Talisker Select Reserve - House Greyjoy

Overall rating
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

€ 64,05

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250 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker Select Reserve - House Greyjoy

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.09 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Rom scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nose on the smoke but not very powerful nor persistent, on the other hand a good dose of honey.
    The palate is salty and iodine but also full of sweetness.
    The final on the same flavors is not very long for a Talisker.
    Overall pleasant to drink and very easy but nothing crazy.

  8. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very close to that of the Storm, without a doubt. Maybe slightly sweeter. Sherry is less present, as well as iodine and heather, in short it's a bit impersonal. That said it's nice, I find a little lavender, icing sugar and sponge cake. It is very slightly minty. An earthy touch, coarse salt.
    In the mouth, it is quite fruity, hazelnuts, plums, pears. The finish is much better than the Storm on the other hand, woody, caramelized, resinous, but without putting the fruit aside.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  10. Bosi scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    The more Game of Thrones bottlings I drink, the more my opinion solidifies that all are not bad, but nobody has used these whiskys.
    Also, this bottling is not wrong, but quite unimportant, as so many Talisker standards these days.
    • Nose
      The first impression is a young impetuous Talisker with a slight sherry note. After a while, flavors of ripe apples, leather, seaweed, a bit of chilli and fruit compote come to the fore. The classic Talisker smoke resonates in the background.
    • Taste
      On the tongue, the whisky looks a bit ironed. A lot is there: medium smoke, the sweetness of dark fruits and toffees and the chili catch. Somehow, however, this does not take me along, according to the motto: "Does not hurt anyone, but is quickly forgotten.".
    • Finish
      The finish is okay for the alcohol strength, but is also not overwhelmingly long. It left mainly salty notes and the sharpness.


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