- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- American Oak
- Number of bottles
- 48.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 29 Oct 2017 11:29 am by rbode1904
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Whisky Reviews for Talisker Distillery Exclusive Bottling
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.23 points
- the nose starts very gentle, some sweat and rather ripe fruits, some hints of peat, a bit of a sea breeze. On the palate there is a fine note of the typical Talisker pepper but rather gentle compared to olther expressions. the sweetness kicks in, some salt, some more spices, quite complex and the finish is fine and lasts quite a while. Very fine dram!
- [October, 2018] I am very sceptical about this "Distillery Exclusive" because I did not like its predecessor at all (WB id 83439, I scored it 80 points) as it was composed mainly out of virgin oak casks, missing all the typical Talisker characteristics completely (I know that lovers of modern style wood-driven whiskies like such stuff and this is absolutely okay with me). So I am cautious to buy a full bottle and took a tasting dram first…
...and it is much better than the 2016 release but still miles away from the excellence of the older "Distillery Only" bottlings (like WB id 3035). Still they use a significant share of virgin oak casks in this release but luckily it is not as extreme as with the 2016. But dear Diageo - could you please tell me: What the hell is exclusive about the use of virgin oak casks for Scotch malt whisky (except you want to produce a bourbon-style whisky) - this one is not worth buying even not at half of its price, if you ask me...
The colour is old gold and the nose offers a light profile on heather honey, some spices and barley sugars - and luckily a bearable wood influence. Did they hear the bang and they reduced the share of virgin oak in this? This nose is much more to my liking than the 2016's, actually it is pretty good. Water does not change a lot...
The taste is sugary sweet with honey flavours and spices but almost no maritime notes again - obviously they store all the casks in the huge warehouse complexes on the mainland (actually, they transport the spirit over there using tank lorries and fill it into the casks on the mainland). Sadly, as I loved the maritime flavours in older Talisker bottlings that matured on Skye...
The whisky arrives warming and somewhat coating in the mouth with no distracting feeling except a minor drying-astringent moment (from tannins, of course they used some virgin oak in this batch but this share is acceptable to my taste buds). The finish is of medium length and even more sweet than the taste with a significant drying-astringent feeling now (the tannins strike back at the end, unfortunately). Water is not needed as it just flattens the taste - and the reduced dram gets one-dimensional sweet too...
- Significantly more kelp and especially more fruit than one is used to with Talisker. For the price but too expensive.
Fresh, fruity with the recognizable saltiness of Talisker in the distance
slightly salty, not the iodine-like that I am used to from a Talisker. Changes to licorice at the end. Nice
medium to long finish, where the malt at the end loses the battle with t salt. Enjoy this
Yellow apple, some leather and faint smoke. Freshly ground cereals, cornflakes, butter biscuits. Lemon zest, a hint of apricot and water mint.
Soft and creamy at first, then spicier. Apples, redcurrants, camphor. Pepper, a hint of wood ash and walnut. At the end slightly alcoholic.