Talisker Select Reserve - House Greyjoy

Overall rating
83.30/100
votes
591
Whiskybase ID
WB124497
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Game of Thrones
Bottled
2018
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L8345CM010
Barcode
5000267173832
Added on
14 jan 2019 9:55 am by Dirk
Colored

Average value

€ 130.54

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Whisky reviews for Talisker Select Reserve - House Greyjoy

76 users have left 81 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.30 points.

  1. Roman2 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very nice version of Tali. More fruits in this one, comparing to 10, more juicy and elegant. Good stuff.

  2. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Dark golden color. Oily structure.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Lots of minerality. Salt. Light sea-going. Caramel. Salty caramel. Some maltiness. Vanilla. Traces of smoke and ash in the background. A pinch of spices. The nose seems slightly hollow. Black pepper. Maybe some moss. There may be a very faint trace of fruit on the other nose.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweetness, intensity. Minerality. Lots of salt. Caramel. Salty caramel. Vanilla. There is a certain oilyness. Smoke and ash in the background. Pretty complete.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Spices to start with. Spices. Black pepper. But also sweetness. Caramel. Salt. Minerality. Salty caramel. It spreads pleasantly on the palate and tongue. Maybe a bit of maltiness. Medium-long.

  3. Thoma scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  4. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Seems sherryy at first. Fruity with caramel. oranges, figs. Spicy woody notes. Subtle Peat.
    • Taste
      The taste is also predominantly sweet. The oranges now peppered. Gentle smoke here too.

  5. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    After it was announced which bottling it was: I was pleasantly surprised - strong, complex and without any off-notes.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Very light smoke combined with some wood. Initially nutty, fig, citrus.
    • Taste
      85 85
      South, subtle smoke, dried fruit, citrus.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Surprisingly long finish, with strong oak spice and smoke. But no bitterness.

  6. Eigerle scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    It's a pity that too little time was put into a proper cask selection. Not bad and definitely Talisker-compatible in taste, but overall a bit disappointing for me. Here the otherwise usual excellent quality was actually somehow sacrificed to marketing and left to the average.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. Tomek scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    nothing happens

  8. KB201 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Affordable after the hype.
    Diageo's Game of Throne Single Malt Collection pays homage to the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, with seven of the limited editions representing one of the houses and the Night's Watch.
    • Nose
      Typical Talisker, smoky, and underneath fruity, berry aroma and maritime salty note.
    • Taste
      Chilli Catch, campfire smoke, sweet, somewhat fruity, plum.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky and oaky finish.

  9. Jarne scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    First post of 2022, thought I would start of the year with a post about a bottle of one of my favorite distilleries: @talisker.

    Some information on the bottle:
    Some information on the bottle:
    - Category: Single Malt
    - Distilled by: @talisker
    - Bottle series: Game of Thrones Select Reserve
    - Bottled in: 2018
    - Age: No Age Statement (NAS)
    - Alcohol: 45.8%

    Tasting notes:
    Nose: Herbal and wood smells, plain and nothing really exciting. Hints of vanilla and salt. Typically Talisker is you'd ask me.

    Palate: A taste I can only describe as the sea, the seaweed and salts immediately comes out. Vanilla and slight hints of peat. A touch of lemon and to finish off some wet wood.

    Finish: Medium length with all the characteristic things coming back for a rather sublime finish: The sea salts and the peat, the trademark smoky - salt finish.

    Overall rating: 79

    Final thoughts: A decent Talisker, sadly only made for the GoT series, but it depicts the Greyjoys perfectly, as we do not like (I didn't want to use the word: hate) them in the beginning, we love them when they end, which was the same for me when tasting this bottle. And remember, we do not sow.

    Used scale:
    00-10 | My face just imploded
    10-19 | Drain pour
    20-29 | Serious flaws
    30-39 | Flaws or mixing grade
    40-49 | Flawed, or poor quality
    50-59 | Average | Some flaws but acceptable
    60-69 | Good
    70-79 | Above average
    80-89 | Well above average
    90-95 | Outstanding
    95-100 | Nectar of Gods

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  10. prestonclub scored this whisky 45 points Expert Senior

    this non age statement malt has a poor flavor. A spicy start, with notes of caramels (added without a doubt), industrial honey to finish with peppery and grassy notes painfully enhanced by the saline smoke typical of Talisker.

  11. Dionysus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  12. MarcinCh scored this whisky 82 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.

  13. 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

  14. Mannix65 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  16. hafssol scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Not very fascinated by the NAS Game of Thrones series... but Talisker is Talisker, and doesn't disappoint, neither this time.
    It is young and bold for sure, but fully balanced and without edges. After a slightly smoky nose, it displays the salty sweetness typical of the distillery and some round grapefruit / raisins taste.
    Easy drinkable, yet fully rewarding.

  17. Vince scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Classic Talisker characteristics there, but a bit hot. Fairly short finish, which seems to be a problem with this GoT series generally. I would go for the 10yo, especially an older bottle.

  18. Foudos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  19. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Well drinkable and typical Talisker with a very short finish.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Immediately typical pepper, followed by red fruits, blazing fire, some ash, wood smoke, some cocoa
    • Taste
      83 83
      Peppery and creamy, light sizzling on the tongue, light citrus notes, dry mouthfeel, smoke comes up over time
    • Finish
      78 78
      Very short, oak seasoning, pepper, ending

  20. Andreas W. scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Solthor scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

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

  23. 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.

  24. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, a real campfire, some grain, lemon, very ripe sweet apple,
    • Taste
      Honey, cereals, lemon, citrus, some chilli, smoke, ashes

  25. WLUO scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  26. Ed Radour scored this whisky 73 points Specialist

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      70 70

  27. KeesD scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Decent, the nose and taste is quite average, the finish is amazing.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Leather, tabacco, bit smoke, a bit medicinal, but still friendly.
    • Taste
      85 85
      A bit Leather, tabacco, a bit nutty maybe...
    • Finish
      94 94
      The leather and smoke dissapears and makes place for a vanilla boost.
      Love the finish of this one.
      The finish is the best part.

  28. Max70 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  29. Canucks89 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Scent: sweet wood. A little gentle smoke. Sea.
    Taste: A little pepper. Sugar. Tang Salt.
    Aftertaste: Long. Smoke. Salt. Eg.

  30. McMoulis scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  31. McMoulis scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  32. Mr. D. scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  33. Wolf68 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  34. JimJaws scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    One of the better of the series and like the Lagavulin and the Clynelish also a special bottling. Talisker just doesn't disappoint me.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  35. Thermidor scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Talisker: easy mode. While the distillers edition makes Talisker almost disturbingly quaffable, this one seems to just dial down the sootiness and sea aromas, leaving a medium peated, watered down, but still workable and drinkable version of the classic malt. The very essence of a modern supermarket peated single malt whisky.

    Taste details? Why bother? It’s neither interesting nor offensive enough to warrant more than a cursory inspection. 84 pts. for the regular 10yo.

  36. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      83 83

  37. ConvalRen scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  38. VollePulle scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  39. 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

  40. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    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.

  41. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  42. Alexandr_Zhurov scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    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.

  43. 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

  44. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  45. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very similar to that of the Storm, there is no doubt about it. Maybe slightly sweeter. The sherry is less present, as well as the iodine and the heather, in short it is a little impersonal. That said it's nice, I find a little lavender, icing sugar and sponge cake. It's very slightly minty. An earthy touch, coarse salt.
    On the palate, it's quite fruity, hazelnuts, plums, pears, figs. On the other hand, the finish is much better than that of Storm, woody, caramelized, resinous, but without setting aside the fruits.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/06/talisker-select-reserve-house-of.html
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  50. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  51. 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.

  52. grinface scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Seaweed, brine and earthy notes. Cowshed and some subtle peat. Also sweetness and some fermented wine. Not bad, the best GoT Whisky for me. But that is not a big achievement. Full review and a opinion on all those bottlings as a whole (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/05/21/auf-dem-game-of-thrones-whiskythron-talisker-reserve-house-greyjoy/

  53. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Good drinkable Talisker, but not anymore.
    • Nose
      Unmistakable Talisker, maritime, pleasant salty smoke, greasy sweetness, pickled fish, also a creamy touch with vanilla, some honey, a breeze of pepper, a hint of chocolate with bacon
    • Taste
      first sweet, yellow fruit, honey, then it gets spicier, some pepper, salt, relatively little smoke at the beginning, but then becomes more, ashen
    • Finish
      behind the Talisker comes through better, a nice breeze of salt at the tip of the tongue, some smoked fish, slightly dry

  54. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty good actually, so far the best next to the Clynelish GoT
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lots of peat and smoke, seabreeze, seaweed, iodine, some minerals, limestone, lemony
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, creamy, soot, ashes, subtle sweetness, little fruity, salty, little woody
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, not drying

  55. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  56. d-evil scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    nose: rough sea

    taste: caramel, salty burning corn, dark bread, coal

  57. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

  58. maltandgrains scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Salty, smoky yet smells like a fresh breeze of sea air. Oaky. A bit of sweetness luring in the background.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Rolls in sweet and smooth with honey, but this is soon overtaken by saltiness and smoke.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium long, dry, a little sour & smoky.

  59. stefsel111 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  60. Ivynor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Nose bitter enough, vegetal, austere peat, pepper, an unpleasant soapy side.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Mouth more pleasant, easy, peaty, vanilla, woody, spicy, a little iodine in the end. Alas, we feel the diluted side and an addition of caramel ...
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium finish, diluted, on spices, dark chocolate, pepper and salt.

  61. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I found this better than the 8 YO special release, sweeter and clean
    • Nose
      Lemon oil, sea salt, peat smoke, quite floral
    • Taste
      Sweet, orange liquor, peppermint, bready
    • Finish
      Peppers, spices, young peat.

  62. ezioaudit scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  63. mema82 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  64. schengel10 scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    An unbelievable and unbalanced Talisker!
    Clear salty note and for Talisker unusually much smoke - presumptive signs of youth!
    • Nose
      light smoke, maritime, salt, fresh breeze sea air, pepper and oak;
    • Taste
      powerful salty, smoky onset, honey, caramel, buttery, strong oak, noticeable youth;
    • Finish
      mid-length maritime finish, also salty and smoky in the aftermath;

  65. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  66. toklian scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F20 B21

    Good young Talisker. That's it. Name make difference

  67. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21 20 22 21 84

    Drinking, good aftertaste.
    A small dip in taste, and so All is well!

  68. Andytka3 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N- Oozing with sweet umami coastal smokes notes, Lifted sandalwood, ashy, beer-ish and yeasty. Not a swim-y octopus that stranded at shallow rocky bay, but consistent and well lasting. (86/20)

    P- Plenty of wood smokes salts, peppers, sourish dried fruits with Christmas spices, mulled wine, bitter-sweet stout and roasted nuance. (89/22)

    F- Long, liquorice, bay leaves, lasting oak and smokes. (87/21)

    B/B- 87/21

    Cereal- 2, Fruity- 1, Floral- 0, Peaty- 2, Feinty- 1, Sulphury- 0, Woody- 3, Winery- 1, Spicy- 1

    Weighted Rate- 84pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Oozing with sweet umami coastal smokes notes, Lifted sandalwood, ashy, beer-ish and yeasty. Not a swim-y octopus that stranded at shallow rocky bay, but consistent and well lasting. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Plenty of wood smokes salts, peppers, sourish dried fruits with Christmas spices, mulled wine, bitter-sweet stout and roasted nuance. (89/22)
    • Finish
      F- Long, liquorice, bay leaves, lasting oak and smokes. (87/21)

      B/B- 87/21

      Cereal- 2, Fruity- 1, Floral- 0, Peaty- 2, Feinty- 1, Sulphury- 0, Woody- 3, Winery- 1, Spicy- 1

      Weighted Rate- 84pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  69. wisekyofcourse 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!

  70. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  71. dandan798 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
      smoke, brine, sea, fruit, citrus, wet charcoal, sweet
    • Taste
      84 84
      smoke, salt, fruit, honey, citrus, grapes, raisins, lemon, spices, pepper
    • Finish
      82 82
      sweet, fruit, smoke, salt, citrus, oak, chocolate, metallic/iodine

  72. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Ironborn

    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.

  73. mandragoru scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  74. mandragoru scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  75. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  76. ctu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nearly the 10-year-old quality, with Clynelish together silver medals on the GoT line.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Peat and smoke, salt and pepper, waxy fruits, tobacco and cocoa.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Honey, salted caramel, chili chocolate, pear, pepper and peat, lively acids.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium length, spicy, bittersweet.

  77. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  78. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Pretty good Talisker actually, above average peated for a Talisker.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Subtle peat and smoke, which gets stronger later on. Salty as well, here the 'motorvessel at sea' feeling comes up. Later on some tobacco too.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Smooth, smoke and peat, licorice, salty. Also some fruits appear, peach and honey.
    • Finish
      84 84
      A little pepper, peat and smoke, tobacco, licorice. Middlelong finish.

  79. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  80. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I expected a "Storm"-kind of Talisker, meaning pretty yound stuff designed to taste more mature. Happy to find that this one is much better than that. In fact, you can find real "oak" in it which indicates to me that this is either not just 6 years old or still young but much better done than the Storm. :) The overall taste profile is not very clear which keeps it from an even better rating in my book. Very nice and drinkable stuff anyway.

  81. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      A quite complex nose. Starts off quite maritime with seeweed and fresh oysters. Some fresh tobacco and wet peat in the nose. Some spices like clove. A lovely sweetness coming trough as well with pears and fresh pineapple.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Starts off with salted caramel, a little bit of sour touch. A lot of young wood in the palate. Some vanilla and apricots and even a whiff of pepper.
    • Finish
      83 83
      A medium salty finish with again some tobacco and even some dark chocolate.

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