We are now on the third and last post of the Talisker bottle from October last year. To see the first post from opening the bottle you can go to Part 1: Talisker 2003 (Bottled 2014) Amoroso Finish Distillers Edition and then see how the flavours developed over the course of the first half of the contents at Part 2: Talisker 2003 (Bottled 2014) Amoroso Finish Distillers Edition

As the picture above might elude to this last part is focused how things developed before the bottle was empty. In the tasting notes below we are taking those from the last glass in the bottle. By comparing the notes from the middle point to the end point we can get a feel for the trajectory over the course of the last 350ml of whisky.

Tasting Notes

Colour – Orangade

Nose – Dry thick sherry notes and bucket loads of nutmeg and cloves

Palate – slightly lactic note and a touch of orange peel. More of the cloves and nutmeg persist

Finish – The finish is as long as ever with a minty after taste. There is a sweet and sour note in there of wood sap.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it the life cycle of one bottle of whisky from my collection. With this being a peated whisky the difference is far more pronounced than a sherried whisky for example. Peat is the first thing you notice when you open the bottle and the first thing to dissipate in the bottle as well.

The question becomes what can you do to keep the flavours in the bottle as long as possible. Also, if there is something you can do should you even bother? Evolution is in many ways a fact of life.

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