Scotch - Single Malt

Talisker 10yr Isle of Skye Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Islands, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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91st Percentile
This score falls in the 91st percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2004

Proof66 Notes

The 10 year is Talisker's youngest and entry level scotch with a peat smoke nose and a finish of "appetising sweetness."

Talisker Distillery has the distinction of being the only distillery operating on the famous Isle of Skye. It was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill near the springs of Cnoc nan Speirag, which source they still use today along with a traditional peat smoke drying with Glen Ord malt.

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This bottle has 12 ratings and 9 reviews.
KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (233)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-10-26)
Not as “in your face” as Laphroaig or Ardbeg, but smoky, peaty, and delicious nonetheless! This stuff is bursting with flavor! Salty, briny, sweet, little bit of fruit….the complexity is truly amazing. I’ve only had 1 pour of Lagavulin 16 and it was a while back, but from what I remember the Talisker 10 compares very similarly. I would love to do a side-by-side comparison of the 2 but don’t feel like dropping a picture of Ben Franklin to accomplish that right now! I paid $70 for the Talisker and for all the flavor you get, I think the cost is quite reasonable.
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Review Comments
Cranecreek (2016-10-27):
This has been on my list for about 2 years now. I had the Bowmore 12 and that was all the "peat" and maybe a little more than I wanted. I just have not wanted to lay down the $$ for a whisky I may not like. I have been watching for posts from you in our new "forum area" here on Proof66 but have not seen any. Given your expertise in cocktails-maybe in the future?

KaiserSoze (2016-10-27):
Funny, because Bowmore 12 is on my list as I've not tried it yet. However, I've heard the peat level compares similarly to the Talisker. I might hold off on the Talisker for now given your experience with Bowmore. I love big, bold flavors so the peaty single malts are right up my alley. Give Highland Park 12 a try. Should be priced close to the Bowmore and is quite complex for the price. The peat is detectable, but not at the forefront. As for the new forum, I appreciate the reminder! I checked it out a few weeks ago and no one had posted anything. Looks like I'll be jumping into a few threads here shortly. Lastly, thank you for your kind words about cocktails! But, I'm certainly not a cocktail expert! I thoroughly enjoy it, but I just use the internet and YouTube regularly for guidance and suggestions. I enjoy playing around with recipes and proportions to fit my tastes. Cheers!

Shmotch Shmotch (68)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-04-12)
A classic peated single malt. For those who appreciate Johnny Walker you may recognize this malt as it is prominent in the black and green label.
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yodarocks yodarocks (1)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-08-04)
Talisker and other highly peated scotch are not for everyone. If they are for you, Talisker 10 is a great example of what you love about scotch. Smokey, a little sweet, and flavorful through out the entire mouth.
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Muncher Muncher (586)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-06-28)
As simple as the previous review is, it really nails the essence of this scotch. It's as salty as the Islays are, but has the peat and smoke dialed back just a little bit making the sweetness more prominent. Even though it's not super expensive I find myself rationing and saving what I have left in the bottle because I don't want to waste it. I only do that with the ones I really like. Awesome stuff.
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scalihan scalihan (44)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-01-06)
3 parts Islay, 1 part Speyside. Very nice. Peaty, but not as much as a Laphroaig. Very distinguished. Good stuff.
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joelbarrett joelbarrett (56)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-03-22)
Strong.
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magezi magezi (67)
Rating: 5.0 (2012-03-09)
Aroma is most seashore type than any of the scotch. Nice peatsmoke (not so much than those on Islay), but there's also nice fruity aroma too. Taste is balanced with those peaty and fruity styles. finish is most original, lot's of peppery bite! Really unique whisky.
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willempy willempy (12)
Rating: 4.0 (2011-06-09)
Wow, this is a strong one! Lots of smoke, definatly for a cold night or winters day!
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TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (135)
Rating: 3.0 (2011-03-22)
This one is like drinking smoldering embers. Thats not meant to disparage it or knock its quality in any way, but this is one of those nose-clearing smoke monsters from the Isla region. You may want a dab of water in this to subdue it, because drinking it neat will be a slow process unless Islas are your staple. I recommend any enthusiast to at least try this, but its not for the feint of heart, or the non-adventurous whisky drinker.
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