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General Distillery Profile - keywords wazzat? My 'amazing discovery' of single malt whisky started in with a bottle of 16 years old Lagavulin. It took me more than a decade before I finally managed to visit the Lagavulin distillery on Islay where this incredible single malt whisky was made.
The distillery was founded in on the South shore of Islay, also known as 'Kildalton'. The Lagavulin distillery was built a year after neighbours. More on Malt Madness. Latest Tasted Lagavulin 18 yo Hazelburn 1 5 Highland Park 4 3 7. Imperial 66 Inchgower 5 4 Inverleven 20 Isle of Jura 9 9. Kilchoman 3 8 Kilkerran 1 3 Kinclaith 7 Kininvie 4 Knockando North Port Brechin Just got another He-Man pour from my new favorite bartender.
Talisker 10 it is. Having already taken my first sip I must say bacon on a field greens salad. Now back to the nose… I agree with Kevin. Something a little earthy. That is quite a burn. Time to add a few drops of water. Getting a little wet sand and seaside loveliness on the nose now. Pepper of some sort as well maybe white. Wood has invaded my palate like a welcome rescuer. About 3 years ago I tried the Talisker 10 yr, and was rather put off by it found it too overwhelming.
I can honestly say that I do not have that same craving for any other whisky, and it never disappoints! For me the 10yr was a very decent drop for the price, however the distillers edition was in another league an absolute corker. Just a spectacular dram! Anything else you may suggest in the same price range that is at this level of brilliance? Looking to expand my bar selections beyond this one and add variety.
Rowan, glad you enjoyed Talisker! You will probably also enjoy Lagavulin 16, which is a bit peatier, but just as high quality. Seems that more and more distilleries are fall pray to the masses and their juvenile lust for the almight PEAT.
Well this is all to be expected when you get the masses involved in anything — prices go up and quality comes down. Your comments are not very coherent. On the other hand, it has been said that the increase in popularity of heavily-peated expressions Ardbeg, for example has indeed caused an overall increase in the amount of peat used to produce peated scotch. However, I would be extremely surprised if The Dalwhinnie has upped their peat content their mash only contains 2. It was much softer and warmer than any of the reviews I had read, or the in-store shelf stocker reviews I had the pleasure of.
Not bad, just dull. My best to you, and thank you for creating this meeting place. Much valuable information here. Hi Dean, Thanks for your candid comments — I wish everyone who disagreed with me did it so politely! I very much value differences of opinion in these comments sections, as long as they are presented as yours is — constructively. Some posters, below, could learn from your example. I get a lot of flack for my GF 12 review, but I stick by it… as with all whisky wine, beer, etc.
For me, GL 12 is soft and easily drinkable, GF 12 is harsher and less delicate. This is a great dialogue. The bottling with the packaging pictured in this review is a former bottling recently replaced by a redesign of the box now with a photo of the Skye seaside and a different spin on the label. I had a dram of the previous bottling and the new bottling side by side and comment: However, the Talisker malt recipe is sublimely present in both bottlings.
But, for the folks that prefer the more subtle smoke influence I can get a disappointment. Meanwhile the lads of Peat will soak this one up. Hi Jonathan, Thanks for the insightful comment! My original review is of the older bottling. I have not had an opportunity to try the newer release. I find it hard to rationalize 60 bucks for a 10 year scotch. I will be sure to get this after my recent internal war is done i got 3 choices of single malts and i cant pick one Ardberg 10, Laphroaig 10 or lagavulin 16 decisions, decisions.
For some reason, the age on the Talisker bottling is not indicative of its quality. It is far better quality-wise than Laphroaig 10, and at least as good as Lagavulin 16 although different in style.
I would choose Talisker 10 over any of your options. Though I love those whiskys listed, Talisker is the best. Too much caramel drowning the flavour and its signature chili catch seemed to have totally disappeared.
Whisky is becoming a victim of its own success. I recently returned from a trip to Scotland. I quite like it… Give it a try if you can find it! I found a bottle the other day for less than CHF 40, and tried it yesterday with my boyfriend. Needless to say, we both enjoyed it very much! My concerns were all for naught, however, and I will probably find a few excuses to enjoy it more often.
This, of course, […]. Just had my first Islay—after having only been with Speyside. The Talisker 10 is just amazing. Thanks for the recommendation here. I received Talisker 10 as a birthday present from my son. Usually not a fan of the more northern Whisky, too strong on the peat for my taste. I was pleasantly surprised by it. The nose was strong, but oh what an after glow for my taste buds. Definitely happy with my birthday gift!
So yesterday I started on the scotch. That was probably a mistake, but I thought my nostrils would never recover from the first couple of sips. By then end of that drink, I had a definite fit of the giggles and I could really see that this is something I could grow to like. How did I end up with so much rum and so little whisky? Talisker is definitely on the list for my new place. After several years of tasting just about every scotch out there, Talisker 10 is still one of my top 10… maybe top 5.
I love your site. I like to have about bottles open for variety, and have my first bottle of Talisker 10 open now. With Canadian prices being incredibly high, this bottle may replace any future purchases of my favourite, Lagavulin The Talisker is like the rough and tumble younger brother of Lagavulin.
Warming, tasty, smoky and buttery. Thanks for reading, Mike! I agree that Talisker 10 is excellent, especially for the price.
We can get Lagavulin 16 here in northern California for very good prices, so I tend to alternate between the two and occasionally a Laphroaig Quarter Cask or Ardbeg Corryvreckan. After reading these comments I am excited to give it a try! I really hope this one is not suffering. First of all, I want to thank you for all your help and information as I begin my whisky journey. You and your sight have been an invaluable service. I have just started, three weeks ago, trying whisky, mostly single malts.
I just purchased Taslisker today and I have to say it is my favorite so far. I have only tried three other single malts: Glenmorangie, Glenmorangie Lasanta, and Bowmore 12 Enigma.
I have truly enjoyed those three as well. I hope to pick up a Laphroaig soon, along with a Macallan Select Oak. I happen to make my purchases on a military installation, being retired and living in South Korea. Again, thank you and any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Lagavulin 16, Caol Ila 12, Talisker Talisker is my absolute favorite among the 3.
To me it is almost total perfection. I go through a bottle in less than a week. I hope they never change or stop producing it. Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan have taken talisker neat on screen. This is hands down my favorite whiskey.