Talisker 1981

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2002
Stated Age
20 years old
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
62.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
08 jan 2008 12:43 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2894.17

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Whisky reviews for Talisker 1981

69 users have left 80 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.80 points.

  1. ctu scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I understand now why it was one of the best Talisker bottling.
    The rich distillery character finally found the perfect wood,
    the perfect sherry and perfect maturing time. Awesome!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Very rich and complex: matured sherry, spicy oak and fruits: banana, mango, prune and cherry.
      Coffee, chocolate, Bagarol shoe polish, rubber, herbals, seaweed. But well come over the sea salty, peppery, peaty Talisker character as well.
      If it's much contact with the air goes to Port Ellen complexity.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Extremely powerful, but the 62% is absolutely not exorbitant!
      Honey sweet sherry, peat, huge oak, citruses and leather perfect wedding with the salty, peppery Talisker character, which richly presents itself! Ash, smoke, phosphorus and sulfur. The whole with very grotesque, but nearly perfect full range!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, perfect woody flavors and ash remains in the end

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  3. stf_92 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    It sends heavy, the cavalry at full gallop.
    Peaty, smoky, chocolatey, fruity. The gunpowder explodes all that in the mouth to cover everything with a veil of intense pleasure.
    We find the spices (pepper, ...) and the angular side of Talisker but also bitter orange zest. The attack is frank, the finish is silky.
    A velvet hand of an iron glove ;)

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Soot, dry, spice-heavy Oloroso sherry, wood fire smoke, salty sea air with a hint of washed-up seaweed, longer hand-warmed, the yellow fruitiness of the Talisker comes to light even under the dark sherry notes, mineral dust, floral notes from ripened peat
    • Taste
      93 93
      even the smallest droplet of mouth-filling explosive preparation on the tongue, a little bit of alcohol on the tongue - notes of pepper and chilli intensify this feeling a little
      initially deep dark red Oloroso - spicy tannin, then an intense soot note comes to the fore - here, too, the degraded smoke is filled with flower aromas, tar and magic
    • Finish
      94 94
      dark chocolate, oak wall unit, orange oil, delicious soot, sexy notes of bitumen, endlessly long finish

  5. WhiskyWhistle scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    The fragrant nose, while subtle, gives way to a massive palate full of signature pepper, and a next level drying fruitiness - fresh ripe strawberries - which carries into what is perhaps the longest and most full flavoured finish ever. Check out my review on YouTube!

  6. greg_0277 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    First, gunpowder, oily but non-invasive peat, smoked, leather. Then it's the sherry that is fully expressed with chocolate, black fruits and nuts, coated in the above.
    After a long aeration in the glass, almost 2 hours, I find a mineral and iodized side to it which hardly appeared until then. In the end, it is an astonishing fruitiness that takes up the most space.
    Really beautiful and yet I'm not the biggest fan of peat

  7. DawidAC scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. Gregorsky scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. Nazin scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Superb stuff
    • Nose
      97 97
      Salt, red fruits, leather, tobacco, chocolate, orange, mineral.
    • Taste
      96 96
      Chocolate, orange, citruses, ginger, salt, mineral, earthy, leather, coffee, tobacco.
    • Finish
      96 96
      Long, ash, orange, coffee.

  10. huangshantong scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    In fact, I would prefer the Bourbon 20 from 1982-2003. Of course, it is undeniable that this Shirley 20 is more complex and grand. Both are the pinnacle of Tescar products.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The first thing to say is that it is very durable, so you don't have to worry about drinking it quickly. I drank 4 times with different corkscrew times in different scenes. The longest cork is nearly a year old, but I still feel very online. At the same time, enough sobering can get rid of the uncomfortable sulfur smell, but even more Good; very good sherry flavor presentation, very light peat smoke, some moist earth, then all complex fruit and floral, very sure smells great floral.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very strong, very strong, not only the strong feeling brought by the alcohol, but the support of the wine itself is very good. On the contrary, the 62% alcohol does not feel uncomfortable to me. I did not choose to add water; sea water, citrus, licorice, Leather, very rich flavor, but also well balanced.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Chocolate, licorice, honey, then sea water, peat and some earth, the finish is very charming, very strong and persistent, and the flavor is still very good, like you have been drinking it.

  11. kringo86 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Really do not get the high ratings to this talisker, it is sulphury (at least not extreme), very subtle and spicy. Tried it with different levels of water, maybe it is not a good swimmer... anyhow a 2cl sample is enough for me.

  12. kanpai79 scored this whisky 94 points Specialist

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
      Absolutely stunning dram and one of the best Talisker I ever had (and I had a few). Tasted it aside the Lagavulin 21yo 1985-2007, which is also a great whisky. Usually I prefer Lagavulin, this time Talisker is the clear winner…on a insanely high level of course.
    • Finish
      94 94

  13. skyrunner scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  14. WhiskyWitold scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  15. hyc scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 93
    End rhyme--------------------93

  16. Seele scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    N smoke, charcoal, leather, seaweed, campfire, berries, a little sulphur, the aroma seems to dissipate after a long time 92
    T is strong and full-bodied in the mouth, berry, leather, syrup, smoke is persistent, alcohol is strong but not strong, bacon starts in the middle, and the syrup is always there
    F is long, smoky and a little sweet, and I drink it for half a year. The taste is almost not broken. I even think it tastes better than when the bottle was first opened. It is indeed very strong.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  17. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Nose- Bath in the fruit sea, salty cherry compote, smoked oranges, a lot of minerals, there is old leather, tobacco, but also milk chocolate and oysters, after a long moment, scalded hay

    Taste - smoked cherries, a lot of bitter cocoa, a little moldy, light sulfur, salty sea water, spicy chilli pralines, and a little rosemary,

    Finish - very long, warm with tannins, then milk chocolate with ripe oranges, coffee, chilli claw, smoked paprika. The brine with melted chocolate stays for a long time,

    Summing up a great interesting waist and here, depending on your preferences, it can be 92 or maybe 95, I get 94.

  18. PRV scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur


  19. ConvalRen scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Water is its best friend, as time and air would be too long for this one. Funny enough, the perfume seems to be dominant in the first half-hour, it's like floral perfume, with scents of daffodil and lavender.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Floral notes are profound, carried with dried hay, soft musky peat, and toasted brown bread. Wait a while and don't stick your nose in it, that's where the fire starts and jitters up the nose. Hot green Sichuan peppercorn, lapsang souchong tea, salted paprika, blood orange, lime peel, cumin seeds.
    • Taste
      97 97
      Melted cream cheese, creme brulee, nutmeg cake, hazelnut chocolate of 40 - 60 % darkness. Water brings out orange, ripen, and heavy citrus. It's a bomb of fruit notes - orange again, pear, cantaloupe, candied ginger, onion cooked in butter and drizzled with seawater.

      Malted sweetness prevails, where chocolate, sweet caramel, reduced brown sugar, toasted pecans, chocolate chip cookies, and all thing sweet, thick, and dense; Like molasses or treacle but with the added complexity. Sherry does not show up like other sherried whiskies but rather creeps up in the form of more complex notes.

      Rich earth notes are evident too, mostly towards the back hitting on the finish. It's like drinking sparkling water from a heavily mineralized water source, both dry and gritty.
    • Finish
      95 95
      Spicy of course, warm peat, sweet chocolate, licorice, black bread, cardamom seeds, ash, dried persimmons, roasted lamb chops with rosemary. Sulfur is good here, could do more but it might kill off the sweet lighter notes.

  20. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Candied fruits, toffee, iodine, stewed plums, orange, great sherry and peat integration but the slight leather notes prevent me from rating it higher.

  21. riekio scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Quite a large rubbery note, both on the nose and palate for me. Holding it to 90 and curious why no one else really mentions this, maybe my sample was near the end of the bottle or something

  22. checkpointrk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  23. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a sample

    With water:
    Significantly sweeter on the nose, now with a little tea, creamier and more sherry-accentuated in the mouth, slightly more white pepper in the finish.

    A great and intense malt, whose potential with water I can only guess at the moment
    • Nose
      93 93
      Campfire smoke, black pepper, cooling alcohol, sherry, old rotten wood, slightly sour
    • Taste
      94 94
      heavy, at first sweet start, with apricot and cherry, salt and a lot of pepper
    • Finish
      93 93
      metallic, cute, seaweed

  24. prz22 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I am Happy to finally make my own opinion about this famous bottling. And it is indeed interesting to discuss about!!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense, sherry with peat, sea, salt and fruits as expected but similiar to many others and not as good as e.g. some old ardbegs.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Was a little bit too punchy but few drops of water is a good choice here.

      Very intense sherry bomb with easy to recognize talisker smoke and sea breeze. Very exciting!!
    • Finish
      97 97
      Absolutely amazing!!! What a power with maintaining all layers and flavours. Punchy, spucy, very long, intense, perfect!!!

  25. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Powerful and elegant Shirley, cherries, cherries, lemon, acidity make it still very vibrant. It's still rich outside of Shirley, minerals, earth, spices, toasted oak bars, chocolate syrup. The expressiveness is a bit lost (but it may be a problem with the body condition), the balance is perfect, and the aromas come and go. I added three drops of water to 15ml of wine, which released more fruit, orange, plum, and anger. It's a pity that I can't find too many Taliskers.

    Drink: The taste is very special, it is sticky and oily, and then the taste molecules spread out in the mouth. The aroma of sauce, chocolate, fresh sherry, the end rhyme is very long, cherries, sour strawberries, mulberries, puree, and continue to make you salivate.

    Overall: The smell of this berry fruit reminds me of Longmorn in 1965, but it is more complex, more exciting, and more showy. After drinking 60's Clynelish and 50's Highlang park, I still want to say that, this special taste can be described as amazing. It's like acting in your mouth. Very good experience, I still hope to drink this bottle in a better condition.

  26. Nightgrap scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    With the best I had in my glass.
    Super round in taste. Nice pepper with a great integrated sherry.
    Try it on an epic evening!

  27. MichRich scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Perfection of a Talisker...Simply amazingly intense, heavily sherried Talisker that obviously went into the cask at higher percentage of alcohol than the standard 63,5%. The sherry has integrated perfectly, and is so intense, it offers plenty of fruit entangled with the Talisker's smoke and coastal notes. One of the best whiskies out there. Perhaps different bottlings offer different things, but mine had no sulphur at all.

  28. daverdaz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I tried this whisky for the second time today. This time in a Talisker tasting with some older bottlings and directly in parallel with the Talisker 25y from 2001 (first edition).

    Both whiskys convince with their sherry intensity! You could almost think it was the same barrel, only that the 20y has more fruitiness here and the 25y has a little more wood and minimal spice due to its 5 years more.

    In any case, both whiskys are top quality and are a lot of fun!

  29. daverdaz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Today in the Talisker Vertical, there is plenty of food against the Talisker 25 - 2001.

    Both at an extremely high level!

    This 20y - 62% offers more fruity aromas, in the direction of blackberries and the 25y - 2001 is a sherry bomber with a little more wood and spice.

    We had at least 4cl each. We couldn't make out a winner. Both whiskys are on top level!

  30. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Best sherried Scotch whisky 1936 vintage onwards, 75 whiskies tasted.

    This whisky was 26th ,out of 75

    Whisky Heaven 96 points average.

    1) Glen Cawdor 1964/1983 43%Duthies for Samaroli 95/96/96 - 96

    Gold Medal Drams 95 Points average

    2) Caperdonich 1966 32 year cask 134 53.1% Signatory 95/95/95 - 95
    3) Glen Avon 1974 sherry cask 59.9% G&M 94/95/95 - 95
    4) Inchgower 1975 25 year 49.7% cask 9176 Kingsbury 94/95/95 - 95
    5) Strathisla 1967/1986 57% Duthies for Samaroli 94/95/95- 95
    6) Glengoyne 1972 40 year 55.5% Mos 1244 Diamonds 96/95/94 - 95
    7) Inchgower 1965 39 year cask 5423 48.1% Jack Wiebers 95/94/95 – 95
    *8) Macallan 1952 15 year 80 proof Rinaldi Import* 85/96/94 – 92
    But 95 for palate & finish average.
    The Macallan 1952 probably would have come 2nd if the nose had scored similar to the palate and finish, it would be unfair to push it any further down the pecking order and it was, along with the Glen Cawdor 1964 the only whisky I gave a 96p for the palate. It is where it is because the nose let it down and had a burnt off note I did not like but the taste was lovely.

    Silver Medal Drams 94 Points average

    9) Tobermory 1972 23 year 50% MI De Viris Illlustribus 94/95/94 - 94
    10) Glenfarclas 105 40 year 60%OB 94/95/94 – 94
    11) Glen Mhor 30 year Bar Metro 60.1% 94/95/94 – 94
    12) Dallas Dhu 1982 24 year cask 3739 OB 93/95/94 - 94
    13) Springbank 35 year 46% Millenium OB 93/95/94 - 94
    14) Macallan 1939 70 proof GM OB 93/95/94 - 94
    15) Glenglassaugh 1972 38 year cask 2891 59.1% ob 94/94/95 - 94 19247
    16) Tobermory 1972 OB purple label 32 year 49.5% 94/95/93 – 94
    17) Longmorn 1968 SMWS 7.27 53.8% 93/94/95 - 94
    18) Aberfeldy 19yr manager’s dram 1991 61.3% 94/94/94 - 94
    19) Balblair 1966 38 year 44% ob 94/94/94 - 94
    20) Speyburn 1975 cask 3413 55.4%OB 94/94/94 - 94 41085
    21) Glen Avon 15 year 57% Avonside whisky 93/94/94 – 94
    22) Glen Grant 1964 50 year cask 4462 gm 93/94/94 - 94
    23) Glenlossie 1972 17 year 57.7% Sestante 93/94/94 – 94
    24) Tamnavulin 35 year Forrester cask 3087 52.6% OB 93/94/94 - 94
    25) Blair Athol 21 year moon import the cars 93/94/94 - 94
    *26) Talisker 1981 20 year 62% 93/94/94 - 94
    27 )Longmorn 1972 33 year laird bottling 43.7% 93/94/94 -94
    28) Mortlach 14 year 57% sestante 95/93/94 - 94

    Bronze Medal Drams 93 Points average

    29) Balmenach 14 year 1971 57.5% ob sestante 93/94/93 - 93
    30) Glenugie 1967 59.5% sherry wood Sestante 92/94/93 - 93
    31) Talisker 1957 57% GM black label 92/93/94 - 93
    32) Glenfarclas 21 year unblended 51.5% Edward Giaccone 93/94/92 – 93
    33) Jura 1966 30 year 51.6% cask 1868 Signatory 92/93/94 - 93
    34) springbank 1966 58.1% cask 443 LB 95/93/92 - 93
    35) Highland Park 1973 34 year OB cask 6384 46.5% 92/93/93 - 93
    36) Tamdhu 1962 44 year 43% GM 92/93/93 - 93
    37) Millburn 1967 34 year omc 50% 93/92/94 - 93
    38) Laphroaig 1998 20 year cask 700296 54.6 WM 94/92/93 93
    39) Glenrothes 1947 28 year 43% ferrarato OB 94/93/91- 93
    40) Strathisla 1963 48 year 51.8% cask 576 GM 94/92/92 – 93

    92 points average

    41) Talisker 1955 50 year Secret Stills GM 91/93/92 - 92
    42) Bunna 1968 34 year 43.5% OB 93/93/91 – 92
    43) Glengoyne 1969/98 cask 3525 51.6% OB 93/93/91 - 92
    44) Glenlochy 1965 32 year cask 1528 47.9% 92/92/93 - 92
    45) Tomintoul 1966 44 year cask 5261 49.1% JW 93/92/92 - 92
    46) Caperdonich 1972 39 year cask 52.8% TWA 91/92/93 - 92
    47) Pride of Strathspey 1939 43 year gm (Macallan) 95/92/90 - 92
    48) Macallan 1958/59 25 year Anniversary OB 94/92/91 - 92
    49) Glenlossie 1938 43 years 40% GM 93/92/91 - 92
    50) Glenrothes 1966 36 year 51.8% cask 1438 OB 94/91/91 – 92
    51) Avonside 1938 39 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 94/92/90 - 92

    91 points average

    52) Miltonduff 1966 22 year Pluscarden Valley 58.4% 88/93/93 - 91
    53) Avonside 1938 33 year 43% (Glenlivet) GM 89/93/92 - 91
    54) Glendronach 1972 cask 706 43 year 51.1% 90/92/92 – 91
    55) Glenfarclas 1964 40 year NC 1578 Recheirich 91/92/91 - 91
    56) Strathisla Decanter, Milton Distillery, William Longmire 90/92/91 - 91
    (Very rare whisky, early 1950`s peated Strathisla)
    57) Longmorn 1972 37 year 51.3% TWA 92/91/91 -91
    58) Highland Park 1960 dumpy 17 year 43% OB Ferraretto 92/91/90 - 91
    59) Glenrothes 1972 29 year Restricted Release 43% OB 90/91/91 - 91
    60) Aberlour 1964 25 year 43% OB 93/90/91 – 91
    61) Bowmore 1956 43% OB, pure islay malt seagull label 94/90/88 – 91
    62) Macphail’s 1938 Dram Taker’s 40% GM 92/92/89 – 91
    63) Bowmore 1970 34 year cask 4689 56.6% 92/91/89 – 91

    90 points average

    64) Old Speyside 1966 40 year 45.6% Taste Still 87/92/91 - 90
    65) Strathisla 1937 37 year 40% 70 proof GM 90/91/89 – 90
    66) Highland Park dumpy 19 year 43% OB Ferraretto Imp 91/90/89 – 90
    67) Benriach 1984 28 year 50.2% cask 1050 OB 89/89/91 - 90

    89 points average & under

    68) Auchentoshan 1970 21 year 43% ob, sherry 93/87/88 - 89
    69) Longmorn 1972 39 year 45% LMDW 93/88/87 - 89
    70) Macallan 1962 25 year anniversary OB 43% 89/88/88 - 88
    71) Glen Grant 1936 decanter 50 year gm 85/89/88 - 87
    72) Ben Nevis 1967 41 year, cask 1281 49.4% 87/85/91 – 87
    73) Glen Grant 1953 58 year 47.9% GM 85/83/82 – 83
    74) Glenlossie 1975 44 year cask 2907 GM 86/65/70 – 73

    Tried right at the end Bonus Dram Daftmill cask 029/2009 sherry 61.1%
    91-92 points average

  31. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    re taste for a h2h after i scored the Glen Avon 1974 95 points wb id 67413.
    Yeah i am still happy with a 93-94 score which is with water but i will settle on 94 as the Glen Avon was a touch better.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  32. Luigisim scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Perfect mix of sherry and robust dram
    • Nose
      92 92
      Perfect mix of sweet wood and robust salty dram
    • Taste
      93 93
      Open barbecue, with salt and smoke. And BBQ sauce at finish on top. Delicious
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very long, with persistent sweetness

  33. TsiAI scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Eyes: Golden Scent Nose: Condensed and slender smoke, some shoe polish and leather goods, then cream, then mixed banana mash, durian crisp, pineapple sauce, and some incense at the end, smelling Not unrestrained, with some oxidized grease.
    Taste Palate: high saltiness, slightly sweet, no acid. Powerful smoky, active yellow fruits (jackfruit, pineapple), buttery wood strips, the bitterness of grapefruit, some salt and smoked bacon at the end.
    Final rhyme Finish: long, slightly salty, slightly smoked, black tea soup, light pineapple cake, fresh milk mousse Body: heavy and full of fat, strong and smooth, no tannins

    Nose: 89/100
    Palate: 90/100
    Finish: 92/100
    Body: 95/100
    Overall: 91.5/100, the wine is strong, but the burning sensation is not strong, like a mouthful of grape seed oil.

  34. ded scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior


  35. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  36. Anael_CH scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    The best Talisker and the best whisky I've ever had in a glass

  37. greg_0277 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Excellent. A good little slap, however, not at the level of my best tastings, at least in the style of what I prefer because it must be admitted that it is terribly well done.
    On the nose, everything is melted to perfection. Peat, spices, dried fruits. The 62 ° are not felt.
    On the palate, the alcohol is perfectly integrated, the peat takes over slightly (but I have become quite sensitive to it) at the start before giving way to the sweet spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) and dried fruits.
    The ash accompanies us throughout and is what predominates in the finish. he is incredibly long

  38. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Rich phenolic sherry, very creamy and buttery, huge smoke, classic peppery smoke of Talisker, a tad oaky, some paint, roasted nuts, dried fruits, salted caramel. Rather dirty and complex, some sulfur but not a big deal.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Rich and sulphurous, huge smoke, salty and minty sherry, full-bodied, sour and refreshing, leather, plums, alcohol is not too hot, but 62% is not a joke.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, huge smoke, dry sherry, a lot of dried fruits, Turkish delights.

  39. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The 89P are meant quite well for the sulfur grades, I'm rather insensitive anyway, I am a mystery to the ratings with so many participants here, sometimes you even read sulfur in the notes? In the mouth it makes up for some.
    • Nose
      Surprisingly a lot of sulfur at first and not much of it goes away, chestnut, lavender, nut oil, liquorice, damp oak, coffee beans slightly tarnished, fresh leather, anise, pumpernickel, plums
    • Taste
      Plums, bitter orange and some old cherries, matches, coffee, liquorice, bitter chocolate, cherries with pips, moist earth and wet autumn leaves, the percentages are really great, you have to say, he has power but is not fiery
    • Finish
      Roasted malt, chestnut, potting soil, medium length, a hint of salt and black pepper

  40. nallacam scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    One of the most complex whiskys I've ever had in a glass.
    It should be particularly emphasized that the spectrum of flavors is equally varied and powerful in all areas (nose / mouth / finish).
    62% are of course an announcement, but are also necessary to bring this cargo of flavors over.

  41. Teresa scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  42. penumbra scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Shirley, black, coffee, candle, shoe polish, leather, cherry, plum, dill, raisin, bayberry, mango, papaya, orange petals, cream, white chocolate, baked cereal, vanilla, fig, honey, essence, wooden board , pepper, peat, salt, chimney.
    • Taste
      Shirley, espresso, toffee, licorice, Chinese medicine, raisins, fruit, apricots, cask, dried ginger, cereals, bread, pepper, peat, salt.
    • Finish
      Long, bitter, sweet, ash, malt, herbs, pepper.

  43. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Nose: A wonderful sherry nose! Bomb!
    Leather, sea pebbles, prunes, strong tea.
    Taste: oh-th-th ... The fortress gives its own, but it is excellent! Enveloping, warm, telny. Raisins, dried plums, balsamic vinegar, anesthesia.
    Aftertaste: very long, It will take a long time to pick out the teeth.

  44. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Trying this at about 50% and comparing it to the 45% 1955 50 year Secret Stills G&M it is difficult to pick a winner.
    The Secret Stills is more succulent, and full bodied yet compared to this it is more one dimensional, probably because the 1981 has the peat/pepper/sherry combo in perfect harmony but both are outstanding malts in their own right of course.
    So difficult what is better the vivacity of the 1981 or the elegance of the 1955, I cannot decide so this is down one point to 94 and I was going to award the Secret Stills equal but as there is no distinguishable Talsiker note, 93 is fair.

  45. jjkmlss scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Too sulphury and too medical to my liking, sorry guys

  46. Simo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  47. theoneandonly scored this whisky 99 points Newbie

    Simply one of the best Whiskies available!

  48. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    22 23 23 23 91

    unmatched sherry release, very good, but Talisker is not only the sherry, which is here the most ....

  49. toklian scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    N22 P23 F23 B23

  50. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Sherry Talisker, there is a lot of sherry, the base is quite tightly packed with a barrel, but in development it still makes way for itself, and it is very dense and rich, deep, interesting.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, old furniture, a box for cigars, pipe tobacco, leather goods, nuts, cocoa, milk chocolate, dried fruit, creamy notes, light earthy tones, foliage in the herbarium.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, spicy wood, burnt rusks, prunes, sweet pastry notes, burnt jam.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, caramel, dark beer, burnt crackers and jams, prunes, mineral notes, pepper and lemon peel make their way through the development.

  51. Thorleifs scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    One heck of a Talisker, and whisky for that matter.
    Full on nose, sherry, fruits, damp wood, very subtle peat and some struck matches. No off notes what so ever just that hint of matches that complement the whisky in a good way. Salty edge to it, not overly complex but very very nice!

    Pallet is an explosion, drying in the mouth because of the alcohol blast. But you still taste the sherry, the peat and all the rest of the goodies altho the peat is very subtle here also. Very thick and oily, like cream almost. Makes any other whisky you taste after it feel watery and thin. This is how a whisky should feel. Maybe a tad bitter in the end but still all good.
    No typical Talisker pepper for me, quite smooth in feel and a little to drinkable. Dangerously drinkable at 62% abv.

    Finish is one of the longest out there. Goes on and on and on.....and on and...
    5 minutes later, yupp, still there!

    Is it worth 1400-1900€?
    Not in a million years, prices today are insane.
    Is it one of the best whiskies on the planet?
    In my mind, yes, without a doubt.
    Bravo Talisker!!

  52. ChrisE scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  53. Mr. D. scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  54. Andytka3 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    N- Lovely red hue. Complex with a lot going on, initial impression of sulphury, husky baked malt, cereal cookie and ashy with mineral, then toasted wheat bread with dried fruit raisins jam, underlay with perfum-y nail polish. Evolved effortlessly to minted butter, lightly soaked brandied raisin, whiff of leather. Prominent minty notes probably only sign of the high strength here, gracefully soft despite at 62%. Fresh ginger bread with salts emerged with hint of oxidized sherry.

    P- Bold and masculine, firm coat of waxy boiled dried fruit with restrained sweetness, lush of ashy charred wood on the retro-hale.

    F- Long, delicious, togarashi mix with lasting ashed umami spiciness.  Would be perfect if with a pinch of bitter-ish sea-salt...
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  55. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 1667 sold empty at ebay.

  56. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 3660 sold empty at ebay.

  57. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2018]  After a series of old and expensive whiskies that were rather disgusting (either soapy/perfumy or spoiled by sulphur) I really need an excellent dram tonight.  So I selected this one and I think the chance of being disappointed here is close to zero.  I bought bottle no. 3995 for 107 Euro in November, 2002 (hence the price score).

    The colour is russetmuscat and the texture shows a great oiliness of many small tears that stick to the top of the glass and consolidate to a fat sticky ring that does not move at all.  Very late some bigger tears appear that do not build legs.  This promises an excellent mouthfeel and very long finish!  The nose is quite impressive on a fine spicy-herbal sherry profile with dozens of different aromas in a firm, appropriate wooden setting.  Despite the 62% abv it is not punchy at all.  The dram arrives hot on the palate (remember: 62% abv) and it immediately covers the whole of the mouth with a warming feeling, simply excellent.  One of the best mouthfeels I had for a long time and not a single minor distracting moment (like bitter, drying or adstringent notes).  The taste is multi-layered around this superb sherry profile with all the sherry-induced flavours one can dream of.  It is supplemented by a delicious spicy wooden framework and a couple of sweet barley sugars (different ones, I swear!).  Again not a single flaw that I can find.  The finish is very long and spicier than the taste with some minor bitter notes (tannins) at the very end that are rather welcomed (as a counterpart to the sweet sherry flavours) than distracting.  Some water releases even more aromas in the nose and it turns the taste and finish sweeter.  But be careful not to add too much water as the dram flattens quickly below around 48% abv.  Actually I like it best when reduced to about 50% abv.

    As expected, the chance of being disappointed by this dram is not close to but it is zero!  Another proof that most probably the best age for single malt whiskies is around 20 years (there are exceptions above and below, of course...)!  
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  58. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    After last nights Port Ellen peat fest I thought I would continue the theme with some peated sherry monsters as follows in a mini H2H with some saved samples.
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/5622/brora-1972-dl-brorageddon 93.93p

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/15343/caol-ila-15-year-old 93.98p
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/1215/talisker-20-year-old-1981 93.84p
    Talisker 1981 20 year - 95 points
    Caol Ila 15 year Mangers dram sherry - 94.5 points
    Brorageddon 94 points (perhaps 93.5 is about right)
    Basically they at all excellent.
    See https://www.whiskybase.com/contribute/group/73/topic/16768/the-head-to-head-whisky-thread-for-tastings-h2h?page=3

  59. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I opened this bottle on a very special day for me because someone said "Miss this and your life will be incomplete". At 62%, it definitely stings the nostrils. Not very subtle. Very peppery, very meaty, very syrupy, very powerful, and of course quite peaty. Lots of cherry cough drops. Some sulfur but no where close to egregious. Finish is very long. This is a brutally powerful whisky that attacks all the senses. 92-93 points.

    My first born baby girl was born that day. Memories.

  60. Owidram scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Perfect Peaty sherry combo. Alcohol is integrated so well.

    Damn good. White pepper. Meat. A lot of peat.

    Very long and clean finish. A bit of sulfur yet not disturbing. Oranges too. Salted, maritime.

    Excellent, magical dram.

  61. Rom scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Beeswax nose, encaustic, light black pepper, pineapple. The alcohol is perfectly integrated, the smoke of fire of wood (chimney), the precious wood and the orange. In the mouth the alcohol is incredibly integrated, it is difficult to believe that it is 62 °. The attack is sweet, Talisker pepper is present without being nag, always orange, a veil of turpentine. What is especially striking is its extreme drinkability. In the end, the pepper disappears and the smoke settles in its place without violence, with this orange always in the background. A very delicate dram, a very beautiful expression of the distillery, a real crush.

  62. sagara-kun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I am not usually a fan of Talisker. Here, I must admit that it is very successful, even if I find the nose a little behind the mouth or the final.
    • Nose
      A nose of peaty sherry. Many red fruits, but also a good dose of medicinal. A light veil of smoke. I am quite surprised not to find any iodine at all.
      The nose is very slightly sulfur, (much less than the opening of the bottle, I will be told).
    • Taste
      A truly superb aromatic concentration. A delight on fruit, jam and sherry. Alcohol perfectly integrated, impossible to feel the 62%.
    • Finish
      It ends with a fruity and greedy finish, on red fruits, especially strawberry, as well as sweet candy.

  63. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  64. dram-drinker scored this whisky 95 points Photo Moderator

    Very interesting experience - of course much different than the common Talisker profile. Heavy sherry wood, balanced sweetness, nice fruitiness. Great!
    • Nose
      Fresh, rich, complex, smoky, leathery, woody, little sweetness, tropical fruits, ripe bananas, mango
    • Taste
      Punchy, powerful, peppery, heavy oak wood, nice sweetness, citrus fruits, little smoky and leathery

      With water much smoother but still surprisingly powerful
    • Finish
      Long and burning, balanced woody notes with some sweetness, zesty, a tad bitter in the end

  65. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=183 Color: Full gold / old gold
    Nose: Pepper, pepper and more pepper - dull, highly explosive aromas carried by black powder, fuse, smoky leather, honey-rich cereal with fruity, over-ripe yellow mirabelle plums and leather in all possible variations. But there are also aromas of tropical fruits such as mango, papaya and sweet golden kiwi in the nose.
    Taste: Tingling, full power on the tongue! Season until it stops - a heavy load of salt combined with tons of black pepper. In addition a lot of sherry and delicately emerging oak with elegantly integrated, tart herbs. Madness!
    Finish: Very long with a combination of nose and taste: wood, herbs, sherry, orange peel, leather, fuse, black powder and again the oversized peppery spice that seems to stick to the palate.
    94 points (nose: 93 / taste: 95 / finish: 93)

  66. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    When it came out pricewise, this was a bargain.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      94 94

  67. Helgo scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Would be the best Whisky (Talisker No.44) ever, if the Price wouldn´t be that high. 

    Maybe it depend on each other;-)

    Fantastic Nose, great Body, best Finish of all tasted Whiskys so far.

    This is one of the most sophisticated Whiskys I ever tasted. 

    Great Job, Talisker!

    Talisker No.44
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      97 97

  68. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur


    The nose softens considerably, the palate opens up and is much softer now on coffee, bitter chocolate, leather & tobaccoa. It is also fruity,including a little orange.

    Taking this down to around 50% and that is where I found it to be most enjoyable on coffee, chocolate, still stewed prunes and figs. Lovely with the right amount of water.

    I had heard alot about this Talisker and the hype surrounding it. Jim Murray says " miss this and your life will be incomplete". I would not go that far but it is an excellent whisky.

    I am not a sherry head and found it best with water added and I have to say it was hard to fault. The palate neat is an experience that I have not had for a long time. It was a sort of "bloody hell, god almighty moment" as if a whisky grenade had been thrown into my mouth, "kappow".
    The nose is fantastic, one of the best.
    • Nose
      Nose - Prunes, black cherries. stewed plums, rhubarb, coffe, chocolate, show polish, black forrest gateaux. A fantastic nose.
    • Taste
       Massive alcohol attack at 62%, explodes on the palate and makes you sit up and take notice. It is also creamy with chocolate and sherry.
    • Finish
      Silky smooth.

  69. barryfox915 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: Old gold-amber
    Nose: Some shoe polish, old peat, seaweed and spiciness (pepper). Needs time
    to open, but then the Talisker character comes through and gives the you the
    impression of having sea water drops in your nose. Diluted, it leaves the
    impression of being on the seashore in a stormy day, with some bonfire nearby.
    Taste: Juicy (orange, tangerine), then the tastebuds are anesthetized by an
    explosion of salt and spiciness (black pepper) and sweet fruits. The finish is
    long to very long, on round peat, leather. It is creamy, nice and complex.

    General Impression: An excellent and pungent Talisker with a lot of
    personality. Getting difficult to find and won the Non-Plus-Ultra (Overall top
    scoring whisky) Maltmaniacs award in 2003.




  70. SteveW110 scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Of nearly 1000 malts tasted, the mMn is the best so far!
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      98 98
    • Finish
      98 98

  71. Akoo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very powerful Peaty Sherry, but not super complex. For sure, we take a mouthful. But, the addition of water betrays him! This 62% gives it the power needed to stand out, and they are needed! Without that, it becomes really consensual. I ask to taste other Talisker bottled to this degree. Nevertheless, it is an excellent traffic jam, which will become, or is already mythical elsewhere. It's rich, very well balanced, very well integrated. The Sherry did not eat the distillate.
    • Nose
      At the first nose, a lot of sulfur! It's gaseous limit. It smells of methane. Pepper, of course, as in most Taliskers, but sparingly. It's also salty, just right. Nice seasoning. Notes of leather, saddle of horse, with its animal side. Sulfur takes up a lot of space. Maybe a little too much. Fruit level: raisins, prunes, dates, cherries.
    • Taste
      A lot of Sherry. It's very hot. Pepper, chilli. It's hot ! (always :) ). Alcohol is perfectly integrated! Like on the nose, we find, with the sugar in addition, the dates, the prunes, the orange. A marine freshness, saline. Camphor, Eucalyptus. Water, brings out some notes of coffee, chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long, with the aromas of leather, inevitably, pepper, salt. It is long and a certain freshness emerges from the whole. Eucalyptus

  72. stf_92 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    What to say ... it's great, grandiose. And to say that I appreciate only moderately sherry! Alcohol perfectly integrated, harmony between the sea side and sherry.
    A perfect balance. Sad to finish my sample, happy to have been able to taste that!

  73. zby0001 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      96 96

  74. ASWhisky scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    from the nose to the finish
    come and go the flavors
    mix arbitrarily
    and excite in every mating This whisky reinvents itself with every sip

    95 out of 100 points
    yes! I'm in heaven ..wow

    1.Nase, 1. Mouth, 1. Reminder
    • Nose
      You want it fiery
      You like gentle waves
      tame wildness
      there flowing warm water
      milky creamy chocolate
      in smoky maritime environment
      soft cherries without stones
      in warm salt water
      Bites like hot pepper
      which sharpen your senses
      sweet dark tea with delicate bitterness
      spoiling your palate with depth
      splashing oranges meat
      refreshing and stimulating
      then you should drink it now
    • Taste
      milk chocolate
      soft cherries
      sweet tea sud
      Melt on your tongue to a chillicatch
      a chillicatch with fruity cherries
      Oranges and smoky chocolate
    • Finish
      like a fiery Spicy Asiatee from old wooden cups
      malt sweetness
      fresh firm apple meat and chocolate malt sweetness without finish

  75. whioli scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  76. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    93/100 given by Serge of whiskyfun.com

  77. Dede scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    State of the art peaty/sherry, la touche Talisker en prime.
    • Nose
      Puissant et expressif, très marin, iodé et tourbé/fumé, bien marqué par
      le poivre, mais aussi par le sherry, avec des notes de cuir, beaucoup de
      cuir, du chocolat au lait, du café, un peu de cerises à l'alcool aussi,
      ainsi qu'une touche acidulée évoquant des agrumes (orange sanguine,
      mandarine). Belle bête, alliant puissance aromatique et complexité.
    • Taste
      Premier constat : les 62 % sont
      remarquablement bien intégrés. Je n'irais pas jusqu'à dire que l'on ne
      sent pas l'alcool, mais il n'est aucunement agressif et structure
      remarquablement l'ensemble. La tourbe est là mais n'écrase pas autres
      saveurs portées par le sherry, champignons noirs, cacao amer, mandarine,
      relevés par un poivre savamment dosé et une vague saline qui vous
      tapisse le palais.
    • Finish
      Encore plus longue que le pont du Clémenceau ! Le sel persiste sur le
      palais tandis qu'en arrière-plan tourbe, poivre et sherry vous
      chatouillent encore les papilles de leur savoureuse alliance, soutenus
      par l'amertume terreuse de la gentiane.

  78. Feusi scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Power in the nose and power on the palate, all what you loves at Talisker is united here. Jim Murray says: Miss this and your life will be incomplete, i agree.

  79. Feusi scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Power in the nose and power on the palate, all what you loves at Talisker is united here. Jim Murray says: Miss this and your life will be incomplete, i agree.

  80. Melvin scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    Legendary whisky!
    Jim Murray wrote in his whisky bible: "I have been tasting Talisker for 28 Years. This is the best bottling ever. Miss this and your life will be incomplete"
    • Nose
      Best sherry, smoke, peat, vanilla, red fruits
    • Taste
      High-powered incendiary bomb, pepper, sweet sherry, pleasant oak
    • Finish
      Very long and most enjoyable

  81. corbuso scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This is the famous 100% (?) sherry matured Talisker, with the peat, the pepper and the sherry well married together. A most satisfying Talisker. A pleasure to drink.


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