N: As Talisker 18yo regulars will know, some batches are smokier & drier than others. This one leans more to the vegetal-herbal peated side, much like PC8 [coming up], with a soft-fresh woody=leathery, brine-y, onion-y, garlic-y vegetal funk and a rum spirit-like [copper] metallic base – one that suggests a weird poo-ey detergent note. Let’s tread carefully. Despite the funk, overall it’s balanced with a clinical feel but without any swagger, any joy. I find it boring & uneventful and my stance over many months hasn’t change one iota.
T: Similar profile as the nose. Warm it up and add water and you’ve got a whisky that’ll not sustain too long. I’ve also struggled with the one-dimensional herbal sour<savouriness and I cant get myself to suit it to any given situation/occasion. I much prefer it blended with say an Aberlour A’bunadh or Glenfarclas 105, simply to shake it out a little from its restraints. It’s most commendable note is its soft & salivating mouthfeel though even then it’s a little prickly to start, developing thereafter: briney/soapy/oily. Hold in the mouth long enough though and texturally it’s more oily-buttery.
F: Firm savoury-herbal-fresh finish [think endive], with a soft bitterness from the wood.
C: I know it’s no bad whisky but i’m thoroughly un-moved. My favourite solution was to add 10-15% A’bunadh and a dash of Laphroaig. Anyone else feeling Talisker products of late are off the boil? Ever since the arrival of the ‘Storm’ come to think of it!Scores a C[+]