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Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

(70cl, 59.4%)

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2018)

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Talisker 8yo (SR 2018) Bottling Note

An 8-year-old bottling from Talisker really harks back to times gone by for the Isle of Skye distillery. That's probably why this edition is one of the most anticipated entries in this year's Diageo Special Releases. Whether your someone who remembers the wonderful old-school Taliskers from the 1970s and 1980s or someone who is keen to see what all the fuss was about, this rich and refined release should prove very rewarding. It was matured in first fill ex-bourbon casks and bottled at a natural cask strength of 59.4% ABV.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Super medicinal: this one is all about the Bonjela notes. There's metallic peat smoke of course, along with topical pineapple, strawberry, roast pork, peppery vanilla, and a toffee backdrop.

Palate: Powerful - this one packs a punch. There's pepper, wood smoke, pork sausages on a barbeque, apple sauce, coffee beans, butterscotch and blackcurrant. There's a cranberry-citrus sharpness, too.

Finish: Long and lingering, and all about that woodsmoke-fruit balance.

Overall: Talisker works VERY well as a younger release – this drop proves it.

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Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2018) Reviews

Talisker 8 is better than ...

First, for me this is leaps better than the Lagavulin 8 (although I know that has many fans). Here I cannot easily distinguish its youth via the nose or palate. Second, it is one of the best Taliskers, full stop. Again for me, only my memory of the 57 deg North compares. The recent Skye and (Dark) Storm, etc., have been huge disappointments -- at best a single note strength (Port Ruighe was an abomination).

If this sounds familiar to you then mayhap read on... the eight is great. It can be quaffed at full strength, no problem. Bonfire on the beach, and maybe even a bit of beer bitterness on the nose (as if at a bbq). Continuing with the 'B' theme - bandages and betodine... and maybe too morbid, but blood (water, salt, iron). Organic and human! Chocolate salty balls? I've often gotten a strong seafood note that is somewhere between shrimp cocktail and smoked salmon, and the buttery goodness that goes along. This dram is rich, and also sweet. The sweetness works very well with the smoke, salt, and medicinal character. Donuts, not powdered but glazed, and maybe even glazed and smoked meats too. Cake and frosting amid the ashes. And let's not forget the good ol' American Peanut Butter! Oh yeah, it's there.

I'll stop but I'm tempted to continue the malto-porn... honestly, this is the kind of dram that made me fall for Ardbeg ages ago, and frankly reminds me more of their standard range (10, C'Vreckn, U'Dail) than Talisker at many levels. Dear Islay, the glove is laid down in challenge. Dear Talisker, more please!

10th November 2018

Magnificent

I remember the 8YO from the 1970s as being the best Talisker I had ever had, but this is simply astonishing. The most flavoursome whisky I have had in living memory. And I am very old.
Are you sure I can only have one bottle?

3rd October 2018

Amazing stuff!

Get ready to be drop kicked in the face by the sea! This is superb, I cannot see how they got such complexity and depth in a 8yo. The cask strength really makes the flavours in this bottle stand out that extra bit.

26th September 2018

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