2009 Talisker 5 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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Ahh....Talisker. That beloved Isle of Skye whisky that tempts so many of us with its heavenly combination of round, textural richness and smoky peat flavors. Now imagine that bright star of a whisky in its incubation period, still forming its integral character, not yet developed or ready to shine in its polished presence. This five year old, unbridled look at Talisker is for true whisky geeks only. Matured in a refill hogshead for only five years, the color is still almost clear and the flavors still maintain much of their new-make youth. The beery and almost-fermented flavors of white whisky are still strong in this interrupted interlude, but it's the finish that will captivate you and send you over the moon. All of that smoke, peat, saline, salty, and phenolic intensity absolutely explodes on the back end of the palate, erupting in a combination of sweet fruit and bright baking spices. You'll take one sip, then another, and then yet another as you try to wrap your head around this rare single malt opportunity. Independent editions of Talisker are incredible few in number. For the price, we think your leap of faith will be well rewarded.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2016 | Send Email
I thought that this bottling would be good, but I was surprised by how much I liked it. It is lively, bright and fun. It has smoky and briny aromas that lead to soft, round and creamy flavors. There is a nice finish.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2016 | Send Email
Light hints of hickory, salt and charcoal lead you to aromas of lemon zest and yellow apples. While the palate does have a dose of peat and salinity, flavors of licorice, peppercorn and baked apples complement the classic island peat. This young five year Talisker provides both masculine elements of smoke and a refreshing elegance of fruit and herbs.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/13/2016 | Send Email
This whisky is so much fun if you're really into single malts. Most serious whisky fans know that finding independently-bottled Talisker is next to impossible. This 5 year old cask offers you that elusive opportunity, even though it's a bit of an oddball at such a young age. You'll be happy you bit the bullet, however. This whisky absolutely erupts on the finish, smothering the palate in peat smoke, salt, and fruit spices.

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Alcohol Content (%): 59.5