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Talisker 25-year-old

Overall rating 207 votes 90.93
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2006
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Refill Casks
Number of bottles
4860
Strength
56.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L6 166 CM000
Barcode
5000281021157
Added on
11 Jul 2007 8:00 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Tastingtags

29 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
14 Sep 2017 8:56 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 89 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
88.8
Nose
88
Initial taste
89
Body
90
Finish
89
Price
88
Presentation
88
There is no accounting for taste...
Toffie76
Expert Senior Toffie76 Tasting note
19 Apr 2017 2:40 pm
Toffie76 gave this whisky 94 points
Color
Jonquiripe corn
Nose

foin, fumée, tourbe, poivre. Le côté iodé s'y exprime encore plus que dans la version 2004. Des notes de crustacés s'ajoutent à la longue liste (cf 2004). Un bel équilibre suave/amertume (gentiane/vanille)

Taste

J'ai l'impression que la tourbe se fait plus présente que dans les versions précédentes. L'explosion poivrée est de retour au tableau et parfaitement intégrée dans l'ensemble. Le profil est me semble t-il encore plus complexe. La forme est plus longue. L'attaque est moins vive que dans le 2004

Finish

La fumée perdure accompagnée de poussières métalliques

Comments

assez proche du 2004, mais en plus sage. L'équilibre atteint est un sommet du genre. Probablement  mon plus beau moment malté. Ok, mis à part Brora, hors catégorie.

Bishlouk
Connoisseur Bishlouk Note
08 Apr 2017 11:49 pm
Bishlouk gave this whisky 92 points
  • Nez: Du poivre blanc, de la douceur maltée. Du sirop de raisin blanc. Très légère fumée de crustacés.
  • Bouche: Sirop de fruits secs, extraordinaire rondeur. Épices douces d'abord discrètes, puis qui se font plus piquantes.
  • Finale: Le poivre blanc réapparaît plus franchement. Fumées marine et végétale mélangées.
  • Verdict: un équilibre sublime. Plus équilibré que le batch 2004, mais aussi moins tranchant et moins franc. Mais que de sensations !
  • 92/100.

(Note réalisée dans le cadre d'un face à face de tous les Talisker 25y en brut de fût.)

Vexer
Member Senior Vexer Review note
27 Jan 2017 9:03 am
Vexer gave this whisky 92 points

Quince & Lemon Oyster pepper bomb :-)

Weighted Rate
91.9
Nose
92
Initial taste
91
Body
93
Finish
92
Price
89
Presentation
94
"There's no accounting for taste" ...So, you can't pay for it.
MrRancho
Expert Junior MrRancho Tasting note
10 Sep 2016 10:29 pm
MrRancho gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Anis, Fenchel, Kümmel, Klebstoff, Maracuja, etwas Vanilletabak

Taste

Süß, kandierte Orange, Salz, Lakritz, Pfeffer, Pfeifenrauch, Haselnuss, noch mehr Salz

Finish

Lang nach gezuckerter Orange, Holz, etwas Rauch, Salz

Comments

Uiuiui, der hat aber viel! Er ist so dicht verwoben, dass ich lange gebraucht habe, um ihn auch nur ungefähr für mich einzuordnen. Einer, bei dem man mit jedem Dram mehr entdeckt,

Blindprobe.

JacobaEd
Connoisseur JacobaEd Review note
13 May 2016 11:18 pm
JacobaEd gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
87.6
Nose
88
Initial taste
88
Body
88
Finish
87
Price
86
Presentation
88
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Glennie
Expert Senior Glennie Review note
27 Mar 2016 10:47 pm
Glennie gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91.6
Nose
91
Initial taste
92
Body
93
Finish
91
Price
91
Presentation
91
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
21 Nov 2015 1:10 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.8
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
86
Presentation
88
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
30 Jul 2015 10:49 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

Creosote, shoe polish, wood varnish, over ripe pranges, lemon.

Taste

Smokey but sweet, peppery. cinder toffee, smooth for the % of alcohol.

Finish

 Long, smooth, sweet.
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Comments

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.

bull10298
Expert Senior bull10298 Note
05 Jun 2015 6:56 pm
bull10298 gave this whisky 88 points

Matured in refill American oak casks, this Isle of Skye malt is a classic in any guise, and the 2006 Special Release offers an earthy, peaty nose, with sweet fruits, heather and some wood smoke. It is characteristically ebullient and mouth-filling. The ?lava of the Cuillins? is in fine form here, smoky and oily, with spices and typical Talisker pepper on the tongue, plus an intriguing hint of fruity sweetness. The lengthy finish combines smouldering peat, black pepper and more of that fresh fruit sweetness. Finally, the pepper just gains the upper hand. Talisker is one of those indispensable malts, without which a winter fireside seat is incomplete. If you are only familiar with the excellent 10-year-old Classic Malt then this complex 25-year-old should be essential drinking, despite its price tag.

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