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Talisker 20-year-old 1982

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
20 years old
Refill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
58.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Jul 2007 8:00 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 525,31

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 20-year-old 1982

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.60 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 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 bottlings aged 20 years https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/122/talisker-20-year-old-1982, 25 years https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/123/talisker-25-year-old and 35 years https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/35066/talisker-35-year-old (all carefully selected original bottlings by Diageo).  

    Colour:  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 transform 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).

    Nose:  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 hence a little unbalanced compared to 20y.  The nosing profile of the 35y is again grassy-herbal that 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 most followed by the 35y and the 25y.

    Initial mouthfeel:  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 adstringent 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).  Again I like the 20y best followed by the 25y and the 35y this time.

    Taste:  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.

    Finish:  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 or adstringent 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.

    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 with some water added.  Adding some water reveils more aromas with the 35y both in the nose and on the palate (especially some delicious peaty flavours).

    This is an interesting result:  Overall I like the youngest 20-year old Talisker best closely followed by the 35-year old and with somewhat distance the 25-year old.  So coming back to my initial question:  Older does not necessarily mean better as this set of high quality Talisker proved.  Nevertheless all three are really great drams...
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  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
      in the background mud and herbs
    • 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
      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. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great dram, core expression of DNA of the distillery. Dense and intense, just a bit rough at mouth.
    • Nose
      Soft boiled egg with pepper on it.

      Dried tobacco leaves.
    • Taste
      Iodine. Quite intense smell of sea sniffed form a rock in front of it. 
    • Finish
      Long and dense with the salt accompanying you till the end.

  4. Holkers scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. Allandale scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Body: medium to full. Firm.
    • Nose
      Scorched earth. Harbour aromas. Seaweed.
    • Taste
      Distant thunder. Seems to rumble and reverberate as the volcanic heat builds ever so slowly. Hot,slightly sour, peppery. Very tightly combined flavours,reluctant to unfurl.
    • Finish
      Quite quick and sharp. A thunderflash.

  6. gango4 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    A Talisker at his best, he must be!
    • Nose
      Maritime notes on the nose, very light salt and a very pleasant smoke with an oily sweetness. Not peppery spicy. Subtle old oak note. Slight alcoholic tickling which completely disappears after diluting.
    • Taste
      In the mouth only spicy with the maritime flavors. The salt is presbyt but restrained. By diluting loses the peppery sharpness. Increasingly an oily character. A pleasure!
    • Finish
      Old sweet wet oak in the aftertaste. Intensive.

  7. waal scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Talisker 20 1982/2003, 58.8%, WID 122 Jackson's "thunder and lightning" #WagnerAlexTastingNotes Aroma: low smoke, malt, sweet, citrus, salt water, no stinging alcohol Taste: sweet and oily, noble, perfect, vanilla, pleasant spice, where are the nearly 60% ?, light wood, minimal smoke Finish: sea air, lovely !, slightly dry but still sweet, slightly dry Every sip a treat: 96/100

  8. 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 aromas deeper and more vivid. Poolwater, 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.

  9. kot1803 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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


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