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Overall rating
87.65/100
votes
279
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Map Label
Barcode
5000281005416
Added on
26 Mar 2010 11:26 am

Average value

€ 275,71

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684 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 10-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.65 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Yup, it’s Talisker!

    Talisker… it’s always something to look out for, I must say. This is the classic Talisker 10, but it has been sitting in the bottle for over two decades. It’s the old, so-called ‘map label’ release from the end of the former millennium. I wonder if it was as good as the current version is.

    Suprisingly sweet and rather soft nose, which offers mostly vanilla, lime and rocks on the beach. The typical smoke and pepper and conspicuously absent, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t smell good. A bit creamy. Apples and oranges and – if you wait for it – some maritime traits. It does take about five full minutes before I can exclaim: ‘Yup, it’s Talisker!’.

    On the palate, however, it’s bull’s eye from the get-go! Very creamy, peppery and wonderful smoky notes that quickly start to dominate. Very, very tasty! Apples and some citrus, a bit of smoked bacon, sea salt and grassy notes. Spicy oak gives it a nice bitter edge. Some chocolate appears. Mint arrives. Make that After Eight. I don’t think I’ve ever had that in Talisker, but I love it. This is a stunner!

    Ah… that finish, wonderful! Long, smoky, peppery yet sweet, creamy with a sour edge as if from grapefruit at the death.

    It’s already a tad old school and that makes it grand and interesting, certainly when compared to the current Talisker 10, which should be in anyone’s cabinet at all times.

  2. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The best for me is the round and full bodied taste.

    Balanced, lively, big sweetness with not too much peat smoke; good middle class Whisky!

    [Bottle bought 1998]
    • Nose
      Oranges and limes mixed with light peat smoke, fresh apple joins in, gradually a herbaceous spiciness becomes clearer, hint of peach, in the throat the feeling of pepper.
    • Taste
      Orange sweetness, caramel, peat smoke, seasoning - also of some pepper, algae, vanilla, leather, apple, creamy mouthfeel, wood is added, malt, tart-sourish citrus peel-play;

      very balanced, very lively.
    • Finish
      Lots of fruit sweetness with a hint of honey, leather, vanilla, herbs, malt, wood, some cardboard, the white parts of citrus peel, a hint apricots.

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=252 Color: gold
    Nose: lime, avocado, green apple and leather aromas with vanilla, cream and a mild spiciness. Later still dusty notes from old cardboard box.
    Taste: Soft, round and spicy. Creamy, fruity with lots of vanilla, malt and lime - fruity-sweet and absolutely round. Green apple, some leather and fresh-bitter herbs as a mild spice. Soft wood and cardboard complete the taste. Class!
    Finish: Medium long - sweet, malty and green-fruity! Still very harmonious with leathery herbal notes, moist cardboard and wild honey.
    Comment: With an L-number on the back label!
    91 points (nose: 89 / taste: 92 / finish: 91)

  4. alectron scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Bottle from ~1997.
    • Nose
      salty/brine-y, some wet earth, green/plant-y  (Entengruetze), some woody vanilla & cinnamon, slight artificial peach ester, distant old socks, (88)
    • Taste
      (sand-y) peat, sweet, salty, vanilla syrup, some smoke, canned peaches, some pepper, burnt paper (?), alc quite noticable going into the finish. (87)
    • Finish
      even more salty, seabreeze, a sweet bright wood touch with vanilla & mint, a nice malt & leather note towards the end, also quite a bit of salty licorice if left to breathe (88)

  5. Teresa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  6. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

  7. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    More complex and favorable balances than the new 10 yo!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Candied orange peel, peat, herbals, fruits and pepper.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful. Salted caramel, pepper, green apple, citruses, creamy peat and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, spicy, sweet, peaty.

  8. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bottle code 19:4510I7 (about 1998)
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. HunterRomario scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The result of a comparative miniature of two Talistors 10 yo, this one from the 90's and the second was bottled in 2009. When I summarize the result of the tasting, it makes me more enjoyable versions newer, for its freshness, more explosive taste and distinctiveness. This older version is more seamless, it seems to me more mature, but it's also "reeled".
    • Nose
      More woody, chocolate, slightly peppery, a little salty, a bit of peat, windy. Trouble wood. Compared to the younger version, the aroma is more confined, thicker, more woody. The younger version is noticeably more fresh. (86 b)
    • Taste
      Old varnished wood, compared to the newer, more woody, not so oily, is "darker" overall, lacking freshness and explosive intensity. It reminds me of its character of some old auction blends from the 1980s. However, of course, we know that we drink single malt, is (stronger than the old blends) stronger, fuller, typically a tallisk peppermint. Dozvuk is fine, stretchy, distinctive and pungent. (88 b)

  10. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

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