More special edition malts from the Classic Malt Collection, this one Talisker’s Distillers Edition rarity. Talisker — known as the only single malt distiller on the Isle of Skye — ages this whisky in oak then finishes it in Amoroso Sherry casks. It’s unspecified how long the whisky spent in each cask — but the total aging time was 13 years, having been distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2008.
At 91.6 proof, the Distillers Edition is light and spry compared to some of its brethren, but the medium brown color may tip you off that the richness might be better off with a touch of water. I could go either way, but in the end I think some water brings out more flavor in the finish.
The immediately obvious character is peat — not particularly smoky, but earthy — heavy on the nose and the beginning of the body. Sweetness cuts through from there, almost marshmallow-like in character, with strong notes of malt, sherry, and a little citrus. The peat comes back for the finish, playing again with a woody, vanilla sweetness that’s nicely enjoyable.
All in all, it’s not completely in balance, but it offers a number of interesting experiences all in one glass. Definitely worth seeking out if you’re a Talisker fan. Not a bad price, either.
A- / $70 / malts.com