Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Map Label
Added on
26 Mar 2010 11:26 am

Average value

€ 345.57

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 10-year-old

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.51 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. Jack McClane scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Interesting how different the older Talisker bottlings are to the new bottles.

    As already mentioned by some one misses the Chili Catch completely.

    Even smoky notes can only be guessed here - really a very different malt.

    Overall, a rather boring drop.

    The finish actually tastes slightly musty-sour.

  4. p4blo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not too complex, but flawlees. A little better than the current version.
    • Nose
      More smoke than in the modern 10, medicine cabinet, bonfire ash, underneath some nice tones of lemon, apple, sea weed and salt.
    • Taste
      Creamy, oily, packed with flavours. More subtle smoke than on the nose, some vanilla, salt, lemon, lime. Crispy smoked bacon and some spices.
    • Finish
      Long, notes of bread, lime, pepper and smoke.

  5. 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)

  6. cezark scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Score for a bottle from 1992

  7. 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)

  8. Feusi scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Dried fruits with a nice campfire smoke. Peppery, sweet, sharp and strong in the mouth.  Peaty sea brize with a refreshing sweetness and a long finish.

  9. whisk_guy scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    0.5 left
    opened for a month
    Glassware: Blender
    Colour: Gold
    • Nose
      91 91
      Briny, soft peat smoke, pineapple, honey, white pepper, light bbq meat and sulphur, hints of white flower and malt
    • Taste
      87 87
      Medium body, matured tropical fruit, briny, soft peat smoke, white pepper
    • Finish
      89 89
      Cubilose, briny, light tropical fruit, hint of peat
      Length: Medium Major (2mins06sec)

  10. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose

      Starts off pleasantly smoky and maritime. Slightly salty and fermented fruit notes. Tends towards raspberries. A bit ashy and has something of an oil-smeared workshop. Block chocolate. In addition, damp earth and limestone. Slightly sour gooseberries. Essential oils, like sauna infusions. With a little time in the glass, lovage develops and it looks meatier.
    • Taste
      Soft, oily appearance. With a subtle sharpness. Also very oily and maritime in taste. A nice salty note develops. Herbs and again the mineral and earthy. The smoke is very oily right now. The subtle chilli catch comes with the second sip. A dry tobacco note and an underlying sweetish fruit.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Ashy at first. Then nice and oily and mineral. In the background a nice fruit sweetness. The pleasant smoke sticks to the palate.


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