Hunter Laing Talisker Tasting Notes

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Talisker

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Talisker 2009 (7 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2643/ Dist: Nov 2007 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Fresh, coastal and barley’d aromas. The nose has an almost ‘old skool’ Caol Ila salty freshness. Hints of orange, tangerine, gooseberry and sweet, heathery peat emerge along with some late manurey peat and sweet vanilla.

The palate opens with the barley and oak with a touch of honey, which gives it quite sweet start and makes it feel fuller than the nose suggests. Hints of tangerine, apricot and apple follow, along with balancing coastal notes. Very lightly peated with herbal notes. Long and very salty now with the citrus joining in and finishing with a boat load of black pepper. Now, that’s an impressive cask!

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Talisker 2008 (8 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2461/ Dist: Apr 2008 Btl: July 2016?/ Tasted: Aug 2016

The nose is quite peaty, especially by Talisker standards with oily peat, tar and burnt wood smoke. With time hints of manure, fish oils white fruit, salt and black pepper notes emerge.

The palate is pleasantly fresh with soot and peat dust to begin with. Fills out well on the middle as the barley appears along with malt and fish oil notes. Lovely, intense, briny, lemon and peppery spice finish with the peat lingering well.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Talisker 2009 (5 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0178/ Dist: Nov 2009 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

The nose is a little raw and feinty with dusty peat and nascent apricot and white fruit notes. With time a touch of crisp lime and lemon appears.

The palate is lightly oiled with barley, lime and hints of sweet barley and dusty peat. Young, un-peppered and straightforward with a lightly salted finish and lingering citrus.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Talisker 2010 (5 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: HEP0257/ Dist: Nov 2010 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A heavily oiled nose with subtle barley, manure and pepper notes. With time hints of lime and peat appear.

The palate is very subtle and quite peppery with barley and faint ‘off the still’ notes. Lightly herbal with gentle earthy peat and salt. Medium length with the ‘off the still’ notes returning, but the pepper notes linger. I think this would have been a fabulous cask if it had been given more time as the classic Talisker pepperiness is very evident.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Talisker 2007? (6 year old) 46%

Code: HEP0030/ Dist: ???? Btl: June 2014/ Tasted: July 2014

A lovely nose of sweet barley, white fruit, light pepper, dusty spice. Robust with a freshening coastal note and hints of boiled sweets and sweet peat.

The palate is soft and full of youthful white fruit, sweet barley, light pepper and dry peat. Lightly astringent with some salty notes on the middle. Lovely intensity and mouth-watering salty, dry peat smoke finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Talisker 2008 (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0059/ Dist: Apr 2008 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

Youthful aromas of sweet barley and oily ‘off the still’ notes. With time it becomes a little soapy and quite perfumed with rose Turkish delight and sweet spices emerging.

The palate is very young and oily. Again there is no shortage of ‘off the still’ notes along with soft barley and a touch of toffee. Just like on the nose that soapy, perfumed Turkish delight character comes through on the middle. Medium length with a touch of light peat smoke, plus herbal and maritime notes in the finish.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Talisker 2008 (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0083/ Dist: Dec 2008 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

A fresh and citric nose. Quite coastal with a touch of dusty peat. Hints of sweet barley, pear and apple appear as the peat becomes increasingly sooty.

The palate displays a little more toffee’d oak character which makes it feel fuller. Hints of salt, gentle, sweet peat, sweet-ish barley and a touch of honey add complexity. Good, lightly oiled and coastal finish with lingering white fruit and barley. Finally there is a peppery flourish to finish things of. Excellent value for money!

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Talisker 2010 (6 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0238/ Dist: Nov 2010 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

The aromas are quite coastal and high toned with a fair amount of peat. It’s a little like old skool Caol Ila with a lovely freshness. A touch of granulated sugar coated barley appears along with a suggestion of youthful soapiness and some herbal and lightly phenolic notes.

The palate is fresh but slightly milky with white fruit, barley, salt and astringent peat. Excellent salt/ sweetness balance with the herbal and phenolic notes coming through on the middle. Intense, citric and briny finish with a subtle heathery peat note lingering.


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