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

€ 63,84

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274 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker Select Reserve - House Greyjoy

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.01 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. ARDBERG scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    a pleasant surpirse at a tasting but I'd highly prefer the 10 - 2cl
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I love the Game of Thrones series and I really love Talisker distillery products, but I will not describe this instance, because it's boring! There is nothing interesting in it that I would like to describe. Young, monotonous and very simple whisky. Pros: easy to drink, preserved the family features of the distillery. Compared to other releases, this is the lowest rating I rated Talisker.

  7. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Alexandr_Zhurov scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    The character of Talisker is present, but it turned out to be a mixture of young spirits and a little aged, Lagavulin recalled 16 but several times weaker, in the end I liked it, but not as assembled as 10k.
    • Nose
      It gradually opens up, of medium intensity, first apple juice, sweet sea iodine, like the smell of algae by the sea, a little wood varnish, later Talisker's signature smoked smell appears, later raisins, dried apricots, plums, it seems there is an aging in sherry. I really liked it.
    • Taste
      First, bold, sweetly iodine, marine, but somehow diluted, not enough completeness.
    • Finish
      It’s empty, if it weren’t for the taste of iodine and smoky wood, it is very short, the taste of the barrel, goes quickly to dry. Thumbs up.

  9. NTC scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    An honoust review of a whisky of a series i love.

    Nose: Mostly Caramel along with the typical maritime and spicey notes present in Talisker. A little bit of young malt on the nose along with some fresh fruits

    Taste: a young sharp whisky, maritime maltness. Some caramel and vanilla notes. And the spicey Talisker notes

    Finish: probably the most dissapointing in this whisky is the finish, it is very short lived. Mostly spicey and warm but just overall way to short.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      66 66

  10. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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


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