#448 • Talisker Distiller's 1992 Edition

Talisker Distiller's Edition 1992

45.8% alc./vol.
Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye, Scotland

It's been a long time since I tasted that, but hey, we start like this. For all their expressions in the range of Classic Malts of Scotland, Diageo we have "Distiller's Edition", more up-market bottlenecks, often having experienced a particular finish.

Today it is a Talisker 1992 matured in Amoroso sherry casks. Distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2005, it gives him a good 12 years at least.

As the Scottish scholar, theologian and religious reformer so aptly put it Andrew Melville (1545-1622) said so well:

Empty barrels make the most noise.

Burnished amber of fire and sherry.

Beautiful sweet-salty and dry peat, fruits and smoke. Spicy grape touch of sherry. A very mature nose that remains, however, marbled with a great passion. Marmelade.

Solid consistency, sherry is here more marked, dates, red fruits, nutmeg, pepper. To make the bridge with the final, a little wind of peat prepares us for what is coming.

Here the peat comes spoil us on accents of salt and dark chocolate.

A nice trip on the Isle of Skye. We have no difficulty in recognizing the profile of the distillery and we are served a little extra. Good choice to have kept this rate of alcohol, although in any case to do otherwise would not have framed with the other Talisker.


#447 • Gibson's Finest Sterling

Gibson's Finest Sterling

40% alc./vol.
Hiram Walker & Sons Limited, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Back in Canadian whiskeys today with a blend of the range Gibson's Finest, the Sterling.

It is a blend of corn, rye and malted barley, which is bottled without mention of age. According to the distillery, it is a whiskey of superior quality that will appeal to connoisseurs as well as beginners.

Hmmmm ...

As the American science fiction writer put it so well W, one of the leaders of the movement cyberpunk (1948-) said so well:

If the English can survive their cooking, they can survive everything.

Fair enough, lack of this typical Canadian red.

We start with some vanilla spices, then cross a thin curtain of alcohol. On the other side we are delighted to discover rye and corn in a comfortable embrace. Oak, a little lemon and table syrup.

Beautiful syrupy texture that translates to taste by a raz-of-tide of creamy caramel and brown sugar. Maple syrup itself. Rye and spices offer a welcome complement.

Hot and spicy, but quickly falls into pieces of metal, acetone and bitter fruit. Very disagreeable.

Pretty impressive if we ignore its horrible finale.