Sunday, 27 May 2007

Another new make spirit: Talisker

After having tasted the new make spirit of Bladnoch and Speyside, here is the third and last chapter: Talisker.
Another area, a typical whisky from the Isles... Peat and smoke. Are all this elements already present in the new make spirit?
The nose is very close to the one of Bladnoch and Speyside: sugared prominence of the wash. Malt fragrances dominate, and still this heady and characteristic smell which overwhelms everybody who ever enters a distillery. Spicy notes are clearly present at the first nosing, but not strong enough to emerge above the malted hints described before. Is this autosuggestion? This was not a blind tasting. Who knows if the fact I knew it is a Talisker did influence me and made me find some very discrete peaty notes in it... I'm not quite sure I would have mentioned them if this session had been a blind one.

A first conclusion could be that new make spirits are extremely close to each other, whatever the specificity of the whisky that will be bottled after years. This could mean that the aging process releases the aromas contained in embryo in the spirit when it leaves the still. New make spirit would then be more a "whisky-embryo" than a "whisky-baby"... Patience and time, combined with wise choices of casks and warehouses and of course the know-how of the distilleries will make the rest of the job... in fact practically all the job.

The palate is dominated by sweet, sugared tastes but clear (even if still in an embryonic state) peat and citrus fruit notes are present. Some experience is however needed to detect them, as they are very discrete, but indisputably present.
The finish is a bit richer than the two other new make spirits tasted before. Of course, no comparison possible with what will emerge form the cask after 10, 18 or 20-25 years, but again a nice embryo of a finish, with its peppery notes and already quite a nice length.

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