What is the point of this other than to prove that leaving Talisker in first-fill sherry casks for 20 years leads to oblivion?
Old Malt Cask
Talisker, Aged 20 Years
Islands (Non Islay)
Nose: Heavily sherried. Christmas cake, burnt raisin, cold stewed tea. Where's the whisky?
Palate: Very tannic, so woody that the spirit has been obliterated and you have to pick splinters out of your tongue.
Comment: What is the point of this other than to prove that leaving Talisker in first-fill sherry casks for 20 years leads to oblivion?
Nose: Sherry from top to bottom. Nothing but wood.
Palate: Sweet and bitter. Wood, wood and wood again. Cigar box. Then, shyly emerging, a mix of fruity and earthy flavours. Hint of peat. Dried fruit.
Finish: Quite long, but soon turning dry and bitter.
Comment: The distillery character is buried far below the wood. One can hardly detect even a light puff of smoke. Water does not help.
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