Talisker 1995 19 YO Talamh Sgeir

In exchange for a sample of the Norwegian whisky Eiktyrne Sokin og Eikin, a friend gave me a sample of a special Talisker. It does not actually reveal the distillery name on the bottle, but it says “an Isle of Skye single malt”. Although Isle of Skye has two whisky distilleries now, the other one being Torabhaig, it is only Talisker having whisky yet. Torabhaig Distillery started producing 31 January 2017 and we will have to wait a few years until their whisky is ready 😉

I found another clue for this whisky being a Talisker when I read this article:

The name Talisker refers to the nearby hill Talamh Sgeir, which basically means Echo rock.

The rest of the information on the bottle is King o’ Drinks Semoto Est Diabolo, a WVDK private bottling. The whisky was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2014 at 49,6 ABV.

Light and salty on the nose. Spices and orange peel. I get ginger and fizz, like a ginger soda. Some lime juice and something earthy. Caramel and white pepper. There is a hint of peat after I have nosed it for a while, and after I tasted it. Light and salty on the palate as well. The peat appears after a few sips. Fruity with the taste of baked apples and dried apricots. The finish is salty and nutty. The peat is hiding in the background. Well balanced.

My score: nose 21 / taste 22 / finish 21 / balance 22 = 86

I tasted it in a small Glencairn glass.

Thanks, Bennie!

– Tone

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