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Talisker 20-year-old 1982

Overall rating 280 votes 90.57
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 8:00 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Tastingtags

39 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
14 Sep 2017 7:59 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 91 points

[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...

Weighted Rate
91
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
92
Finish
93
Price
90
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
ASWhisky
Expert Senior ASWhisky Tasting note
12 May 2017 10:23 am
ASWhisky gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

rauchig süß
eher medizinisch jodhaltiger Rauch
sehr fruchtige Süße
salzig
im Hintergrund Schlamm und Kräuter 

Kleeblätter

Taste

im Antritt viel Schokolade mit Frucht
Rauch am Gaumen
Du fühlst wie der Rauch sich in Deinem Mund intensiv verbreitet
Dein Mund wird fruchtig und warm
an Deinem Gaumen schmeckst Du zarte Vollmilchschokolade
Kleesüße
wie ein liebevoller wärmender Kuss
verführerisch süß erfüllt er Deinen Mund
Du spürst sein Alter und schätzt ihn auf Mitte dreißig
er würde lächeln, wenn er könnte

Finish

lang
Fass und Frucht
der Rauch ist noch tief in Deinem Rachen
Schokolade kommt
Tabaksüße
die Noten kommen und gehen
ein schöner Abgang

Comments

ein ziemlich unterschätzter Whisky
wohl im Schatten seines Bruders des 81er

ich habe ihn schon des öfteren getrunken
die Flasche ist nun eine Weile geöffnet
und heute taste ich ihn
dann bekommt er natürlich mehr Zeit
aber ich empfinde, ihm hat es gut getan in der geöffneten Flasche "nachzureifen"
ein toller Mund, ein toller Abgang
Ranking: 1. Mund und Abgang, 2. Nase
yes, I'm in Heaven
unforgettable whisky takes you on a journey, gives you new dreams, awakens your forgotten dreams, moves you out of time.....
Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Tasting note
02 Sep 2017 6:22 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Old gold
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.

Comments

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!

kot1803
Expert Senior kot1803 Review note
06 Aug 2017 7:20 pm
kot1803 gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.9
Nose
89
Initial taste
86
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
86
Presentation
89
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lachaineduwhisky
Expert Senior lachaineduwhisky Note
28 Jul 2017 10:35 pm

Un côté pâtissier indéniable, mais vient pas dessus s'étaler de la tourbe poivrée un peu vive de prime abord. Quelques fruits (des prunes ?) tentent de se frayer un passage. Avec l'ouverture, on a maintenant des fruits en sirop. En bouche, poivré ET pâtissier mais globalement un peu austère, jusque dans la finale, qui est bien épicée mais un peu abrupte. En étant patient, il se fait moins austère et plus juteux en bouche. Avec de l'eau, un profil de nez un peu intriguant pour un Talisker, mêlant fumée et fruits frais (dont la poire) un peu à la manière de Springbank. Une certaine minéralité. De plus en plus délicat, presque floral. En bouche : Ainsi "débarrassé" de l'alcool, on peut enfin savourer un whisky mature. La structure en bouche se fait charnue et délicieuse ! Les épices sont un peu domptées. Quoique ! Chassez-les et elles reviennent au galop à la gorgée suivante ! Jusque dans la finale.


Enthousiasme 4/5

Whisky n°1410

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ctu
Connoisseur ctu Tasting note
01 Jul 2017 9:01 pm
ctu gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Vanilla, honey, salt, aple peel and pineapple. Touch of peat, oak and pepper.

Taste

Oily, powerful. Peat, candied pineapple, bitter liqueur, pepper and ginger, wood smoke and ash.

Finish

Long, creamy. Peat and oak.

Comments

Nice Talisker. We get some fruits beside to the salty, peppery, peaty flavors.

P.A.O.K.you_are
Expert Senior P.A.O.K.you_are Review note
30 Jun 2017 11:01 pm
P.A.O.K.you_are gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.9
Nose
92
Initial taste
92
Body
93
Finish
92
Price
90
Presentation
91
Helgo
Connoisseur Helgo Review note
01 May 2017 1:36 pm
Helgo gave this whisky 93 points

Fantastische Nase. Sehr komplex, tiefer Körper. Braucht viel Zeit, Wasser mE nicht notwendig, verträgt er aber. Das Finish punktet bei mir und die Erinnerung bleibt. Der Rauch ist bestens abgestimmt. Wieder eine absolute Handwerkskunst aus dem Hause Talisker...

Weighted Rate
93
Nose
94
Initial taste
93
Body
94
Finish
95
Price
85
Presentation
93
Christian = Sammelbegriff
GIORGOS
Expert Senior GIORGOS Review note
06 Apr 2017 10:26 pm
GIORGOS gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92
Nose
92
Initial taste
92
Body
91
Finish
92
Price
94
Presentation
92
Eilean a' Cheo
Expert Junior Eilean a' Cheo Note
18 Mar 2017 6:01 pm
Eilean a' Cheo gave this whisky 93 points

smoke, quite peaty, gas,coal smoke, truffle oil, some sweet elements,nice coastality, salted and peated aged lemons, wax, salt and talisker's pepper

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