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Overall rating
93.31/100
votes
87
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Secret Stills 1.1
Vintage
27.05.1955
Bottled
10.2005
Stated Age
50 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
1312
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
JE/CCH
Barcode
5020613873025
Added on
22 Jul 2009 8:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 7257,04

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 1955 GM

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.31 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2007]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 351 Euro in August, 2006.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95+.  My notes state a close to perfection old maturation with no flaws or off-notes at all.  Unbelievably complex and multi-layered with an endless finish.  Adorable!

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Trying this against the 1981 20 year 62% OB when taken down to about 50%, it is difficult to pick a winner.
    The Secret Stills is more succulent, and full bodied yet compared to this it is more one dimensional, probably because the 1981 has the peat/pepper/sherry combo in perfect harmony but both are outstanding malts in their own right of course.
    So difficult what is better the vivacity of the 1981 or the elegance of the 1955, I cannot decide so this is down one point to 94 and I was going to award the Secret Stills equal but as there is no distinguishable Talsiker note, 93 is fair.

  3. ASWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I finally drank it today
    Sherry, old barrel, long finish if you know it's a Talisker you can also find the maritime notes
    However, it is more a nice old barrel as a Talisker the finish is a long dry old sherry barrel pleasant and definitely good
    but not really Talisker The old OA bottlings really deliver Talisker in contrast even GM's 21y Talisker can do it
    nevertheless good 91 points
    I should get the opportunity again to touch him then I write him my tasting notes

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    This is not Talsiker as I know it, what it is , is a perfect example of a fabulous sherry cask that even at 50 years old is not too tired or too oaky and for that this deserves high praise.
    A great whisky, but is it better than my highest scoring Talisker the famed 1991 20 year sherry, we will see?
    • Nose
      90 90
      A typical heavy sherried nose I suppose but it hints at being older by all leather and polish notes that go with it.
      Hints of peat but certainly no talisker pepper on the nose that I can discern?
      After a few miniutes in the glass some medicinal notes creep in like a faint smell of Vic Vapour Rub, menthol that sort of thing.
      The nose is nice but it is nothing to get excited about either but a good solid 89-90 p at any rate.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Thick chewy and spicy at first , plenty of fizz and no sreal sign of any oak at 50 years old, neither is it tired at 45%, good mouthfeel.
      Taste wise you get the obligatory dark fruits, blackcurrant, dark raisins, dark fruit cake and hints of raspberry Jam and I suppose ig you said this was a succulent Jammy whisky that sums it up nicely.
      Absolutely no clue that this is Talikser, it could be Mortlach or old Longmorn tasted blind.
      It gets more resinous and spicy as you go on and the mouthfeel is excellent, no off notes , very good balance.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Lip smacking, lingering, a little sweet, substantial.

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    Old and very drinkable - actually very enjoyable. It has its own character that is not necessarily tight to Talisker. Anyhow it's a fantastic whisky!
    • Nose
      Dried fruits, old oak wood, toffee, whiffs of leather and smoke, black tea - very good!
    • Taste
      Very oily and creamy, liquorice, black tea again, hints of leather, dark fruits, dark chocolate, subtle sweetness and oak wood - great!
    • Finish
      Medium long, smooth, a tad bitte rin the end but also still some sweetness

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    This is rather special, nothing close to the Talisker I know about, a rich old-school sherry profile that matches to the Glenlivet and the Macallan in the same era. Would say super enjoyable and a must have
    • Nose
      A huge surprise with dark and old sherry profile, like a decent VORS oloroso, a whiff of smoke, gunpowder, those two distinct flavors did mingle very well. Such a rare discovery!
    • Taste
      Hard candy, very oily and smooth, all red fruits, leather, dried fruits from the sherry influence, lingering in your tongue.
    • Finish
      Long, chocolates, fresh cut herbs, very enjoyable

  7. drinki scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Tobacco, caramel, dry fruits. Cigars again... well, When you have taste the noze you can directly feel you are entering an other world, and an old one. Very Nice experience, but I found it a bit shy on the finish. Well, still a huge malt!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2014]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 95+.  I took no detailed notes.

  10. Zumbar scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

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