Talisker 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.54/100
votes
73
Whiskybase ID
WB144944
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Made by the Sea
Bottled
02.08.2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Isle of Skye Map
Bottle code
L9214CM009
Barcode
5000281018874
Added on
21 dec 2019 1:39 pm by webturtle
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 101.04

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Whisky reviews for Talisker 18-year-old

19 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.54 points.

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfully old and gentle. This 18-year-old Talisker exudes an incredible calmness and gentleness, every now and then chilli and pepper flash and with sea salt provide volume and a maritime touch. The delicate smoky note harmonizes perfectly with the dark citrus fruits and the earthy base note, simply pure enjoyment!

    22/22/23/23 (90P)
    • Nose
      Light, creamy amber shines in the Premium Snifter while thick and oily "legs" run endlessly on the glass wall. Maritime echoes combine with muted earth tones and delicate notes of dried citrus fruits to create an incredibly gentle aroma. Minimal smoke plays with juicy oranges and velvety apricots, abrasions from dried grapefruit peel fall onto old vanilla pods and a bouquet of dried mint, sweetness plays with muted earth tones, a few grains of coarse sea salt, a few crumbs of shortbread, raisins and hard toffee, the nose is convincing all along the line.
    • Taste
      The first sip gently wets the tongue, suddenly the Chili Catch, known for Talisker, arises on the tongue, warm warmth draws through the palate while a peppery heat with zest of lemons spreads on the tongue. Muted smoky notes with slightly earthy base tones, a touch of sea pizzas with slightly salty notes, pleasant sharpness on the palate, a wonderfully gentle fruit mixture of oranges, apricots, lemons and raisins caresses the tongue, a hint of caramel and toffee, hints of creamy milk chocolate paired with gentle sharpness on the tongue. Hazelnuts and spicy wood tones are minimal, the smoky note increases, as does the salt content and the peppery chilli heat.
    • Finish
      Cozy warmth draws through the palate, pleasant spiciness stimulates the flow of saliva, hazelnuts stick to the cheeks with wonderfully soft smoky notes, the maritime notes increase in the aftertaste and end with sweet toffee and chocolate on the tongue. After a few moments, tart and old walnuts swim in the excited saliva under the tongue, the wood tones become drier, the smoke aroma increases. With cedar wood and a hint of tobacco, the aftertaste gradually fades away and leaves dried fruit aromas on the tongue ...

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  3. elipszis scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      more rounded than 10 years old
      plum
      rum milk toffee
      gentle smoke
    • Taste
      90 90
      it melts in your mouth
      peated
      salted caramel
      complex, warm overall effect
    • Finish
      92 92
      salty
      smooth
      long

  4. birkzehn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Andytka3 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    1703) Talisker, 18YO, Made By The Sea (Bottled 8-2-2019)

    Tried the other batch of 2019 release in 2020 when pandemic are at its peak, and future tinted with grey. Kudos to those managed to got through this 2 tough years, and embracing the more relaxing endemic's way of life from tomorrow onward.
    • Nose
      N- Alluring squeezed citrus and rubbing lemon on seasoned leather pouch. Natural briny nut oil misting under the vanilla sky. Nose warming, well integrated carbon and subtle umami shells notes emerged as the citrus subsides. Evolving depth with ease and amazingly lasting. (92/23)
    • Taste
      P- Initial sea-soaked dark liquorice candy. Lifting grapefruits and various fruit peels take a swift turn across to sooty earth, moist weed, wet rock, camphor and melting wax. (90/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, brine scrub over the tongue, warm firewood. Elegantly soul-ed with fine-oaked when you are not sensing too much of the oak. (90/22)

      B/B- 91/22

      Weighted Rate- 89pt

  6. DistiLesha scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky!
    Full bodied and balanced!
    It's always nice to warm up with the dram of this drink!
    I tried this year compared to 2020, 2020 loses (less bright and less colorful).
    N:22 T:23 F:21 B:22
    • Nose
      Baked peach, vanilla, citruses, lemonade, apricot, dried apricot jam, raisins, pineapple, dryness and slightly burnt dry leaves
    • Taste
      Light smoke, sweetness 7 out of 10, lots of citrus notes, sweet fruity notes of both garden and exotic fruits, honey, beeswax, roasted dried apricots, prunes, oriental hot spices, bright woody notes, nougat, slight bready sourness.
    • Finish
      Spices, moderate tannins, light dryness and woodiness

  7. sphinx scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Blacksheep79 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

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

  9. Jimbeau scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. MLE scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  11. Apikalov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Apikalov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  13. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Lots of fruit, honey, cookies, creamy
    Taste: From the first sip, bourbon and sherry elements are nicely combined. A good dose of fruit. Trace amount of peat-smoke elements. Charging everything connected together.
    Rating: 88 | 100 Quite long finish with a fruity profile.

  14. Othorion scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Subtle smoky note, vanilla, orange, apricot, salty sea breeze, a few algae, a touch of mint, milk chocolate, the famous chilli catch on the palate and a really long finish with a few walnuts added to smoke, vanilla, chocolate and salt join them.

  15. riegerjonas scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    2020-08-28
    • Nose
      creamy, tangerine, raisin, light sherry influence, pastries
    • Taste
      Spicy oak in the beginning, a little peaty and smoky, little sherry, slightly maritime
    • Finish
      gentle malty finish with a slight sweetness

  16. Expraesi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  17. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  18. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Super balanced. Especially the sharpness of the taste comes together great with the finish. Gets really oily in the mouth and the flow of saliva is extreme. I like the taste and finish better than the aroma. Overall very complex and you taste more with every sip. Really great. Will be bought again!
    • Nose
      88 88
      strong smoke (partly medicinal), fruity, sherry, sea aroma
    • Taste
      90 90
      spicy (slightly hot), no bitterness, smoke, a lot of fruit (stronger than the smoke), salt, very little sherry
    • Finish
      89 89
      Smoke, spicy, sea aroma, some oak, no bitterness and no sweetness

  19. Islay1815 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  20. natrix scored this whisky 82 points Newbie

    Talisker distillery is one of Islang single-malt scotch distilleries from the Isle of Skye. As R. L. Stevenson once wrote:

    But maistly thee, the bluid o’ Scots . . .

    The king o’ drinks, as I conceive it,

    Talisker, Isla, or Glenlivet!

    Barley is sourced from the Muir of Ord, a Highland village. In 1835, whisky distilling was legally granted in the village, and by 1885, the village produced 360 000 liters per year. The water is drawn from one of the 14 underground springs, that were used from the beginning of the distillery. 18 yo is matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks. In 2007, the World Whiskies Awards named it the best single malt in the world. One popular etymology states that its name comes from either from Gaelic talamh sgeir, "land of the cliff" (cf. Latin tellus, "earth") or Norse t-hallr Skjaer, "sloping rock" (the latter is cognate with English shear), which both make sense since its origin is near the cliffs overlooking the angry sea, pictured on the box.

    Color: wonderful copper/amber. Color added though.

    Overall: Got it from fine-whisky.de for around $100. The palate was better after a couple of minutes, but the nose worsened. It's better if one does not compare it to its younger brother 10 yo, often seen on my shelves. Since I'm a fan of Islay whiskies, I'm more inclined to go for 10 yo, but it's a matter of personal preference since I really enjoy strong peat. Maybe after Lagavulin 16 yo, this wasn't the right way to go, it was like putting down a bonfire. I'd buy it again if the price is right.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Hazelnuts and cinnamon, just a bit of smoke and vanilla, mint.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Cocoa, quinine, a bit of pepper, a bit of caramel overtone and a strong sense of vanilla, sometimes iodine and salt, a night on the beach.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium to long, a bit of peat and Talisker chili with salt flakes, dry but invites you to join it again. Truly made by the sea.

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