Talisker 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Made by the Sea
Stated Age
18 years old
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Isle of Skye Map
Bottle code
L0023CM002 00012207
Added on
22 Mar 2020 9:00 pm by Breedút_Genietsje

Average value

€ 132.50

28 × in wishlist

97 × member ratings

299 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 18-year-old

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

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Impressive! This must be one of the most perfectly balanced Taliskers I’ve tasted! A great play between fresh, maritime, spicy and fruity flavors. I don’t know why but somehow it never came to buying a bottle of this. I guess that is about to change after tasting this generous sample.
    • Nose
      Impressive! Smooth, sweet and gentle peat, giving a fireplace kind of smokiness. Coastal in like seaweed, a smell I often get with Taliskers. There is freshness in like anise. Spiciness like in laurel, licorice and salmiac. Fruitiness in like green apples, raspberry and mango chutney. Nuttiness in like hazelnut chocolate. This nose offers a lot of complexity and balance and a wide range of flavors that are very harmonious together.
    • Taste
      Quite an explosion of flavors. Giving sweet & sour experiences. Mild and sweet at first, with red fruits and a whiff of raisins. More sourness and spicyness mid palate offering peppers, paprika powder and clove. Sour fruits like late season tangerines and green apples. Full bodied and complex. This is something to get rather excited about!
    • Finish
      Long and intens! A burst of flavor once again. It’s peat influence is the strongest here. It offers loads and loads of oak influences accompanied with again various red and ‘green’ fruits and dried spices. Nice Saltiness at the end. What a pleasure!

      This might seem to be a bit of a ‘dull’ bottle to buy but the content of the bottle tells me a whole different story. This one goes straight to my wishlist.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Still on top if its game. The Talisker 18 is undeniably tasty and the result of a proper balancing act by the master blender.
    • Nose
      Subtle and elegant. Notes of olive brine, soft campfire smoke and embers. Then there's room for smoked paprika powder, dried red fruits and salted caramel. Finally a whiff of aniseed. A whisky made for nosing. Supremely balanced.
    • Taste
      Silky, salty and sweet with a proper pinch of pepper on the tip of the tongue. Soft ashes, charred oak and grilled meats, with some very subtle grapefruit and cherry syrup. Finally some cigar tobacco.
    • Finish
      Lingering pepper, sour cherries, menthol. Medium in length.

  3. DistiLesha scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Less bright than 2019
    • Nose
      Lemonade, vanilla, citruses, dryness and slightly burnt dry leaves, malt tones, spices, fruits
    • Taste
      Sweetness 7 out of 10, slightly smoky, lots of garden fruits, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice, prunes, spices and bread sourness
    • Finish
      Spices, moderate tannins, slight dryness and woodiness, prunes

  4. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    More smoky than briny on palate apart from standard 10.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Maritime seaweed, slightly burned but pleasant bacon, very vegetal oiliness, fresh vanilla shortbread cookie and creaminess. Overall very elegant nose
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy vanilla, chared oak wood ash and smoke, burned grilled meat with dark butterscotch crust, black pepper. Nice, but notes of burned wood are too prominent
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long, sweet and smoky, vanilla cream, cigarette ash, black pepper

  5. tribe scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Talisker 18 always delicious, here the old young has really good smoke
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoky, salty, typically talisker with more smoked bacon. Spicy, herbs and honey, vanilla
    • Taste
      89 89
      The strength is always the taste. The smell aromas can be found again. However, with a little cold campfire (a little towards islay) with malt and a little bread. Salty, maritime and delicious. Wait ... Also candy sugar and cinnamon. Great
    • Finish
      89 89
      Here comes a bit of the pepper and catch from talisker which decreases and becomes homogeneous at 18 years of age. very nice

  6. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    S 8
    This is a 2020 bottle half-emptied, the tasting profile has smoothened quite a lot. Overall still very balanced and enjoyable, but the peppery punch is reduced, so once open definitely don't put it on the shelf for years, it'd be a waste.
    Can be a bit too rounded to adventurers but will definitely appeal to newcomers and those who love harmonic whisky.

    N 27
    Coastal breeze - sea salt, a bit of kelp
    Ripe fruit
    Subtle peppery spice behind alongside a touch of oil
    A touch of citrusy
    Very mild smoke, bonfire with moist wood
    A touch of grind ginger brought by the alcohol and oak spice

    P 26
    Creamy mouthfeel
    Juicy fruit at first but peppery notes quickly come around and dominated the palate in a pleasant way
    Fairly oaky
    Some caramel
    A fair amount of smoke in the background

    F 25
    Mid finish
    Mild-moderate smoke
    Malty & oaky
    Mild winter spice lingering, occasionally peppery

  7. TimkoT scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  8. kismartonid scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  9. glen efze scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The 18 Talisker is considered a jewel in the core range of the distillery and has long since surpassed the price of €100. It's a pity, of course, that the piece of jewelery is dyed and chill-filtered. That keeps the liquid clear, but clouds the anticipation of the whisky. Talisker is a truly beautifully situated distillery on the Isle of Skye. Unfortunately, the tours have always been mediocre.

    • Nose
      On the nose it is initially rather elegant and does not present itself as a rough coastal whisky. This is more captain's dinner than crew galley. The second time you smell it, of course, the smoke is there, underlined with a sweet note and fruit. Blood orange is there and spices are added. This is a nice blend of smoke that isn't smoky, ripe fruit salad high in citrus, and a spice blend of pepper and cardamom. It's worth leaving the glass for a while, the whisky develops well and unfolds its aromas.
    • Taste
      The taste of the smoke is also strong, reminiscent of the Islay smoke from Caol Ila with its ashy wood component. There are also fruits and spices, but the sweetness is only restrained and fits in well, plum with blood orange juice in which a glowing piece of charcoal is extinguished. The alcohol is strong and well integrated, a bit of sharpness is wanted with Talisker. For 18 years, however, some depth is missing at the end, the barrels are not that present.
    • Finish
      A nice smoky aroma remains in the finish, which would have deserved a longer note of wood. At the back it lacks the power and intensity that an 18 year old whisky should have.

      A beautiful, tasty whisky that brings coastal flair - not that of stormy days, but of a sunny day on Skye, when the air of the Atlantic mingles with herbaceous-mineral scents of the country. Nevertheless, I would like it to be a little more complex and profound. It's understated and lacks that final kick that could make it a truly great whisky.

  10. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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


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