Talisker has more recently become a mainstay of the Diageo Special Releases, and this 2022 edition is continues the tweaking of the Talisker character. Along with the classic American-oak ex-bourbon casks, this also has some wine casks thrown into the mix, which add a subtle but intriguing extra bit of fruity complexity and spice.
Nose: Beach bonfires and sea breezes – soft smoke, hints of brine and sweet, singed seaweed. Smoked butter and roasted apples emerge, sprinkled with freshly cracked black pepper
Palate: Intense concentrated apple sweetness becomes singed and mingles with wood smoke. Brine mixes with apple juice and hot cinnamon spice. Tarry notes and coiled ropes sit at the core, with an underlying layer of char and sultana -studded sponge cake with burned edges
Finish: Tingling spice and char linger with flashes of orchard fruit, toffee and smouldering oak