- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- 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 8:00 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 25-year-old
30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.93 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...
- A whisky that combines maturity with a vibrant youthfulness, is okay in my book. A tad less aggressiveness on the palate, and I would've rated this even higher. Superb.
I love how this is both fruity (passion fruit, lemon and hints of green apple peel) and peaty, yet in a very mature way, not how a young Lagavulin can be described as fruity and peaty for example. Extremely coastal too, with loads of salty seaweed, and a touch of iodine. Finally, let's not forget to mention it is actually quite waxy, as well as showcasing some subtle sal ammoniac.
Yep, waxy (although not very), and very peppery, even for a Talisker. Hints of licorice and citrus, as well as more than a pinch of salt. More expressive (and aggressive even) than the nose suggests, with a more dominant peat influence. There very subtle notes of marzipan here, as well as some cappuccino and menthol.
Lingering pepper-y notes, with peat as well. Long.
- fairly close to the 2004, but wiser. The balance achieved is a peak of its kind. Probably my best malted moment. Ok, apart from Brora, out of category.
hay, smoke, peat, pepper. The iodine side expresses itself even more than in the 2004 version. Crustacean notes are added to the long list (cf 2004). A nice balance sweet / bitterness (gentian / vanilla)
I feel that peat is more present than in previous versions. The peppery explosion is back on the board and perfectly integrated in the whole. The profile seems to me even more complex. The shape is longer. The attack is less intense than in the 2004
Smoke persists with metallic dust
- Nose: White pepper, malty sweetness. White grape syrup. Very slight crustacean smoke. Palate: Syrup of dried fruit, extraordinary roundness. Sweet spices first discreet, then more spicy. Finale: The white pepper reappears more frankly. Mixed marine and vegetable fumes. Verdict: a sublime equilibrium. More balanced than the 2004 batch, but also less sharp and less frank. But what sensations! 92/100 . (Note made in the context of a face to face of all Talisker 25y in barrel.)
- Quince & Lemon Oyster pepper bomb :-)
- Uiuiui, but he has a lot! It's so tightly interwoven that it took me a long time to even sort it for myself. One in which you discover more with every dram, Blank.
Anise, fennel, caraway, glue, passion fruit, some vanilla tobacco
Sweet, candied orange, salt, licorice, pepper, pipe smoke, hazelnut, even more salt
Long for sweetened orange, wood, some smoke, salt
- WITH WATER
Nose - Really opens up on toffe & lemon
Palate - Still smokey, still sweet but less pepper with a little orange and again very smooth
Finish - Long
A very good Talisker indeed.
Creosote, shoe polish, wood varnish, over ripe pranges, lemon.
Smokey but sweet, peppery. cinder toffee, smooth for the % of alcohol.
Long, smooth, sweet.