Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Secret Stills Distillery 01 Release 02 (Talisker)

[45.0%・21 Years Old・Distilled in 1986・Bottled in 2007・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release of 1860 Bottles]

Nose:

On the nose it’s black forest sponge cake made with fine vanilla grain and a couple of mint leaves to dress, so soft it feels like falling on a bed of cotton. Despite the sherry influence though the maritime note still retains its prowess character. Salty with burning incense and bonfire wood crackling in the background, leading to ashy and leathery notes.
Palate & Finish:

Strawberry preserves with a dark chocolate sauce drizzling down, there is a spike of syrupy acidity followed by a spark of Sichuan spices and a mouthful of ashy peat. The gooey raisin goodness still remains though, liquor soaked orange slices that are about to be stirred into a Christmas cake mix.The chunk of peat does not just fade away, it serves as fuel that warms the chest along with a syrupy brown sugar note.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

-Nicholas

Dram Review: Talisker Aged 20 Years (Bottled in 2002)

[62.0%・20 Years Old・Distilled in 1981・Bottled in 2002・Official Bottling・Limited Release of 9000 Bottles]

I tasted this vintage Talisker a while back at Baxter Inn, where noise-cancelling earphones really came in handy.

Nose:

Smoky and earthy on the nose, aged ham and subtle meat rub spices. Toffee, almonds with notes of poached dark fruits on the back end. Let it breathe and some Chinese five-spice cured beef along with heavy oak notes surface.

Palate & Finish:

An intense sweetness upon first sip alongside the signature maritime breeze. Toffee and a subtle hint of almond butter and polished wood notes.

Full but delicate oak spices in the finish, notes of molasses, a bit nutty.

Thoughts:

A.K.A. “Seaside Gourmet Shop”..

A legendary dram worthy of every compliment.

☆☆ [Highly Recommended]

Nicholas