TALISKER 11 YEAR OLD SPECIAL RELEASE 2022 55.1%
As the legend goes, when the tides at Talisker Bay flowed with an unusual force, a luminous creature was drawn from the blackest depths, flooding the deep-sea darkness with its captivating glow. On the shores of Loch Harport, near the western edge of the rugged Isle of Skye, legends easily ring true. Talisker has forged its own maritime destiny here since 1830. Sweet, salt-laced, thunderous and smoky, as elemental as land, sea or storm, this is a whisky for the wild at heart, Made by the Sea. Amid a deep golden glow, salty, smoky hints of a beach bonfire give the mild nose a maritime feel. This is a legendary Talisker, of ethereal beauty.
Deep, glowing gold.
Maritime in feel, with light spice-prickle, the first impression suggests a beach bonfire of dry seaweed, then deep-seated notes of maritime saltiness and marine engines take over, on a base of drying fresh linen. All these scents hold together well at reduced strength.
Smoothly oily in texture, while the taste is gloriously sweet throughout and smoky-spicy, with a distinct fruity hint, all of which evokes an orchard seen through smoke and sea mist. A fine salty balance in the middle leads the spiciness on into a powerful chili pepper catch as you swallow. With a drop of water, the sweet fruitiness and saltiness come into their own.
Long, sustained and lightly smoky, with lingering warming spice.