Another that should need no introduction. The thing to look for in Talisker, as with all smoky whiskies, is sweetness that gives the requisite balance to the drying effect of smoke. Underneath Talisker’s smoke, which ain’t as all-pervading as Lagavulin, is a sweet pear-like quality. When young there are notes of the land: heather, moor, sweet seaweed, and a finish that has a distinctive cracked black pepper hit.(Summer 2012) Reviewed by: Dave Broom
This ad looks like the old Talisker label that is cream colored: under TALISKER it reads "The only single malt Scotch whiskey from the Isle of Skye." I have my fingers crossed. I'm buying this on the chance that I will get the real thing, because at least in the USA there has been a change. Earlier this year I bought Strange Talisker 10 in a new dark blue box that now has clouds, and the new bottle label is white, at the bottom is a blue banner that says "made by the sea." What is in it is very very different. It is muddled, all the peat is gone, the finish is carmel. If you like Compass Box you would like it. Pure junk. What has happened? I would really like to know if the world's best Scotch is gone forever. Damn.
Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky lodged far from any neighbour in the small coastal community of Carbost at the head of Loch Harport, is one of the finest yet most remote distilleries of all. It was in 1825 that came here from the smaller island of Eigg, first to bring sheep to Skye, then to bring Skye's wild spirit to the world.
Leasing Macleod land at Carbost, the MacAskills built Talisker Distillery in 1830 against the fiery protestations of the abstainer and former parish Minister, the Rev. Roderick Macleod, who declared this "one of the greatest curses that... could befall it or any other place". However, it wasn't long before their elixir was commented on more favourably, by no less a writer than Robert Louis Stevenson.