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Talisker 20-year-old 1981

Overall rating
93.76/100
votes
353
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1981
Bottled
2002
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
62.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
08 Jan 2008 12:00 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2889,75

154 × in wishlist

353 × member ratings

382 × in collection

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1
Category Rating
Nose
23
Taste
24
Finish
23
Balance
23

Tastingtags

28 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
14 Feb 2018 7:05 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 93 points

[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...)!  

Weighted Rate
92.7
Nose
92
Initial taste
93
Body
94
Finish
92
Price
95
Presentation
90
There is no accounting for taste...
ASWhisky
Connoisseur ASWhisky Tasting note
09 Aug 2014 2:23 am
ASWhisky gave this whisky 95 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

Du willst es feurig
Du magst sanfte Wellen
gezähmte Wildheit
dahin fließendes warmes Wasser
milchig cremige Schokolade
in rauchig maritimer Umgebung
weiche Kirschen ohne Steine
in warmem Salzwasser
Bisse wie heißer Pfeffer
die Deine Sinne schärfen
süßen dunklen Tee mit zarter Bitterkeit
der Deinen Gaumen mit Tiefe verwöhnt
spritzendes Apfelsinenfleisch
erfrischend und anregend
dann solltest Du ihn jetzt trinken

Taste

Milchschokolade
weiche Kirschen
süßer Teesud
zerfließt auf Deiner Zunge zu einem Chillicatch
ein Chillicatch mit fruchtigen Kirschen
Apfelsinnen und rauchiger Schokolade

Finish

lang
wie ein feuriger Spicy Asiatee aus alten Holztassen
Lakritze
Schokolade
Malzsüße
Holz
Teesud
frisches festes Apfelsinnenfleisch & schokoladige Malzsüße ohne Ende

Comments

von der Nase bis zum Abgang
kommen und gehen die Aromen
mischen sich beliebig
und begeistern in jeder Paarung

dieser Whisky erfindet sich bei jedem Schluck neu 

95 von 100 Punkten
yes! I'm in heaven ..wow

Ranking:
1.Nase, 1. Mund, 1. Erinnerung

unforgettable whisky takes you on a journey, gives you new dreams, awakens your forgotten dreams, moves you out of time.....
jocmueller
Expert Senior jocmueller Note
23 Feb 2018 7:52 am

Bottle # 1667 sold empty at ebay.

jocmueller
Expert Senior jocmueller Note
22 Feb 2018 4:31 pm

Bottle # 3660 sold empty at ebay.

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
14 Jan 2018 8:39 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 95 points

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

Result

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

Dram Dracula
Expert Senior Dram Dracula Note
08 Aug 2017 2:30 am
Dram Dracula gave this whisky 93 points

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. 

Owidram
Expert Senior Owidram Note
30 Jul 2017 1:19 am
Owidram gave this whisky 95 points

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.

I love Islay
ctu
Connoisseur ctu Tasting note
18 Oct 2016 10:51 pm
ctu gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

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

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

Long, perfect woody flavors and ash remains in the end

Comments

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!

Rom
Expert Junior Rom Note
23 Sep 2016 7:39 pm
Rom gave this whisky 93 points
Nez cire d’abeille, encaustique, poivre noir léger, ananas. L’alcool est parfaitement intégré, de la fumée de feu de bois (cheminée), du bois précieux et de l’orange.
En bouche l’alcool est incroyablement intégré, il est difficile de croire qu’il fait 62°. L’attaque est sucrée, le poivre de Talisker est présent sans être bourrin, toujours de l’orange, un voile de térébenthine. Ce qui frappe surtout c’est son extrème buvabilité.
En finale le poivre s’évanouit et la fumée s’installe à sa place sans violence, avec toujours cette orange en arrière plan.
Un dram très délicat, une très belle expression de la distillerie, un vrai coup de cœur.
sagara-kun
Expert Senior sagara-kun Tasting note
18 Jul 2016 3:07 pm
sagara-kun gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

Un nez de peaty sherry. Beaucoup de fruits rouges, mais aussi une bonne dose de médicinal. Un léger voile de fumé.

Je suis assez étonné de ne pas y trouver d'iode du tout.
Le nez est très légèrement soufré, (bien moins qu'à l'ouverture de la bouteille, me dira-t-on).
Taste

Une concentration aromatique vraiment superbe. Un délice sur le fruit, la confiture et le sherry. Alcool parfaitement intégré, impossible de sentir les 62%.

Finish

On finit sur une finale fruitée et gourmande, sur les fruits rouges, surtout la fraise, ainsi que du bonbon sucré.

Comments

Je ne suis habituellement pas un adepte de Talisker. Ici, il faut avouer que c'est très réussi, même si je trouve le nez un peu en retrait par rapport à la bouche ou la finale.

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