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Talisker 1978

Overall rating
90.50/100
votes
18
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bodega Series
Vintage
1978
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
41 years old
Casktype
Finish in 6 Manzanilla Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
2000
Strength
50.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
10 Jul 2019 11:46 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 3171,44

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18 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 1978

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.50 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Palate Progression

    I had the privilege of attending the (Belgian) release event of this extraordinary Talisker 41 Year Old Bodega Series. What a blast that was! In fact, this is the second release in a triptych of sherry finished malts from stocks of 1978. Last year saw the release of the Talisker 40 Year Old Bodega Series, finished on Amontillado casks from the Delgado Zuleta bodega. This release is finished on Manzanilla casks from the same bodega and is thus the oldest (and most expensive) Talisker to date. Part three is probably for 2020. With a price tag of around 3.500 EUR (well, it comes in a very nice box) it certainly is not for everyone and that it is a pity. For it is simply divine.

    The nose is soft and sweet. From the first moment you realize you have something special in your glass. It surprises me how some mango skins, star fruit, banana and a single maraschino cherry precede the typical maritime notes of Talisker. Sure, the pepper and peat are there, but very subtle. There is also a fresh hint of mint in there, all the way in the back. For a moment I am transported back to my dad’s old garage, with his rusting tools, only to be whisked away to my first school day. The scent of a fresh legal pad. This is very elegant. This is sexy. I am already flabbergasted. Yet I had promised myself to be strong…

    The body is fine, lightly oily. Nice viscosity. The arrival is soft, but that doesn’t last long. Immediately the typical pepper kicks in. And then it begins… tropical fruit evolves towards caramel and toffee, the pepper evolves towards a salty oyster. Then a dying bonfire turns into a delicious apple crumble pie just out of the oven. And still it’s not over. Very complex indeed. It guides you from a recently polished leather sofa via a rocky coast to a fisherman’s boat along the quay that is just unloading it’s catch of the day. Made by Sea? Oh, yeah… It keeps evolving and the best part of all: it keeps getting better. This gives palate progression a new definition.

    On the deliciously long and very supple finish some smoked salmon and a leather sofa return, as does some banana and mint. But it remains a Talisker throughout.

    I am speechless (well, when looking at the above you’d say otherwise, but you know what I mean). Most of the Taliskers I have tasted so far reminded me somehow of tough pirates, but this 41 years old is an elegant, sexy mermaid.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This has a subtle nose,. with the classic Talisker peat/pepper combo.
    Not an in your face Talisker but it does swim well.
    It may be 41 years old and next year's bodega release will be the last but for this sort of money you would expect more of the wow factor, you are being asked to pay for the rarity and in truth on taste alone it is really poor value.
    It is good, just not that good.
    To get the best out of it a few drops of water are needed which really opens things up.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Undoubtedly a fantastic whisky that ticks a lot of boxes. Complex, subtle, balanced, mature, elegant.
    • Nose
      Elegant and gracious doesn't even begin to describe this. Notes of camphor and bung cloth, with a whiff of earthy bog myrtle and brine. There's just a touch of menthol, leather, old books and tobacco leaves. However, it does have a sweeter and somewhat fruitier side as well. There's some almond paste, apricots and sultanas for instance. Couldn't have asked for much more.
    • Taste
      Soft notes of peat, tobacco and menthol, as well as paraffin wax. A touch of smoke, pepper and salt too, joined by gentle notes of beeswax, baked bananas, burnt toast and coffee beans, and even some liquorice.
    • Finish
      Lingering pepper with notes of eucalyptus. Long.

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Palate Progression

    I had the privilege of attending the (Belgian) release event of this extraordinary Talisker 41 Year Old Bodega Series. What a blast that was! In fact, this is the second release in a triptych of sherry finished malts from stocks of 1978. Last year saw the release of the Talisker 40 Year Old Bodega Series, finished on Amontillado casks from the Delgado Zuleta bodega. This release is finished on Manzanilla casks from the same bodega and is thus the oldest (and most expensive) Talisker to date. Part three is probably for 2020. With a price tag of around 3.500 EUR (well, it comes in a very nice box) it certainly is not for everyone and that it is a pity. For it is simply divine.

    The nose is soft and sweet. From the first moment you realize you have something special in your glass. It surprises me how some mango skins, star fruit, banana and a single maraschino cherry precede the typical maritime notes of Talisker. Sure, the pepper and peat are there, but very subtle. There is also a fresh hint of mint in there, all the way in the back. For a moment I am transported back to my dad’s old garage, with his rusting tools, only to be whisked away to my first school day. The scent of a fresh legal pad. This is very elegant. This is sexy. I am already flabbergasted. Yet I had promised myself to be strong…

    The body is fine, lightly oily. Nice viscosity. The arrival is soft, but that doesn’t last long. Immediately the typical pepper kicks in. And then it begins… tropical fruit evolves towards caramel and toffee, the pepper evolves towards a salty oyster. Then a dying bonfire turns into a delicious apple crumble pie just out of the oven. And still it’s not over. Very complex indeed. It guides you from a recently polished leather sofa via a rocky coast to a fisherman’s boat along the quay that is just unloading it’s catch of the day. Made by Sea? Oh, yeah… It keeps evolving and the best part of all: it keeps getting better. This gives palate progression a new definition.

    On the deliciously long and very supple finish some smoked salmon and a leather sofa return, as does some banana and mint. But it remains a Talisker throughout.

    I am speechless (well, when looking at the above you’d say otherwise, but you know what I mean). Most of the Taliskers I have tasted so far reminded me somehow of tough pirates, but this 41 years old is an elegant, sexy mermaid.

  5. detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very classic diageo style of blending, very smoky, coastal, ripe apple, ink, sweet toasted barley, roasted corn, a lot of white pepper, old tools, slightly farmy, some chemical notes such as new paper.
    • Taste
      Salty, smoked salmon, crushed lemon, louder wood here, a bit thin, shoe polish, mints, banana flavour chewing gums, some white pepper.
    • Finish
      A lot of banana, mints, dunnage house, old leather, long, soft peat with roasted grains.

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