Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
21 Dec 2019 1:39 pm by webturtle

Average value

€ 100.43

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 18-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.00 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 ...

  2. riegerjonas scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • 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

  3. Expraesi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  4. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  5. LoverCop1989 scored this whisky 89 points Member 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

  6. Islay1815 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 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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