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

Average value

€ 109.16

20 × in wishlist

38 × member ratings

164 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 18-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.83 points

  1. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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. blacknapkins scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  4. IIIZIII scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very nicely briny sherried peat. Crispy and luscious at the same time. Crystallized peat. The slightest hint of campfire smoke.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Damn! It is great on first contact. Very mellow and luscious. No sharpness at all. Luscious, great mildly peated sherry, highlighly aromatic.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Probably the only downside is the strength and the length.

  5. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior


    Appearance: Slightly darker gold than the 8 and 10.

    Nose: Oak, lemon, salt bring, melon / peach, very lemony and elegant.

    Palate: Dry and oaky, butter, salt, lemon, vanilla, light leather and tobacco.

    Finish: Peppery, honey, citrus, oak and vanilla.

    With Water: Not really needed or useful.

    Overall: Austere and fruity, dry and spicy, elegant.

  6. jazzvilly scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  7. Squinugie scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Carsten scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Talisker 18y (bottled 2020) 45.8%
    Color: yellow gold
    Nose: restrained, pastries, vanilla, light sea breeze, orange peel, later also citrus notes
    Body: medium / oily
    Mouth: pastries, pepper, ginger, salt, later: oranges, nuts
    Finish: long, mild with a salty, peppery finish
    Conclusion: takes time. Develops in the glass. Quite restrained on the nose, mature in the mouth. But ... doesn't live up to expectations.

  9. Highlander65 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Good, but I expected more. Maybe the previous whisky affected me or maybe it was a sample that had lost some strength
    • Nose
      Deep and dark scent, peat is barely felt (I had just tasted a Caol Ila Moch which perhaps influenced the tasting), chocolate, bread crust.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is more peaty than on the nose, decisive and elegant at the same time.
    • Finish
      Very long, balanced, powerful, elegant finish


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