Talisker 15-year-old

Overall rating
87.86/100
votes
770
Whiskybase ID
WB140078
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2019
Bottled
04.07.2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Charred American oak hogshead
Number of bottles
42222
Strength
57.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L9185CM013
Barcode
5000281059198
Added on
06 oct 2019 9:45 am by Stef89
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 159.76

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Whisky reviews for Talisker 15-year-old

168 users have left 179 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.86 points.

  1. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. stalker1971 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. MaroFF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Talisker traditionally maintains a high level. Sweet, fruity, with a lot of smoke and marine aromas.

    Water drop...
    Aroma .. More vanilla, sugar, added orange peel. Wild strawberries are still intense, but less moss and peat.
    Taste .. Much better, more fruity, lemongrass, delicate smoky haze
    Finish ... Long, delicate, honey-colored, no sea or bitter accents.
    • Nose
      87 87
      smoke, salty breeze, red berries, wild strawberries, moss, sweet toffee, milk fudge
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet, forest fruits, blueberries, gently turns into red currants, sour cherries, a bit of oak and chamois leather
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, sweet with mineral notes, slightly spicy, biting tongue, tip with touches of peat, iodine, warming

  5. DistiLesha scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The same Talisker, which contains everything for which we love Talisker. No more!

    21 22 22 21
    • Nose
      Classic: barley porridge, citruses, mainland smoke, burnt branches, acetone, honey
      Saturation 6 out of 10
    • Taste
      Excellent fruity-smoky taste, freshness and minerality, sweet garden fruits, citruses, burnt leaves, flower honey, creamy caramel, burning spice youth, gouache, a little salt
    • Finish
      Bitter, ginger, sweetish-pepper, confident classic peaty smoke that sits in the receptors for a long time

  6. cleaver scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. dram1919 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    A special Talisker. Skye seascape in a glass.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      95 95

  8. Squinugie scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. dapoinbua scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  10. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. Tomek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Aroma: sea, port, grapes, delicate peat, ripe peaches
    Taste: sea, slightly peaty, fruity, grape, dense
    Finish: sea, pleasant
    Rating: 5.5

  12. MarcinCh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Gold color. Slightly oily whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweetness. Vanilla. Caramel. Pinch of salt. Salty caramel. Sea.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A bit of bitterness. Sweetness. Spices. Black pepper. Spicy ginger. Caramel. Salty caramel. Lots of salt. Sea. A little smoke in the background.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Caramel. Salty caramel. Vanilla. Sea. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon. Smoothness. Long finish. A little smoke in the background.

  13. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Petitcham scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Just released: Strong smoke and sea insouciance and peat, fruity, spice and after airing will be more balanced

  15. RickyNY scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    WTF, I underestimated that.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. blacknapkins scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  18. glen efze scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Talisker is regularly represented in the special releases, often with 8-year-old bottlings. In 2019, a 15-year-old bottling from charred American hogsheads was released. Surprisingly, Diageo does not use coloring in the special releases, which leads to a wonderful gold tone and bottles with Cask Strength.

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      On the nose, the smoke is much heavier than the Talisker 18 that was drunk shortly before. In any case, one could immediately guess Islay here before thinking of the Isle of Skye. There are also fruit notes with ripe, sweet apples and pears and, of course, strong vanilla. The aromas are strong and present where they were more muted in the 18 year old. And here the smoke also has the maritime, wild touch, which was only hinted at at 18s.
    • Taste
      It's ripe, juicy fruit seasoned with rich smoke, ash and charcoal, plus powerful vanilla from the charred hogsheads. The whisky is not sweet but fruity with ashy vanilla and some wood at the end. The peppery aroma with the freshness of ginger then hits the cheekbones and doesn't come from the alcohol alone. The taste of the smoke also shows its maritime side - even if Talisker is not stored by the sea, but in Blackgrange, Diageo's large warehouse near Stirling. And it is not brought there in barrels, but in tankers. So much for whisky romance, made by the sea ...
    • Finish
      Strong smoke remains, plus wood and vanilla pulp, maybe a few peanuts with ginger pickled in citrus.

      The American Bourbon Hogsheads characterize this bottling, especially with warm vanilla and beautiful fruits. But it is also a beautiful, maritime island whisky with power. It just has a lot that the Core Range bottlings lack. It is edgier, fruitier and more clearly structured than the 18-year-old. The whisky benefits from better casks, no chill filtration and coloring and cask strength. That should be the hallmarks of the core range, at least their more upscale bottlings and not just those of the fancy-priced special releases.

  19. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    1657) Talisker, 15YO, 2019, Diageo Special Release, Natural Cask Strength

    Been a powerhouse of rugged and wild flavour with utmost allured coastal character. Highly consistent all these years that One actually need a best of "luck" to encounter any 'ball-less' Greyjoy.
    • Nose
      N- Initial oily wood spices smoke intersect with mixed ripe and dried fruits. Scents of sea mist, driftwood and bonfire begin to reveal itself with intruding depth of of vanilla, ashes, pickled sour ginger and umami sweetness. Whiff of raw fish with oddly distinctive floral follow on, that somehow, blended in seamlessly. Lots going on relentlessly, highly evolving and compact throughout. (92/23)
    • Taste
      P- Oily wood and sweet top notes, oozes of strengthy ashiness and peppered honey racing to the nose. Well balanced and adequate spicy-sour that prompt the mouthwatering flavour to flows. Chews for the scents of piled fallen dried leaf. (91/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, soothing spiciness brought out best mouthfeel of creamy sweet-heart with herb-coastal edge. Lasting warmness at the back palate that feels like a clear morning sun. (91/22)

      B/B- 93/23

      Weighted Rate- 90pt

  20. ailean scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  21. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A worthy successor bottle to the very remarkable Special Release 2018. In view of the drinking strength and the relatively high stated age, the issue price was downright fair, in contrast to the two eight-year Special Release bottles of the following years 2020 and 2021.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. domani scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great talisker with old school character and intense oak aromas. I would not have expected that. I like it with and without adding water, even if the alcohol is very well integrated - 12/29/2021
    • Nose
      Strong nose, the alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant, I have fruit notes, woody notes, fine honey sweetness, the smoke is pleasantly restrained and always stays in the background, the whisky looks very old and ripe, fine leathery-dusty sherry profile, date , Fig, tobacco leaves

      With water, some tart fruit notes, lemon, mint
    • Taste
      Dry, sweet, chilli, woody-tart, grassy, maritime, the smoke again only subtle, oily texture, malt sweetness

      With water it becomes sugary sweet and the oak becomes more intense
    • Finish
      Long, old, dusty wood, campfire smoke, acacia honey, nutmeg

  23. red71 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. Don Cassi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts out fruity of apricot with a touch of burning attic.

    In the mouth, the alcohol conveys sweet and sour fruit notes and a hint of pepper.

    In the finish, the fruitiness increases again before chocolate-ashy smoke sets in.
    Length: 6/10

    Great, intense and fruity-smoky Talisker that cleverly combines the strengths of the 10 and 18.

    Note 1-

  25. rottendon scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very nice to drink, very harmonious. Nothing is too much, nice balance.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    The resolution is not surprising, the whisky screams Talisker from beginning to end.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Tender smoke, peaches and caramel to begin with. Caramel and peaches quickly give way to a strong herbal note. After standing for a while, a lot of fruit again, hardly any herbs and only very little smoke, slightly mineral. Warms little change, more mineral, more smoke.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Quite strong and slightly tingling to begin with, but a nice mixture of honey and herbs, oily consistency, strong warmth. In the second sip, the whole thing is accompanied by pleasant acidity.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is long, warms up vigorously, the tingling persists into the finish and the whole thing becomes increasingly sweet as it fades, then very late as ashy. Here, too, the acidity lingers into the finish with the second sip.

  26. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  27. Dogs2 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Like the dry peat smoke, not impetuous, rather warm and cozy. Maritime-salty with honey, vanilla and a little lemon or lime, ginger.
    The dry peat smoke is also present in the taste, salty, slightly tingling notes, a bit of spicy malt, sweetness similar to canned peaches, more chili than pepper, powerful and full-bodied, I can unreservedly confirm, but never too much of a good thing.
    Medium-long finish with spicy oak notes, sweet and mild smoke, then becoming slightly dry.
    Despite the 57% no alcoholic tinge in the nose or sharpness in the taste, rather the opposite, the alcohol really pushes the aromas. Nothing bothers you, a lot fits.

    A Talisker that I really like again. It's a shame that I tasted it too late, the prices are no longer really attractive.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. Malthead19 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    - a super successful special edition
    - With the predecessor from 2018 quite on par
    and both significantly better than the 2020 successor
    - for about 120 € you get a lot on offer
    from the "aroma palette"
    • Nose
      creamy, buttery, shortbreat, honey, sweetness, very tasty smell, like liquid butter biscuit
    • Taste
      oW: strong but not unpleasant start, the sweet, creamy first impression in the nose is fully confirmed, shortbread meets spice and pepper, a bit salty, and thanks to the 57% a lot of boost on the taste superhighway, yet very easy to drink pure;

      mW: still sweet, but surprisingly still as powerful / spicy as without water, whereby the aroma comes across better without adding water
    • Finish
      sweetish medium-long finish;
      long sticky aromatic aftertaste

  29. schengel10 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    ... after the extraordinary 8 year old from 2018, this 15 year old is also a very, very good malt - so you should carry on ...
    • Nose
      88 88
      Citrus, oranges (peel), minimal smoke, some alcohol, maritime (salt) - in my opinion the nose is still quite subdued ...
    • Taste
      90 90
      a powerful start, very sweet (barley sugar), slightly maritime, salty, herbs, liquorice, vanilla, briefly flaming spices (chilli, pepper), warming and quite complex;
    • Finish
      89 89
      the finish is medium-long, oily and peppery, then it ends slightly dry;

  30. HunterRomario scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 57.3%
    Aroma: Sea coast, smoky. Earthy and fresh at the same time. Salinity, fruity sweetness and smoke in one. Rich, expressive, I enjoy it a lot. (92 b)
    Taste: Oily on the tongue. An explosion of tastes and perceptions. Sweet, licorice, salty. A little nuts and overripe fruits. Tar. (94 b)
    Points: 93/100
    Summary: Tasted at the Whisky Festival 2021 in Malá Morávka. This was a great show, rich, it suited me beautifully, the best whisky of this year's festival for me.

  31. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. hlz30 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is indeed a pity to sit back and see how the price of this dram increased...This could be my favourite Talisker so far.
    • Nose
      90 90
      It fell on the mildly smoky-intensively fruity side. Smoke, vinegar, brand-new leather, barbeque and costal breeze on the first sniff (along with the impact of alcohol, though it didn't blow me away). Then came the lovely heather pollen-orange pulp (typical talisker) side, along with glazing honey, TCM patches. There was also notes of glue, air fresher and shoe polishing wax. Adding water brought out the sea salt.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Intensively sweet, followed by refreshing tanginess. Extremely fragrant with orange and lemon juice, heather pollen. The peppery attack is vibrant but not offensive. Chewing led to increased oiliness-smoothness, as well as the burnt wood smokes and the bitterness under the fruity-floral sweet notes. In short, it was powerful and astringent but not inflated.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, absolutely. Mild medicinal bitterness, lemon zest, pollen fragrance. The mouthfeel is warm and between drying or mouth-watering, along with the numbness of Szechuan pepper. Iodine, cream and malty (beer) notes came last

  33. fradin11 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  34. lipphi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  35. STL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  36. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sharp smoke, toffee , strawberry, iodine, very pleasant

  37. eselsim scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    WLW 2021

    Tried that dram not that long ago at Odessa Maltstock, and it is still the same as I remember it, great cask selection by DIAGEO, immensely good dram

  38. thebonewolf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Smoke under minerally fruit. Malt with a lemony twinge to it.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spice, black pepper into cayenne. Tames to wood.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Malty, drying, a bit of spice. Ash late. Long. Like, very long.

  39. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  40. eselsim scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Jun 06.2020 Odessa Maltstock vol. 2

    22.5/22.5/22.5/22.5 90

    Solid Talisker

  41. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very successful bottling, much more complex and balanced than the standard releases of recent years - nice combination of smoke and fruit
    • Nose
      89 89
      Clear smoke wafts around the ripe plums, earthy ash and fully ripe peaches - a nice balance between smoke, pepper and fruit, also a maritime touch
    • Taste
      90 90
      Fruit sweetness and a dash of pepper, powerful and yet balanced - a drop of water is very good for it
    • Finish
      88 88
      The fruit and ash combination remains in a maritime environment for a long time

  42. marcusjang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very good use of (re-)charred barrels, I assume. The oak-smoke balance in the finish is immaculately done. There are a few odd notes here and there, such as chili peppers or furniture polish that I think came from the casks, but those only add to the overall complexity in the end.

    As for the rest the intense Talisker charaters do shine. A great presentation.
    • Nose
      Apple cider, red hot chili peppers, black peppers, slight furniture polish, some campfire, coastal air
    • Taste
      Red apple peels, lemon, oily texture, chili & black peppers, slight antiseptic, sea breeze, some caramel
    • Finish
      Wood fire, aromatic oak, black pepper, slight brine, antiseptic, smoke, quite long

  43. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Moltostock Odessa-2021, festival testing
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  44. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  45. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  46. K C Wong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  47. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I have to admit I didn't give it due attention the first time I tasted it. After a while, the sample comes across as completely different
    • Nose
      85 85
      Spicy, malty, fresh, oaky and honest. A classic, beautiful malt
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sugary, sweet, spicy and creamy at the same time. Something special, without question
    • Finish
      88 88
      Delicious, tasty, spicy, sweet and medium-long and pleasant.

  48. besar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  49. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Shoplink Moderator

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

  50. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A drizzle of milky vanilla. Lemon pulp. Calcareous iodine, mineral. Barley sugar. Chlorinated water, a touch of ether, turpentine. Some fruits, quinces, apricots, lightly fermented. Talisker markers are there, tide, salt, heather, sandy undergrowth, pine needles, rock and lichen. Eucalyptus. Fruit torrents with the addition of water. Grapefruit, prickly pear, lychee. Mouth where the peat stands out a little, but the fruits remain pregnant, slight astringency, spices, turmeric, ginger, chives. Peppers, exotic fruits, nuts. Liquid silk. Fairly quiet finish after all that, but long, sweet, cane syrup, pear juice, pebbles, earthy charcoal.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2021/05/talisker-15-yo-special-release-2019.html
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      92 92

  51. RobbievdB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Really good Talisker and price quality wise absolutely not that bad. This Special Release offers a clean Talisker profile at a solid strength. Aroma wise.. loads of sweet citrus fruits, some tropical fruits and toffee sweetness perfectly balanced by maritime, salty, peppery and smooth peat notes. Really good stuff.

  52. SpringBarley scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    yes, this is my type of talisker. enough age, power and amazing finish. problem: price
    won today vs 8yo 2018 88pts. and 2011 HL Single Cask 85pts.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  53. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  54. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty stuff! Classically Talisker, comparable to 57 North, but with more oaky, vanilla’d richness from the casks and some extra complexity from the age. The oily texture and complex and layered development are the highlight for me. Worth hunting down for Talisker fans.

    Nose: Fragrant and pungent. There’s an interesting sweet-sour-savoury mix going on. Fuzzy Peaches (the candy, as well as the fruit), grapefruit, vanilla, honey, dried flowers, and fresh-cut grass. Brine, minerals, wax, black pepper, and fragrant salty driftwood-smoke. and There’s a strong nutty malt and sesame note, which, along with the brine, reminds me of Springbank more than anything. Some graham crackers, chocolate, crusty bread, and breakfast tea with milk. Some raisins and balsamic vinegar emerge with time.

    Palate: Oily texture. Tart, salty, and waxy up front, then dried chilis, black coffee, earthy peat smoke, and brine. Long and complex development. Yellow plums, white cherries, pineapple, hard cheese, apples, cinnamon and allspice. Custardy vanilla and pastry notes, as well as dark rye bread, turmeric and cumin. Fragrant smoke, black pepper, burnt sugar, and dark chocolate on the back end.

    Finish: Juicy and intense. Nori, wax, and heathery smoke. Lemon, orange, and olive oils, banana, and clove. A little bit of yogurt. Mild oak, black pepper, and black tea.

  55. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  56. yggr scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  57. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is a delicious talisker that goes in the direction of the 18 with more thump.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Round and vanilla, old chest of drawers, a cold fireplace, a fresh citrus scent. Ripe nose that invites you to plunge into the sweet and tart temptation.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Round and strong, with turmeric, a little pepper and fireplace smoke, hardly noticeable alcohol.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long finish, intense, with smoky and fruity notes.

  58. DerDennis! scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  59. jkswift scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  60. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  61. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  62. sarthur71 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      noticeably marine - salty and iodine; thick and rich; light notes of peat, burnt wood or straw, zest, wood
    • Taste
      88 88
      also very rich, the same sea, salty; sharp - a high degree is felt; notes of rubber glue, fireplace, overripe apples
    • Finish
      86 86
      of medium length, rather sluggish; less salty, slightly resinous, mineral

  63. butt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  64. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: fruit combined with light peat. A little varnish. It is very enjoyable.
    Flavor: From the first sip, noticeable earthiness with an addition of dried fruit. The whole is nicely balanced. At times I felt light spices but it didn't bother me that much. A nice combination of fruit with light peat. A nice bottle too.
    Rating: 88 | 100 Quite a long peaty finish. Nice bottle.

  65. elipszis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Brings what you expect from a talisker, the house style is there.
    • Nose
      91 91
      apricots
      shoe polish
      lime
      old wood
      strawberry cream
      pineapple
    • Taste
      92 92
      clay
      lime
      bitter
      house style with extras
      rounded
      apricot peach jam with salt sauce
    • Finish
      92 92
      napoleon cake with salty caramel sauce
      medium long

  66. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Different yet a distinct Talisker. Does not bring the power and intensity as previous 8yo Special Ed. but nice different notes incl. lots of coconut. Give it a chance and it will become your friend, the inherent quality is there.

  67. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Smell: There is a 57-degree alcohol alert in the air, but the aroma does not mean to lose. The rich salt-baked cashew nuts, honeydew melon and cream are on the edge of the cup. The soot in the middle section did not last for two seconds, more It's salted egg yolk, and the citrus-flavored powdery gas appeared at the end. It's gratifying!

    Drink: The refreshing oily feeling of olive oil, but as long as it touches the place, it will be covered with astringent thorns, wrapped around the teeth, wrapped around the lips, sighed with a handful of black smoke in the throat, but the attention has been lost. Not there at all.

    Feeling: Tesca doesn’t have to have the taste of the sea before it can be enjoyed. The re-roasted bourbon pig’s head barrel has a thick charcoal layer. During the maturation process, it adsorbs many unpleasant things. At the same time, the sulfur compounds also give the wine a rich cream and tropical fruit flavor. This rough guy, Tesca, seems to be forced to put on sweet and pleasant clothes, and his beard, chest hair and other things are also shaved. In the end, even if the clothes were torn (loss of balance) and the painting style was rough (the taste was not good), the moment he played was already worth the price.

  68. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The aroma is gaining slowly, at first frankly empty, later begins to play cool. A wonderful reincarnation. The taste and aftertaste are not hidden, powerful, with a bunch of branded pepper. Good whisky.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Bread, salted seaweed, berries, varnish, citrus notes, dust, wax, oak, milk iris, smoked fish, farm notes, candies "Sea stones" with raisins, vanilla, oatmeal cookies, peppers and currant leaves, dried fruits.
    • Taste
      91 91
      A bunch of branded peppers, honey, meat, oak, citrus, paint.
    • Finish
      90 90
      A bunch of hot peppers, meat, oak, bitter lemon zest, long, dry.

  69. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  70. Wolf68 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  71. Foudos scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  72. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  73. Igitor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  74. Vince scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A great and full strength version that fits perfectly between the benchmark 10 and the more sophisticated but slightly more jaded 18.

  75. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  76. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A very good Talisker! They should do this more often. It works very well at this age and at CS.
    • Nose
      Straight away that typical Talisker smell. Salty peat and seaweed. These 2 sensations are often detected by me in Talisker and this is no exception. I like this a lot. Fresh hints of citrus fruits, bbqed beef, mild clove and smokey vanilla. Love the nose. After adding water the bbqed beef is more like pot roast.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is a heavy one. Smoked chicken, clove and white pepper. Quite a bite in this fellow but that doesn’t surprise me. This needs water, period. Once it swims it gives way more balance. Peated oak, sweet fruits, mild spices and maritime influences.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium and dominated by maritime peat. But there is also some kind of freshness to it and something like hay, barley and peanuts.
      This is definitely a very good malt! Way better then those 8yo special releases.

  77. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A very good Talisker! They should do this more often. It works very well at this age and at CS.
    • Nose
      Straight away that typical Talisker smell. Salty peat and seaweed. These 2 sensations are often detected by me in Talisker and this is no exception. I like this a lot. Fresh hints of citrus fruits, bbqed beef, mild clove and smokey vanilla. Love the nose. After adding water the bbqed beef is more like pot roast.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is a heavy one. Smoked chicken, clove and white pepper. Quite a bite in this fellow but that doesn’t surprise me. This needs water, period. Once it swims it gives way more balance. Peated oak, sweet fruits, mild spices and maritime influences.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium and dominated by maritime peat. But there is also some kind of freshness to it and something like hay, barley and peanuts.
      This is definitely a very good malt! Way better then those 8yo special releases.

  78. L_Gillian scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Again such a well crafted single malt from the Diageo Special Releases (my first was the Lagavulin 12).
    You do get what you pay for, a premium and complex, unique and very engaging experience, again the focus lays less on the nose and more on the palate and finish, instead of the other way around which is nice.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Marine paint, wet rocks, chalk and a beautiful sugary salt-sweet zing that reminds me of the core 18. Hospital smell, vanilla and sweet lemon extract. Somewhat restrained but still fun to explore!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Rather dry at first, accompanied with that sugary sweetness before that storm of lightly-smoked Talisker pepper whips up and takes over the palate for a moment! Afterwards some salt and vanilla toffee, chalky dust everywhere. Keep on chewing and it becomes sweet again.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dry and long. Puff pastry cheese straws comes to mind for a second when swallowed! Slight cloud of that peppery Talisker-smoke again, Sesame seeds, grapefruit, toffee, smoke-note almost becomes sigarette-like.

  79. MickMatrix scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  80. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It needs some time to breathe, open up and mellow.. The taste is the greatest part, and especially the herbal part is a masterpiece
    • Nose
      87 87
      A bit woody and sour. Unripe tropical fruits, honey, white pepper plus some salinity. As the glass gets empty the nose gets more mellowed and balanced
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very sweet, quite smoky, wonderfully herbal, orange and lemon skins, plus salinity again
    • Finish
      90 90
      Quite long, the first half in line with the mouth but returning towards the end to slightly woody notes of the nose

  81. Madkimpe scored this whisky 87 points Newbie

    A more laid-back version of Talisker. Very nice, round and warming. A tad better than the 8-year old from 2020.

  82. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It’s a solid pour, powerful yet balanced. I do give a edge to the standard 10yr, but that’s just my palate.
    • Nose
      Light peat, wet cedar, malt, hay, sweet honey, warm milk
    • Taste
      Much like the nose! The smoke cuts through nicely, sweet malt, brine, ash, vanilla, tart, peppery
    • Finish
      Briney, pepper, vegetal smoke, sweet oak, tropical fruits

  83. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  84. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  85. Yarema scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A bitter medical bomb flavored with light fumigation. Very good whisky, but for an exotic lover!
    Nose - 22
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 22
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 88

  86. froyer scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    awesome

  87. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  88. pere scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  89. jkswift scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  90. ThorstenH scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Wood notes dominate, including some fruit
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pleasant in the mouth, fruity. Balanced.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Salivation, long finish, more wood notes again.

  91. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Great malt. I like it better than the standard range. Wonderfully aromatic.
    • Nose
      maritime notes, light subtle smoke, slightly sweet and citrus-fruity, very refreshing, alcohol is well integrated. Slightly salty in the background
    • Taste
      Strongly spicy start, citrus fruits, somewhat sweet and at the same time peppery, light smoke in the background
    • Finish
      Nice aromatic finish, spicy with pepper, maritime notes, very pleasant smoke notes

  92. holborndrinker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Well worth a look.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Apricots - very pleasant.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fruity, spicy, warming - oranges
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long - lingers nicely.

  93. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Like some Diageo SR, it has got off a bit too badly for me over the years, a really great, medieval Talisker with nice power and all the important notes, yes, the nose is a little surprisingly closed, otherwise it would probably have. even cracked 90. This is certainly also due to the> 40k bottles and the price for a 15y large batch ...
    • Nose
      Green and red apples, black pepper, actually the Talisker chilli, ginger, liquorice, aniseed, tree resin
    • Taste
      Ginger, chamomile, chilli, black pepper, then nice red apple, pink grapefruit, tangerine, rough salt, tarragon, lemongrass, crunchy, delicious oak, delicious, lightly roasted malt, honey and hazelnut, roibo tea, rosemary, a hint of fennel
    • Finish
      Bitter orange, rooibos, anise, rosemary, malt, ginger, medium to long, intense finish

  94. Marcinek scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Very nice cask strength Talisker. Part of the 2019 Diageo Special Releases that actually come out every now and again once in each year.

    Packaging is quite solid - I like the tin. And it's characteristic - easy to recognize by its bottle like each one from the SR.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Nose is quite complex, but needs a bit time to open up. Unlike any other from the Talisker standard releases this is more herbaceous and vanilla-sh than marine. Of course the unmistakable sea- or ocean-like notes are there, it's a Talisker signature.

      Water helps to open it up but after adding it to the whisky the whole dram gets very sharp - unpleasantly so. It needs time to sit in a glass a bit - even up to 30 mins.
    • Taste
      90 90
      This is complex. First I got a burst of citruses but that fades away quite fast. The background is tannic oak with loads of vanilla. There is a lot of spice hanging around. The chilli catch is there but all in all alcohol is well hidden. All is mixed with familiar salty maritime and marine Talisker note.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is bitter-sweet with smoke tingling the tongue and throat. But these are purely phenols building that smoke texture. Also that tannic oak stays put but this time it pushes towards spices.

      A lovely dram.

  95. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I like it very much. The combination of fruit, sweetness and smoke suits me. Looks well balanced and very consistent. The alcohol is also well integrated for me.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Not an easy start, it already has strength, you can already tell in your nose, but without stinging or looking too alcoholic. Refreshing menthol, maritime notes, very rough seas come to mind, brine, great integrated smoke that doesn't seem too dominant. Sweet honey, fruity oranges, dates, figs, then there are some grassy notes, malt, with a light citrus fruit in the background.
    • Taste
      88 88
      A good portion of oak spice at the beginning, almost chilli-spicy beginning, but then again wonderfully pleasantly sweet, salt with campfire smoke, liquorice. Seaweed and dried fruits like raisins, dates, figs, a touch of fresh mint follows, but then again more spiciness, ginger, somewhat bitter chocolate with a light nut aroma.
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium-long finish, flowery, floral, but also spicy and hot with oak, some smoke remains, with light fruit sweetness with vanilla,

  96. raithrover scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Solid enough, but lacking dynamic character.

  97. LordBellamy scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    with water: with a few drops it becomes a little rounder, I would recommend adding water, although it actually doesn't need it

    Conclusion: a very typical, honest Talisker who delivers exactly what you expect. Plus in Cask Strength. Diageo really did everything right here, including when it comes to the PLV
    • Nose
      first nose, bamm, that's how a talisker has to be, aromatic peat smoke, pine needles, the famous pepper is also there, slight influence of salt, vanilla and some culinary herbs, ginger, some orange, very well integrated alcohol, if you give it time in the glass, it will Always sweeter, more vanilla, cookie dough, nougat, even a little nutty
    • Taste
      sweet start, nice melange from the peppery Talisker smoke, some fruits, salt aromas, caramel, vanilla
    • Finish
      long, Chilicatch, great sweetness, vanilla, oak spice, some seaweed

  98. udegner scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  99. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 844: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbx0-NCB7zE (84/100).

    "It's a big, syrupy, sweet & sour, full volume but sort of tamed version of Talisker."

  100. jkswift scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  101. udegner scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  102. LordTim scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Really classic Talisker beyond average, hard to find fantastic combination between smoky and sherry.

  103. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Creamy vanilla, ripe apples, apple juice, ripe strawberry, fresh berries, hints of savory and rocks, slight metallic, Hindered floral scents, vegetables, green peppers. 88
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet and sour! First was candy like sweet then Plums sour, abundant salts, chars, woods, 86
    • Finish
      86 86
      Heavy chars, salts, some brought back sweetness, and also little tannin 86

  104. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Apple, hazelnut, peat smoke, white grape, vanilla sugar
    • Taste
      88 88
      Subtle peat, apple, vanilla, orange, honey and a maltiness that reminds of a blond beer.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat, vanilla, apple, white grape and honey.

  105. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Very hot and powerful - it's not the burning but really the taste of chili that makes it special - very different than the 8yo special release that was more balanced and drinkable
    • Nose
      91 91
      Citric, pepper, chili, mango, papaya, vanilla, bacon and ham, little dry hay, spices - really not bad
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, little fruitiness, citrusy, hints of honey, more spicy, ginger, chili again, some woody notes - very good
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, burning, more chili

  106. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Not enough complexity to garner 90 points, but close!
    • Nose
      89 89
      A bit of metal machinery mixed with a fishing boat.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Salty, peppery, peaty, pretty straight forward, very linear, very good. Strong stuff. Good job by the whiskymaker... ie Diageo. They have a budget of a few billion dollars... They should be able to put out a decent whisky here and there. Props.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long.

  107. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      A lot of cask influence up front. Big on honey, straw, wood spices, and caramelized sugars. It's really very sweet. Once you've gotten past that, the peat and maritime Talisker character make themselves felt. Finally an herbal, earthy aspect reveals itself. I'd say this is a typical modern, mid-aged Talisker from very active (young or rejuvenated) ex-Bourbon casks, with the sweetness dialed up. Nice enough, but not outstanding.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Smooth and silky arrival with a nicely oily mouthfeel. Lots of ex-Bourbon wood doing most of the talking. From the mid-palate onwards, the spices and peppery Talisker character steadily increase in intensity, with the peat building up as well. Toward the end there's a wave of sweetness with a lot of staying power. The liquid literally clings to your teeth and the inside of your mouth, making for a long-lasting finish that is, however, pretty much reduced to smoke and sweetness. Still, a very well-made and intense experience that hews much closer to what I expect from a Talisker than what the nose had delivered. Moderate peat, big on spice and pepper.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Peat + sweet

  108. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great whisky, a wide palette of derivatives, wonderful soft smoky peat notes framed by sweet cream, excellent balance, depth, very smooth, polished, pompous.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, velvety smoky peat notes, polished wood, lemon peel, stone chips, chalk, leather goods, a few bandages, uncoated tablets, cocoa.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, smoky peat notes, sweet creamy shades - butterscotch, fudge; ash-mineral tones, ginger, lemon zest, mineral water with orange juice, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Soft, warming, delicate smoky peat notes, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, sweet creamy tones, leather goods, pipe tobacco, pepper, roasted nuts.

  109. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose. Linden flowers, baked apples, yellow Apple in honey, salt and iodine, tree bark, oak bark. Taste. Salty, iodized, seaweed and fruit salad. Dinner at the sea in summer. The aftertaste is salty and long-lasting. The sweetness comes out.

  110. TsiAI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Room temperature when drinking: 25 ℃

    Viewing Eyes: golden smell Nose: rubber, fish washed on the beach, western spices, grass fruit, white cardamom, galangal, lemongrass, yeast dough, smoke, air freshener. Wait a few minutes, cream mousse, German black bread, fruit vinegar, thick smoked feeling, a lot of irritation, and it feels very suitable for tabaco sour cream, fried lamb chops. Bacon, instant noodles with Orleans roasted chicken flavor, quite solid, I don't feel the smell, the tail has a very sour lime and dusty taste Palate: very high acidity, the front is lemon, passion fruit, blood orange. Then came white pepper, milk buns, sweet steak, tannins, mints. In the middle and back sections, there are bacon, tobacco, and salty bitterness of seawater. Rocks and shells become the protagonists again, and the stimulation is heavier.
    Finish: Finish, long, tannin, smoked seafood salad, parmesan cheese powder, arugula, bergamot essential oil, earthy body: medium, smooth, medium fat, with tannin

    Nose: 85.5 / 100
    Palate: 85.5 / 100
    Finish: 86/100
    Body: 86/100
    Overall: 85.5 / 100

    Overall: The advantages and disadvantages are quite obvious. There are many interesting elements, but they are simply stacked and not harmonious enough. It feels more like a guinea pig, fun, but there are a lot of problems.

  111. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    First a slight smokiness, which quickly moves into the background. The Talisker looks sweet and the smell is reminiscent of light, dry fruit such as apricot. Mint gives the aroma a pleasant freshness. I also notice citrus notes, oak flavor and a pinch of sea salt. •

    Taste:
    Subtle campfire smoke is there right from the start. In the mouth it becomes sweet immediately, it tastes of candied fruit. Now the typical chilli catch occurs and it burns a little on the tongue (not uncomfortable). I associate salt, vanilla and caramel with burnt sweet / salty nuts from the fair. •

    Outlet:
    Long and warm, spicy-sweet. Finally getting a little dry.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  112. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  113. coldsun scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very strong powerful kind of Talisker! Peaty, salty, malty and really bold and impressive!

  114. Halkyon scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  115. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: Old Gold (E150).

    Comment: I have a conflicting relationship with Talisker, the whisky is not too smoky on the one hand (I don't like ashtrays) and has a very individual salt / tang note, which, at least in an older version of the 18 year old, was far too penetrating for my taste. Pre-skirmishes aside: I like it even better than the G&M Caskstrength-Ledaig from the regulars' table recently, resin top, menthol great, salt not too much, and not excessively vanillaized by fresh wood. A future classic for me. Although it costs € 60 more than the Ledaig, it is originally filled and it says Talisker and Special Release. Reasonably priced, 42k bottles effectively prevent bottle flipping, my Orkney Islands barrel 28 this year. 91 points, strongly dropped level in the sample bottle.
    • Nose
      Resinous, wet algae, salty spray, black pepper, brackish water. Apple peel, sourdough. After breathing a little: flamed orange peel, sunflower oil. So far, smoke has only arrived in the form of a strong resin note - correction: smoldering, decayed wood. With water: wet wood, moldy water, salt, some tree sap. Apple juice. A hint of cinnamon, wet autumn leaves, hay. Loses bite with water, unfortunately in a negative sense.
    • Taste
      With water: resin and brackish water, charred bark, algae. Hot campfire, some soot, cough syrup. Mint, some eucalyptos, ricola, a hint of incense. Oysters, more sunflower oil, resinous smoke only late. Green pepper, dill.
    • Finish
      Long, wet earth, brackish water, strong coffee, humus, lots of tree sap, even more menthol. A hint of vanilla.

  116. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Peat smoke, maritime notes, seasalt, pepper, sweet barley, spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon), citrus
    • Taste
      91 91
      Peat smoke, oily, spicy (pepper, salt), seaweed, fruity (apples, peaches, lemons), caramel
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, smoky, spicy, drying, citrus, toffee

  117. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This Talisker with its typical maritime notes and beautiful complexity is particularly appealing on the nose. The alcohol is a little too superficial for my taste and on the palate the whisky degrades again in terms of complexity. Nevertheless, a sensible drop that encourages smelling above all
    • Nose
      90 90
      It starts smoky, a salty sea breeze comes up. Later strong vanilla, pepper, mint and the alcohol cools something in the nose. After some time smoked fish, toasted bread and citrus
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smoky, salty, peppery and somewhat bitter. Alcohol is pretty dominant
    • Finish
      87 87
      Warming, moderate bitterness, peppery

  118. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An absolutely brilliant Talisker bottling !!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
      IT: 89
      B: 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  119. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    One of the highlights at the last virtual tasting.

    Color: dark straw
    • Nose
      sweet smoke, cherries, apple, powidl, apricot
    • Taste
      Leather, powidl, smoke, apricot, apple, almond
    • Finish
      Powidl, sawdust, almonds, cocoa, light smoke, long

  120. gaboruso scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  121. matt.schwarz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  122. Lebenswassertester scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    in direct comparison to the 18er
    • Nose
      extreme sulfur notes, a hint of shortbread and peppermint
    • Taste
      a good peppery sharpness
      salty, bitter
    • Finish
      scharf, maritime

  123. Barbone scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  124. claymore84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 03-24-2020.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  125. Mankut scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The 57.3% are barely noticeable. Absolutely fruity, light Talisker seasoning is combined with bright fruits and a great sweetness.
    Nothing disturbs nothing burns. 15 years ..... they must have read the barrels when choosing them. I would estimate the taste blind at least 20 years +. No youth and slightly more pleasant smoke than sound. I like that....
    Something reminds me of this bright but perfect bottling from Strathisla of the 60s.
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/24773

  126. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  127. Mr. D. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  128. etwa77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    this is a very complicated (for me) dram. i bought the bottle based on the reviews of some users here that i respect a great deal (lesson learnt!).. only to be left frustrated by this mixed bag of offerings.

    Water makes it more drinkable, but not more interesting. Everything dies down, the bad, but also the good.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is the best part.. very salty and oily, farmy peat but not the heavy, Ledaig-ian kind.. more supple, a bit flowery.. actually quite a bit of violets.. yes, apples and peaches.. a hint of orange rind. White pepper sprinkled on top.
    • Taste
      84 84
      difficult to peak apart, nothing seems to be consistent enough (for me) to take a ‘look’ at.. sensations come and go with some really nice ones replaced by odd tastes.. initially, i got a cloyingly sweet taste, not good.. followed by salty caramel and slightly sherried peat, very good.. than a short taste of vomit, not good, wtf.. a soft breeze of bitter herbs to pull me back.

      Water turns everything down, adding a slight sour note at the end.
    • Finish
      86 86
      a bit of pepper, citric oils and a tiny bit of smoke.. salty and bitter notes here and there.. the finish of a breath mint.. nothing devastating, but quite civilized, especially after the vomit part.

  129. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      87 87

  130. BehindSpace scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  131. ldcsh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I didnt feel any special things

    [29 Feb 2020]
    Fruity Talisker~!

  132. KauffmanMD scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  133. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Quality is high, but not my favourite notes. Not a necessary purchase for me personally. I know it’s the favourite of many, out of this years release. I prefer the Cragganmore.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Hot and spicy with lots of pepper. White, black, cayenne. All the peppers. Orange zest, some wax, soft florals, nougat. Water is obligatory, for me at least.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Chocolate orange, soft wax, still lots of pepper, paprika. Good viscous mouthfeel. Vanilla and gentle peat that comes across as smoke.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, spicy with pepper running all the way (even with water). Soft smoke, but still quite spicy, even with lots of water.

  134. Lorion scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Great! Finally a really good smoker. An incredibly good Talisker! 91 points.
    • Nose
      Smoke. More than expected. But it is not ashy smoke, the years have done quite a bit. It is an aromatic, fruity smoke. Very pleasant. Exotic fruits. Passion fruit and kiwi. Oranges. Everything near a crackling fireplace. A sweetness develops and gradually becomes clearer. Initially the nose cools a bit, but then it becomes very smooth.

      Water: Now the nose becomes creamy. That's interesting! The smoke fades into the background and you have a creamy, fruity fruit basket under your nose.
    • Taste
      Wow. Incredibly full, no trace of burning alcohol. Incredibly cute, even sweeter than the nose would suggest. It's not nearly acidic for kiwi. Rather, I have a hint of mango here. And honey. The oak also spices subtly and adds a little cinnamon. The taste is wonderfully sweet and fruity with a great smoke. Some incense sticks.

      Water: Absurdly sweet and full. The whisky flows through the mouth like honey.
    • Finish
      Long. The heat may fade away for a long time, but the whisky really stays in the mouth for a long time with its great sweetness and subtle tobacco nuances.

  135. happyNess scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Attention: This tasting is not entirely objective because I am a Talisker fan. :-)
    • Nose
      90 90
      Immediately very present. Harbor basin at low tide (with algae and silt), old oily ropes lie around. Crushed pepper and a thick vanilla sweetness and salty air. The smoke stays in the background.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Heavy and full. Surprisingly sweet and fruity, but fortunately still typical Talisker. Peppery and spicy with a certain sweetness and maritime expression.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, fruity-dry. The sweetness decreases, but the smoke comes out more clearly here.
      In conclusion, this 15 Years reminds me of a mixture of the Standard 10 Years and the 57 ° North.

  136. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh and clear. Juicy lemon, blossom honey, some smoke and leather behind. Grilled sea bream. Rosemary. Garden soil, aromatic mint.
    • Taste
      Silky, spicy. Apricots, limes, lemon ice cream. Light honey. Some coffee, ground hazelnuts, smoky wood ash and red pepper.

  137. Max70 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Round and warm, smoke and salt have married a grilled salmon fillet perfectly.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  138. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  139. smoked_herring scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Tasted at a Diageo-run tasting in Toronto last week. I really enjoyed last year's 8 year special release so I'm interested to see what almost double the maturation in bourbon will do for it!

    Colour: Dark Gold

    Nose: Very much like the 8, nice briney and oily aromas along with dried lemons, icing sugar, black tea, heather honey, raisins, sea salt and white pepper

    Palate: Nice and mouth coating but also very lemon and ash forward, and then I get a lot of silky bourbon caramels, black pepper, anise, oily ripe oranges, buttery almonds and rich heather honey

    Finish: Medium to Long with peppercorns, lemon oil, ripe oranges and cherry peel

    Very well rounded and delicious! Lots of oiliness and solid bourbon complexity giving lots of citrus, butters, nuts and very potent heather honey unlike the 8 which is more peat and spirit forward. The extra bourbon qualities really make this dram for me as the oiliness is quite potent and leaves a lot to crave over. Definitely the highlight of the collection!

  140. Balticsailor68 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Definitly the best Talisker I have tasted! Even overpassing the 18 years version. Definitly a buy!

  141. Balticsailor68 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Definitly the best Talisker I have tasted! Even overpassing the 18 years version. Definitly a buy!

  142. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet peat, smoke, honey, pear. Deep and rich nose.
    • Taste
      Sweet and rich with dark honey, peat, spice, pepper.
    • Finish
      Very intense and "volcanic", with sweet peat. Wonderful finish typical of Talisker.

  143. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Intense sweetness of vanilla paired with a slight saltiness. The Talisker tingles in the beginning, the barrel strength is noticeable. A little later, sweetness reappears, but clearly fruity, yellow, sweet and aromatic. The nose tickles from the pepper and the smoke is very restrained. Very fine and reserved. If I hadn't expected that, it is a lot of fun to sniff.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Immediately on the palate you notice a significantly higher intensity, vieeeeeel taste through the barrel strength. The palate is flooded with water, but remains very charming and does not become insolent at all. The sweetness is clearly evident in the taste with vanilla and a little citrus. The maritime notes of salt, on the other hand, are more subdued but are present as usual. The smoke is minimal, had expected more, but fine. A little later, more spice and wood notes appear with a little pepper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is not so long due to the subdued smoke, but it is very tasty.

  144. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Intense sweetness of vanilla paired with a slight saltiness. The Talisker tingles in the beginning, the barrel strength is noticeable. A little later, sweetness reappears, but clearly fruity, yellow, sweet and aromatic. The nose tickles from the pepper and the smoke is very restrained. Very fine and reserved. If I hadn't expected that, it is a lot of fun to sniff.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Immediately on the palate you notice a significantly higher intensity, vieeeeeel taste through the barrel strength. The palate is flooded with water, but remains very charming and does not become insolent at all. The sweetness is clearly evident in the taste with vanilla and a little citrus. The maritime notes of salt, on the other hand, are more subdued but are present as usual. The smoke is minimal, had expected more, but fine. A little later, more spice and wood notes appear with a little pepper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is not so long due to the subdued smoke, but it is very tasty.

  145. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    After a quick tasting, I decided to buy a bottle.
    My first impressions are validated. A very good Talisker. Rich, coastal, spicy, fruity and herbal. Tasty and moreish.
    • Nose
      Expected coastal notes with seashells, seaweeds and brine. Tar, lemons, smoke and hints of pepper. With time, whiffs of yellow fruits, aromatic herbs and pine resin !
    • Taste
      Punchy, oily and rich. A very nice mix of peppery, fruity, ashy and salty notes. Pepper, honey, peaches, pineapples, blackberries, brine and aromatic herbs. Liquorice, cloves and earthy peat.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, smoky and minty.

  146. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Great malt! I never thought it was Talisker (88)
    • Nose
      Yellow fruits, pineapple juice, raw salty dough .. a little peat and vanilla. A little citrus notes ... not bad, vanilla creosote (22)
    • Taste
      Juicy, Salty, Fruit, Smoky (22)
    • Finish
      The finish is sharp, ash and salt, minerality and light, wood viscosity .... more fruits and vanilla (22)

  147. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  148. Varrek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

  149. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This is nowhere near as charismatic as the 8 year old from last year.

    On the nose, slight hints of peat with sweeter notes such as caramel. Nothing as lively as the 8 year old.

    On the palate, dry coastal profile such as pepper and salted water. Some sea breeze as well. Smoke is also present but extremely tame, almost as though it is exhausted.

    The finish is short with a tad bit of smoke.

    I am not sure what to make of this bottle but this is definitely a disappointing release as compared to last year's release.

  150. Teresa scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  151. GJR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted Blind, didn't expect a Talisker. More peat and more punch then modern Talisker. But it's good.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  152. sakis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  153. Sandman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Seaweed, melon, apple, chili pepper, sea salt, almonds, smoke and gingerbread spices.

  154. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  155. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This time it is not only the nose that is convincing, because the palate can also surprise. A great texture for this age paired with everything your heart desires. Sweet, sour, salty and a little umami. So I have to say another Talisker for the ages. Clear purchase recommendation for all nerds. A must!
    • Nose
      The start at the nose is already on a high level. Sweet oak well balanced with some tobacco leaves. I haven't had such a good nose for a long time. The increase comes with water. Shouldn't be missing. A walk by the sea and lemongrass grows everywhere. Wow ... I am impressed for a moment!
    • Taste
      In the mouth towards the palate it then goes completely off. Peppery, salty, sweet and peated caramel sticks. But hello. This barrel choice is awesome. Respect to the Talisker house. Water again brings it closer and makes a softer texture. Almost the bottle of the year! So the question arises for me between him and my beloved 18er !?
    • Finish
      Medium to long but nothing special anymore. It is now clear that he is missing some important years. Anyway, peaty, peppery and still sweet, he leaves the stage like a big one. Strong bottle. Praise to Talisker and a big thank you to André for the big sample. Malt experience!

  156. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Overall, a nice malt, but not as complex as he could have been with 15 years. The 8-year-old Talisker from last year also made a similar impression, except that he unfolded his amazing complexity with water and this one did not develop much further here.

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  157. face scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  158. g00se scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    If I read my notes again, then that should actually be a good and exciting dram. Yes that's it too ... .Vlt .... But he just does not like me and does not make me happy. I do not know why, but that's not what I was hoping for. Or I have a wrong memory of the one 10-yo.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The alcohol stings right after pouring and without water first properly in the nose. After a while, the whole thing has calmed down and associate salt water (spray) and a thin, fine smoky note passes by. That's it for now. Every now and then there is something sweet / sour / bitter, but no idea what that is. The last drop from the glass smells the vanilla.
    • Taste
      86 86
      As with the first tasting first a bitter iodine note. Krass and bäää. Although I have this time in wise foresight already attached water is not a nice welcome :(
      A little more water (~ 48%) and sweet / salty notes come out and dry out the mouth. From the smoke is nothing to feel.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Now comes the peat smoke and a spicy oak cargo pushes through the mouth. The whole thing lingers only briefly. But salty and bitter, not astringent, like old oak. The famous Chillicatch is unfortunately out. Someone wrote here: Pfeffrig. I think that fits better.

  159. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Thick background smoke from fresh charred American Hogsheads (250l)... Pepper, nice warmth... Only beaten by the Lagavulin special release.

  160. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose : Lovely sweet smoke up front (beach bonfire), quite spicy as well, with chilly, ginger, and a peppery tang (Talisker, isn’t it?) quite coastal as well, with rocky beaches and motor boats gasoline , caramelized brown sugar stewed apples and lemon drops. very nice. It’s quite fierce but complex. with some water it becomes even more biting with hints of pine resin and some ash.

    Palate: A nice earthy start to it, with touches of chocolate and vanilla underneath, warm smoke, pepper and dark red fruit, black tea , charred wood, ash, and pepper. There’s also licorice and sea spray, with the sweet and peppery ash going a long way, with quite some earthy peat as well.

    Finish: big heaps of earthy peat, sweet pastries a sprinkle of sea-salt burnt toffee, and damp earth.

    Conclusion: A very good Talisker, with quite a lot of peat, ash and bonfire smoke in addition to sweetness and fruit. Lovely.

  161. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I found the 8er from the last time quite delicious - the many sherry has overshadowed me a bit like the Talisker DNA - this is the best for me since a long time from the still - the price is very fair for this balanced - clear - but mature still wild creation in CS - with dream nose
    • Nose
      91 91
      beautiful strong nose without alcoholic stinging, maritime and salty with nicely integrated great aged smoke, sweet honey, sourish delicious lemon, some grass, flowers, lime, nutmeg, cinnamon - if you let it rise rather sweeter fruits on - reminds me of Sherry, dried dates and figs, mint, furniture polish - very yummy - you can inhale deeply without stinging something or nose off - complex, delicious, vibrant alive - incredibly good to wegriechen
    • Taste
      89 89
      pleasant sweet, salty, nice camp fire smoke, clearly licorice, dried fruit - raisins, dats, figs, lemon - dense oily texture, very good to enjoy without water, some chalk, mint, ginger, a lot of cocoa with a little nut
    • Finish
      89 89
      Foliage, sawdust, old dry wood, resin, open fire, honey and dates, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, a little ash, seaweed, salty spray - nice oily, warm, medium long

  162. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    really great on the taste, on the nose just a bit too rough in comparison with the great taste
    • Nose
      85 85
      peat, black pepper, tar, salt, seaweed, burned wood, tobacco spices, mush, smoldering leaves, leather, post elastics, citrus, it put a smile on my face.
    • Taste
      87 87
      peat, brine, oranges and limes, salt water, peppery but still sweet as well. caramel, sweet ripe apples, chili peppers, small alcohol burn sensation, tobacco leaves.
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium long, peat and pepper, iodine and lemon, smoke, leaves, caramel and sweet lingering in the end of the finish

  163. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Compared to last year's 8yo, this one is a bit more harmonious. Blind tasted, I would not have come to an age difference of 7 years.
    A good malt, but as expected with a Diageo Special Release, you can not produce an exceptional malt at such a run.
    • Nose
      89 89
      In the beginning, youthful and floral, by waving in the glass he gains in complexity and gets his classic maritime touch.
      Smoked honey, iodine, pepper, orange peel, pipe tobacco, extinct campfire, metal
    • Taste
      87 87
      In the mouth, the same flavors are again, the Chili Catch of a younger Talisker shows clearly.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweet, smoky and caressing .... very pleasant round, with a good length.

  164. Eun1 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  165. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      An interesting combination of nutty winey oak with peppery smoke, sweet and chocolaty, damp cloth, young wood oakiness.
    • Taste
      Syrupy, salted caramel, juicy, netty, chilli peppers, dried onions, milk chocolates.
    • Finish
      Long, huge nutty smoke, smoked hams.

  166. Harvey scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very nice spicy salty maritime nose with smokiness and vanilla.
    This feels like it's going to get better with some time once opened... I like this a lot☺

  167. TaBoNi scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    2 things can be said about this bottling:
    1. From nose to palate, it can clearly be identified as a Talisker.
    2. You get what you´d expect from a 15-year-old Talisker in cask strength - no more, no less.
    And the latter seems to be the problem with this bottling. While last year´s 8-year-old kind of fancy and crazy SR was indeed special and polarising (to the liking of most whisky drinkers, including myself), this one seems a bit boring, but in a very good way. To me, it cannot deny any relations to the 10y or 18y Talisker bottlings, but it´s in cask strength. In 2019, when you rarely get a new age-stated (regular) botting, let alone in cask strength, this is special.
    But let´s not talk about prices. This has been discussed over and over again. If you like Talisker, make sure you try this one.

  168. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Although the finish leaves something to be desired leaves a very beautiful and "distinctive" bass strong Talisker, especially in the nose, which develops slowly and then but more so with beautifully matched flavors can score.
    • Nose
      89 89
      It takes a while for it to open. But it pays to be patient:
      Subdued smoke from a campfire on the beach. Salty sea breeze, bacon, grilled apricot pieces, vanilla. The wind has turned, the smoke becomes more intense. Dry wood, loamy soil, mushrooms. Spice mixture that fails to break apart. All flavors very interwoven and in harmony with each other.
    • Taste
      88 88
      With a strong punch on the tongue. Sweetness of apricot, orange and quince jelly. Seaweed, salt, the sea breeze liquefied from the nose. Mild smoke. Toffee and caramel, hazelnuts, fresh bread dough. Over time, pepper clearly, this typical Taliskerschärfe.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Just as medium, dry, peppery. Only a little fruit, but a bit of dry wood, milk chocolate, toffee. Fringe out the back and feel a little thin and watery.

  169. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  170. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  171. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2019] Last year's 08-years old Talisker Special Release (WB id 116922) was hyped by some experts but I found it rather one-dimensional (herbal-spiked based on heavily re-charred casks) and extremely bitter-astringent wood-driven like almost all of Diageo's last year's special releases. It seems as if they did not go for this aggressive modern whisky style this year with all three Glen Ord, Cragganmore and Lagavulin being very much to my liking. So what about this year's Talisker?

    Yep, this is Talisker as I love it! I did not like any of last year's special releases but I do like all of 2019 (I tasted so far). My personal favourites are Lagavulin (92 points), followed by Talisker and Cragganmore (both 90 points with a slight preference to Talisker) and Glen Ord is last (still very good 89 points in my book). Well done, Diageo! ...but the price of the Mortlach is a bad joke, isn't it?

    [November, 2021] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score. What a difference to the pre-mature 8-years old releases from both 2018, 2020 and 2021 (but it is absolutely okay if anyone prefers such young stuff)! I would not trade one bottle of this for a full case of these youngsters, not kidding.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is amber and the nose offers a balanced and complex profile of malt-, peat- and wood-driven aromas. The typical Talisker herbs are well integrated into sweet barley sugars and fruits, maritime peat smoke and spicy woods. No off-note and no imbalance, that is how whisky should be (in the traditional sense, I understand that some drinkers prefer strange flaws or extremely spiked drams these days - which is absolutely fine). After some breathing the nose becomes punchier (the high abv takes its toll) which is funny because mostly it is the other way around. Some drops of water help to bring the dram back to the fine initial nose.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is nicely layered on molten barley sugars with herbal infusions first but the spices kick in very soon. Later some fruits dare to show up and a tasty vanilla-toffee note develops slowly. This dram is nicely chewable and I suggest to do so for some minutes - there is a delicious tasting movie on my tongue with a lot of interesting moments to explore. What a difference to last year's herbal-monochrome 08-years old! This 15-years old is full-coloured and very entertaining without any boring take. Water releases more aromas in the nose and turns the taste sweeter and smoother but the layers are gone now. I like to explore this dram neat and then I enjoy to play a little with water - this dram swims very well.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and with an instantly coating effect on my palate without distracting impressions. Hey Diageo, great cask selection and excellent distilled spirit given this fine texture. The finish is long (accordingly) and turns a little more to the spicy side of Talisker what I like. Again not a single bitter or drying moment, these casks were all perfect, indeed. Hats off to whoever selected this year's casks - you did a marvellous job! And could you do this next year again, please? Or maybe in two years from now if the marketeers plan to go for another round of modern woodsky in 2020...

  172. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  173. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  174. LeChiffre scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An ingenious, powerful Talisker that comes across as wild and maritime. It is a shame that it is an SR, it would cut an excellent figure as a powerful addition (vol%> 45.8%) in the standard 10y, 18y and 25y portfolio.
    (Rating: +)
    • Nose
      spicy and smoky (campfire); maritime notes of seaweed, salt and marine varnish; in addition a noticeable sweetness and citrus notes; Alcohol well integrated;
      With increasing time in the glass, the nice, spicy sweetness emerges more and more behind the initially ostensibly smoky-maritime notes. This malt tolerates time in the glass and is fun on the nose.
    • Taste
      Initially sweet paired with a slight spiciness. Then the Talisker-typical sparkling-peppery character strikes powerfully. Behind it a pleasant, sweetish smoky note. When swallowed, the maritime (salty) notes become clear (with hints of iodine). It becomes a little rounder with water.
    • Finish
      medium and light dry; peppery-spicy; tingly; maritime notes (iodine easily noticeable); pleasant smoky note remains

  175. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Talisker Trinity

    Talisker is immensely popular (and rightfully so), which explains why this Special Release comes in over 42.000 bottles. Only Lagavulin does more. After the 30 years old from 2014 and the (fantastic) 8 years old from last year, Talisker now comes as a 15 years old. Staying in the theme ‘Rare by Nature’, this bottle too was giving a special label. I quite like it. I hope I can say the same of the malt.

    There, the Talisker Trinity presents itself from the moment I put my nose in the glass. Pepper, peat and salt. I get a fisherman’s boat and seaweeds, a warm sandy beach, sea salt and molded wood. Hints of peach and lemon. Delicious.

    Hmmm, surprisingly rich and sweet. Even a tad creamy. Apple sauce, pepper and salt with a truckload of salted caramel. Drying towards the end. Brilliant Talisker that reminds me somewhat of the 57° North.

    The finish is very long, drying on toffee and lime.

    Again a great release from the oldest distillery on Skye. I’m going to order me another bottle.

  176. SmokeyRuhr scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    A Talisker with more than the usual 45.8% alcohol content. But even if it is "only" 15 years, I find the alcohol very well integrated, almost hidden in the aroma and in taste, he makes a great job as a taste carrier.
    I enjoyed it without adding water.
    Maybe I should test that again.
    • Nose
      89 89
      First, I have a nice sweet note in the nose, which surrounds itself with a very fine coat of smoke. It takes time to discover more, but time is worth it.
      Even easier it made the direct comparison with the 10s. Then you can find more quickly the similarities and typical Talisker notes. However, the 15er plays in a completely different league and again and again his sweet flavors come to the fore. The smell makes me definitely fun.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Also in the mouth comes first a sweet experience, but really sweet, only then comes the typical seasoning and then a little bit the oak.
      I have had it in my mouth for a long time and it has developed from sweet towards a pleasant chocolate or coffee bite. Unfortunately, I can not describe the sweet character more accurately, all I can think of is "delicious".
      It comes into its own, if the sips are not too small, even if I tend to swallow a little more on more expensive whiskys. It's worth it though.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Maybe it is due to the long time in the mouth, but the finish is then rather short.
      He says goodbye with a little sugar and a slowly decaying coffee.
      However, I like that after the intense and sweet taste very well. It's okay for me.

  177. Stef89 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    I think the Special Release Talisker tip. He has for my taste a wonderfully balanced profile that does not deny his origin, but still he has plenty of power.

    I have to say that I do not know the old CS Talisker, but that's how I imagine it.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Of course, the alcohol is present in the nose; at 57.4 he is allowed to do that and he is very well involved in that.
      The smoke is quite tame and a nice, but indefinable sweetness comes through. And at this malt here I finally have the much-quoted sea breeze.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is rather dry. The sweet is just a companion and completes the whole. The smoke is now stronger but still no smoke monster.
      And there it is again ... this salty / tingling mouthfeel that I love so much.
      He is strong enough and he can handle a lot of water.
      In the end he still has a certain sharpness on the tongue. Will probably be the "Chilli Catch".
      I do not think much of that word.
      I'll call it peppery.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The departure is unfortunately a bit short.
      The smoke stays longer and a nice oak cargo comes with. Not bitter, not woody but very balanced. That's it

  178. A861 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very well done, although with> 100 € much more expensive than the 18er. Compared to the nose, more restrained in the nose, stronger in the mouth and similar on the finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Not immediately recognizable to me as a Talisker. After some time in the glass, then the notes that I like. Only relatively little smoke. Salty. Spicy. Something musty (old book). Light tartaric acid in the background. Grain.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Spicy, quickly becoming sweet. Sweetness disappears again. Peppery. And ChilliCatch.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Taliskertypisch. Stands in the glass for a long time

  179. JungleDram scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    First impression:

    Somewhat restrained on the nose, salty maritime, a bit of cowshed, followed by sweet notes of candied ginger and orange peel, barely any smoke. Surprisingly sweet on the palate, relatively weak smoke, barely fruit, some brown sugar, iodine, maritime impacts. The finish is immediately full, warm and medium to long, with the classic Talisker Pfeffrigkeit / the Chili Catch.

    Very pleasant winter malt with moderate smoke, compared to the Cragganmore SR19 less complex, but also a little more pleasing and tasty. Only the price tag spoils my pleasure a bit ...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

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