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    Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Talisker

    By a vote of the people, the Foreign Whisky of the Month is Talisker.

    My first love of Single Malt Scotch, well that and Ardbeg Uigeadail were hand in hand. I will be cracking open a Storm here soon and will give my impressions.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Talisker

    Laphraoaig was likely my first love..Talisker quickly became my favorite. There just isn't any other Single Malt like it. The 18 year is my absolute favorite by that got so hard to find I kind of gave up. Now I can find it but it is $130 a bottle..I'll just stick to $60 for the 10. I did get to try a dram of Talisker 25 at the Ardbeg Whisky Bar in Stockholm..that was just heavenly!

    I also like the Distiller's Editions, and I was one of the few it seems who really liked the 175th Anniversary edition. I 'd love to try Storm and 57 North but have not been able to find them..

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Talisker

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Talisker

    This is one, of many, I haven't tried yet but seems like I should have! The entry price has kept me away despite good reviews. Anyone had the Isle of Skye 12 year? More my speed when getting introduced to a style or region. Either way Talisker is definitely on my radar now.

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Talisker

    The 18 was a favorite even before I started trying to expand my whisky horizons but has started to price itself out of range for a regular purchase. The 10 is certainly nice but a bit wanting if you have an addiction to the 18! I also have one of the Distillers Editions I need to try and just recently picked up a couple of 175th Anniversary bottles that I need to try.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Talisker

    I am a recent Talisker convert. The bartender at my sometime lunch spot poured me the 10yo a few months ago and I enjoyed it. I've gone back to it a number of times, and everytime I do, my fondness for it grows. It really is totally unique, with that salty sweet maltiness balanced with a fresh minerality, and no slouch in the smoke department too! It's a little on the sweet side for me, but it has great character, and it has really grown on me.

    I also picked up the DE a month or two ago. It did not last long! The Amaroso finish complements the profile perfectly, while also keeping the character entirely intact. At $75 it's not something I'm going to keep around all the time, but it's definitely something I don't want to be without for too long. Also, at that price, I don't mind guzzling it a bit, too.

    Talisker also gets points with me for bottling its standard releases at the higher abv of 45.8%. All in all, a very classy and sophisticated malt. One of these days I'll cough up the dough for the 18yo, though I'm far more likely to track down a taste of it at a bar than spend $100 on a bottle.
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Talisker

    Quote Originally Posted by AaronWF View Post
    Talisker also gets points with me for bottling its standard releases at the higher abv of 45.8%. All in all, a very classy and sophisticated malt. One of these days I'll cough up the dough for the 18yo, though I'm far more likely to track down a taste of it at a bar than spend $100 on a bottle.
    At this point I would be pretty happy to find it at $100! Seems like it is more in the $120 and up range now. And no doubt will continue to go up over time given current trends.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Talisker

    Quote Originally Posted by AaronWF View Post
    Talisker also gets points with me for bottling its standard releases at the higher abv of 45.8%.
    One of very few "entry level" single malts to be so bottled. Though most people like to bash Diageo they deserve praise for keeping Taliskers above the bare minimum 40%.
    There are better (more complex) single malts out there but every whisk(e)y drinker should own at least one Talisker 10 at some point. It is a stepping stone whisky along with the likes of Glenmorangie 10, Glenlivet/Glenfiddich/Macallan/Highland Park 12 year olds

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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Talisker

    I've only been a student of the dark side for a few years now, and I'm still at the point of evaluating new bottles' price/performance as I try more. It hurts to spend a lot and not get the quality you expect - and that's easy to do.

    So far, I've invested $75 in a DE (it didn't last long) and recently spent $100 for the 18 - and I have to say that I felt like I got every bit of my money's worth with both. And there are a lot of scotches - both more and less expensive - that I can't say the same about.

    Too much $ to be daily drams, but excellent whisky to be sure..
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    Re: Foreign Whisky of the Month - 08/2013: Talisker

    I have to agree with the general consensus that all in the line are well priced for what's in the bottles,the price on the 10 is bit high in relative terms considering the 18yr. is real gem for under $100.I enjoy the peppered smokiness that I find unique to Talisker bottlings and really have never been disappointed with any expression across the board.

    When fall rolls in there is always some form of Lagavulin,Ardbeg and Talisker open at my house as it's great to have a contrast in profiles of these big three ready and waiting.
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