Talisker Select Reserve - House Greyjoy

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 Jan 2019 9:55 am by Dirk

Average value

€ 61.33

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker Select Reserve - House Greyjoy

70 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.27 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2019] I am not a fan of fantasy movies let alone TV series so this is just another NAS bottling to me (remember: Never Accept Stupid marketing).

    I do not know the House Greyjoy but I am pretty sure they will not select this dram for their favourite drink, if they have alternative options. I do have, and that is why I will never buy such cheesy marketing stuff.
    • Nose
      82 82
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose is exactly that immature and (herbal) wood-driven only as expected. It is punchy and truly boring to sniff - by the way: It smells like a cheap version of the 08-years old special release (WB id 116922).
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is bitter-herbal with very little sweet or otherwise pleasant flavours. I call this mono-spiked and I do not like it (I am not a herbalist). Water releases waxy notes in the nose and turns the taste more approachable but still it stays an one-dimensional affair.
    • Finish
      81 81
      The dram arrives peppery-hot on the palate without any significant coating effect but a drying-astringent feeling (the tannins of the virgin or heavily de-charred casks take their toll). The finish is of medium length and adds nothing but the bitter-astringent moments of the tannins.

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a limited series of a series not seen !!
    • Nose
      salt, caramel, woody, smoke, herbs
      fruits on various citrus fruits
    • Taste
      the maritime side, the seaweeds, the sea, the salt on the lips,
      peppery spices but in small quantities,
      a creamy, vanilla, lemony side with a pastry sensation
      the peat "finally" quite raised
      the wet wood there and the fine malt, it's very nice!
    • Finish
      average, on the same scents, with the characteristic salt, the fresh peat, the salty, smoked return, and traces baconné, super!

  3. Archer scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    One thinks, there is something else coming up, just a little patience - but no, unfortunately, a nonsense. Unfortunately, it comes rather arbitrarily, the Talisker profile shimmers only remotely on the horizon.
    • Nose
      82 82
      But then I'm glad that I have not blind in the glass - I could not have assigned.
      Orange peel, almonds, honey, vanilla. Very mild, very airy, rather reserved. Will not intensify even after standing time.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Quite spicy and spicy on the cake, but without relieving aromas. Once the heat is gone, dry wood, vanilla, honey is added. Not too bitter herbs and some dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Dry, medium to short finish. Barely appreciable flavors, the usual suspects here honey, chocolate and vanilla and one
      Pinch of black pepper.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Who does not love Game of Thrones? When Diageo announced this special series of 8 single malts, in anticipation of the final season in April, I made sure I got my hands on a complete set. I confess, I was mostly looking for the Oban, Clynelish, Lagavulin and this Talisker. I know that in due time I will try them all, but this Talisker was the first to be opened, on the very day the set arrived. It represents the House Greyjoy, who worship the Drowned God on the Iron Islands and are a sea-faring people. Talisker seems a very good choice to represent this House.

    The nose is wonderfully complex with those typical Talisker notes on the one hand – smoke, pepper and citrus – but also some great hints of green olives, beef jerky and cloves. Some tobacco leaves and salted milk chocolate.

    Good mouth feel. Creamy and full. Again quite a bit of pepper, woodspices, vanilla and some apricots, but it’s the salted chocolate (or is it salted caramel) that takes the lead. The pepper becomes grand. Make that chili. Hint of heather and menthol.

    That continues on in the medium long finish, ending in chocolate, tobacco and pepper.

    This actually reminds me somewhat of the grand 8 Year Old from the Special Release, but in a light version. Great Talisker if you ask me, that fits the Ironborn from the popular series perfectly.

  5. Mannix65 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. Foudos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Solid, well-balanced, harmonious, balanced whisky, young, not too deep, but very solid, self-sufficient.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, dried boards, light aroma of smoke, heated wood, like in a bath; light coniferous notes, dry grass, sharp mineral shades, leather goods, pipe tobacco, lemon peel, creamy motives.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, oak, thick creamy notes - fudge, toffee; industrial mineral shades, metallic sourness.
    • Finish
      Industrial metallic, refreshing, oak, a little haze, mineral notes, light creamy sweetness.

  8. MarcinCh scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Gold color. A bit brighter than the classic Talisker 10 YO. Whisky is quite oily. It does not run over the glass walls so quickly.
    • Nose
      83 83
      In the foreground, salt. Later, a delicate onions with a sweetness, typically caramel, characteristic of Talisker. Salt and minerality again. A pinch of spices. Delicate spice. Pleasant aroma, although it seems slightly empty. Salty caramel again.
    • Taste
      74 74
      Salt. Lots of salt. Salty caramel. However, the caramel flickered and the salt definitely prevails. There is too much of it. Spices are attached. Pepper. Little sweets. Very salty. Too salty, it's not nice anymore. The second time a bit more caramel, but later again a strong dominance of salt.
    • Finish
      74 74
      Salt. Some sweets. A hint of salty caramel, a bit more with time. Spices. Pepper. Light heating. Dominated by salt. Medium-long, but not exactly pleasant. Curtains.

  9. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Classic Talisker profile: light fruits, maritime flair, sea air. However, it is much sweeter and not as aggressive as the 10, as if you had mixed in half a packet of powdered sugar. This makes it seem a bit too sweet and friendly for my taste.
    Length: 5/10

    Grade: 2

  10. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84


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