“Talisker 10 is a top 3 Single Malt Scotch.”
By Eric Duncan & Matt Goldstein
Attending a wedding between our dear friends and family a few weeks ago, the Bushmills 21 was a gift for the groomsmen. The father of the groom, a native Irishman, and now NYC bartender, bought the very rare bottle of Bushmills 21 years aged so we could all have a taste in the suite prior to the ceremony. The bottle was opened at 1 pm but I was a bit to hung over from the now legendary rehearsal dinner. I needed a few more waters and a nap first or I wasn’t going to make the wedding.
Eric Duncan: The Bushmills 21 was smooth for an Irish whiskey, but a little too sweet. I can’t cheat on my Tullamore Dew, but I was the only one with key to the suite so had to take everyone from wedding party up there who wanted a shot. So 7 shots later, Kevin got married!!
Matt Goldstein: Bushmills 21 – After a 30 minute nap and 4 bottles of water I was ready to go. The Bushmills 21 was actually very smooth. For some reason I am used to the more aged whiskeys and scotches to have a bit more bite. This was excellent. It did have a little sweetness but also a great whiskey flavor. Smooth, sweet and flavorful… Bushmills 21 year is aged in American Bourbon casks and Spanish Sherry casks for the first 19 years and then in Madeira Casks for the final 2 years.
Eric Duncan: Powers 12 – It wasn’t bad, but it’s more of a shot drinking whiskey than a sipping whiskey. Also, I may just not like flavor of aged Irish whiskey. I had a $150 bottle of aged Jamison and would have been fine with the regular version. I don’t think an aged whiskey changes the flavor as much as an aged scotch. The whiskeys do actually get a little sweeter.
Matt Goldstein: Powers 12 – The John Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey is without a doubt my favorite shot drinking whiskey in the world. Yes, I love Jack, Jameson and Tullamore but the Powers isn’t the most popular whiskey in Ireland for nothing. I drink powers in a shot, straight and on the rocks. The Powers 12 is actually a smooth whiskey. It doesn’t have as much flavor as the regular Powers Gold Label but it’s certainly smooth enough for a straight sipping whiskey. Powers Special Reserve 12 years aged is crafted from the finest Irish Barley and water, triple distilled and matured in American Oak casks.
Eric Duncan: Talisker 10 – We actually were drinking Oban at the bar for the rehearsal dinner, but I love some Talisker, especially at a bachelor party. It has a slight peaty flavor but it’s not overdone. It also has some nice undertones including pepper. This is one of my top 3 single malts along with Lagavulin and Oban, but for the price $50 you can’t go wrong when it feels sooo right.
Matt Goldstein: Talisker 10 – I completely agree with Eric here when he says this is his top 3 single malt scotches. For me, this is #2 behind the Bowmor Islay single malt which is smoky but not too smoky. Bowmor is a little less smoky than Jonnie Walker black I would say. The Talisker 10 is the same. It’s got a lot of flavor but the smokiness is subtle; the scotch makes the statement. The Talisker 10 is an Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky produced on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Talisker has an above average Peat content and is actually used in part of Jonnie Walker’s blended Scotch whisky.
Talisker 10 year is a must buy!