Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:
Talisker 'Triple Matured Edition' (48%, OB, Friends of the Classic Malts, 2013) A new one for the 'Friends' in Switzerland, Germany and the UK. Triple is the new double (double's very 2012, my friend) and in this case, it means refill wood -> charred American oak hogsheads -> European Oak refill casks. Phew! Please note that this is very different from blending whiskies from three different kinds of casks, as can be seen elsewhere. Colour: dark gold. Nose: the treatment was relatively light, it seems. It's true that they haven't used any first-fill, not to mention virgin oak. So it's rather a smooth and rounded peat smoke that we're having, mingling cigarette smoke with ripe plums and acacia honey, with only a moderate vanilla (hurray) and a mild half-coastal, half-earthy side. An old fisherman's boat run aground in the middle of a muddy barley field. Or something like that. Although after ten minutes, some ginger and capsicum, possibly from the European oak, do start to break out. Mouth: starts a little weird this time. Spices and a greenness from the oak, radish, mustard... Feels unusual. Then a sucrosity, bitter oranges, tonic water, artichokes... It's a rather strange and pretty electric combo, I think. Finish: quite long and peppery. Some blackcurrant jelly. Comments: I think the combination of the peaty distillate with all these woods created a kind of... aged gin? Now, I've heard there are great aged gins out there. I really enjoyed the nose, I have to say, but I'm much more into the Storms, for example. SGP:575 - 80 points (because of the nose).