Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Whisky for philosophers
Stated Age
15 years old
Number of bottles
64.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Mar 2010 4:00 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 100,00

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 1981 SMWS 14.5

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: This superb example of Skye's national drink has a rich nose full of "hot" aromas, like a curry - meaty, fruity, exotic - with a hint of planted hardwood. With water there is a rush of fruit and nuts, then it settles down, with a dash of vinegar and more than a whiff of smoke. Very smooth on the palate, but with the cheerful peppery catch which this fabulous whisky is famed for. Graceful whisky; dangerously drinkable; we found it encouraged philosophical reflections.

  2. alex..w..fan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Talisker 15 yo 1981/1996 (64.2%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 14.5) Colour: full gold. Nose: not peat and pepper at first nosing, rather very bold notes of spicy vanilla crème. The rest seems to be blocked by the high alcohol level so let’s add water right away. With water: amazing how this one got medicinal. Antiseptic, pine resin, eucalyptus, wet newspapers, raw wool, stones... Still quite sharp, even at 45% ABV. Very flinty. Mouth (neat): forget about it. Extremely oily but extremely hot as well. Okay, water please: wow, that worked! Extremely ‘Talisker’, all on crystallised lemons, peat, salt and pepper. Close to the ‘NAS for visitors’ but a little sharper and more brutal, that is. Finish: long and very peaty, ending with peppered orange zests. I’ll try that in real life one day. Comments: what a brute! SGP:237 – 86 points.


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