Islands – 57%ABV – 700ml bottle – £49 (sadly, this whisky is not readily available in the US so you’ll have to go to your favorite UK whisky shop or pick it up in a duty-free shop where it’s sold in 1L bottles!)
Looking through all of my reviews I noticed that I’ve only reviewed one Talisker to date and that’d be the Talisker 18.
Being that I’m headed there next week I figured I’d change that and right quick!
This Talisker started out, if memory serves, as a duty-free exclusive bottling but due to popularity made its way to UK shelves. Now, I say “if memory serves” because this whisky was released a couple of years ago. That being said, I think I’m the last whisky reviewer on earth to review it.
Better late than never!
On the nose – Is there such a thing as vanilla lemonade?
Loads of citrus and pepper, black pepper.
Salty sea spray on a late autumn morning while fishing for blues – this one is really bringing about some nice memories.
Nice round peaty smokey notes and a load of seaweed.
On the mouth – Oily and very *round* in flavor and a bit effervescent as well.
Nothing on the front of the tongue but the top and sides of the tongue are getting some great notes of lemon pastries and pineapple danish.
Oak and apples with still more salt (kosher-type, not sea salt) and delicious peat.
This is a very nice Talisker, tasty through and through.
Finish – The fizz continues as does some smoke and lemon.
In sum – Like most Taliskers I’ve had, this is just plain lovely. An easy every day drinker for me… if it were easily available in the US.
Nicely balanced, thoroughly delicious and wholly Talisker. There’s not mistaking it.
Special thanks goes out to David H for the sample (I think you gave it to me, it was a while ago!)