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Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2020)

(70cl, 57.9%)

Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2020)
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Talisker 8yo (SR 2020) Bottling Note

A fantastic Talisker here, released as part of Diageo's 2020 Special Releases! This 8 year old expression was aged in ex-pot still Caribbean rum casks - a first for the distillery! The result is brilliantly balanced, with smoke, fruit, peppery spice and even a touch of meatiness to it. Definitely worth checking out!

Find out more about the rest of the Special Releases 2020 over on our blog!

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: First impressions are led by a sweet seaside vibe: seaweed, iodine, crystallised citrus fruit and charred meat. After a while, molasses and stewed tropical fruits come through, along with a wisp of smoke.

Palate: Silky smooth and mouth-filling, with prickles of that characteristic Talisker pepperiness. The fruit becomes more caramelised, and the smoke becomes more bonfire-like, but the nose and palate are beautifully aligned.

Finish: Long and warming, with the pepper turning more chilli-like, wrapped up in gentle smoke.

Overall: An unusual Talisker with the rum cask influence, and absolutely one to add to the must-try list.

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Talisker 8 Year Old (Special Release 2020) Reviews

An on-paper potentially good idea executed in the worst possible way - via marketing.

This is an extremely alcohol heavy coarse expression. Those who talk about rum cask finishing are kidding themselves.
There is nothing refined about this - if anything it tastes like newmake.
In no way worth the inflated price tag.
At all.

12th May 2021

This is special.

Incredibly well rounded whisky. You get what you pay for. A very well executed twist on the normal talisker peppery taste.

13th December 2020

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