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Talisker 1994/2009 'Managers Choice'

(58.6%, OB, C#7147, 582 Bts.)
Average Score: 88
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameTalisker
Year Distilled1994
Year Bottled2009
Bottling NameManagers Choice
Alcohol By Volume58.6%
Cask Number#7147
Average Score88

Maniac Ratings
Serge Valentin90
Johannes van den Heuvel85
Robert Karlsson89
Konstantin Grigoriadis86
Ho-cheng Yao83
Krishna Nukala87
Luca Chichizola88
Thomas Lipka87
Rich Howard91
David Wankel89

Retired Maniac Ratings
Keith Wood91

Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonQuite strong, dry, a little restrained. On fresh malt and pure slight vanilla, tiny hints of white smoke. With time it gets darker in style, leathery kind. Tastewise considerably more exciting, with whiffs of smoke initially, then nice round vanilla and then the aftertaste gets smoky again. Quite enjoyable indeed.
Ho-cheng YaoYellow, dried fruit, Christmas cake, pepper, sea, light peat. Medium light body, medium finish. unique, somewhat not so easy dramming.
Rich Howarduh oh... sweet and smoky, right in my wheelhouse. let's go deeper and see what we've got here. i'm getting simultaneous notes of wood smoke, sweet vanilla and fresh berries, then almonds, and just a hint of citrus. after a few minutes, more berries, chocolate, and then some glove leather and tobacco join in. the palate is sweet and smoky, with chocolate, tobacco and berries, black pepper, and a little sea salt dancing on the tongue. very nice! water enhances the wood, tobacco and vegetal notes on the nose, but sweetens the palate with cream sherry and vanilla. stronger but perhaps just a tad better without water, although water is definitely worth the journey as well. [tasted blind for the 2010 Awards]