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Talisker 20yo 1981/2002

(62%, OB, Sherry, 9000 Bts.)
Average Score: 92
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameTalisker
Year Distilled1981
Year Bottled2002
Alcohol By Volume62%
Other DetailsSherry
Average Score92

Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin93
Johannes van den Heuvel93
Olivier Humbrecht94
Michel van Meersbergen94
Robert Karlsson92
Konstantin Grigoriadis93
Davin de Kergommeaux94
Ho-cheng Yao92
Craig Daniels93
Krishna Nukala92
Luca Chichizola92
Pit Krause93
Thomas Lipka89
Rich Howard94
Tim Puett93

Retired Maniac Ratings
Bert Bruyneel78
Martin Diekmann88
Luc Timmermans91

Tasting Notes
Rich Howardimmediately on strong notes of wine and wood, burnt caramel, charred embers, white and black pepper, seaweed and sea air. the unreduced palate is *brisk*, taking no taste bud prisoner. holding it in your mouth for a few moments leaves a wine-soaked cinder of wood sitting on your tongue. a few drops of water softens the nose, leaving heavily carmelized creme brulee with raspberry coulis, panna cotta, ripe plums, wet cigar box, cooked sausage, fresh moss, leather gloves. the palate has less bite now, but more flavor, if possible, with singed wood chips, lit cuban cigar, thick red berry reduction. this is simply amazing.