Talisker 20-year-old 1982

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2003
Stated Age
20 years old
Refill Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
58.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Jul 2007 8:44 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 857.00

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 20-year-old 1982

67 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.59 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
      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. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Peat, vanilla, caramel a little burnt, dark chocolate, salt, mineral sensation, medicinal, a little malt, even hops! candied apples too.
    a little grassy, even farmer, but welcome caramelized and sweet with salt and a little peppery!
    The palate is warm, spicy, zan, terracotta, salt gives back with caramel a sensation a little pastry, or creamy (vanilla), the woody cooked, toasted, the spices more present, with a little leather, vanilla cream with exotic fruits cooked, a little caramelized, smoked peat goes well on the zan, on the pepper again which gives heat, the wood is there a little burned, almond a little bitter end of glass with salt
    The finish is hot, spicy, peppery, peaty, woody, chocolatey, coffee too, and camphor soot at this time.

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A truly grand whisky! Tasted with current Talisker 10yo (84 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.

  5. 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

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    With water it was basically the same but with less impact.

    I liked it and still reasonably priced at auctions (compared to other similar aged bottlings)
    • Nose
      Smells strong, nose tingling.

      I get pineapple, honeycomb (crunchie bars) and a little wood furniture polish.

      I am expecting this to be explosive on the palate.
    • Taste
      It is explosive at first but as your mouth gets used to it, it then gets quite creamy and sweet on marshmallow and candied fruits.
    • Finish
      Very long on candied pineapple.

  8. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Gregers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Interesting old bottling here, and simply a good dram.

    Review: https://youtu.be/C4v6CO7uoI0
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lemon turpentine, medicinal flavours, light smoke, seawater, brine, fruitier sweetness, salted caramel, sweet liquorice, vague hint of menthol.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Packs a punch, strong alcohol and peat smoke, as well as medicinal flavours. Also great sweetness, muscovado sugar, very nice mix. Light fruity character in the middle. Second chew brings pear juice, overripe pears, more pepper, oaky spices, lots of barley, dried herbs, and great medicinal smoke. A bit of salt also. Dried bananas come out. Third chew bring more salted caramel, more herbs, grass, and dried hay. Really nice. Strong expression, but quite enjoyable.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Still smoky, peppery, light oak, some vanilla, and with dried banana chips at the core. Long and lovely.


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