Talisker 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.40/100
votes
855
Whiskybase ID
WB121
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Only Single Malt Scotch Whisky From the Isle of Skye
Bottled
2005
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
200 ml 700 ml 1000 ml
Label
'Aged 18 Years' centered at the bottom
Bottle code
L5291CM000
Barcode
5000281018874
Added on
11 jul 2007 8:44 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 120.75

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Whisky reviews for Talisker 18-year-old

75 users have left 78 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.40 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [blind tasting notes]

    Guess: An older bottling of Talisker 18.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Gherkin brine, olive brine, sea spray, green pepper, capers, basil leaf, lemon, salt, ashy peat smoke… Come on, this has got to be a Talisker. Lovely distillate-forward yet creamy and mature nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Wow. Old copper coins, worn leather, licorice, OBF, and, toward the death, mild green chili sauce. The only thing that holds it back is the strength. Would’ve loved to taste this at cask strength.
    • Finish
      88 88
      See above, with a nice mellow fadeout. A bit mainstream or "consensual", perhaps, but the immaculate peat flavor in the aftertaste saves it. Not much of a chili kick left here, so I’d wager this is an 18-year-old.

  2. Soderberg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  3. dapoinbua scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  4. zzqfyl scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Nice bottling, consistent from start to finish.
    • Nose
      Diverse. Fresh sea breeze, mineral notes, sherry flavors (dates, oranges). Underlaid by initially barely noticeable smoke, which unfolds over time.
    • Taste
      Very creamy, sweet, caramel, plums and dried fruits, figs, about peppery with oak spice at the back. The light smoky note floats in the background.
    • Finish
      Medium-length, sweet and warming, at the same time with nice heat, subtle smoke, espresso, dark chocolate.

  6. Holzwurm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. DocF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/37978
    http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/121
    http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/122

    Color: Deep gold. Much fruity compared to the 2014, smelling is actually enough, also more my taste. Old bottle flavor is still limited. 90 points
    • Nose
      Salt, seaweed, yadayadayada ... Lots of tree sap, malt coffee, extremely sooty, with propolis and linden blossom behind it. Some cinnamon. -> Great smelling whisky. Ripe blackberries, elderberry jelly. Hot bitumen. With more air: charred orange peel, boiled banana with honey. Do you want to add water? With water: Even fruity, turnip tops, more blackberries, dried apricots and apples.
    • Taste
      Yes, it also has a peppery bite, but does not go too dry. In the foreground, soot, resin, then seaweed, quince jelly, orange peel, cinnamon and aniseed later. Jelly banana. Block malt, malt coffee. Tree sap check, bitumen also available. Brackish water. With water: cinnamon, bergamot. Long-drawn green tea, dusty oak.
    • Finish
      Sooty, slightly dry, long. Brackish water, scorched green branches, polished oak.

  9. craide scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I'm not a real fan of the smoky malts but this subtle great integrated smokiness of old whiskys tastes great. Complex, versatile and great harmony. If I knew that the new bottlings are the same, the order button would already be pressed.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Subtle smoke at the beginning. However, it quickly dissolves into a sweet fruity banana, orange, apricot mixture. Vanilla in combination with a beautifully harmonious maritime note, salt, salt liquorice, a little smoked bacon.
      Little by little, some tobacco and old leather comes through. Nice varied aroma density that does not impose itself and remains gently elegant.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Soft, creamy, slightly oily in the mouth.
      Subtle sparkling spice. Smoke is noticeable but not dominant, really well integrated. Maritime, salty notes with
      a beautiful honey sweetness and fruit compote. It also has a slightly cooling, mint-fresh effect. Milk chocolate,
      Everything is very finely balanced and harmonious. It tastes really good to me.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long finish, slightly spicy, salty,
      Sparkling with subtle smoke. Gently drying with a subtle bitterness

  10. Mr. D. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. NcOne scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Really nice one from Talisker. Smooth and soft. Big on the seasalt side. Mellow smokiness. Seasalt and pepper combine perfectly. Makes you want to go sit on some beachfront rocks with this bottle and watch the waves brake...

  12. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    very soft and mild, the age stop, little smoke, but a very elegant whisky

  13. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    very fine drop - looks very ripe - almost a touch too round, for my taste he could tolerate 3 - 10% more alcohol - then I would have to rate it much higher - Unfortunately noticeably more complex, deeper, more aromatic than current bottlings with 18yo
    • Nose
      89 89
      gentle hints of salt, very delicate fruity sweetness, orange, apple, licorice, some wax, warm wood, tobacco, flowers, black tea with honey, nutmeg, pepper, mint - dense and noble - but ripe and elegant
    • Taste
      90 90
      very soft, mild sweet, fine maritime note, citrus aromas, honey, tobacco - grated old oiled wood, very fine camp fire smoke - still perceived as smoke but already very rounded - reminiscent of smoked cheese, or ham - but rather smoked pudding, for his almost 46% very gentle and round - no trace of alcohol - only perceptible by the warmth and the mild power of the aromas
    • Finish
      88 88
      Wood and crystalline flowers, fine beeswax, very elegant, round, understated pure - licorice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cough drops

  14. whiskyd scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  15. pianoman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Some sea air. Apricots, oranges, sweet apples, subtle aromatic smoke. Clover, lilac.
    • Taste
      Juicy oranges with some chili and beeswax. Very discreet smoke with a slight bitterness.

  16. MadScientist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nice fruitiness at this age.
    • Nose
      Apricot, plum, limestone, grape, peat and a little banana.
    • Taste
      Peat, apricot, grape and pepper.
    • Finish
      Peat, plum and apricot.

  18. Luigisim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Predominant taste of redcurrant and berries. Black cherry at the end. Most of this water of life get rested in sherry batches I suppose.

  19. Luigisim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  20. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Daan Tje scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  23. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  24. J23 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. Bosi scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    This bottling is a lot bigger than the younger ones from the Talisker Standard Range. Beautifully round and balanced.
    • Nose
      Although this whisky is very round, a maritime flavor stands out. Behind a soft smoke are notes of grape chocolate, pudding and nougat. Some oak is also recognizable.
    • Taste
      Similar notes as in the taste prevail. Some salt is added to rum chocolate, orange, a hint of smoke and the classic chili catch of Talisker.
    • Finish
      The finish is surprisingly short with pepper and fresh fruit.

  26. Unclimbability scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Colour: Diageo GoldTM (E150a)

    Body: Full

    Nose: A lot sweeter than the 10yo with a lot less smoke. Lots of big aromatic complex spice- Ginger, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, some curry powder, chilli and (of course) black pepper. A thick toffee syrupy sweetness, a lot of fruit underneath- Red apple. French mustard, ginger biscuit, ginger ale, wisps of wood smoke and bonfire, cigar smoke, pipe tobacco. Sea salt, driftwood, oaky citrus note, vanilla oil, maybe some wood polish.

    Water: More spicy smokiness initially, then more creamy sweet fruit- Green apple, fig and lime, pickled lime, liquorice too and briny coastal notes- Some sea spray and brine, sea air maybe?, mineral- Sea sprayed rock. Also a candied sweetness- Turkish delight and candy canes. After 15mins- More fleshy fruit- Orange, maybe grapefruit, dark chocolate, aromatic wood. Peat making a quiet re-emergence- Perfumed smoke, wood fire on a beach, scorched oak.

    Taste: Oily mouthfeel. Peaty white pepper, then recedes with vanilla creaminess, mouth watering toffee and comes back very slowly with gradually building complex spice- Coriander, lots of ginger, white pepper, cinnamon and spicy crushed chilli towards the finish. Coastal smoke seamlessly intermingled with the spice- Sea spray and peat smoke, wood fire, cigar smoke. Complex wood engagement with some leather and coffee.

    Water: More creamy with less spice. Oily liquorice, more vanilla, some honey, toffee, wonderful sooty lemon building and building with the spice, some orange, building leathery smoke and spice.

    Finish: Long length. Complex mixed (Black, white and green) pepper with intense oak.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  27. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very smooth, high quality, without question, I personally a bit too smooth, because something is missing the whistle, too little smoke and salt, too much rock. The mouthfeel could be stronger. Nevertheless, a clear 90 with a tendency to 91.
    • Nose
      Immediately mineral with caramel and yellow Fruchtmus. After a few minutes less fruit, no more caramel, but iodine and seaweed, dry and salty. Smoke? Hmm, not really. Penaten cream says someone here? Right! Dries more and more. Now leathery and has seen floor wax. Warms up even more floor wax, more rock, but subtly now comes back to a subliminal sweet caramel note. Slowly develops a light fruity, slightly floral perfumed overtone. Pickled lychees or something.
    • Taste
      Yeah, that's good. Dark, malty sweetness, a mild chilli-catch, all discreetly, a touch of salt meat, also lick here a lot of mineral, dew of granite, and in the back then comes mild herb tart the oak.
    • Finish
      Not too long, goes drying in the direction of the oak. Smoke even here to guess at most.

  28. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    So I like smoky whiskys, when the smoke is nicely integrated, I'm happy. A very nice malt. I like it
    • Nose
      subtle smell and light pepper; Raisins and chocolate; a bit of oak is already there; very sweet and maritime-salty at the same time; dark grapes and dark apples
    • Taste
      it is full-bodied and nicely oily; initially absolutely no tingling, which then but more and more increases; again dark, very sweet fruits; Pepper and other dark spices; again maritime-salty, very subtle smoke
    • Finish
      medium; very subtle smoke that is beautifully integrated into the other flavors; slight bitterness from the oak; again pepper with dark fruits

  29. Noface83 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Nose: a whole fruit basket with papaya, banana and orange, plus fresh sea air and very subtle warm smoke. There are also aromatic spicy spices from the Far East. Above all, there is such a beautiful oak old Malt note which is missing in the current Talisker.
    Taste: very full and interwoven. As a work of art perfectly matched - exotic fruits, floral notes, hot spices and pepper, a hint of smoke and bitter oak harmonize. Only the finish is a bit short. Pepper and sour wood remain last.
    Big movie theater - I love these old Talisker bottlings. The current ones can not keep up (they are just a bit different and have their fans too)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  31. joep scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  32. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  33. Pépé scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A chouïa disappointed, but so logical, it's really a Talisker 18y. Less fiery than the 10yo, rounder, more woody, too sweet. It still represents this distillery, it is really signed, and it remains a very pleasant whisky.
    • Nose
      A rather fresh nose at first glance. We are at Talisker all the same, it is marine, iodized, we flirt with fish oil. There is young fruit that brings this freshness. From the apple first, then with time more and more citrus notes, especially lemon and zests of oranges. Sensation quite pronounced caramel in the back of the nose.
    • Taste
      It's well integrated, with a nice texture. Sweet, very sweet even. It's smoke, a marine peat first. Then from the middle of the mouth settles some bitterness, a lot of wood.
    • Finish
      Beautiful persistence

  34. Peter87 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  35. Dede scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    color Amontillad Nose The most iodized of the three (10yo, Storm, 18yo). It must be allowed to aerate so that iodine leaves other flavors to express themselves, especially fruits, with a hint of exoticism, lemon, almond paste too. The pepper, discreet, is here in white. Taste Here is a refined mix of bitter orange peel and iodine coated with a smoky and delicate peat, which does not prevent it from developing a certain power. Pepper develops on the end of the mouth. Filiation with the 10yo is obvious. Finish Less powerful than the 10yo, more fruity too. Comments Take the 10yo, satiate it by changing the balance to more bitter orange and less pepper while refining the peat, and you'll have that 18yo. A very nice malt.

  36. dkny scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The malt looks very round and grown up.
    • Nose
      Pleasantly integrated smoke, Mediterranean notes, light vanilla hidden behind a spiciness, very complex
    • Taste
      First, fresh rocket comes out behind a slight sulfur note. Then ripe, full walnuts .. The next moment the smoke comes to light: phenol and fresh humus.
    • Finish
      Mediterranean salt in a dry, slightly smoky finish - very pleasant.

  37. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. autowatch092 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Gentle smoke, a sea breeze, exotic spices, nutmeg in particular
    Palate: Dry peat, a bit of sea water, nutmeg, pepper, a hint of dark chocolate
    Finish: Long and spicy with the typical Talisker “chili catch”
    Overall: A very fine whisky, perfect balance between peat and spice. Too bad they raised the price to stellar levels.

    http://www.dramming.com/2009/10/14/talisker-18-yo/

  39. Dram The Man scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  40. Luhmi scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  41. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    I'm not a Talisker fan (I like to drink, but I do not have to), but this is / was really delicious. Beautifully balanced, elegant whisky.
    • Nose
      light, fresh sea breeze, maritime, salty, very light smoke, with a mild, fruity sweetness, orange, banana, vanilla, overall very discreet and pleasant
    • Taste
      velvety, soft, honey-sweet and fruity, orange marmalade with slightly bitter peel, banana, light pears and peaches, orange chocolate with some pepper and salt
    • Finish
      medium length, pleasant, subtle, light smoke, milk chocolate, some pepper

  42. Rom scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The distillate has clearly given way to the nose. The oak dominates with a veil of smoke. We also smell honey and a caramelized side. Powerful, always smoke in the mouth, dry, austere overall, slightly bitter. Long finish on the smoke and a little bit of pepper. Disappointing.

  43. TheFarfar did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The bottle code L3238CM000 suggests that this is bottled 2013, not 2005, since the Talisker 18 was released in 2004.

  44. irrerelevant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    very ripe, sweetness, salt and sea, apple, some exotic fruit, light smoke, very full and dense, reminiscent of the 18er Highland Park, incredibly complex, caramel, a little vanilla, Hintergründig pleasant oak notes, "chili" has become a little milder, but still present, long finish, excellent!

  45. JacobaEd scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very nice islands, good lasting taste
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  46. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    the power of the Talisker faces a sweet tooth here
    This sweet salt lemon is already phenomenal
    All in all, very well balanced and excellently matured
    • Nose
      made by the sea
      sweet salt lemon
      Honey and spices
      The oak also taps carefully
      The sea is quite calm today and a distant smoke
      the smoke becomes stronger once you have discovered it next to the other flavors
    • Taste
      The start is incredibly sweet, a lot of honey
      next to it then the Pfeffrigkeit
      a nice interplay between spice / sharpness and sweetness
      again this sweet salt lemon
      After the first barrage of aromas, the smoke is added
      the oak is there, but not intrusive; fits into the big picture

  47. st7 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  48. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A pleasantly mature, gentle Talisker. Nevertheless, with all that distinguishes Talisker: sea breeze, pepper, complexity.
    • Nose
      Sea salt breeze, seaweed, iodine. Even smoked bacon associations arise. At the same time fruity sweetness, light and dark fruit, grapes, sherry sweetness, warm vanilla and some oak.
    • Taste
      Oily, sweet and salty at the same time. Very complex. Smoke, white pepper, orange, malt and oak. Vanilla, sherry, dark fruit, again seaweed and smoked bacon.
    • Finish
      Pleasantly long and warm. Some oak, smoke, iodine and orange.

  49. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  50. numen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    With some water, more floral notes, along with yellow fruit and
    honey-suckle, appear. sweetness becomes more pronounced on the palate,
    but peat wins the finish. I've noticed that glassware with broad bowls
    tend to emphasize the sweetness in this -- more as a point of interest
    than anything else.
    • Nose
      honey, smoke, brine, spice, acidic orange. A coastal saltiness that
      reminds me of licking an oyster shell or smooth stone on the shore (who
      hasn't?)
    • Taste
      subtle full fruit and honeysuckle dominate the entry, which gives way to a gentle peat. Light and clean.
    • Finish
      medium finish with a balance of apple-orange sweetness and peat. Incredibly smooth, the alcohol is perfectly integrated.

  51. Toffie76 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Oufti, it's good business.
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke come first. The sea air just after. Very iodized. All in a beautiful basket of fruits and caramelized sugar. Very pleasant. Aeration decreases the peat feeling in favor of a more herbaceous and malty shade. Very complex, we find a smell of tar and vegetable engine oil (a bit, it's not Laph either!). Then appear citrus (zest, bitter orange). A very playful nose that really evolves enormously over time. Lemon / ginger. Pepper.
    • Taste
      Quite powerful, the peat although discreet persists and persists for long minutes. Traces of smoke play with salt, iodine, lemon and seaweed. The pepper arrives under development and embellishes everything. Some herbs: clove, bay leaves. A little camphor or something medicinal in small doses.
    • Finish
      A nice malty, grain development. Sweet / salty / lemon. A pleasant bitterness, peat and smoke close the festival. For a hell of a moment.

  52. ASWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    the 18 y is a whisky first class
    the warm summer with meadows, cliffs and sea on the tongue just great

    I personally like the DE despite everything a little better
    fresh, spring-like and challenging
    I like that more than round and warm
    • Nose
      the sea is in the background with salt and iodine, caramel pudding with warm cherry sauce very close
      and summer meadow in the midday sun
    • Taste
      soft salt and sea, pleasant smoke, flowing sweetness of clover flowers
      everything perfectly connected
    • Finish
      long and strong, again the Talisker sharpness, but rather glowing than fresh

  53. Allandale scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    very good complex.
    • Nose
      soapy smoke and overripe nectarines. 
    • Taste
      a wall f brown sugar tinged malt,smoke, spice.
    • Finish
      fruit,spices explosion finalle.

  54. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  55. Ikkakumon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A classic to (re) discover!
    • Nose
      Maritime (iodine and sea salt), fruits (apple, lemon, some orange), some spices, some dried fruits, a hint of peat and pepper.
    • Taste
      Complex: saline, but not devoid of fruit (apple, peach, citrus), some spices, light peat, some crushed pepper, also dried fruits.
    • Finish
      Long enough, smoke and pepper but still a nice fruity.

  56. Dede scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Take the 10yo, satiate it by changing the balance to more bitter orange and less pepper while refining the peat, and you'll have that 18yo. A very nice malt.
    • Nose
      The most iodized of the three (10yo, Storm, 18yo). It must be allowed to aerate so that iodine leaves other flavors to express themselves, especially fruits, with a hint of exoticism, lemon, almond paste too. The pepper, discreet, is here in white.
    • Taste
      Here is a refined mix of bitter orange peel and iodine coated with a smoky and delicate peat, which does not prevent it from developing a certain power. Pepper develops on the end of the mouth. Filiation with the 10yo is obvious.
    • Finish
      Less powerful than the 10yo, more fruity too.

  57. Bishlouk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I am very subjective about this whisky because it was one of the first that I bought. And I love it since the first dram (after any 3 sips that left me skeptical face so much complexity). This Taslisker is one of my favorite whiskys, it never disappoints me, and my pleasure is renewed at each dram. The best value for money at Talisker in my eyes.
    • Nose
      Iodine and smoke (burned leather). A peppery note. A hint of almond behind all that. A little vanilla and freshly cut cereals come out after a few minutes of aeration.
    • Taste
      Sea water, smoke, pepper, nutmeg, dried moss, some notes of candied fruit. Everything mixes, dissociates, leaves and then comes back. A real carousel, extremely complex.
    • Finish
      Long on pepper, the tongue sputters for a while. Smoke caresses the palate.

  58. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A great, complex,
    wonderfully sweet and salty, balanced Talisker. A Classic.
    • Nose
      What a fruity nose!
      Soft and creamy on peaches and apple sauce. Orangettes and vanilla custard.
      Soft honey. The peat is discreet and there is no salt to speak of. After a few
      moments, I even get some espresso and baked banana. Mint and chocolate. Well, After Eight delights.
      Magnificent.
    • Taste
      It is oily on the
      palate and remains very sweet on yellow fruits before exploding in a mix of
      peppers, liquorice, leather and marzipan. Clear sherry influences. The peat is
      still discrete. Midpalate, the
      orangettes return with a salty twist. Nice balance.
    • Finish
      In the medium long
      finish, it is the smoke and pepper that lingers the longest.

  59. Furtia scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  60. Jonkers scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    very tastefull whisky as a digestif. Not that fierce explosion of pepper that you get from the 10 year old Talisker.
    • Nose
      peaty but not that much. Citrus and vanilla. A bit salty (seaweed). Also hay and sawdust. Mint and chocolate (after-eight) and a bit resinous.
    • Taste
      fullbodied and oily. A little bbq-smoke. Then enormously sweet (vanilla). Also citrus (orange and mandarin).
    • Finish
      smoke stays but is not unpleasant. Very sweet. Longlasting and mouthfilling.

  61. D3US scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    This has to be my favorite Talisker expression to date, together with the 25 year old. What a joy to taste and what a must have.
    • Nose
      Peat but not a smidgeon medicinal. Strong oak, salty. Vanilla sweetness, slightly spicy. Citrus fruit, wood dust and soft leather. Chocolate and loads of other things going on.
    • Taste
      Holy lord this is good. So sweet and so typical Talisker, with that smoky edge. Very dry up until the swallow, then mouth watering sweetness, where the smoke is the perfect ally to the citrus fruit, the lovely oak, vanilla and malt. The big Talisker bang doesn't really show up, making this gentle and lovely.
    • Finish
      Long and delicious. Like a warming fire after a cold and wet day. The oak and vanilla stick around as the smoke wraps everything up into a great finish.

  62. Alex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Not a big and bold whisky, but very refined with superb balance. Classic!
    • Nose
      Elegant peat, lots of honey, dried fruits (citrus), anised. Very rounded. Keeps changing. Refined and elegant. Love it.
    • Taste
      Compact mouthfeel, little oily. Quite rich, sweet honey again, sweet dried citrus fruits. Very close to the nose. Subtle peat smoke. Mildly spiced. Excellent balance. Yummie.
    • Finish
      Long, on a sweet-dry-and little bitter rope.

  63. Igor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    If you ask me, I think 10 year-old Talisker is pretty good indeed. This one, however, is simply fabulous! Far and away better.
    • Nose
      Full-flavoured, versatile and very complex. Cocoa, vanilla, sweet berries (strawberry?), green apple, ointment, shoe polish.
    • Taste
      Iodine tang, white pepper, mint, sweet smoke, hazelnut, buttermilk, vanilla ice-cream, peppermint cakes, bitter tone of old wood.
    • Finish
      Long, lingering, intense. Sea salt, hot spices, smoke (burnt incense), liquorice, nuts-and-honey bar, charred wood.
      Excellent balance.

  64. Dekyriel scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    A love story that keeps happening, a favourite and well distinguishable flavour. Thank you Talisker.
    • Nose
      The smell of the tides, TCP, coal, hints of barbecue cooked meat, along with its ashes, vanilla, sweet ripe fruits (plum?)
    • Taste
      Gently peated, tar hits the tastebuds, then becomes salty, vanilla again hiding behind chili pepper, the ripe fruits keep happening, malt is present, hints of oak. Grows into leather and chocolate on the tongue eventually
    • Finish
      Long and warm, keeps coming back, the pepper coats the mouth, more plum and toffee leave a print.

  65. wbarchive_973963 scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      Salty but also sweet; some seaweed and berries; wonderful toffee.
    • Taste
      Soft and warm with nuts and a bit smoke. Rich and concentrated.
    • Finish
      Warm, soft and complex; spices; long lasting.

  66. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I think if I had more time to get acquainted and explore, I would have tasted even more. It's definitely something in itself, it's very decent whisky in itself, in direct comparison to the top 1999 DE and even better Talisker 10y, even in terms of price, it's a bit behind.
    • Nose
      In the smell of mature fruit in such a more obscure smoke, it is surprisingly sweetish. Not as strong as the 10th, and Talisker DE 1999 is on the brink.
    • Taste
      In delicate taste, it first seems delicate, but it deceives the body, after a while of waiting it will show its compactness, sharp spice (peppery / cloves), and finally will start the second phase of the cosmic-smokiness with a fine fading of flesh.
      The flavor is probably the biggest currency of this whisky.

  67. Drochaid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Color: amber Nose: fruity with plums, orange peel. Caramel and a smoky background. Body: full, caressing, gentle Palate: first sweet, then more intense with a hint of smoke. Warming. Finish: Medium long. Pleasant, typical chilies.

  68. Astronavigatrix scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Takes very little water before it drownes
    • Nose
      Smokey, bonfire, vanilla, sweet fuitiness, smoked sausages
    • Taste
      Sweet, honey, fruity...then some peat comes through and some pepper, even a bit of chili
    • Finish
      peat, bonfire, oak and pepper. Medium to long...smooth

  69. Master Quill scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Score is an average

    Bottle from 2004 scored 85, bottle from 2006 scored 84

  70. Willie JJ scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Its truly magnificent. I don't know if I'm concentrating harder on
    it now than I have previously, but this bottle has been open for a few
    months and its nearly finished now and if anything the whisky is still
    improving. Fantastic!
    • Nose
      An amazing, delivery of soft fruits over-ripening in a bowl with a
      slightly smoky fire in the room. A hint of malt extract in an open can
      near the bowl.
    • Taste
      This dram is amazing! The initial coating of malty honey on the tongue
      rushes back across your palate with an inhalation of the smoke from the
      fire. It dances on the tongue telling different stories in different
      parts of your mouth. Its full bodied, but not hugely oily in texture.
    • Finish
      The finish is fantastic. The whisky just seems to keep bursting into
      life again unpredictably, first here, then there. Takes ages to fade.
      Pretty sure it will still be teasing me tomorrow.

  71. Collector57 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is a superbly well-balanced dram. If Talisker gets even better as it gets older, I wish I had some 20 or 25yo!
    • Nose
      Much softer peat than the younger versions. And this time there's a fruitiness behind it with the malt much easier to detect too. This a much gentler experience than the 10 or 12
    • Taste
      Again a gentler peat but still with a peppery flavour. Nice oaky spices in there after a few seconds. Then the peat comes back and continues into the finish
    • Finish
      which has loads of peat and some more of the fruity notes. Spicy malt in there too.

  72. Feusi scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Some smoke, a little sea, sweet wood. On the palate, a sweet woody dram with a hint of smoke and sea. A suitably conditioned Talisker. Warming in the evening and quite suitable as the last dram before you go home. But is less than a Taslisker 20ies etc.

  73. Timo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A very good Talsiker. A great standard filling.
    • Nose
      The nose is almost lovely. Sherry, composed, pleasant, pleasing.
    • Taste
      The taste is complex. Sweet, peaty, smoky, peppery, chili, slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      The finish is short. Soft, smoky, warm, later even warmer.

  74. dankin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I like it very much. Its not as peaty as the 10yo but it has a realy nice Nose and Taste. The Aftertaste seems to want to stay forever.
    • Nose
      Nice smell of sweet fruits, some smooth peatiness (a lot less than the 10 yo)and also oak.
      This is a mouthwatering Talisker Nose.
    • Taste
      Punchy, peppery attack followed by some sweet and slightly peaty flavours. Again some oak
    • Finish
      very long, dry Finish

  75. CrilleVBG scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Lovely nose, good depth. The taste is smooth, but I want more flavors.
    • Nose
      Very fresh. Oak, toffee and vanilla. And in the background there is a nice sweet aroma.
    • Taste
      Fresh and smooth. Lots of oaky flavors and a hint of peat.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish, with spicy notes.

  76. SilentStill scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Without question one of the best OA of its age and its price category in good drinking strength.
    • Nose
      Recognizable more mature and milder than the 10yo with a beautiful maritime freshness, strong earthy aromas and a, measured again on the 10yo moderate smoky note. Again and again, a subtle sweetness is noticeable.
    • Taste
      Rich, moist soil, milder pepper and peat smoke notes, but quite present. Again slightly sweet.
    • Finish
      Also while enjoying a 18yo. you do not need to give up the heat explosion in the throat and this also with considerable length.

  77. swampthing09 scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    Andrew brought a bottle on our annual Hendrickson expedition to the AuSable this year.Nose Peat, seaweed, No tasting note of Talisker is complete without the notice of the overwhelming pepper which strikes at first taste. This is followed by the salt tang. When a small amount of water is added, the sweetness of honey or toffee mingles with the richness of the malt.The pepper returns at the finish and holds on.

  78. leehuan scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Classical talisker and one of the best
    • Nose
      Heavily peated - tar, oily, medicine
    • Taste
      overwhelming warm, straight and full bodied
    • Finish
      Long-lasting

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