Talisker 25-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2006
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill Casks
Number of bottles
56.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L6 166 CM000
Added on
11 Jul 2007 8:44 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 850.00

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 25-year-old

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.90 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 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
      88 88
      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
      89 89
      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
      89 89
      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. pianoman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light smoke, oranges, liquid candle wax, raisins, caramel candies. Green tea, walnuts. Freshly sawn wood. Water mint.
    • Taste
      Oily. Orange jam, kumquats, a hint of lavender. Dark chocolate, black pepper. Mushrooms, removes smoky ash.

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    salt, iodine, sea herbs, cooked citrus fruits, a little sweet, a little sweet like a Clynelish, a little minty,
    a little honey, syrup, a little smoke then!
    the flavor of a sweet and alcoholic syrup, a little more honey, the iodine arrives then, with well soaked wood, the feeling of gingerbread too
    nutty nutmeg, tobacco, dark chocolate and the oily feeling that stays in the mouth.
    the spices quite peppery here, with fruit on the pear, the cooked and slightly caramelized apple, the soggy wood, the smoked wet herbs, a little cold smoke, cold pipe tobacco to finish.
    medium to long on spices, nutmeg, salted caramel, subtle smoke but well in place, and which remains at the bottom of the glass.

  4. Othorion scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Decent campfire smoke, algae, salty sea breeze brings the scent of applesauce with cinnamon and honey cake, allspice, nutmeg, oranges, grapefruit, vanilla, lilac, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, these old Big Red chewing gum, anise! Krass, an incredibly multi-layered nose that keeps changing, but always stays great! Great
    • Taste
      Very oily, peppery onion with nutmeg, smoke and some licorice, honey, apples and grapefruit, vanilla, nutmeg and some salt, some wax, pipe tobacco.
      For the alcohol content very soft and good to drink pure, with a few drops of water but even tastier
    • Finish
      Very long, warming, sweet and spicy, licorice, smoke, ginger, honey and pipe tobacco!

  5. dRambo did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Smells great - tastes even better, retro style meets aroma concentrate - for me a mix of Highland and island style. 2cl are enough for me there the whole evening
    • Nose
      Gentle mined delicate smoke is above the glass, it starts with grass notes and a sweet sugar cake nose with cinnamon and nutmeg. More time and some hand warmth dissolve a fine fruity acidity from the glass, orange jelly, slightly sour BBQ sauce with hints of wine or wine vinegar influence the meet with a honey sweetness, dense and voluminous, juicy tobacco leaves
      After the first sip, I also find in the nose delicately aged citrus notes blended with floral notes and beeswax.
    • Taste
      Oily and gentle, it runs down the tongue, warm wood notes, sanding dust from old weathered wood, then clearly tobacco with vanilla and pepper, heavily interwoven volumniöse but confused Sherrynoten (I find no concrete fruits or even red berries) more wine notes, some salt, grasses , Geranium leaves, jasmine oil, crystalline flowers and citrus peel - very noble aged, easy to chew and very rich / aromatic
    • Finish
      is eternally on the tongue, light ashy note in the smoke, wax, mint, spicy oak and herbs, licorice - still a slight pepperiness partly mint, partly rosemary and chilli - in no case alcoholic pungency

  6. Bishlouk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    First, we think we are dealing with a nice little kid. And then the beast wakes up.

    (Tasted in the context of a 3 Talisker 25y face to face)
    • Nose
      First sweet and honeyed, vanilla limit. Then the marine smells develop.
    • Taste
      At first soft, subtle, velvety. Then the pepper attack and we take the full face!
    • Finish
      Atomic pepper explosion.

  7. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

    At first not very promising on the nose but on the palate very creamy and fruity - no water needed actually but helps for the finish - really not bad

    I just had a Talisker 1973 DL Tactical before this one and honestly this one can't compete against
    • Nose
      88 88
      Spicy, herbal, peppery and peppermint, little leafy, ginger, green fruits, lime zest, green banana, wet hay, oak wood, citric
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, fruity, melon, cantaloup, peach, apricot, plum, ripe banana, spicy, pepper, little ginger, only little smoke - very good
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, burning, becomes much more punchy in the finish

  9. toklian scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F22 B22

  10. KonstUA scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Nose 23, taste 24, finish 23, balance 23


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