I’ve been lucky enough to try two of Diageo’s Special Releases 2018 so far. The two most exciting: Talisker 8 and Glen Ord 14.
I was super excited for this one in particular because I haven’t tried a whole lot of cask strength Talisker but its one of my old favourites, being a big fan of the 10, 18 & DE, oh and the 30 of course. Basically everything they’ve done with an age statement. Hell, even Skye I liked.
So what is this young, Bourbon matured Talisker all about?
Talisker 8 2018 Special Releases 59.4%
Nose: Fruity and raw. Tequila, herbal, cigar smoke, cigarettes.
Water: NMS comes out with fruity gummy bears.
Taste: Full, powerful arrival, spicy with black pepper and red apple, wood smoke, lemon.
Water: Softer, less fruit and more average spice.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Spices fade easily, leaving you a bit disappointed.
Personally, I prefer the 10 and the 18 and the Distiller's Edition. People have been rating this very highly but for me there isn’t enough complexity or balance here despite the higher strength and cask selection. Bit of a disappointment considering the price compared to the 10 or 18.
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