Talisker 18 is part of the core expressions from the Talisker distillery, although it is not as widely available as it’s younger brother Talisker 10. I’ve always enjoyed Talisker along with other Island malts due to their interesting blend of Highland/Islay notes due to the lower levels of peat.
Nose: Subtle peat draped with heavy smoke and brine with underlying strawberries, melon, and ginger. I found it difficult to separate smoke/peat notes for a long time, but once that distinction is learned it become very readily apparent in certain distilleries e.g. Talisker, Highland Park, etc.
Palate: Loads of sweet, ripe fruits up front with brine and smoke retreating. Very little peat presence overall.
Finish: Honey, barley and oak which remained hidden until now as the smoke continues to fade rapidly.
Rating: 91/100 – One of my favorite Talisker expressions and a very easy drinker.
Value for the money: These have been creeping up over the past year (along with pretty much every other whisky), and now are hovering between $130-$150 retail. I believe I got this closer to $100 which I think is a much fairer price – $130 is beginning to push it.