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.