In a nutshell: A smoky, maritime charactered Island Single Malt with a fruity, sweet layer from being finished in Amoroso Sherry casks.
The lowdown: Distilled in 2007 and bottled in 2017 Talisker's Distiller's Edition is finished in Amoroso (a kind of sweetened Oloroso) sherry casks which gives a nicely contrasting edge to the distinctive coastal salinity which is Talisker's trademark. Alongside the seawead and citrus aromas are hints of toffee while on the palate there's apples and tropical fruits which are balanced by a hint of brine and herbal notes. The finish is lightly smoky with rich dried fruit notes. A really intriguing expression which is fruity, sweet and smoky all at the same time.
Talisker is the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye and, on the banks of Loch Harport remains on of the most remote.
Established in the 1830s it's one of the 'Clearance Distilleries' that are found across the Highlands. The local laird, from the MacAskill family, built the distillery as one of their money making schemes and a source of employment for crofters who had been cleared from their lands to make way for sheep farming. However, partly to do with its remoteness, the distillery struggled through the 19th century and is wasn't until 1916 when it was acquired by a consortium led by the Distillers Company (who have since become Diageo, the current owners) that their fortunes began to improve.
Whilst always having been a contributor to Johnnie Walker blends their single malts have also been seen, often from Independent bottlers such as Gordon & Macphail. As a whole their whiskies are quite full-bodied and rich and are certainly quite approachable and easy to enjoy which is amply demonstrated by their current popularity in the market.