Friends of the Classic Malts

ABV 48%
REVIEWED Issue 118
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Brand: Talisker, Diageo
Expression: Friends of the Classic Malts
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 48%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islands (Non Islay)
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Medicinal. Camphor. TCP. Sweet grassy notes in the back. Aniseed. A touch of earthy peat. Faint smoke. On time, vanilla swirls up.
Palate: Round, satin soft. Same medicinal profile with sweet liquorice toffee, a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Gentle spices. Alcohol is well mastered. Very light smoke.
Finish: Lingering. Drying on ground ginger and a gentle astringency.
Comment: Medicinal without the smoke. I am surprised it is a Talisker. Excellent though but it could easily be a cousin of Laphroaig!
Taster   Neil Ridley
Nose: Effortlessly sweet smoke, well rounded oak, some coastal brine/slight shellfish note and a darker toasted maltiness.
Palate: The smoke leads the palate, but hand-in-hand with a buttery smoothness, some very dry cooking apple notes and lime peel.
Finish: Dry and lengthy. The smoke is restrained but very much the driving force at work.
Comment: A no-nonsense wash of particularly perky peat. Very good indeed.
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Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye, Islands (Non Islay), Scotland
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