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Review: Talisker 18 Years Old

Talisker single malt can be enjoyed in a variety of expressions, from a smattering of no-age-stated offerings, including the annual Distiller’s Edition, to the occasional Diageo, end-of-year limited edition offerings we see from time to time. The core age-stated range is small, but beefy, with the much-loved 10 year, a 25 year, and this bottle squarely in the middle, Talisker 18 Years Old. For our money, Talisker 10 outshines most, if not all, of its NAS brethren and quite a few other well-regarded single malts, for that matter. What then to make of this more mature Tali?

Like its little brother, this one is aged in a mix of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, but it undergoes almost twice the maturation time. On the nose, the smoke has been subdued from the already modestly peaty 10 year old, leaving behind a lovely layer of sweet chimney soot and cigar wrapper suspended alongside rich caramel, Biscoff cookies, and subtle orange peel. On the palate, there’s still a bit of orchard fruit but stewed, spiced, and sweetened into a rather decadent pie filling. The coastal qualities in the 10 year old have been almost entirely transcended, but a persistent bit of salty ocean spray keeps the island quality alive. Honey, cinnamon, and sweet biscuits round out its rich profile and linger on an ample, silky finish accented by a kiss of slightly briny campfire smoke. Beautiful stuff.

91.6 proof.

A / $150 / malts.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]

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Drew Beard

Drew Beard is Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager for Drinkhacker. He has studied and written about beer, whisk(e)y, and other spirits since he first started drinking them. A recovering Federal government employee of 10+ years, he is happy to have finally found a career where it is acceptable to drink on the job.

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