Showing posts with label Isle of Skye. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Isle of Skye. Show all posts

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Talisker Storm Single Malt Scotch Review & Tasting Notes


Talisker provides a great lineup and Storm is certainly no exception. I was loving Storm when it was almost twice the price, and last year I was pleasantly surprised to see the price drop. There are still retailers that will charge the original price, but you should search around because I see Storm in store after store anywhere between the $38 to $48 range, even while traveling outside of my home distribution area...

You can read this review in its entirety over at Bourbon & Banter. Cheers!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Talisker Distillers Edition (2012) Single Malt Scotch Review & Tasting Notes

Today is Fat Tuesday, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and then Lent starts. If I was Catholic, this would all have some meaning for me on a personal level. For me, it is more a curiosity.

However, nothing stops me from toasting my Catholic family and friends on this important time of year, and for them, I'm using one of my favorite Scotch whiskies to do it.

This is Talisker Distiller's Edition from 2012. This single malt is double matured in Amoroso casks, and comes from the only distillery on the Isle of Skye. Some consider the Islands a region of its own, others will tell you it is part of the Highland region.

Pouring it into the glass caused the air to be filled with a peaty smokiness. It is just beautiful that I don't even need to bring it to my nose to enjoy it. When I bring the glass close so I can nose it, vanilla, fruit and honey permeate the peat. It is so inviting.

A gentle swirl brings initially thin legs that soon begin to drop... And then they hang, almost as if they are glued in place. While the color is enticing, unlike with Bourbon, Scotch distillers can add caramel coloring and not get in trouble with the laws governing Scotch whisky.

As I bring the glass to my lips and let the whisky flow over my tongue, I get the gentle thickness of butter. It completely coats my tongue. Smoke follows, and then the peat is behind that. The fruitiness you expect from a Highland then hangs around for the long finish.

What some people don't care in whisky (or whiskey) is the burn. With this Talisker, that's not an issue because there is none. The smokiness does stick around on the roof of your hard palate, but it is merely a warming sensation. There is zero alcohol burn to offend.

This 91.6° Scotch is one of my favorites. It is hard to go wrong with anything from Talisker, it is an easy pleaser.

For my Catholic family and friends, I wish you a good Lent season. May you keep your promise. For everyone else, Cheers!