Talisker 8yo 700ml 2020 Special Release
Diageo Special Releases 2020
In the Special Releases 2020 there is this Talisker 8 Years, which has been finished in Jamaican pot still rum casks. It was distilled in 2011.
Nose: a slightly funky mix of maritime notes (oyster shells, dried seaweed) with olive brine and pickled gherkins, but also pear drops, lime and a little roasted pineapple. Some mashy notes, toasted wood and heathery notes. The rum is quite shy.
Mouth: classic young Talisker with white pepper, heather smoke and a hint of antiseptic with added notes of ripe banana. Sweet and salty, on olives and saltwater, as well as lemons and a drop of soy sauce.
Finish: not too long, slightly hot, with green apple and white pepper.
Mixed feelings. While the recipe is pretty good, the rum feels a little underexposed, leaving the spirit to display its slightly immature side. Maybe not the highlight that some people make of it.