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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Tuesday Tasting: Talisker on My Tongue

Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we head to the Isle of Skye for a great flight of Scotch.

The Talisker Distillery was built in 1830 on the Isle of Skye off the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. The brand is part of the Classic Malts collection that is widely distributed by Diageo. The Talisker range includes five products. In addition to the three tasted, Talisker also markets a 25-year-old whisky and a 175th anniversary bottling.

Talisker 10-Year-Old ($45): The golden colored Scotch is 91.6-proof. There is a slight citrus hint in the nose and a rich smoky peat flavor, supported by roasted pepper, hints of the sea and a long, rich finish.

Talisker Distillers Edition ($75): Distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2005, this 91.6-proof whisky offers subtle tones of smoke and earthiness. Finished in Amoroso sherry cask, this Scotch is a bright brown color. This is a nicely put together Scotch that finishes very much like a fine Caribbean cigar.

Talisker 18-Year-Old ($70): This Scotch is a multi-level flavor experience in a 91.6-proof package. There are hints of oak and fresh grass often found in somewhat younger whiskies, but it also has a nice balance of smoky peat, vanilla and almonds.

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