The phrase “finest” positive does get thrown round quite a bit within the whiskey world. Lord is aware of I’m responsible of it. However there are bottles of whisk(e)y that do stand out and rise above the scores of different entries within the area. A type of bottles is certainly one of my favourite whiskies of all time, Talisker 25.
I’ve a deep love for Talisker. It was the primary actual single malt I used to be launched to (by my father-in-law) on my first ever journey to Edinburgh. So the nostalgia issue is thru the roof. Then, I ended up going to the Isle of Skye, consuming Talisker 25 within the shadow of The Previous Man of Storr whereas searching over the ocean. For sure, my mind is programmed to favor this whisky.
However there’s extra to it than simply that. This can be a bottle I by no means hesitate to purchase as a result of it’s what I actually wish to drink — greater than any bourbon, rye, Canadian whisky, or… another type, frankly. It’s not that I don’t deeply take pleasure in these whiskeys or love exhibiting them off and main tastings with buddies and all of you. Talisker 25 is simply extra private. It’s my whisky. It’s what I attain for on the finish of the week or after an extended, onerous spell. Consolation meals, however with whisky.
Let’s dive into what’s in a bottle of Talisker 25. And if this feels like one thing you’d dig, click on on the value to seize your personal bottle.
Common Worth: $600
This whisky is a wedding of American bourbon barrels, Spanish sherry casks, and Talisker’s seaside location. The whiskies on this single malt spend a minimal of 25 years resting in outdated bourbon and sherry barrels a couple of quick steps from the ocean within the Isle of Skye. Talisker’s tiny warehouse feels a bit like an outdated pirate ship that’s seen too many sea battles and that aura is imbued into each barrel because it matures.
This one opens with a be aware of moist wildflowers subsequent to candy beeswax candles (unlit) with hints of murky apple cider, creamy chocolate, and a whisper of briny campfire smoke. The style actually brings out the wood beams of the Talisker warehouse with notes of sea salt subsequent to cobwebs and moist moss that’s all counterpointed by a blossoming wisteria, orange tobacco, and a bit of bit extra of that campfire smoke lurking within the background. The tip holds onto the florals because it slowly fades away, leaving you with a wisp of smoke, a mist of sea spray, and a contact of that orange.
The bottle is that traditional scotch single malt bottle that feels prefer it was constructed to be saved on a roving sea vessel 200 years in the past. The true spotlight is the field with a velvet cushion. It’s a pleasant contact that elevates this past simply glass and cardboard.
This isn’t an both/or whisky. It’s not going to both push you deeper or push you away. This whisky is so well-rounded, delicate, and alluring that it might probably solely pull you deeper into the world of delicate single malts and whisky on the whole.
Is it the most effective whisky is on the planet? Proper now, possibly. For my palate, 100 %. Tomorrow, who is aware of? That each one being mentioned, it’s so uncommon to search out one thing this refined, dialed, and (comparatively) straightforward to search out that may elevate your palate with each single sip. All of that makes it fairly rattling particular.
100/100 — That is good. Or, if it isn’t, I’m not ready to think about why.