Review: Talisker Distillers Edition 2011 – Distilled 2001

Though it’s just 10 years old (making it the youngest in this series of whiskys), this Isle of Skye-born malt, finished in Amoroso sherry casks, is the most expensive in the 2012 collection.

Part of that has to do with the elevated proof level, and part has to do with the richness of the dram. The smoky peat is well integrated into the sweet body, where flavors of orange, nougat, and cherry character. Not overly woody (it’s just 10 years old, after all) this is a well structured whisky that’s both easy to sip on yet more complex than you’d think. The smoke and sweetness play perfectly well together here, and while it lacks the austerity that you typically want to find in older whiskys, it’s got more than enough going on for an evening dram.

91.6 proof.

A- / $83 / malts.com

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