Bite and Booze by Jay D. Ducote

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Talisker Distillers Edition: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key

Talisker Distillers Edition
A good Scotch makes me happy. Alright, any good whiskey or whisky makes me pretty happy. But seriously, when I get a taste of an amazing single malt, I can't help but smile. Talisker Distillers Edition ($19 at Lock & Key Whiskey Bar) is one of those whiskies. This particular Scotch was distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2013 after being finished in Amoroso Sherry Casks. Sea salt and "Grand Isle" smoky aromas warm the nostrils at first whiff. The salt brine of a spirit continues on to coat the tongue with the smoke of a campfire and fine cigar blended together. Smoked grains come through in the flavor profile and the whisky leaves with a soft warmth. It is extremely balanced and complex at the same time, making it a fantastic whisky to sip at any time. Interestingly enough, even with a few different judges and not looking back on the score, we rated the Distillers Edition the exact same as the Talisker 10 Year back in 2012. That also means it scored well enough to be in the top 10 of 100s of whiskies that we've judged for Whisk(e)y Wednesday. Do yourself a favor and try it!

Talisker Distillers Edition
Average Score: 84.75

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by the Lock & Key Whiskey Bar. Lock & Key has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys available for on premise consumption. This WW feature was scored by Jay Ducote from Bite and Booze, Arthur Lauck from Lock & Key, Jeremy Spikes from Old Maul, and Natalie Parbhoo from International Wine and Spirits. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y (though not undrinkable) while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 80 is rather extraordinary and anything above 90 is world class.

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