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Talisker 08-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Release 2018
Stated Age
08 years old
1st Fill Ex-Bourbon Hogsheads
Number of bottles
59.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
01 Sep 2018 11:29 am by thebase
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 144,79

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357 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 08-year-old

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.01 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. 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...

  3. 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.

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Pale gold
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    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.

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    Only trust your own taste - it reminds me very much of a young Lagavulin. Very drinkable and enjoyable in my mind.
    I can enjoy this one the same way as I can enjoy the Talisker 1955 50yo (Cask 1312).
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very fresh, intense seabreeze, salty, iodine, seaweedy, citric, honey notes, whiffs of oak wood - very good
    • Taste
      91 91
      Oily, creamy, sirupy, fruity, peaches, bananas, apricots, hints of plums too, pretty sweet but matches the fruitiness, quite some peat and smoke, oak wood - great
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, zesty, a bit tannic but still enough sweetness

  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 Expert Senior

    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. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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.

  10. 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


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