Talisker 10 The Gateway Whisky

Happy new year to each and every one of you and I hope 2018 is every bit a success that you hope it to be. From a whisky perspective I will take my game to a new level. Not in terms of drinking expensive and rare whiskies but more to the point of giving you the readers enough information to make a educated choice on your next purchase. Starting with the Talisker 10.

Before getting into the nitty-gritty of the Talisker 10 we need to discuss peat. The cornerstone of peated whiskies is the smoky profile. A lot of people say ‘its not for me’. I believe that is because people generally choose a peated or Islay dram not suited to their palate at that given point in time.

Talisker 10 Ky and Key

To give you an example the Ardbeg 10 contains approximately 55 parts per million (PPM) peat, while the Lagavulin 16 is around 35-40. But the Talisker 10 punches at a light weight of 15 PPM. The smokiness and peat related notes are far more restrained. This makes Talisker 10 the perfect gateway dram to Islay whiskies, a handful of which James served at Paper Plates. Not to mention it’s a great little number!

Talisker 10 Main

Nosing (Aromas)

There is a wonderful balance between smoke and honey sweetness. Throughout the nosing you also get a sense the ocean breeze gently gliding by. The smoke on the nose is a little punchy but do not let that deter you – it does calm down and mingles well with other notes.

Palate (Taste)

Fruity sweetness is always present as peat smoke drifts by without overpowering the senses. Right at the death peppery spice make the Talisker 10 come to life.


The smoke all but dissipates in the finish as you are left with lingering pepper notes with mild malty sweetness.

Overall, I would recommend the Talisker 10 to anyone who wants to either cautiously introduce themselves to a world of peated whiskies or to someone that has tried the likes of Ardbeg and Laphroaig and found it overwhelming.

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Notes on the Author – Pranil Chandra is the man behind the Instagram Whisky Blog kyandkey. Pranil holds regular corporate whisky tasting masterclass. Learn more at www.kyandkey.com.au

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