason Debly

    Ok, my mistake Ruben!

    Great review in any event because it is refreshingly honest.

  • Ruben

    Thanks Jason.



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