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Overall rating
92.50/100
votes
8
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Black Label, Golden Eagle
Strength
100 (proof)
Size
50 ml
Added on
09 May 2018 3:56 pm by Thermidor

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker Pure Highland Malt GM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.50 points

  1. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Not a perfect whisky, but definitely an experience that one cannot find in modern whisky nowadays. There's a mix of old and modern Springbank in its oily, funkiness and old Bowmores in its pungent fruitiness. Excellent.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Gravel, wet stones, old oil-stained cloth, dusty tin box full of very old baseball cards, old gasoline engines, bitter herbs, mixed in with an absolutely deeply pungent, dirty fruitiness that you can only find in old sherry. I am very excited. Yes, I am. Why? Because this is at 57%, so I know this is gonna be quite an experience either way.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Wow, power! A nice pungency. Oily, metallic, OBE, citrus fruit liqueur, with perhaps something sourish. Conspicuous pepperiness, and then I remembered... this is a Talisker. Haha. Only fault so far is that despite its oiliness, it has a slightly thin mouthfeel. It's not bad, but to garner a huge score, I would like it to be thicker and more mouthcoating. Also a bit on the dry side. I know I sound like a broken record, yes, but you can't find this kind of profile in a modern whisky anymore.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Sweetness mixed in with some bitterness. Moderate length. There is a lingering pepperiness.

  2. kimmosuo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    An excellent Talisker. 

    Tasted with Port Ellen 7th release Islay Collection version (92 pts.), Caol Ila 1979 34yo cask 5297 (93), and Elements of Islay Pe5 (92).
    • Nose
      Bone dry oak - the kind of an aroma that's virtually extinct in today's products - some pepper and a strongly peated, oily distillate. Water makes it tarrier, strengthens the peppery notes, and brings out some vague fruitiness and charred dry logs. 
    • Taste
      Oily old tools and pure peaty goodness with the kind of fattiness that binds the body together and gives it a good weight. Water makes it rounder but it loses none of its power. Complex, never ending shades of tar. A fair bit dirtier and odder than the other whiskys on the table (see below), but in a positive way.
    • Finish
      The oak makes a comeback, and a spoonful of honeyed tar sits on my tongue for a long while.

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