This is Talisker’s latest duty-free exclusive bottlings. It has a snazzy purple label, but it surpass the high bar set by Talisker 10?
- No age statement
- Finished in first-fill ex-bourbon casks
- MSRP of $115 USD ($155 CAD)
Nose: Strong, with some volatile character. Peppery peat – applewood-smoked BBQ, with that vinegary Carolina-style hot sauce. Green apples, lemon, and interestingly some strawberry. Slightly greenish-grassy.
Palate: Light texture. Arrives with green apple, gooseberry, strawberry, and torched grass. Peppery and slightly acrid peat smoke on the development, and fire-roasted red peppers.
Finish: Fairly short. More peat smoke and black pepper, with a bit of a grilled-seafood note here. Mild fruit notes of green apple, white cherries, and lime.
Thoughts: It’s certainly a Talisker – all the classic character is there. The problem is that this seems to be just an inferior version of the 10. The 10 has a better mouthfeel, more complexity, and a longer finish. If this were cheaper, I’d say that it was a good way to save some money while still accessing a real Talisker profile… but given the MSRP on this, that doesn’t work. This seems like one of those duty-free bottlings aimed at those who jump at a new label from a brand they might already like and don’t think twice.
Final score: 77/100