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2009 Old Particular Talisker 8 Years Review

By Josh Peters @TheWhiskeyJug

Indie Taliskers aren’t exactly rare, but they aren’t exactly plentiful either, so when this 2009 Old Particular Talisker 8 Years popped up at K&L I jumped on it immediately. Then I did what all obsessive whisky nerds do and hoarded it “just in case” I needed it for something. That something came in the form of a Pandemic which brought about an opportunity to try the OB Talisker 8 via a sample swap.

2009 Old Particular Talisker 8 Years Review

In a head-to-head I’m going to tell you right now… I liked this more. Not by a monumental amount, but enough to feel a wee bit smug about having picked this up for about $60 ($66 after tax) vs the $120+ the OB, 2020 Limited Edition 8 yo, was going for.

I know this is sold out at K&L long ago, but think of this as a gentle reminder that just because it’s young, doesn’t automatically mean it’s bad, just different. So keep an eye out for future IB releases that fall in line with the specs on this Old Particular Talisker 8 Years.

Now. Let’s get to drinkin’ and see what this little Tali is all about.

2009 Old Particular Talisker 8 Years – Details and Tasting Notes

Whiskey Details

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Style: Single Malt (Scotch)
Region: Islands, Scotland
Distiller: Talisker
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Bottled For: K&L

Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: Refill Hoggie
Age: 8 years (09-18)
ABV: 59.5%

Barrel: DL12719
Bottles: 295

2009 Old Particular Talisker 8 Years Price: $60

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White background tasting shot with the 2009 Old Particular Talisker 8 Years bottle and a glass of whiskey next to it.
“Anyone familiar with Talisker understands its role in the pantheon of Scotland’s greatest distilleries. Located on the Isle of Skye, a rugged and remote locate battered by the wind and sea, the malt produced at Talisker has always captured the imagination of whisky drinkers with its maritime flavors of salt, smoke, oil, and peat.” – K&L

2009 Old Particular Talisker 8 Years Tasting Notes

Golden straw

Smoked pastries, peat, vanilla, minerality, dried apples and some maritime notes.

Elegant, crisp, delicate yet not spineless. This has a solid aroma that delivers with each sniff.

Smoked spices, peat, fresh pastries, vanilla, minerality, dried apples and some iodine heavy maritime notes.

A bit spicer her and carries a bit more maritime notes but, painting with broad strokes, it’s similar and that’s a good thing in this case.

Long -> Peat, malty sweet, dried apples and a spirity note that kicks up more as it fades.

Great balance, full-bodied, oily feel.

2009 Old Particular Talisker 8 Years – Overall Thoughts and Score

It’s a solid, tasty, and completely enjoyable malt. Whiskies like this are exactly why , if I had the money and space, I’d buy at least 3 of everything. I’d love to have another bottle or two of this in reserve to share with friends, make cocktails with or just enjoy on a summer night. It’s not incredibly deep, but it is a nice sipping whisky.

Adding some water to the 2009 Old Particular Talisker 8 Years brings out a bit more maritime and vanilla frosting notes on the nose and the palate gets more minerally and more silken making this a tad more interesting. It’s not an “impressive” whisky, but it is a fun whisky, a good whisky, a drinking whisky, a mixing whisky, a whisky whisky. And that’s never a bad bottle to have around.

SCORE: 3/5   (above average, worth checking out  ~  B- | 80-82)
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