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Talisker Distillery Exclusive Bottling

Overall rating
86.30/100
votes
68
Whiskybase ID
WB102851
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Made by the Sea
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Refill, American and European Oak
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Selected by the staff at Talisker Distillery
Bottle code
A70000000170
Barcode
5000281049205
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
29 oct 2017 11:29 am by rbode1904

Average value

€ 169.95

7 × in wishlist

68 × member ratings

200 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker Distillery Exclusive Bottling

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.30 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] I am very sceptical about this "Distillery Exclusive" because I did not like its predecessor at all (WB id 83439, I scored it 80 points) as it was composed mainly out of virgin oak casks, missing all the typical Talisker characteristics completely (I know that lovers of modern style wood-driven whiskies like such stuff and this is absolutely okay with me). So I am cautious to buy a full bottle and took a tasting dram first…

    ...and it is much better than the 2016 release but still miles away from the excellence of the older "Distillery Only" bottlings (like WB id 3035). Still they use a significant share of virgin oak casks in this release but luckily it is not as extreme as with the 2016. But dear Diageo - could you please tell me: What the hell is exclusive about the use of virgin oak casks for Scotch malt whisky (except you want to produce a bourbon-style whisky) - this one is not worth buying even not at half of its price, if you ask me...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a light profile on heather honey, some spices and barley sugars - and luckily a bearable wood influence. Did they hear the bang and they reduced the share of virgin oak in this? This nose is much more to my liking than the 2016's, actually it is pretty good. Water does not change a lot...
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is sugary sweet with honey flavours and spices but almost no maritime notes again - obviously they store all the casks in the huge warehouse complexes on the mainland (actually, they transport the spirit over there using tank lorries and fill it into the casks on the mainland). Sadly, as I loved the maritime flavours in older Talisker bottlings that matured on Skye...
    • Finish
      83 83
      The whisky arrives warming and somewhat coating in the mouth with no distracting feeling except a minor drying-astringent moment (from tannins, of course they used some virgin oak in this batch but this share is acceptable to my taste buds). The finish is of medium length and even more sweet than the taste with a significant drying-astringent feeling now (the tannins strike back at the end, unfortunately). Water is not needed as it just flattens the taste - and the reduced dram gets one-dimensional sweet too...

  2. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    the nose starts very gentle, some sweat and rather ripe fruits, some hints of peat, a bit of a sea breeze. On the palate there is a fine note of the typical Talisker pepper but rather gentle compared to olther expressions. the sweetness kicks in, some salt, some more spices, quite complex and the finish is fine and lasts quite a while. Very fine dram!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Brad1011 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Very nice Talisker, worth every penny???? Its represent everything what the distillery have to offer. From a fruity and seas shores aromas to peaty and extended finish. Beautiful bottle and a real treat to the Talisker fans.

  4. ailean scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  5. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Rich and full, with honey, apples, melon, orange, vanilla, cammomille - the smoke and pepper take more of a backseat.

  6. KonstUA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose 21, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  7. riegerjonas scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    2021-03-24
    • Nose
      Vanilla, oak, shallow sherry (very little), peppery heat
    • Taste
      Chili catch, pepper, chocolate
    • Finish
      tart with oak

  8. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An atypical Talisker to me, too much fresh wood to my opinion. I would not buy this one for 150 euro, too expensive.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Different

    As long as there is a pandemic, I’ll continue my online whisky tasting, the so-called WhisQy Masterclasses. WhisQy with the Q of Quarantine of course. They are quite popular which makes me happy, for it allows us to share drams and stories despite the crisis. In the fifth edition I presented a line-up of Talisker which included this Distillery Exclusive from 2017. Some 6.000 bottles were released and the label reveals the following: ‘First matured in refill oak casks, then specially charred American Oak hogsheads, before finally maturing in old European Oak puncheons’.

    This results in a surprisingly soft nose at first, despite the slightly higher ABV. Heathery honey and overripe fruit, a soft sea breeze in the back. Sweet malt and just a pinch of salt & pepper. Very elegant.

    Softer than expected on the palate as well. The typical maritime notes are immediately present (citrus, pepper, salt), but are fondled by a truckload of honey and even some caramel, making it surprisingly sweet. Atypical maybe, but it remains Talisker, no doubts there. And boy, this is very tasty!

    The finish lasts forever and is somewhat drying. The sweet elements come first, but along the way the typical maritime notes of Talisker kick in to dot the proverbial I’s.

    A slightly different Talisker, making it very interesting in my book. And delicious to boot. It ended in the top three of many participants of said tasting and rightfully so.

  10. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Abadon05 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Significantly more kelp and especially more fruit than one is used to with Talisker. For the price but too expensive.

  12. megamarther scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Fresh, fruity with the recognizable saltiness of Talisker in the distance
    • Taste
      85 85
      slightly salty, not the iodine-like that I am used to from a Talisker. Changes to licorice at the end. Nice
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium to long finish, where the malt at the end loses the battle with t salt. Enjoy this

  13. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Yellow apple, some leather and faint smoke. Freshly ground cereals, cornflakes, butter biscuits. Lemon zest, a hint of apricot and water mint.
    • Taste
      Soft and creamy at first, then spicier. Apples, redcurrants, camphor. Pepper, a hint of wood ash and walnut. At the end slightly alcoholic.

  14. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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