Growing up on the (New) Jersey Shore, the ocean is in my blood. So when I read ‘Made By The Sea’ on each bottle of Talisker, I think it should include ‘For when you can’t be by the sea’. But either way, I was more than happy to include this lineup to my Short Attention Span Reviews. And, since I sampled them side-by-side, I wanted to give you my first side-by-side review. I should note, I had previously tried the 18yr and may have been a little biased because that is such an amazing dram. But I didn’t let that get in my way of enjoying every step of this tasting. So, here we go…

  1. Talisker Skye – Based on what I knew about Talisker going into this flight, this was not what I was expecting. It was a lot softer of a whisky. Still spicy and rich, but much lighter on the smoke. I can see this as a great entry whisky for someone wanting to get into something more smokey.
  2. Talisker 10yr – Now there is the smoke and peat I was looking for. It’s not as overpowering as a typical Islay Whisky, but a big step up from the Skye. There is still a sweetness and you can almost smell the saltwater. I can see this going perfect with a dozen oysters. It’s finished off with a warm and spicy pepper. Now I see why it’s one of their benchmark whiskies.
  3. Talisker Storm – I love this. As a true lover of smoky whiskies, this one satisfies my love for peat. It’s as if they just took what was good about the 10, and just added more smoke. Just… yes. Yes!
  4. Talisker 18yr – Yeah, so. This has become one of my all time favorites. It takes everything I loved about the other three, combines them, smoothes them out and creates liquid gold. There is still the Talisker smoke, spices and sweetness, just on another level. Each sip and nose brought more out something new on the palate.

There is the phrase “Older whisky isn’t always better whisky”. I firmly believe that as I have had some 12 yr whiskies that beat out their much older brothers. But this time, the older whisky is the better whisky. However, each one has their place in the lineup and are all are award winners for a reason. The Skye (Gold at IWSC) is a great entry whisky, the 10yr (Double Gold, Best Single Malt up to 12 years at SFWSC) is a solid staple and great everyday smokey dram, and the Storm (Double Gold and Best Non Age Declared Singe Malt at SFWSC) is a great whisky for when you need that extra bit of smoke in your glass.

Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to enjoy another glass of the 18yr. Cheers.


10 thoughts on “Talisker – Made by the sea

  1. I feel like everyone knows I love Talisker. I haven’t had the privilege of trying the 18 yet, and this makes me want to more than ever! You and I seem to have very similar tastes, so I may get it on your recommendation, and the knowledge that it is hard to go wrong with Talisker! I agree with all your notes here for the other three.

    This photo of yours is one of my all time favorites. I love the tiny chair, and the idea of a Storm Trooper sunbathing and then jumping into a glass of Scotch to cool off! Oh and the gun – that’s the bit that really pushes it over the edge! Thanks for filling our world with such lovely things as help with delicious Scotch and humor with Star Wars!

    1. Thank you Catherine, both my daughters saw me going through their Barbie stuff and were quite confused when I came out with that chair. Now they are constantly bringing me things to include in my shots. My little helpers.

  2. I bought the Talisker 18 a few months ago from TWE and started to enjoy it last month. I must say that this is one of my best scotch bottles that I’ve tried and what a bargain.

  3. G’day Scotch Trooper, I made some whisky-cured bacon with the Talisker 10 Year Old. It turned out great but I probably used a little too much smoke which overpowered most of the whisky flavour. I chose the Talisker 10 Year Old for that nice beach bonfire smoke it has and the spicy peppery finish.

  4. I love that image, always brings a smile to my face.

    Talisker is delicious and I have too many bottles (that’s a lie, you can never had too many) and just picked up the Neist Point, but haven’t opened it yet.

      1. If you ever make it up to Knoxville, I have a bunch of bottles that would make nice pics for the collection.

        Talisker: 10, 18, 30, Storm, Dark Storm, Distiller’s Edition 2000, Skye, 57 North, and Neist Point (total 22 bottles)

        Ardbeg: Supernova 2010, 2014, 2015, Ardbog, Aurivedes, Galileo, Alligator, Ardbeg Day, Airigh Nam Beist, Corryvreckan, Perpetuum, Rollecoaster, Uigeadail (25 bottles)

        Highland Park: 18, 30, 1977 Bicentenary, Einar, Freya, Haralkd, Lief Eriksson, Loki, Thor, and Odin

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