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Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (49.2%)

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Compass Box Three Year Old Deluxe (49.2%)

So they call This whisky a three-year-old. Now, of course, it technically is as 0.04 of it is, indeed, only three years old. Yes, you read that right, four tenths of a percent is three-year-old whisky from Clynelish that was aged by Compass Box itself in their own first fill American Oak casks. In the PR…

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present

Here we are just twelve days before Christmas (and it’s the first day of Hanukkah), and gift buying is at its height! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make a great holiday gift. Obviously, they are all bottles I’ve tasted, and many of them adorn my own whisky cabinet. The rules? Easy: It has…

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To Reach the Skye – The Sublime Talisker 30

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To Reach the Skye – The Sublime Talisker 30

After yesterday’s post on the Talisker 25, which caused quite an emotional stir (most of which was of readers mentioning a similar experience with the 25, but not only), we come to the final stop in the Talisker series – The venerated 30 year old, and the top of the core range. We’re talking about…

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The shy Talisker – Talisker 25

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The shy Talisker – Talisker 25

I tasted the 25 year old on two occasions, both of which were batches of the newer 25 year old, bottled at 45.8% ABV. The first (the 2011 version) left me pretty unimpressed, but it was tasted with some seriously fabulous whisky all around it – some of it at cask strength, so it might…

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The Gem of Skye – Talisker 18

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The Gem of Skye – Talisker 18

With the Islay festival behind us, and having reviewed eight Feis ile bottlings, it’s time to return to the second half of our Talisker series, which runs up the age stated part of the Talisker lineup, and we get to start with my favorite Talisker of them all, the 18 year old. I’m not starting…

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Storms Can Get Dark on the Isle of Skye

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Storms Can Get Dark on the Isle of Skye

Talisker Dark Storm is the new travel retail expression, going along with the trend of NAS duty free exclusives. The problem is, how do you create another new expression with enough merit to stand on its own? The solution found on Skye was to use heavily charred casks with spirit that is very close to…

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A Storm is Brewing on the Island of Skye

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A Storm is Brewing on the Island of Skye

Talisker Storm is, in many ways, the exact opposite of the Skye (reviewed here). While the Skye is meant to be a soft and gentle introduction to the Talisker lineup, the Storm (and by extension also the Dark Storm) is extremely maritime and smoky, and definitely conjures up images of a storm. This isn’t the…

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The Skye is the Limit – Launching Talisker Week

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The Skye is the Limit – Launching Talisker Week

Last week, our Malt Mongers Israel Whisky Club held a beautiful tasting of Talisker, hosted by IBBLS, Israel’s Diageo importer and led by the very talented Adaya Lange, who heads up the Whisky division in the company. The tasting included some new make, the Storm, the staple 10 year old, the Distiller’s Edition, the 18 and…

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Distiller’s Edition Talisker – When a Finish Works….

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Distiller’s Edition Talisker – When a Finish Works….

I’ve mentioned Diageo’s successful “Classic Malts of Scotland” marketing in the past. Each of the six brands has a Distiller’s Edition, which is the basic expression in a finish. Dalwhinnie is finished in Oloroso casks, Glenkinchie in Amontillado sherry, Cragganmore in Port, Oban in Fino sherry, and Lagavulin in PX. The Talisker is finished in Amoroso sherry…

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A Talisker to Redefine Smoky – Port Ruighe

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A Talisker to Redefine Smoky – Port Ruighe

The Port Ruighe is a NAS Talisker (like the Storm, the Dark Storm and the 57 North which I previously reviewed together with the Talisker 10) finished in Ruby Port pipes. Ruby port is the “plain” port, that isn’t allowed to oxidize while aging. Talisker Port Ruighe (45.8% ABV) Appearance: Light bronze, quick forming legs. Nose:…

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