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Talisker 08-year-old

Overall rating
88.08/100
votes
759
Whiskybase ID
WB116922
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2018
Vintage
2009
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
4680
Strength
59.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L8071CM001
Barcode
5000281051741
Added on
01 sep 2018 11:35 am by thebase
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 374.14

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 08-year-old

119 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.08 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] Good old Serge scored this dram 91 points what is very high by his own standards (e.g., he scored the 50-years old Talisker WB id 10138 just one point higher). This is truly astonishing so I bought a tasting dram at the distillery today and guess what…

    ...I can not comprehend any of his tasting comments. According to my taste buds (that are different to that of Serge, of course) this is a modern "designed" whisky that goes for a few cheap thrills (the charring effects) but lacks complexity and excellence completely. It shows too much wood influence (bitter-astringent feelings in both the mouthfeel and finish) and a rather unimpressive nose. No, it is not bad for a 8-years old (compared to other 8-years old whiskies) but by no means it is on eye-level with older drams of 90+ points...

    Obviously (and thanks to the whisky gods) there is no accounting for taste - so beware all you whisky newbies and value-seekers: Your taste buds (like that of the majority of all drinkers) are for sure different to the taste buds of the so-called experts so do not follow them like a lemming does but rather build your own taste - what provides significantly more whisky-fun, too!

    By the way, I scored the 50-years old Talisker (distilled in 1955) 96 points and in my honest opinion this ten points difference is more than justified...

    [December, 2018] I re-tasted this dram tonight after several older 90+points whiskies and again it does not impress me at all. After such a setting I score this even lower than 86 points (but I leave it as it is)...
    • Nose
      85 85
      Young, a little immature with a clear "designed" spike towards herbal aromas (using the re-charring effects). Hey, what is great about this unless you are a herbalist?
    • Taste
      88 88
      This is more mature with a nice combo of sweet sugars, spicy woods and a heavy herbal note, of course. Not utterly complex nor balanced but it is quite interesting to experience such a creation. Nevertheless, I do not ask for a second dram tonight. Some water turns the nose punchier and the taste more aggressive, too. More water takes out the punchiness but turns both nose and taste even more herbal hence one-dimensional. If you like herbs this is great, otherwise it is just boring...
    • Finish
      86 86
      The mouthfeel is rather drying-astringent and it seems there are some virgin oak casks included as well (despite they did not state this - but they are not obliged to do so) or they de-charred the casks that completely that only virgin oak was left. The finish is long and very spicy (peppery) but again neither complex nor balanced. Sorry, I am not a herbalist.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    It reminds me very much of a young Lagavulin. Quite drinkable in my mind.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fresh, intense seabreeze, salty, iodine, seaweedy, citric, honey notes, whiffs of oak wood - quite nice
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, creamy, sirupy, fruity, peaches, bananas, apricots, hints of plums too, pretty sweet but matches the fruitiness, quite some peat and smoke, oak wood - not bad
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, warm, zesty, a bit tannic but still enough sweetness

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Copyright

    Talisker remains very popular. And while this one is fairly young with its 8 years on first fill bourbon hogsheads (and not cheap with a price tag of 85 EUR), I’m sure it will fly off the shelves. But rightfully so, for this is a textbook Talisker and that is always good news.

    The first thing that jumps out on the nose is the characteristic pepper on which Talisker seems to have a copyright. But the sea and some soft smoke are also represented. The difference with the classic Talisker? The fruit. I get some melon and mandarin next to some breakfast cereal. But oh, so good! And the fact that it is bottled a such a high ABV is a big plus. Powerful!

    Ka-boom! A very feisty kick to the teeth! The ABV surely lets itself be felt. Yet I do not feel inclined to add water. Very sweet – more than I am used to from Talisker. Must be the first fill casks. Some nuts, a lot of citrus, some cereal and loads of pepper.

    The finish, however, is very soft with a lot of sweetness and even some menthol at the death.

    Yup, these will sell like cupcakes, but righfully so. Very good Talisker. Do not hesitate.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Well ... well, but that's not the big deal. The alcohol is very well integrated, one notices from the nearly 60% not so much. And it is also "interesting" to have a potentially powerful 8yo OA Talisker in the glass. But a bit more variety of flavors could have been expected even with a 8yo. Then the quite ambitious price comes along ... But well, you do not have to talk about him worse than he is. Quite a decent whisky, but maybe they expected a bit more from Talisker.
    Note: Once opened, it benefits from oxygen exchange. It's worth having a long breath.
    • Nose
      87 87
      It takes a while for it to release aromas. A little life in the glass does him good, I still want to avoid water. After a while, the fruits come: melon, mandarin, green apple. Add a pinch of pepper, so that the nose does not turn out too fruity.
    • Taste
      87 87
      On the tongue with a good portion of espresso powder and pepper. Gives neat tinder in the mouth without burning. Even undiluted to tolerate very well, alcohol well integrated. When it comes to the variety of flavors, it also lingers a bit on the tongue. In addition to the espresso powder nougat and marzipan, honey, a few bright fruits (in the direction of pear).
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium to short, with pear compote, pepper, Werther's real and a good shot of honey.

  5. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=349
    Colour:
    Pale gold
    Nose:
    Extremely smoky-maritime, young and absolutely atypical for the Skye-Malt! The smoke is accompanied by sweet and fruity aromas, along with BBQ, ham, marinated meat, pepper, sea salt and hints of black powder. The fruity yellow-green aromas tend to run in the background.
    Taste:
    Gentle start but immediately sharper, spicy and powerful. Chili, paprika, cayenne pepper and more and more salt. Ultra spicy, maritime and spicy. The black powder notes develop more and more. Fruity green, with lime, soft grapefruit and green apple; but without a chance to be in the foreground.
    Finish:
    Long - the alcoholic pungency goes away, the maritime salt remains and green notes, some wood, corrugated cardboard, slightly bitter herbs and olives characterize the finish.
    Comment:
    The taste is overcrowded with sharpness, alcohol and spice, so that unfortunately all other notes are somewhat covered. Nevertheless, he likes us very well!
    89 points
    N: 89P / G: 88P / F: 89P

  6. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    By the way - I guess that because of the success of the first batch of this Talisker 8-years old Diageo will release a second batch by the end of November. In that case I will re-taste this second batch and compare it to the first one - with the Lagavulin 8-years old (released around the 200th anniversary of Lagavulin) this was a 2-3 points difference according to my taste buds (in favour of the original first batch). We will see what it will be with this Talisker, finally...

  7. jocmueller scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color: Gold with fat oily legs

    Nose: You notice this part of the alcohol strength directly, the 59.4% creep up a nose, after a few minutes in the glass, the alcohol is a bit "verwabert" and more aromas rise in the nose, the first association is white pepper as well as a surprising medical note (almost in the direction of the old Laphroaigs) of the Talisker of the last few years, it is joined by some vanilla, which becomes stronger and stronger, all wrapped up in a pleasant smoke.

    Mouth: Strong onset, of course owed to the alcohol, which also stimulates the salivary flow here, slightly bitter (but not unpleasant) with a pepper sharpness, the Talisker the last few years but something goes slowly, a sweetness comes to the fore, paired with I find Talisker to have a lot of "peat", while giving himself a nice oily palate.

    Finish: Slightly sweeter, while remaining slightly bitter, the pepper sharpness remains here until the end, the smoke flavor is also still present, pleasant length of the finish (strong mid-length).

    With water: a little more pleasing, sweeter, but I quickly get too watery, because I prefer the cask strength or maybe a few drops.

    Conclusion: For the original issue price of approx. 65 EUR quite a purchase value for Genrefans, priced moves it is about the level of the annual Laphroaig 10yo CS, but in the end but (usually) a bit more offers, no fireworks of flavors, but for 8 years amazingly "ripe" and delicious ,

  8. VaryingViewpoint scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Have a bottle on loan from by brother. Glad I didn't purchase any. This review is based on my second dram from this opened bottle of 3 weeks. It's okay, but I've had much better for less money. My brother over spent on this bottle $113.00cnd. Yes it's limited edition, and it's cask strength, but the quality/value is not there! For $25cnd more I'd rather have an Octomore. ;-)
    • Nose
      86 86
      Anise, old honey crystals, a little brininess, caramel, apricot. No alcohol at all.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy, damp-smoke, very sharp brininess, some honey-fruit, but that disappears very quickly into bitterness.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium, with a bitter after taste.

  9. asiadog scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I had the pleasure to taste various Talisker last week. All the standard 10 years of the past. Two 25 years, a 10 year for FOCM
    and the 8 year. The 8 year was amazingly good. And was one of my favourites this evening. I didn't know the rating of Serge untill today but I will give it 91 easily. I could get two bottles which I will open on a special occasion. Slainte everybody.

  10. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Young but good. The finish is a bit on the dry side but still very ok. Is Talisker back on track after the successful new 10 yo and this release?
    • Nose
      88 88
      Colour: old gold with an Amber hue
      Appearance: thick and slow beads

      Nose: tcp/iodine, plaster, kippers, wet vegetation (peat), wood smoke, grilled lemon and pineapple, almond paste, vanilla custard an pepper.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Bold and punchy, with the typical Talisker brine and peppers. It's both sweet and sour, and quite peaty (although a bit less than on the nose). TCP, tar, smoked bbq bacon, lime juice, green pineapple, vanilla, and wood chips. Towards the finale it gets increasingly spicy and a tad bitter.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, spicy (pepper) and woody, with an earthy influence too. Chili pepper, liquorice, wood chips, nutmeg, shellfish and salted lime.

  11. Andytka3 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    N- The easiest to pick up from this set of four. Fiery, husky and spicy, burnt rock, mineral with liquorice peardrop. Well intercepted with meaty and soft sulphur side that always melt my heart. Lots of juggling feint and fruity notes in the mix with hefty strength, maintaining balance on an edgy cliff or fall into the abyss cloys. Complex sweet notes of wood ash infused vanilla, smoked port soaked berries and wheat-grass, as well the nervous sweaty notes of yeasty, dried leave and gym shoes lurking. But as I felt, the juggling stunt executed skillfully this time. (93/23)

    P- Superb weighty mouthfeel that packed with zest, more spicy sweet peardrop and subtle layer of sea salt before vanilla, cranberry arrived and check out with a hint of buttery floral and peat nuance. Solid. (93/23)

    F- Long, nutty, salted almond and salted oatmeal with seaweed, lasting oak smokes with the classic umami sweetness. (89/22)

    B/B- 93/23. The most balanced of the four.

    Cr- 3, Fr- 3, Fl- 1, Pt- 2, Ft- 2, Sp- 1, Wd-3, Wn-2, Sc-3

    Weighted Rate- 91pt. Superb quality/value.
    • Nose
      N- Fiery, husky and spicy, burnt rock, mineral with liquorice peardrop. Well intercepted with meaty and soft sulphur side that always melt my heart. Lots of juggling feint and fruity notes in the mix with hefty strength, maintaining balance on an edgy cliff or fall into the abyss cloys. Complex sweet notes of wood ash infused vanilla, smoked port soaked berries and wheat-grass, as well the nervous sweaty notes of yeasty, dried leave and gym shoes lurking. But as I felt, the juggling stunt executed skillfully this time. (93/23)
    • Taste
      P- Superb weighty mouthfeel that packed with zest, more spicy sweet peardrop and subtle layer of sea salt before vanilla, cranberry arrived and check out with a hint of buttery floral and peat nuance. Solid. (93/23)
    • Finish
      F- Long, nutty, salted almond and salted oatmeal with seaweed, lasting oak smokes with the classic umami sweetness. (89/22)

      B/B- 93/23.

      Cr- 3, Fr- 3, Fl- 1, Pt- 2, Ft- 2, Sp- 1, Wd-3, Wn-2, Sc-3

      Weighted Rate- 91pt. Superb quality/value.

  12. ARDBERG scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    not utterly impressed. Maybe the bottle needed more air?
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. spigray scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Let me say in a few words: This whisky is a hammer! Get it while you can. It´s the power and boldness of the whisky that blew me away. For me this was the best stuff I tasted for a long time. Don´t expect an over-complex whisky!
    • Nose
      92 92
      First of all: wonderful presentation imho!
      oh yes; wonderfully old school! doesn´t nose young at all!
      The distillery character is obvious with gentle smoke and hints of shoepolish which is to vanish very quickly. pepper and a smell of german cooking gingercakes my granny used to buy to add them to sauces.. we have also got ointments, linseed oil, brine and some lemons in
      the background.
      with water: the lemons are getting a little louder and I´m getting some sap.
      The charring has done a great job on these bourbon barrels! This smells much older than 8 years, had I guessed I would have said between 16 and 18 years.
    • Taste
      93 93
      neat (may God protect me!): Oh my God is this good! You only need a drop and it coats your mouth completely with the nicest Talisker flavour. Malt and honey, pepper and ginger. A BIG whisky!
      with water: a little brighter but still a monster of a whisky.
      caramel and salt. very spicy.
    • Finish
      93 93
      the finish seems to be endless while the pepper gets milder.

  14. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose:
    sea air coming out of the glass, a little lemony, malty and salty, wood too, a little varnish
    Mouth:
    it's moving! cooked almonds come on the dry smoke and the sea side, liquorice scents also arrive,
    cooked vanilla, caramel cooked too, then the bitterness of the product at that time, a little tenacious
    intense peppery spices give even more explosion in the mouth, woody return and maritime sensation of undergrowth
    Final:
    spices, oak, vanilla and iodine for a marked but linear finish.

  15. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A respectable and fairly enjoyable 8YO from Talisker, bottled at cask strength (59.4%). Hopefully they will make this bottling permanent like the Lagavulin 12YO in their Special Release.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Almost feel like you've been smack by the unforgiving sea breeze. Pungent peat and peppery, heavily charred oak, toasted marshmallow, old furniture wood, varnished floor. More toasted almond, liqourice,
    • Taste
      88 88
      Candy sweetness, vanilla, creamy and confectionery, and some nuttiness. Might be a little too sharp if tasted neat, but still acceptable.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Strong and warm, with hints of liquorice, various nuts, especially almond.

  16. Ostap scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    For 8 years is a very good job! The degree is quite organic, only in a scent a little kicks. The aroma itself is rich and rich, for taste and aftertaste, as for me, too much oak and dryness. But I liked it.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Malt, rich, salty, sour peat, earthy, pasty, berries, sea notes, iodine, mineral, herbaceous bitterness, pepper, lemon, bird's eye notes, oatmeal cookies, coniferous forest, fresh mushrooms, raisins, hay, m ' pure fruity, apple jam, vanilla, melon, a little bit of ash, canned tomatoes, passion berries, oak.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Dry, pepper, meat, honey, waxy, sweet, citrus, oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, fire, pepper, oak, vanilla, citrus.

  17. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very similar to that of the 18-year-old Talisker, strongly iodized, very marine, with just the right amount of vanilla, smoke and heather. It is less significant however, sweeter. Lots of juicy white fruits, pears and plums. Beetroot, caramel, an earthy touch, it is definitely very appreciable.
    Sweet, apricot in the mouth, very Talisker, with a woody touch and vanilla. Excellent finish, very violent and long, full of queens and mirabelles, a bit of charcoal. Fudge in retro-olfaction.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/06/talisker-8-yo-special-release-2018.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very good bottling. Apparently, Talisker goes very well in first-fill bourbon casks. Not that we expected something else, mind you. If I may have a little bit of criticism, it might be a bit too sweet for me after a few times. But still, I think this would be a great addition to their standard range.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Some smoke from smouldering wood fires intermingled with the expected coastal influences. All with a sweet undercurrent, which suggest that the bourbon casks have had their influence. I get some smoked chicken soup, smoked ham sandwiches, persil and dragon. It is pungent and balanced, while the high alcohol does not feel like an obstacle to me. Not even sure if I need to add water. There are hints of tar, several herbal oils, hints of dill, oranges covered in mint, papaya, a hint of olive oil. The minerals, in particular calcium, and sea spray, make it incredibly fresh without any harshness at all. I mean, you can tell it is young, but it already shows lots of grace and depth. I finally decide to add a few drops of water, but I find that this suppresses the nose. Another drop of undiluted spirit brings more of the intense scents. I now also get a slightly metallic, or maybe chemical solvent-y kind of smell. More roots, tinned peaches, and some sort of herbal liquor. Could it be gentian, maybe but I never had some, so that remains a guess. I do get some mint liquor.
    • Taste
      87 87
      From the first moment there is a good balance with a large bowl of fruits that include peaches, oranges, maybe more towards orange peel, a hint of lemon rant, all mixed into a splash of sea water. The palate displays more the salty side, and again it feels very herbal (dill, dragon, persil). Dry wood, tinned peaches, a hint of cooked fennel, and quite starchy (risotto). I would say this is very well blended. Again not sure if I should add some water. Let’s try and see. Well, no improvement really. It even gets slightly sharper and feel more immature. A fresh splash of undiluted spirit then. It is indeed surprisingly faintly peated, and feels fairly fat. Some olives, mud, beach sand,.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sooth-y aftertaste which focusses on the muddy, roots-y side. More vegetables like celery and carrots.

  19. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, sweet, fresh, mint, peppery, citrus, vanilla, bacon, fruity (melons, mandarines), cereals, grainy
    • Taste
      Roasted bacon, chocolate, lemon juice, peppery, salty, sweet
    • Finish
      Long, soft, ashy, smoky, sweet, mint

  20. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A strong, sweet yet spicy Talisker that looks amazingly ripe. I like it very much. Does not need water despite the nearly 60%.
    • Nose
      Fine smoke, Indian spices, comes as a whole exotic Gewürzscharnk. In addition aromatic sweet, the rather dry smoke balances out again. Very nice. Water only changes nuances.
    • Taste
      Strong, spicy, pepper and other spices. Hardly any fruit, almost only peat and spices. With water a little sweeter and more accessible, but not absolutely necessary.
    • Finish
      When the spices subside the Talisker is very sweet, vanilla, but the smoke and a subtle maritime touch catch it again. Long and in the end still amazingly bitter with bitter oranges.

  21. Bosi scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    As Serge wrote, "[...] there seems to be a thing between Diageo and the number eight [...]". I can absolutely sign that. I like the Talisker even better than the Lagavulin. For eight years he is very complex and has an incredible amount of steam. He is almost too impetuous.
    Maybe Diageo will do us a favor and make this filling a permanent one (and in my wildest dreams the whisky will stay strong).
    • Nose
      90 90
      For an eight-year-old, the whisky has a very complex nose: the smoke of charcoal and beechwood mixes first with seaweed and oranges, later with vanilla sugar and pudding, and finally olives and sand are added.
    • Taste
      89 89
      This filling has steam. The taste has a basic mineral character, which is flanked by grapefruit, oranges, ginger, sea salt and much ashy smoke.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is pure only medium long, but with water very long. There are notes of lime, caramel, candied fruit and some pepper. At the end, there is also a slight bitterness. Of course, the smoke is constantly felt.

  22. Whiskydiaries scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    An exquisite malt. You have to like this intense spicy flavour, of course
    • Nose
      91 91
      Rich, intense maritim character, iodine and salt, sea breeze and BBQ smoke, less phenolic than expected. Vanilla, roasted barley, warm toffee, lime, green apple and pineapple along with black pepper.
    • Taste
      89 89
      (neat): Warm and spicy arrival on the palate, all kinds of red, black and white pepper, a little ashy, fried bacon, iodine, applesauce, caramelized apples with vanilla cream, butterscotch, lime and citrus.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, smoky and spicy with a lot of pepper again.

  23. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Yes, one of the whiskys you can afford from the annual Diageo Special Releases. Of course, discussions about the price are inevitable. For over 25 years, beyond the 500 € has long been discussed no longer ;-))
    I tasted it twice, the first time I knew what was in the glass, the second time Blind.
    The second time he tastes even better ... I think that says a lot about this bottle.
    If you do not know, you taste better ....
    • Nose
      90 90
      In the beginning, it has the character of a refill sherry barrel, a first fill bourbon, I do not think so right away.
      Wonderfully harmonious smoke, reminiscent of a camp fire, that already 2 days has extinguished. Firewood, removed comes a sweetness of ripe, dried red fruit. Brine, seawater is in the air. Abrasion of lemons and oranges. The island whisky is at its best.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong start, youth and alcohol play together. The whole mouth is taken, smoky caramel spreads ... the Fasscharakter American Weiseiche. A richly toasted bourbon barrel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Laaaaang, warming, sweet and smoky. Not quite as high score, it lacks a bit of complexity.

  24. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice nose, maritime on brine, peat a little grapefruit and lemon zest but for 59% this is quite restrained.

    Good mouthfeel, creamy, peppery, classic Talisker with a hint of smoke.

    Adding water tames the nose and really smoothes the palate out, realising more white fruits

    Worth the money in my view.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Drochaid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: Sovereign, with a typical peppery note of Talisker. Sweet menthol unfolds in a top note of peaty smoke, accompanied by a hint of creamy toffee and cereal. Including fresh maritime notes of sandy beach and sea salt on a base of oak, covered by even more peat smoke.

    Taste: Silky and surprisingly sweet; tender peat smoke, then slightly salty with the tart note of cranberries; Vanilla sweetness surrounds pithy cereals and a hint of grated hazelnuts. Later baked biscuits followed by late tobacco.

    Finish: Long, with wonderfully balanced smoke, honey sweetness and salt; then you discover spices; delicate notes of pinewood and menthol over a delicate bitterness of licorice and lingering smoke in the aftertaste.

  26. robain scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Lovely
    • Nose
      86 86
      Peaty, citrus and saltyness
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very ashy with peat.
    • Finish
      87 87
      ashy peatyness.

  27. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I wrote so much and for so long that nothing has been preserved)
    Therefore, I will be brief.
    I do not share Serge's assessment.
    Yes, everything is cool - mineral, salty, sweet nose ...
    Better drip water...
    Ready to change for three "stones")
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  28. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  29. SirTomasz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    8 years old whisky, light gold in color and 59.4% strength
    1st fill Ex-Bourbon hogsheads
    Nose: There are fruity notes with smoky notes on the nose, there are no such sweet exotics as in the predecessor here we focus more on smoky citrus, there is also a certain minerality.
    On the tongue, alcohol does not make its mark, it is nicely integrated into the whole, the language does not suffer (I do not know if this is a predecessor, but it is good). You can feel the sweetness and sourness of lemon tangerine, the taste goes this way. Fruit in the ashes, smoke balances the taste nicely, there is also a slight herbality
    At the end, sweet and fruity with a slight smoke, a very pleasant whisky, well-balanced despite its young age, it is a pity that I only have a sample, although I have another 25 ml left.
    87-88

  30. Seanzhang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. Tomek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Fragrance: light balloon, seafood, sea breeze, valinia, peaches, haribo jellies
    Taste: fruity and peat, dissolved jelly beans, lemon biscuits, peaches, cast iron, earthy
    Finish: sea, peaty
    Grade: 5

  32. Simon Stood scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    22-23-22-22

  33. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An extremely successful, very fresh (and with regard to the specified age) actually appearing ripe bottling. You can tell right away that - in contrast to the 2020 and 2021 special releases - older and significantly fresher barrels must also have been involved.
    What is really remarkable here is the extremely well-integrated alcohol, so that it can be enjoyed without hesitation without adding water.
    It's a shame that the series has lost its quality from year to year (until 2021).
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  34. Malthead19 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    - a very great, interesting, unusual Talisker
    - significantly different than, for example, the 10 year old or the dist. Ed.
    - better than 57 ° North
    - at eye level with the Special Edition 2019 (15 years)
    - tastes significantly different from the common Talisker
    - for the then price of around € 85 a top bourbon
    storage
    - now increased to 250 € and therefore much too expensive to enjoy
    • Nose
      little smoke, sweetish, the high alcohol content zero noticeable
    • Taste
      oW: creamy, sweet start, slightly peppery-spicy, voluminous, very harmonious, you can also drink it without water, the alcoholic spiciness comes to the fore on the finish;

      mW: now appears stronger and spicier on the nose than without water, still very spicy, a lot of wood, but no very sweet or fruity bourbon aromas
    • Finish
      very intense aromatic long finish;
      extremely long aftertaste that fills the entire mouth and sticks to the cheeks

  35. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is a young, strong and incredibly good single malt - one that perfectly reproduces the properties of Talisker!
    In 2018 we complained about 75 € in DEU, today we would like to pay them for it!
    • Nose
      Pepper, smoke, alcohol, fresh, fruity (apples, mandarins), sweet, salt, wood;
    • Taste
      with water: strong, very sweet start, pepper, chilli, paprika, salt, fruits (grapefruit, lemons), beautiful vanilla, mint, woody, complex!
    • Finish
      an almost long finish, ash, salt, spice, woody aftertaste;

  36. DGV scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    21/20/22/22

  37. hlz30 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Definetly the most commended product from Talisker in the past decade. It is indeed fantastic, but I prefer the 15YO younger brother.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Much smokier, darker than the 15YO bottle. Burnt wood ashes, burning herbs, peppermint on the first sniff and it is way less fruity. Dark, bitter TCM wastes, sea salt dark chocolate. Decanting brings out the contents under the dark-sweet notes, including a hint of honey, sour dough, woody scent, glue, salted smoked lemon and liquorice. The typical note of orange pulp and heather pollen was still there but much weaker.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Almost oily and thick. Intensively sweet (even surpassing the 15YO, which was already impressive) and also richer with powerful salty and bitter tastes. Strongly peppery, but not fruity notes at the beginning. 70%+ dark chocolate infused with deeply baked black tea. More powerful and rich than the 15YO. It took time and water to reveal the mild orange-pollen notes under the darkness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long (no doubt), burnt herbs, considerable bitterness, and cream. Then came the husk soaked with cigarette ashes in brine. Richer than the 15YO.

  38. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  39. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  40. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    young but balanced on toffee, cooked fruits, iodine, very enjoyable.

  41. whisk_guy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    0.2 left
    opened for a year
    Glassware: Glencairn Copita
    Colour: Fresh Gold

    Fresh fruit bomb
    Enjoyable but well...A bit overrated for me, quite far away from 91
    Due to a year of opening, maybe it is not the best condition
    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla, briny, peat, lemon, fresh pineapple, bacon, oaky, haylike, lemon honey, malty, white pepper, little floral
    • Taste
      88 88
      Medium minor body, smooth, rich honey and fresh pineapple, lemon, peat, briny, white pepper, little floral
      4/10 Sweet

      Not like an alcoholic drink with nearly 60abv
      Quite easy to go with and fresh fruitiness is delicious
    • Finish
      89 89
      Fresh pineapple, smoky, mild peat, haylike, dry malt, hints of brine
      Haylike and dry malt stay
      Length: Medium Major (2mins29sec)

  42. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    sweet chilies, sweet onions too, later on quite heavy on the peat, smoke, quite spicy and peppery, but hard on the taste and quite a short hard finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. K C Wong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  44. Apikalov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  45. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    scbp-5472, a young and full wine, but also very exciting. After adding water, the flavor is greatly improved, it is recommended to try. However, the balance of bitterness and the softness of the ending rhyme are slightly lacking.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Succulent, white pepper, sea water, strong alcohol irritation, a little orange juice, but not strong. When the alcohol sensation dissipates, we can feel a little caramel and plum peels, as well as green peppers. The overall smell is relatively young and energetic, with more white space, but not green. After adding water, the smoky feeling is strengthened, giving the smell of burnt branches, orange flavor effervescent tablets, and green apple peel. It feels more youthful and energetic. 86-87
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sea salt, with roasted red apple as the main note, with a slight bitterness of milk chocolate, coffee, a lot of green peppers, peppers, black pepper, the first bite is slightly green, but it improves afterwards, the end is burnt coffee sense. The flavor is relatively full. The wine has good body thickness and a thick oily feel. Adding water to the early forty degrees, the fresh red apple in the mouth feels more fruity, but the bitterness of the final rhyme also becomes more distinct, slightly bitterness of apple peel, longan shell, and grapefruit peel appears. 88-89
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pure dark chocolate, a little bit of licorice, relatively large white space, the irritation and tingling of the taste are left to the end, but it is acceptable. After adding water, the cinnamon powder has a slightly stronger tablet feel, but the irritation is weakened and the score remains unchanged. 86

  46. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  47. K C Wong scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  48. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    If you look for a Talisker with a mouth explosion, it’s it for you.
    mouthfeel a lil older then 10 years. with just a few drops of water, around 55%, an amazing dram when you like power and Talisker profile.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  49. Макс scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  50. wncvirus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Dose of lacquer, a little medicine and some earthiness, slightly alcoholic during the first nose
    Taste: Medium-strong aroma with a slightly earthy profile. Elements become elements in the background. All the time it is accompanied by slight peppery.
    Rating: 87 | 100 Quite long finish with a peaty profile. As for an eight-year-old whisky, it is approx.

  51. elipszis scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    at first you can not even comprehend what is happening, as smell as taste, time should be left for them, around 3 hours was just drank.
    • Nose
      95 95
      sweet butter caramel
      Brown sugar
      pear
      mint (sports cream)
      pineapple cream waffles
      coconut
    • Taste
      94 94
      lime + lemon
      salty candies
      cheesecake
      peanut butter
      salt + pepper
      after eight
    • Finish
      94 94
      long powerful
      citrus

  52. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Power galore, gains over time, water and air help. Some experienced maltsters say it reminds them of the old Talisker style while others insist this one to be "a very modern version" of Talisker. Don't care so much, the result is very good. Price quickly became silly, would not pay more that about 100 EUR for this one, not one for the ages, just a very good 8 yo.

  53. mackie_gm scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    As good as a "modern" malt can be. Despite the active wood, it represents the distillery character in full - salty/maritime, smoky, delicate black pepper, citrus oils and yellow fruits. And the best, neither too sweet nor too woody/bitter. I also had the 35 OB and while the tertiary aromas are obviously missing here, no way is there such a big difference as suggested on WB (88 vs 92 points average). Last time a young whisky was as good was the red stripe Laphroaig cask strength in the 00s. If this would come in a funny box, with a high price tag and an older age statement, people would rave about it.

  54. thebonewolf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A nice dram, and to me a pretty novel one as Talisker usually hits a bit more lightly. That sweetness left in the finish isn’t altogether unpleasant, but without the other notes still present it’s just a flavor that’s kind of there. I like this a lot, and while I didn’t record any notes with water here, I recall a nice chocolate coming out in the finish. It’s a good addition, and a bit is also lost, and I’d say it’s a net-zero gain with water.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fresh, earthy smoke. Medicinal must. Leathery tobacco. Fruit struggles to break through.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Malty, honey, pepper, herbal.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Charred meat, black pepper, salt. A sweetness becomes known eventually, like a honey that tastes a bit like something else, or kind of like chocolate that isn’t Hershey’s. Medium, though most on the shorter side. A subtle linger extends to long. That sweetness is the most resilient part, but it gets less good as the other notes fade away and no longer compliment it.

  55. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Many thanks to the Corner House in Tarbert for this dram!
    A herb bomb !!!
    Direct comparison with the 8-year-old Talisker 2020.
    This dram shows no weaknesses and is fantastically balanced from AZ for its young age.
    Doesn't need water.
    • Nose
      Herbs, sweet herbs!
    • Taste
      IT: 89
      B: 89
      Here, too, sweet herbs and a breeze of sea air with a little pepper. Great talisker!
    • Finish
      Long finish for the 8 years!

  56. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    15ml/¥400@Isetan.

    Appearance: Oily, slightly darker than the 10. Deep gold.

    Nose: Rich malt sugar, caramel, vanilla, oily, sea brine, hone, butter, light citrus, afterwards peaches and cream.

    Palate: Thick, oily, honey and vanilla, salted caramel. Hot at first.

    Finish: Hot and peppery, honey, vanilla.

    With Water: Needs quite a bit to mellow it out.

    Overall: Rich and full, young and delicious.

  57. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  58. Odinson scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  59. TimPau scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Nose: peaty
    • Taste
      Taste: Peaty, fruity (critical), iodized / salty
    • Finish
      Way

  60. Gery_80 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  61. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  62. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  63. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  64. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  65. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A perfect example of a young smoky malt, once again confirming that age for whisky is not the main component of success. This release perfectly combines brightness, youth, assertiveness and excellent balance together with a sense of completeness.
    • Nose
      Intense, austere, full of marine nuances, soft smoky and peppery tones at the same time, as well as rich barnyard shades with all the ingredients. Super!
    • Taste
      On the palate, an abundance of spices and marine tones compete for dominant places with smoky notes.
    • Finish
      Bright, smooth, pleasantly scalding, long-lasting. At first, a variety of spices appear, then quite powerful phenols appear, and then they are replaced by oily notes, salt and a little tannins.

  66. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I gave this 92 points the first time I tasted it. It has held the 1st place in my tasting notes until I gave a Stauning peat 94 points today, thus the reevaluation.
    In my opinion, the nose has degraded and the taste+finish has improved, still netting 92 points on average.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Citrus, very fruity. Sharp on the nose. Some tar, ship planks, broiled meat, new wood, watermelon. The alcohol burn (even for a CS whisky) pulls the nose rating down.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very delicious. So much taste! Fruity notes of oranges, apples and pineapple. Tarry, leathery taste in the background. New, dry wood and sawdust.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Fruity. Grape notes and some oak. Sweet, Finnish liquorice. One of the most delicious finishes. Very long.

  67. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light, warm smoke, apple, lemon, honey, peach, pineapple, coconut, vanilla
    • Taste
      Honey, apple, grapes, lemon, grapefruit, wood, some pepper, some ash

  68. Auriverdes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  69. madmax87 scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    This is the best whisky that I have ever tasted. So complex so fruitfull so heavy and spicy that I can not even think for anything else but walking in the rainforrest with some smoke. I love it very much.

  70. vlad78 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Nose. Bright, creamy, sweet, floral, a little iodine, fresh sour yeast breaks through. The taste is sweet, buckwheat, caramel with salt. The aftertaste is sweet, with pepper, turns into iodized salt.

  71. LeChiffre scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wow what a talisker. An alcohol strength> 50% looks good on Talisker, here too. A really intense and exciting interplay of sweet and peppery-spicy notes with a great creamy-oily mouthfeel. Just meets my taste in the smoky segment. I'm thrilled, luckily I have at least one bottle of it in the closet.
    (Rating: +)
    • Nose
      sweet and spicy; intensely maritime character; salty; Seaweed; a hint of iodine; some pepper; nice fruitiness with noticeable citrus notes; Herbs; sweet smoke; delicate vanilla (more noticeable with water); the alcohol is astonishingly well integrated despite almost 60%
    • Taste
      creamy-oily; great intense interplay of sweet and spicy notes; very spicy with a pleasant spiciness component (pepper, chilli); sweet citrus fruits; Vanilla; slightly salty; clear note of smoke in the background; needs little or no water
    • Finish
      long and spicy; some white pepper; Citrus; salty maritime; slight menthol note; delicate tart oak; sweet smoky note lingers for a long time

  72. TsiAI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 25 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: golden smell Nose: sour soup dumplings, lime juice, dried shredded basil, dried basil shredded, rosemary, lemon grass. Then there was a little bit of iris root, jasmine, orchid, and it was dull. The lemon cream cake dominates the middle, ending with hot oil fried pepper and fried peanuts.
    Taste Palate: extremely sour, obvious numbness, bash noodles, black vinegar, soy sauce, soy sauce, nori, shrimp skin. Seawater, seaweed, frozen fish, thuja, pepper oil, burnt white sesame seeds. The four items of salty, bitter, sour and sour are very obvious, reminding me of the ten-year-long finish of PC: Yue Long, citrus cream, xylitol, bitter base, ginger, shrimp skin ravioli with a lot of vinegar, herbs and spices (Qianli Incense, perilla, mint)
    Body: A full-bodied body with a medium-to-high fat feel, average tannins, and a bitter bottom

    Nose: 86/100
    Palate: 85/100
    Finish: 88/100
    Body: 87/100
    Overall: 86/100

    Overall: Palate always makes me feel too hard, but finish is particularly good

  73. sakis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  74. ChrisE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  75. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Ablut 30-40% water gave this whisky much clearer smoke. The nose developed notes of tar and burnt tyres.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Immediate notes of peat (floral), peaches, oranges, citrus, and a very nice smell of solvent/paint thinner.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The first thing I notice is a very fruity, deep, rich taste. After that comes the peat smoke. The whisky is sweet and malty. Some maritime notes, that remind me of seaweed on a grey day at the Coast. Clear sherry. Not insanely smooth, but keeping in mind the strength, it is very drinkable.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet taste of new, freshly cut wood. Then some bitter charred, wooden notes. Some faint notes of sweet, ripe fruits. The finish does not last more that 15-30 seconds, however.

  76. Sylvia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  77. Dominique69 scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

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

  78. BehindSpace scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  79. Abadon05 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A typical Talisker with a nice sweetness. Really not bad for this age. But you can still feel a certain metallic youth plus too much barrel influence.

  80. Squinugie scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  81. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  82. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Smoky and zesty. Had this in tandem with the Lagavulin 8 (2016 edition) and this outshines the Lagavulin absolutely.

  83. Teresa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  84. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  85. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Smoky, salinity, sweetness all in balance!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat smoke, sweet bbq ribs, mustiness, soy sauce.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Initial sweetness, followed by a peaty punch, peppery and bold! Great without water. Salted pretzel.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Warming, with the sweetness staying in check from the nose and palate. Medium - Long. BBQ pork ribs and black coffee.

  86. LordBellamy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    with water: the nose tolerates a lot of water, but in the taste it is then very thin, the young age takes its toll

    Conclusion: too young, too sharp, even if the basic character is right and actually fun - missed opportunity. Sorry
    • Nose
      very strong alcohol, which tingles noticeably in the nose, and that after half an hour of service in the glass. White pepper, maritime-salty, the peat is a subtle forest note / Pannennadeln, caramel sweetness and a few fruits, a few exotic spices
    • Taste
      first the nice caramel sweetness, then the peat and the pepper packs, strong alcohol, some flint
    • Finish
      medium, peat, salt, pine needle, flint, spices, the Chilicatch is there, but not too intense

  87. Mr. D. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  88. Joint86 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Unusual for this distillery, but loses regular 10 and 18
    • Nose
      80 80
      Sharp, a little alcoholic. Malt, sea, some fish, metal shavings. After a couple of drops of water, moss and oak emerge.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Spicy, sweet, iodine. After adding water, it becomes softer, sourness and metallic taste appear.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium duration. A little pungency at the beginning, then sweetness and metal remain

  89. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  90. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I like the simple but big nose and palate of this young Talisker.
    • Nose
      88 88
      chalk, vanilla, smoke, lemon. After a sip, more coal smoke, dust, vanilla syrup.
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet coal, salty, little lemon. Simple and loud. After a sip, there is even more coal and lemon.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, salty lemon peel

  91. butt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  92. Ed Radour scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  93. dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  94. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  95. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  96. WhiskyBlood scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  97. M134481 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Smoke, caramel, grass, chocolate, leather, orange peel, vanilla and pepper
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smoke, pepper !, wow, explosion, leather, chocolate
    • Finish
      84 84
      Oranges, pepper, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, leather, grass,

  98. cavalier66 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Without water this feels oaky and engineered, perhaps too young. With water - wow, the fruits are prominent, and it belies it's youth. Mandatory water - 82 points without but a very nice 88 with.

  99. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  100. checkpointrk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  101. checkpointrk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  102. Falnor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A powerfull talisker that impresses in regards to it's age. A lot of the ingrediënts that make a talisker shows itself like the pepper, coastal whiffs and sweetness
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  103. rolabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  104. MrYens scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  105. Andy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow, young Taliskers are the best.

    well done, it is hardly better.

  106. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  107. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  108. butt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A young Talisker from heavily burned barrels (activated carbon filter), which promises soft rounder notes. Fairly light in the glass, probably not colored. The nose tickles the alcohol, but also oak spice, fruit and hidden smoke-not at all youthful! More mature notes in the mouth (oily, fruity and dry). A long peppery finish, the oak remains. This is not a typical Talisker, but delicious.

  109. Glen Valley scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Clear smoke, campfire by the sea, smoked almonds, ham.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Smoky, soft. Sweet and tangy at the same time. For the high alcohol strength almost mild. Not necessarily a Talisker as you know him from a ten-year-old. Butt Riger. Exciting, beautiful, good.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Oily, buttery taste in the long finish. Ham, medium-long finish, good and warm.

  110. FernetBranco scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  111. detachedblue scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Honestly, I much prefer the DE over this
    • Nose
      Well, the nose is quite big and modern, a lot of artificial odours, ripe banana (disappeared about 1 month after the opening). Very smoky, the Talisker's characteristic pepper seems missing here.
    • Taste
      Sweet and intense. A lot of toffee, blood oranges. Not very complex but very drinkable.
    • Finish
      Medium, spices and mint, perfume.

  112. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky, alcohol good integrated, the high Abv isn't disturbing at all. Enjoyable.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Salty, some sea breeze, a hint of smoke. Spicy, pepper. Some sweet notes as well, honey.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full bodied, some pepper, fruity, some peaches. Smoke, and some sweet notes, like honey.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Still some pungent and peppers, pretty long, some sweetness left.

  113. kimmosuo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  114. The Macallan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    There's a lovely smokiness that flows over in to a smoked meat/fish palate, even on cask strength it's a nice dram. However some water will give you more fruity and floral notes with a sweetnes from the sherry cask.

  115. Sandman scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Smoke, salty, lemon, honey, tea, hint of iodine, creamy, peach, banana, melon, apricot, bit of oak, orange, hazelnut and nutmeg.

  116. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  117. King_of_Grill scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      .... down to about 50% diluted.
      At first less complex, spicy, peppery, spicy but very discreet, yet typical of Talisker. A light med. Note in the background, which later gives way after a few minutes of a slight dark sweetness, untypical Talisker.
    • Taste
      85 85
      At first light and sweet with light fruits, it develops complex and strong with dark honey
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, fits the overall impression. Develops slowly to a proper explosion, spicy, oak barrel, light peat smoke.
      Overrated / PLV currently way too high at around EUR 100, -

  118. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good young cask strength whisky, especially for ~ 65 euro. :)
    • Nose
      Salted minerals, peat, wood smoke and ash. Oak, pepper, mint, vanilla and citruses. Wasabi.
    • Taste
      Powerful and sweet. Big oak, pepper, peat, mandarin, banana shake, plum chutney and salted caramel.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, fruity, fresh.

  119. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    interesting. would have thought this one would be a bit more "rough" but it was "nice". a lot of maritime notes, salt, first nose reminded me a bit of Laphroaig. there is some nice sweetnes which lingers around, a bit malty, a fine peppery note, ABV is nice and the malt does not really need some water. finish is quite long and all good. Fine Malt!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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