A few weeks after tasting Talisker Storm I knew that Talisker was releasing another bottling, this time finished in Port casks: Talisker Port Ruighe.
You can imagine how I felt!. I am not what you would call a fan of Talisker but I really enjoy the peat and pepper character of its whiskies and I have been in love with it since I tasted some of Talisker oldest bottles. I tried by all the means to get a sample from the distillery but…
I have had to wait for the guys of Master of Malt to released it in their drink by the dram section ( God bless them! ). So just to complete the tasting I added other whiskies that I were really interested in tasting: A Jura 1999 Bourbon XU, a now discontinued Arran The Eagle and the new Cutty Storm.
I have no idea how each of them are, but the Jura that says heavily peated… so let’s begin with the blended whisky.
Cutty Sark Storm
A blended to break the fast, not bad way of starting. This is a new Cutty Sark released a few months ago and that features the same winning recipe ( bullshit ) of Cutty but adds older single malt into the recipe. Sounds legit! Let’s taste it…
“A storm of spices on this Cutty Sark that doesn't look like a blended whisky at all”
This dram has a gold-like color.
Nose (88): more than average. honey, citrus, vanilla, spices, cinnamon.
Palate (86): powerful, oily. honey, wood, spices, citrus, herbs.
Finish (86): average. honey, wood, spices.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Cutty Sark Storm Blended Scotch Whisky with 87 points over 100.
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Arran The Eagle
This is the last of a serie of four bottles called Icons of Arran.
“Interesting proposal from Arran with a great bourbon character. Great for a July, 4th”
This dram has a fino-like color.
Nose (87): average. honey, vanilla, fruits, pineapple, wood.
Palate (88): powerful, oily. honey, spices, wood, toffee, pepper, citrus.
Finish (88): longer than average. honey, wood, spices.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Arran The Eagle with 88 points over 100.
Talisker Port Ruighe Port Finish
Well, here we are. At last I can taste this NAS Talisker that will go along with Talisker Storm.
“Wonderful nose on a complex and very sweet Talisker. Nice single malt but I am more fan of their simpler proposals... like their 10 years old”
This dram has a cooper-like color.
Nose (90): more than average. peat, honey, citrus, spices, cinnamon, christmas cake, pears, baked apples.
Palate (88): powerful, oily. peat, honey, wood, citrus, floral, spices, orange jam.
Finish (89): longer than average. peat, honey, wood.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Talisker Port Ruighe / Port Finish Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky with 89 points over 100.
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Jura 1999 Bourbon XU Finish
And finally a Jura whisky, perhaps the distillery bottlings of Jura aren’t that impressive ( hell, try the 30 years old! ) but there are independent bottlings that are simply awesome. Best value for money ever… although you will need a deep pocket.
“It is a strange Jura. Quite bourbon influence on the nose with spices and vanilla and them ka-boom, the peat hammer”
This dram has a amber-like color.
Nose (88): more than average. honey, floral, citrus, vanilla, spices.
Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, floral, spices, pepper, peat.
Finish (89): longer than average. honey, smoke, citrus.So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Isle of Jura 1999 / Bourbon Xu Finish / Heavy Peat Island Wh with 89 points over 100.
Not every tasting is great! This is a tasting with good decent whiskies but none of them really shine. I have enjoyed the Talisker but I think I really prefer the 10 years old
What do you say? Storm, Port Ruighe or fuck them all and give me a Talisker 18 years old?