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Talisker 20-year-old 1982

Overall rating
90.62/100
votes
371
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1982
Bottled
2003
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Refill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
12000
Strength
58.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281017563
Added on
11 Jul 2007 8:44 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 814,98

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 20-year-old 1982

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.62 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017] Does age matter? Surely if we talk about underaged (immature) whisky that is so often sold these days as the warehouses are empty of older stuff. But does a longer maturation really improve a dram further even after it got adult? Not so sure, so I do this head-to-head of three great Talisker - aged 20-years (vintage 1982, WB id 122), 25-years (bottled 2006, WB id 123) and 35-years (vintage 1977, WB id 35066), all original bottlings by Diageo.

    And the result is quite interesting: Overall I like the youngest 20-years old Talisker best closely followed by the 35-years old and with somewhat distance the 25-years old. So coming back to my initial question: Older does not necessarily mean better like this set of high quality Talisker proved. Nevertheless all three are really great drams...
    • Nose
      90 90
      Colour is irrelevant as Diageo usually uses caramel to fix it - but for the records: The 20y is at old gold, the 25y is at old gold and the 35y is one shade paler at jonquiripe corn. The texture of the 20y shows a fat sticky ring at the top of the glass that very, very slowly transforms into fat sticky tears and extremely slow legs (great oiliness!), the 25y shows many small sticky tears first that slowly consolidate and form slow legs (another good oiliness) and the 35y shows early bigger tears and slightly faster legs as well as late fat sticky tears (not too bad either). The nose of the 20y offers a complex profile of grassy, herbal, spicy and slightly peaty aromas with hints of salt all nicely balanced. The 25y has a comparable profile with stronger herbal and less peaty aromas and is a little unbalanced compared to the 20y. The nosing profile of the 35y is again grassy-herbal and is much stronger than the other two with no peaty aromas at all (but again hints of salt and other spices). I like the 20y best followed by the 35y and the 25y.
    • Taste
      91 91
      A truly multi-layered barley-sweet, peaty and herbal flavours profile is unveiled by the 20y that later adds spices, salt and hints of ripe fruits to the party, really delicious. The 25y shows more wooden and less peaty flavours than the 20y and no salt at all. The 35y owns a more complex flavours profile on the palate (of course) with sugary, herbal, spicy and hints of peaty aromas. It is nicely layered and one to investigate for hours (if you have enough time and whisky). On this dimension I prefer the 35y over the 20y followed by the 25y. Some water opens the nose of the 20y very nicely and adds significant more (sweeter) aromas, I like it that way better. But do not add too much as the dram turns flat quite quickly. The reduced 25y gets smoother both in the nose and on the palate but does not add many new aromas, again I like it better a little reduced. Adding some water reveils more aromas with the 35y both in the nose and on the palate (especially some delicious peaty flavours).
    • Finish
      93 93
      The 20y instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a nice warming feeling and just minor peppery moments (despite 58,8% abv) - the great texture kept its promise. The 25y arrives less coating and somewhat hotter on the palate (56,9% abv) with no bitter or astringent moments either. The mouthfeel of the 35y is again less coating than the 20y and slightly bitter (tannins, no wonder after 35 years in the cask). The 20y owns a very long finish (what else, given the great texture) that sticks to the palate even minutes after I swallowed the dram. It nicely vanishes in waves and has no bitter nor drying nor astringent moments, just great! The finish of the 25y is significantly shorter with more sweeter and less herbal flavours than the taste and again no distracting feelings. The 35y has a longer finish than the 25y but shorter than the 20y that vanishes in waves again but shows some minor bitter wooden notes (that are not unpleasant at all). It adds some sweeter flavours too that are very welcomed.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    a pretty underrated whisky
    probably in the shadow of his brother of the 81er I have already drunk it many times
    the bottle is now open for a while
    and today I'm tasting it
    then of course he gets more time
    but I feel it has done well to "ripen" in the opened bottle
    a great mouth, a great finish
    Ranking: 1st mouth and finish, 2nd nose
    yes, I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      smoky sweet
      rather medically iodine-containing smoke
      very fruity sweetness
      salty
      in the background mud and herbs
      shamrocks
    • Taste
      in the beginning a lot of chocolate with fruit
      Smoke on the palate
      You feel like the smoke is spreading intensively in your mouth
      Your mouth will be fruity and warm
      on your palate you can taste delicate milk chocolate
      Clover Sweet
      like a loving warm kiss
      seductively sweet he fulfills your mouth
      You feel his age and appreciate him in his mid-thirties
      he would smile if he could
    • Finish
      long
      Barrel and fruit
      the smoke is still deep in your throat
      Chocolate is coming
      tobacco Sweet
      the notes come and go
      a nice finish

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A truly grand whisky! Tasted with current Talisker 10yo (87 pts.) and Caol Ila 30yo 1984 DL cask 10428 (91).

    Thanks to WB user GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      A great whisky moment: nosing the current 10yo, then turning to this one to find a very similar profile, but with all the aromas deeper and more vivid. Pool water, oak softened by age, sea salt, tar and white pepper. Taffy or caramel. With water it becomes just about perfect, and gives out some hints of bourbon.
    • Taste
      Neat it's too sharp for me, but despite the alcohol cutting into my tongue, the body already feels perfect: Full - luxuriously so - and rich with a strong peaty backbone on which everything else rests. Perfect oak, pepperiness, turfy peat, and salmiak with a side of seawater. The peat is immense. It's a little harsh but it works very well, and is actually very impressive in its imposing, relentless attack. I get some flashbacks to various batches of Laphroaig 25, but I much prefer this Talisker to any of those.
    • Finish
      A long, sinking peat wave followed by tannins and wet plaster. Lasts a good while. Best not be in a hurry when trying this one.

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    An undeniable pastry chef, but does not come to spread peppery peat a bit brisk at first. Some fruits (plums?) Are trying to make their way. With the opening, we now have fruit in syrup. On the palate, peppered AND pastry but overall a little austere, even in the final, which is well spiced but a bit steep. Being patient, it is less austere and juicier in the mouth. With water, a slightly intriguing nose profile for a Talisker, mixing smoke and fresh fruit (including pear) a bit like Springbank. Some minerality. More and more delicate, almost floral. In the mouth: Thus "rid" of alcohol, we can finally enjoy a mature whisky. The structure in the mouth is fleshy and delicious! The spices are a little tamed. Even though! Hunt them and they come back at the next sip! Until the end.
    Enthusiasm 4/5 Whisky n ° 1410

  5. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  6. LeChiffre scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    What can you say to such a dreamlike old drop except - wow! A Talisker old school as it should be: complex, sweet-fruity and powerful maritime-spicy with a great smoky note. Just a dream. After the Talisker 30J (2017) the best Talisker I ever had in the glass.
    • Nose
      93 93
      salty maritime; Citrus flavors (lemon, orange); some apple; grassy hints; subtle smoke (campfire); complex and wonderfully round
    • Taste
      94 94
      oily mouthfeel; nice sweetness with citrus aromas (orange, lemon); candied fruit notes; ever-intensifying peppery spiciness; tingling mouthfeel; liquorice liquorice; subtle oak; mild smoke in the background
    • Finish
      92 92
      long; sweet and sour; salty maritime; peppery seasoning; some oak; slight smoky note

  7. pianoman scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Distant campfire. Juicy oranges and lemons. Apricot tart. Fragrant mint. Behind it almonds and marzipan. Exotic grasses. Moist sea salt. Very round.
    • Taste
      Oily, dense. Oranges, apricots, red peppercorns. White chocolate cream, almond slivers, candied lemon, blueberries. Some candle wax. Liquorice, a trace of smoky ashes.

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    For me it does not quite approach the similarly praised 25yo CS
    • Nose
      90 90
      sweet and salty, vanilla pudding, lemon mint, mint oil, dry firewood, chimney smoke, nutmeg, lemon dropper, stone powder, apple juice

      if you leave it in peace to make a bell in the glass show sawdust old pews, marzipan, cinnamon, figs, orange peel, orange oil, furniture polish and some wax, resin, green leaves - slightly acidic
    • Taste
      92 92
      old grated deadwood, wax, sugared lemon, nutmeg, salt, fumigated smoke, some licorice, orange, effervescent powder
    • Finish
      92 92
      meaty, sour, seaweed, wax

  9. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. KonstUA scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nose 23, taste 23, finish 23, balance 23

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