Dram Review: Talisker 12 Years Old (Bottled Circa 1980s)

[43.0%・12 Years Old・Bottled Circa 1980s・Official Bottling・General Release]

Nose:

Quite a bit more creamier with more Sherry influence than the current batches of Talisker entry level expressions, lovely submersion into citrus and malted barley, with sea salt and seaweed sweeping across.  Wet sand, burnt sugar and dried twigs, the ocean saltiness and minerals become more prominent to present an authentic picture of the unrefined nature of cold water hitting the Isle coast.

Palate & Finish:

Such a stupendously sweet drop, honey, toffee and marzipan sprinkled with sea salt as the peat slowly sips out to lend a bitter edge, the mid-palate boosts a slightly rougher texture, with pepper and coffee ground particularly prominent.

There is a certain dirtiness at the back end, a relaxed layer with some infusions of dried fruits and dark chocolate.

Thoughts:

Well, what can I say, this is not how I thought a Talisker would be, a really enjoyable transition of such condensed sweetness on the front palate to a more masculine, maritime, peat infused presence.

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas