Talisker 18

Talisker 18I waited a couple days to revisit this Talisker.  The Talisker 18, like the Talisker 10 is chill filtered, 45.8% ABV.

Sweet, maybe a little citris with mild smoked peat on the nose.  The real distinction from the Talisker 10 shows when it hits your palate.  A sweet entry, with an allspice accompaniment, transitioning to pepper with a smoke lingering.  It lays on your tongue, a slight oily coating – mixing the pepper and smoke.   This leads to a medium to long finish, dry and not burning.

I find this to be a more balanced, smooth, mature whisky in contrast to the Talisker 10.  I think you get a better quality dram with the 18, but then again you should for about twice the price of the 10.   It is a more seductive whisky to be sure and, for me, worth the extra cost.

Talisker 18 was selected as the Best Whisky in the World at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards.   I do not know if I would name it as one of my top 5, but it would likely compete for a spot in the top 10.

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