Talisker 08-year-old

Overall rating
85.51/100
votes
477
Whiskybase ID
WB159353
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2020
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
Caribbean Rum Cask Finish
Strength
57.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Barcode
5000281063461
Added on
30 may 2020 5:35 pm by Erik Elixir
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 117.03

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Whisky reviews for Talisker 08-year-old

94 users have left 96 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.51 points.

  1. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Talisker Session: 2022.09.07.

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/159353/talisker-08-year-old
    85+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/45206/talisker-2002
    86-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/199187/talisker-25-year-old
    87+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/197827/talisker-25-year-old
    88+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/94143/talisker-30-year-old
    92-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/3034/talisker-25-year-old
    93+
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Soderberg scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Gareth74 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Not getting it. Not getting it.

    Since Diageo changed its special releases and made everything look the same and themed all the releases, it’s safe to say I think they’ve lost some of the magic. (Just a guess but did they do this to drive the seriously deranged collector to collect the whole release? Feels like it to me). They feel more like an exercise in stuffing the coffers than actually offering up something actually special - come on, it;s not just me thinking this. Prices, too, have been pushed to new, giddy heights and it’s this release that it’s actually felt most keenly in. An 8 year old cask strength for £90 (you almost have to read that twice it's so bizarre), on paper it’s a hard sell in my book. It would take a pretty exceptional and exciting juice to make me hand over the readies and to be honest, and this just isn’t that.

    On the nose (its spicy) and there’s a strange bitter citrus along with a very pronounced Rum Agricole whiff and lemon rinds and toffee and brine. Puffs of smoke and seashores breeze in. There’s a slight woody bitterness. Some dry pepperiness and banana skins and some rotten pineapple. A little fruit syrup from a can. The rum influence it pronounced. It’s very ho-hum rather than yum yum. This is like meeting someone at a party and deciding you’re not impressed and already wondering how to excuse yourself from the conversation before you waste you whole night talking to someone you don’t give two hoots about. Oof. That sounds harsh.

    In the mouth and it’s fiery, youthful, sweet and well swathed in the rum influence. There’s a woodiness that is surpassed by a salty brine which in turn reverts back the the rum note. There’s citrus peel and pith in the mix too. It’s ok. I’m scrambling about to think of something to lift this whisky in my estimations but its a tall order. I’m just not that taken with it. Too young. Too unbalanced. Too expensive. A heavy handed rum overcoat that swamps everything. Urgh. What is going on at Diageo, these days?

    It’s a pity because Talisker is a great whisky, this is not up for discussion, and you just know it’s capable of better for less that what’s on offer here.

    As an analogy - I sadly watched Thor Love & Thunder last night. That film really is like this whisky. The hype promised a lot. The industry and the shills promoted it as some great flic but the reality could not have been further from the shiny PR message. Just like this Talisker, it was almost unrecognisable from the things that had come before. It lacked the heart and soul that was expected. It felt lumped together, messy and, in no way, justified the budget.

    If you're going to do something new, make it good as well.

  4. fnk scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I don't know what the Caribbean rum has added, but Talisker on barrel revolutions, it's just a bomb!

  5. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. raithrover scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    On the nose: a sweet peat leads proceedings, less coastal and more confectionery. Sugary, brown toast, candy floss and rock candy. With time some bacon elements and heather but surprisingly non-Talisker.

    In the mouth: a rather confused palate. The sweetness of the peat now feels unbalanced and confused. There’s a clash. Some apples, brown sugar and salty in parts. Grapefruit and a zesty lime but this is the most un-Talisker Talisker I’ve had in memory.

  7. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a solid and round malt
    who is almost obliging
    OK for me but at the prices not a purchase candidate
    • Nose
      this typical rum finish nose, pleases, molasses, slightly salty, herbs, sweetness becomes stronger, slightly oak, banana, some smoke, slightly malt

      with water: hay, sweeter, more mineral, apple, slightly liquorice
    • Taste
      strong with boom
      Hay, typical notes of rum, molasses, exotic fruit, oak very spicy, slightly banana, slightly sweet, the alcohol tingles a bit, minimal smoke

      with water: tart, fruity, almost sticks to the palate, ketchup + ??
    • Finish
      medium to long
      Oak, spicy, a weird touch

      with water: tart, woody, rum

  8. EricLeeee scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    hard to find rum cask, and it's really over spicy. 84/100
    • Nose
      83 83
      It starts with the classic Talisker light phenolic smoke, with the sea breeze coming together, then some flavours that could be considered narrowly as rum, this includes ripe orchard banana and pineapple, but these are relatively thin and not at all reminiscent of a rum barrel without pre-information, also some light white pepper, young wood, and malt. With a little water added, some honey, butter, and lime sensations are brought out. 83/100
    • Taste
      84 84
      Strong spiciness from young wood and spices, with some tarry sweetness and salty sea salt, as well as heavy smoke that continues with coals and some plant ash. With a little water added, it bursts with some citrus and a hint of vanilla. 84/100
    • Finish
      84 84
      Quite long; slowly fading peat and smoke, with some tobacco and white pepper, the sweetness is gradually amplified. 84/100

  9. thebonewolf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Green smoke, briny. Salty toffee. Seaweed.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Salty, young wood, salted toffee.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Earthy, spice, salty.

  10. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    I was surprised just how much the rum influence stood out on this Diageo special release from 2020. The cask endowed this Talisker a much deeper, fruitier profile than one typically finds among the typical coastal citrus. The classic pepper spice was still present but mainly appeared as a finale through to the finish as maritime notes and pepper sat on the palate.

    While this was not the most complex dram, it was a tasty and bold affair. The flavors popped, and the sweet tropical fruits that hit the palate first contrasted nicely against the slightly acrid notes near the end. The viscosity on this was excellent, and I enjoyed the weight of the dram on the palate. It had a real presence throughout.
    • Nose
      Sea, cream, and tropical fruit. A bowl of yogurt laden with mango, banana, and lychee called to mind tropical mornings with the scent of Morning glories, plumeria, and sweet florals. Salty air blew in on a cool breeze with freshly lit charcoal bricks promising an afternoon barbecue.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied and quite oily with fruit, sea, and spice notes. Green banana and blue vanilla, the dram brought to mind shave ice and tropical sugar syrups— hints of salted, pickled plum with lime and mango. Ash and charcoal notes hung on the back palate and gave this a slightly acrid ending with menthol and green apple.
    • Finish
      Lingering ash, pepper, and hints of fruit.

  11. Petitcham scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It's not uncomfortable and spicy compared to alcohol intensity, the vile taste of young spirits, common fruit and vanilla

  12. sharksfin scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very different and unorthodx. Perhaps one of the most interesting whiskies I have ever tasted. While chewing, it kind of divides in 2 different whiskies and each one goes its own way. One is the typcal peated Talisker, and the other one is a fresh-woody raisinous whisky. The rum casks add a prickling touch to the entire experience. Worth trying for sure.

  13. YD84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sea salt, citrus fruits, quite sweet for a Talisker. Maritime, just like you would expect it to be. Olives, yum. Tropical fruits in the form of pineapple and bananas. Kiwi. Butter. A little meaty, a little savoury. Quite spicy with only a hint if smoke, and very fruity. It can take a fair bit of water, though just a few drops elevate this into something really special. Not sure I can detect the rum influence, but it's a lovely Talisker regardless. Yes, it is pricey. But damn, is it an adventure in the glass!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  14. Collegiate scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A bottle that has greatly benefited from lots of time open. Felt like it really hits it’s sweet spot about half way through. The rum sweetness is subtle and doesn’t take too much of anything away from the trademark Talisker pepper and peatiness. Refreshing to get a young Talisker at full proof and seemingly not too doctored by colouring or watering down.

    Bought for $120 CAD, which works out to about £75. So my opinion is probably not as jaded as others who likely paid more for it.

  15. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  16. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Hsh scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Ah, why does this smell similar to Smokey Scott?
    In a moment of panic, I opened the vial that had the size of a snot and sniffed the scent.
    Talisker 8cs is slightly less
    Even compared to Tally 10, it feels like a floral character is buried in the feet.
    It's also very sweet. It smells like white sugar added to the feet.

    The taste of ulala is very smooth.
    The body feels very light.
    The floral seems to go over, but it comes right into a pit finish.
    Do you feel like eating a light tangerine next to a grilled firewood and eating a smoked barbecue right away?
    It's been a long time and it was good.
    feeling a little raw

    Tally 10 is a legend.

    This is why I prefer Laproic 10 over quokka, which extracts smokey well.
    Is it natural to see that Koribrekhan is preferred over Ugadal?
    It seems like you want a supporting role or a co-star rather than the main character.
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  18. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice thing.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Pale gold

      Nose:
      When pouring, there was already a scent of green banana and smoke.
      The colleague seems to me properly mineral. In addition, a cold, ashy smoky note. Very salty . Wet, fine sand. A tropical sweetness hides behind it. In the direction of passion fruit and a sweet melon note.
      With some time in the glass the smoke develops. Now it's rather dense and damp. I like it much better now. A sour, fermented pineapple joins it. Coated with fine white pepper. Somewhat tart, dried herbs lie in the background.
    • Taste
      Spicy start. Holla... there it is clearly, the Chili Catch. Great.
      Then again the Maritime. The salty comes through nicely. The smoke is now more like aromatic tobacco smoke.
      With the second sip, the sweet tropical comes back. But in a weakened form. Hints of leather and a decent citrus aroma follows. Again the tart herbs and the mineral.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Sweet and smoky. Pleasant bitterness develops towards the end. With a light grapefruit note. It gets really creamy in the mouth at the very end.

  19. blacknapkins scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    S 6
    The nose at first can be quite medicinal but quickly transformed to smoke fruit and pleasant molasses sweetness. Doesn’t taste like cask strength, quite smooth on palate and finish. Obviously overpriced with the tags of "first rum cask for Talisker" and "Special Release".

    N 23
    At first, quite some iodine
    Smoke fruit
    Rum cask influenced molasses sweetness
    A hint of marine time influence at the back
    very mild citrusy
    Vanilla at the back

    P 25
    Talisker peppery smoke
    Sea breeze saltiness
    Malt sweetness hiding behind

    F 24
    Mid, dry, peppery finish
    A handful of Smoke meat
    Oak lingering

  21. Calmar scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting whisky, an atypical palette of derivatives, perfectly balanced various derivatives, forming a single three-part canvas with a dark and raw aroma, turning suddenly into a juicy and sweet taste and ending with a light and sour finish, and all this is still heavily seasoned with peat, plastic, salt and other exotic .
    • Nose
      Open, wet, raw dead leaves, ash-mineral notes, wet peat, a little haze, leather goods, a little rubber, industrial textiles, plastic, pu-erh
    • Taste
      Dense, saturated, oak, plastic, lemon peel, sweet fruity-confectionery and creamy tones, rubber, industrial textiles, peat, pu-erh, it sounds perhaps chaotic, but in fact everything is brought together very harmoniously, there is a feeling of a whole picture.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, oak, light smoky peat shades, rubber, industrial textiles, sour fruit notes, something like gyoza, sour-milk motifs, pu-erh, unfortunately the sourness disappears in development, giving way to sweetness and salt.

  22. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  23. DannyDram scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Peat smoke, ash, dried orange peel, roasted hazelnuts, mineral, somewhat maritime, malty, rhubarb. Somewhat lively and unbalanced, medium body, appealing texture, good intensity.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 84 points Shoplink Moderator

    To be honest, I was rather embarrassed by this sample. League average, I would say, and to taste apparently relatively young single malt. And like some others here (and Serge), I didn't find anything to blindly determine the rum finish. Maybe - unconventional for Talisker - those tones of fruit in the taste after adding water? Hard to say...
    (Evaluated on a sample basis.)
    • Nose
      Smoked mackerel, salted pickle, green olives in brine, lemon peel, vanilla cream and seaweed.

      After adding water, the smell is quite subdued. Grapefruit juice.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour with smoke. Vanilla pudding with pepper, banana and gradually very strong ginger.

      After adding water: egg yolks with sugar, classic Talisker pepper, mango, nectarine and tangerine.
    • Finish
      Drier and salty. Olives, dried salted pumpkin seeds, walnut and kiwi.

      After adding water: honeycombs, menthos candies, waxy peel fruit. Overall drying.

  25. Tordeaux scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. Saftkenner scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    In contrast to the two previous years, this special release is remarkably bad. And who would have guessed that it would get worse the following year ...
    The nose is mainly determined by the very clearly perceptible alcohol and a potpourri of light, fermented and rotten fruits behind the smoke. On the palate, this bottling reconciles a bit, which the Special Release 2021 was no longer able to do.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  27. sakis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  28. Izzino scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This version of the 8yo version is such a sleeker and very pleasant smokehouse

  29. domani scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    As is so often the case, the influence of the rum barrel is only discreetly perceptible and is reflected in the sugary sweetness that suggests something exotic here. The smoke is Talisker-like but remains largely pale. On the palate one notices his youth particularly. The finish is characterized by pure bitterness - 12/29/2021
    • Nose
      85 85
      Restrained nose, warm but reserved campfire smoke, vanilla, coconut, pineapple
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweetness flashes, very strong and very peppery, woody, dry, quite impetuous and stormy
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium length, woody and bitter, honey

  30. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    Clearly rum cask, even some esters, though not a perfect combination for me
    • Nose
      85 85
      White wine, sultanas, spices, vanilla with smoke, lemon peel, spices, pear, peach, pineapple, cookie dough
    • Taste
      84 84
      Punchy, spicy, fruity, good sweetness, exotic fruits, more sultanas, pineapple, vanilla, pepper, hints of esters
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium long, warm, spicy, zesty

  31. Larry411 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    White wine, seaweed, smoked pineapples with sizzled barbecue sauce, and ash all drenched in sea water. Plus, white and black pepper, mint gum, roasted salted peanuts, and some flowers. I like it and think it's worth its MSRP price, but I'm not convinced it's "better" than their standard 10, merely "differently good".

  32. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A really nice Talisker with a distinct smoke, nice flavor and great sweetness as a contrast. Only the price doesn't quite fit for an 8-year-old malt.
    • Nose
      First smoke, reminiscent of smoldering, damp straw, with a clear, maritime, salty note. Behind it a sweet and sour citrus fruit, maybe pineapple. After a while in the glass, sugary-sweet tones predominate, which could possibly come from the rum finish. With a little water, the smoke fades into the background, the sweet, light fruits and maritime notes become stronger.
    • Taste
      Oily, strong and sweet on the tongue. Here, too, maritime notes and sweet citrus fruits. In addition, of course, lots of pepper.
    • Finish
      The rather long finish is dominated by sweet, tarry smoke, citrus fruits and again a lot of pepper.

  33. Spoerkel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  34. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Hint of leather, toffee, candied fruits, coastal peat, not bad at all

  35. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 57.9%
    Aroma: Sea salinity, overripe to rotten fruit, smokyness, earthiness. Warm, a little medical. (87 b)
    Taste: Sweetness, salinity, tar, heavier fruitiness, unfortunately in the aftertaste and bitterness. That bitter spoils it unnecessarily. (85 b)
    Points: 86/100
    Summary: Tasted at the Whisky Festival 2021 in Malá Morávka. It wasn't until the tasting that I noticed that it was Caribbean Rum Cask Finish. Well, it never bodes well, rum barrels usually don't show whisky, which has been confirmed again.

  36. Malthead19 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    - extremely light color, light white wine
    - a very intense, already quite smoky bottling
    - taste clearly behind the 8 years of 2018 and the
    15 years from 2019!
    - tends to be one of the worse specials
    Editions from Talisker
    - from the fact that it is stored downstream in the rum barrel
    you don't notice anything
    - Reminiscent of Caol Ila due to the strong, cold smoke aroma
    - I would not buy it again as a whisky to drink
    • Nose
      Smoke, wood, vanilla,
    • Taste
      oW: very strong, smoky kick-off, cold smoke,;

      mW: it reminds of a Caol Ila, strong smoke aroma, feels like an Islay whisky, but unfortunately very few secondary aromas in addition to smoke and volume, no rum aromas
    • Finish
      very smoky, medium-long finish;
      long smoky, somewhat peppery finish

  37. schengel10 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    ... this 8 year old is very good and has no off-flavors - compared to the special release 2018, however, it is a huge step backwards ....
    With a lot of benevolence I give it 1 point more than the Talisker 10 years old - but at around € 95 it is clearly too expensive!
    • Nose
      quite closed, sweet, aromatic (campfire) - smoke, malt, light fruit (pineapple?);
    • Taste
      Intense start, oily, creamy, sweet, overripe bananas, vanilla, only a little pepper, smoke from the campfire, charcoal, lots of salt, light fruit; young, not very complex;
    • Finish
      medium-long finish, sweet and smoky, burning aftertaste (pepper, chili);

  38. Bene37 scored this whisky 64 points Expert Junior

    Nose: sweet, greasy, maritime, vanillin, pear, banana, somewhat brackish and ashtray

    Palate: sweet - almost sticky, vanillin, mashed bananas, some bacon, slightly brackish, metallic underneath

    Finish: short, some smoke, banana, musty, something of the chilli catch, becomes metallic

    Rating: phew, no, but not at all: artificial (vanillin instead of vanilla, you have to get that right first), sweet, banana slush and metallic undertones. Quite a disaster and that for the price ... A clear recommendation for people who also like Bubbletea, dish soap or condoms with a fruit flavor!

    64/100 or 2/10

  39. Bene37 scored this whisky 64 points Expert Junior

    artificial, sticky-sweet, metallic.

    an absolute disaster

  40. Don Cassi scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The nose starts out very creamy and vanilla with associations of strawberry yoghurt.

    It is very present in the mouth, creamy and at the same time peppery-tingling, sweet and spicy.

    In the finish it literally explodes in a flood of ash and chocolate, briefly tropical fruits flash before the oak takes over again, chocolatey and spicy and fades away for a long time.
    Length: 8/10

    Grandiose, opulent, untamed Talisker, worlds better than the 57 North, especially the finish that is convincing.

    Grade: 2+

  41. lipphi scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  42. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    20 20 19 20 79

    Young, simple, strong, ok, nothing bad, but ...
    You can drink but not need, what's the point ?, hmm ... it's sad again ... modern Talisker, why do this?

  43. dercaptain scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    - follows -

    In short: typical Talisker (strong as a barrel) with tropical hints (vanilla, white chocolate, exotic fruits and coconut)

  44. Simon Stood scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    As for the age of eight, a very good option, clearly better than the regular 10-ki 22-22-21.5-22

  45. PRV scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21/21/21/21

  46. TimPau scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      peat
    • Taste
      Peaty, fruity, iodized / salty
    • Finish
      medium / long

  47. MrDvorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    RATING: 84pts – |83 – 86 (B) → Good| — Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The nose is simple but neat with nice rum finish influence and has notes of vanilla, pineapple, sea salt and gentle smoke.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taset is peppery and smoky with notes of seasalt, vanilla, olive oil, charred lemon peel and some tropical fruits.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is quite long and peppery with hints of gentle smokiness followed by vanilla and lemons.

  48. fravertje scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    beautiful whisky

  49. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Jura, thank you Diageo for another monument of the well-marketed, not even average drops. Sharp, one-dimensional and far too young. Thanks for far too little at this price
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  50. besar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  51. Likudi scored this whisky 83 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  52. Kaleva scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A classic case when the expectations were much higher than the reality. Nicely balanced, but young (and somewhat immature) Talisker, which has neither flaws nor any peculiarities. Just an ordinary peaty whisky, which is hugely overpriced as for the quality.
    • Nose
      Smoky, fresh, fruity (apples, lime), coastal (mussels, iodine), burnt caramel, hints of fusel oils, some bread, light farmy notes. Water releases more fruitiness in the form of pear drops as well as strong barley aromas.
    • Taste
      Punchy, peppery (chili), sweet barley, a hint of salt, light maritime minerality, smoky ashes, some wood.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, sweetish, tad peppery, woody, malty.

  53. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    We can smell the barrels of rum, icing sugar, cane syrup, vanilla, candied rhubarb. Behind, a trickle of smoke, straw fire, blond tobacco. It's quite pastry, on custard, sponge cake. With the addition of water, it leans towards the apple, it's cider, almost compote. On the palate, it lacks a bit of complexity but it's soft and smooth. Then the spices rise, and it's hot, chilli, pepper, red pepper. Once the spices cool down a bit, it's pretty good and warm. Very aggressive finish, quite long, apple vanilla, rough wood, nutmeg. Beet.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  54. ChrisE scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  55. Pulteney83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Taste it tonight, my friend opened a bottle. I liked that the character of Talisker shines trough. The whisky itself: citrus, salty and offcorse the pepper. The casks did round of the spirit but not too much. I love it when Talisker is like it is and I applaud them for that. Hope they do bring this more and also in the core range.
    ps. Talisker is expensive, not only the OB but also IB, so I think €80 is a fair price for this Talisker.

  56. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  57. Koning scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The rum finish is hardly noticable: it reminded of other spirits like genever and mezcal rather than rum. Diageo had some balls though to bottle this lightly coloured and raw spirit. It is really different from other Taliskers, it deviated quite a lot from the 10, the 2020 DE, the 18 and the15 years old Special Release of 2019 I compared it to! Still, I liked the other Taliskers much better so I won't buy a full bottle of this.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Noses young and 'green', almost like new make spirit and reminiscent of unaged genever. It's mildly peated, but a certain freshness akin to a Turkish steam bath is more prominent: ecualyptus and peppermint. It has a hidden sweet fruitiness as well: vanilla, pinapple and citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Raw and young, with notes of new make and genever again. It has an industrial edge, with mild peat and only a restrained Talisker 'chili catch'. Some sugary sweetness and faint fruits pop up too. Good development in the mouth!
    • Finish
      87 87
      More peaty now and finally some mineral and maritime notes: this is Talisker after all! The plant-like notes of the notes return; some mezcal? These are balanced with a sweeter side: sweet citrus fruits and caramel.

  58. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Bittersweet grilled fish with brown sugar, seaweeds, caramel and black pepper.

    RATING: 84pts - [n21,t22,f20,b21] → |83-85: Decent|

  59. Svjatogor scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    n: hint of smoke, vanilla, iodine, honey, marine time, metalic
    t: sweet, full, caramel, warming - woow
    a: smoke, warming, vanilla, rewarding

  60. elipszis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The rum barrel is not felt in the smell and taste.
    • Nose
      86 86
      vanilla
      medicinal water
      mint (sports cream)
      scrambled eggs
      strawberry + raspberry
      beeswax
      sweet
    • Taste
      90 90
      lemon + lime
      creamy
      medicinal water
      sulfur
      salty
      bitter
    • Finish
      90 90
      dried spice
      salt + pepper
      sulfur
      medium long

  61. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Who conconted this sucker? Where is the rum, where the good casks you need to make an 8 yo work well? Thank goodness I was given a sample before buying a bottle blindly. A real money grab with what feels like leftover reject casks batched together at cask strength. 57 North is at least on par if not better, depending on the batch. Again, who at Diageo thought this to be worthy for a Special Release, and what is it with these depleted rum casks that don't work/show up in many cases such as this, Ardbeg Drum, Springer 15 Rum...?

  62. Saltmark scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The alcohol and youth are quite present in the nose. Then some flowers appear. Geranium? Quite pungent in the mouth. Water brings out the flowers again, but more like the liquid inside a vase. I do like Talisker, but not this one.

  63. DeLiefhebber scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  64. penumbra scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It's pretty good. The full and rich body is a highlight, but I just don't understand why Serge rushed to give a 90 in the first place?
    • Nose
      The stimulation of lemon, green olives, new wine and marine shellfish were mixed, and the iconic black pepper was not found. Cold spring, limestone, cassava peat, tar, toasted wood, dough, wheat aroma. The tail has talisker's unique sweet milk tea and a very small amount of mixed juice.
      To be honest, I have never understood the uniqueness of the rum barrel. Drinking so much wine always feels like a stronger bourbon barrel that is more refreshing and reflects the winery’s genes. This 8yo is obviously better than the previous one. SR is more new and simplistic.
    • Taste
      Sea salt, yellow lemon, bitterness with burnt wood/grain, pepper, not so talisker smokiness, grain fermentation flavor of new wine, vanilla sugar, maltose.
      There are more flavor dimensions, but not so hearty and not so impactful. For example, if Speyside children try to make peat 6yo experiment, it is you, Caperdonich.
      Strong, good fat, generally sweet, a little sour, no tannins, no astringency, less bitterness, no pungency, a touch of alcohol.
    • Finish
      For a long time, new wine of grain bread, sea salt, pepper, licorice, wood, roasting fire.

  65. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  66. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Direct comparison with the 8-year-old Talisker 2018.
    In blind tasting I would have guessed a young Caol Ila. This bottling has strong smoke and peat notes for a talisker. The rum finish cannot be seen.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Nice sweet smoke like a young Caol Ila.
    • Taste
      87 87
      IT: 87
      B: 87
      Another step up to the nose. Also here sweet smoke as I like it. Doesn't need water.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, light bitterness.

  67. Whiskycavalier scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    The Talisker has not lost its typical character even with a Rum Cask finish. Slightly maritime, with a nice chilli heat. The finish gives it a great sweet note, which, together with the smoke, reminds of BBC spare ribs. A bit expensive for 8 years, but still a delicious whisky.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Sweet, salty, warm smoke
    • Taste
      90 90
      Dry, black pepper, salty, BBC spare ribs, sugar
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long, pleasantly warming, chili hot, maritime

  68. sphinx scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  69. Teresa scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  70. Sandman scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Lime, banana, apple, honey, vanilla, sugar cane, malted barley, hint of smoke and Hubba Bubba gum
    • Taste
      Smoke, burnt wood, creme brulee, toasted bread with orange marmalade, lemon zest, ginger and a hint of grapefruit
    • Finish
      Medium, dry, grapefruit, burnt wood, ash, tobacco and chilli

  71. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  72. Madkimpe scored this whisky 84 points Newbie

    Sweet and smokey. Not too much rum-influence, but a nice sipper non the less. Young and feisty Talisker. Tasted next to the 15-year-old from last year, which is rounder and less in your face but not miles above in my book

  73. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Nose:Pungent alcohol,Salty,Pickled fish,Metal,New Make,A few minerals,Talisker Iconic sulfur,Finally, it evolved into foul piss,I can't write anymore......

    Drink:I thought he would hurt my mouth,But he didn't,Oily,finish have a little Fruit Sugus,And then Salty,Pickled fish,Metal.....

    Overall:I need to leave

  74. ldcsh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    20cl sample
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  75. Ninofdram scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  76. ConvalRen scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Rum cask is no no.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  77. remo92 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  78. ThorstenH scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, the called expectations are not met.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  79. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Smoke and pineapple. Lime and green apple peels. and somewhat malty. A hint of olives. A sugary note. Seaweed and it’s somewhat salty.
    • Taste
      Young and clean. A hint of pineapple, but way more to the background now. Olives again. Subtle peat and again a bit salty. Vanilla. Lemons. And later some white pepper.
    • Finish
      Short to mid-long with mostly white pepper and smoke.

  80. jkswift scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  81. Othorion scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  82. Georges scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, earthy, peppery, fruity (pineapple, apples, pears, kiwis, limes), briny notes, sweet (candy), vanilla, tarry
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, seawater, oysters, salty, peppery, olives, fruity (lemons, tangerines), honey, vanilla
    • Finish
      Medium long, smoky, salty, peppery, sweet

  83. Patrick93 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is definitely one of the worst whiskys I've tried in 2020. For this price I would have expected a lot more. Super comment by HS305 brings it right to the point.

  84. TaBoNi scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    After a break of 5 years (2013-2018), Talisker has now been part of the Diageo Special Releases again for three straight years. Having tried all of them, I can say that all bottlings are different in their profiles and use of casks, which I think is a good thing. While lots of malt lovers are torn between last year´s 15-year-old and 2018´s 8-year-old, I agree with the majority that this one is the weakest bottling of the bunch.
    However, it is still a decent whisky and a different Talisker to all other available bottlings. Yes it´s pricy, but it´s worth a try.

  85. steinrich scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  86. kimmosuo scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  87. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Rum there ain't much of, so it doesn't live up to expectations. That said, this is a good Talisker regardless.
    • Nose
      A whiff of pineapple goes hand in hand with wet pebbles, seaweed and and soft, earthy peat. Touches of brine, sandalwood and melted butter also. Finally some sweet cotton candy, gooseberry and even a hint of burlap. There's quite a bit going on here.
    • Taste
      A fair amount of pepper, soft smoke and earthy peat. Darker than the nose suggests. Some olive brine, cloves and a big pinch of salt. Finally some charred lemons. Water bring out a more medicinal side.
    • Finish
      Quite peppery on the finish with some lingering smoke. Long.

  88. Totoro scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    What a letdown. This is one of these cases where 2 cl is more than enough and I'll be happily giving away the remainder of my 5 cl sample.
    • Nose
      76 76
      Young & yeasty, with a farmy note, plenty of banana, brown sugar, and sweet vanillin: I'd say the rum casks are actually pretty noticeable.
      I'd have expected more smoke at this age, too. In direct comparison, even the regular OB "Port Ruighe" strikes me as peatier, and that at 45.8%.
      I don't have a problem with young (or NAS) Taliskers - I quite liked the 57° North, for instance - but this is really disappointing.
    • Taste
      80 80
      No burn despite the high ABV, kudos. Other than that, it's merely super sweet, estery, moderately peppery, and softly smoky. You can get a similar experience with some young blended Islay malts for about a third of the price.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Banana puree, a boozy, sugary note, and earthy-peppery Talisker smoke.

  89. SmokeyRuhr scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Overall, a decent whisky in the 40 euro price range, or because of the high alcohol content also 50 euro price range. But for what is called for, about 100 euros, a cheek.
    If the price would influence my point allocation, I would have to subtract 2 points. And actually 2 more, because the expected finish is not really noticeable.
    But the review is written as if I didn't know any of this.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Before the first sip, I only smelled slightly sweet and strongly sour. Kind of uncomfortable. Fortunately, I didn't feel the high alcohol content in my nose, but unfortunately neither the typical Talisker attributes nor exotic fruits that I had expected from the finish.
      After the first sip, however, I still noticed grain notes and Talisker attributes. The aroma was better then. But there was no sign of the finish.
    • Taste
      86 86
      It started bitterly on the tongue, but it developed quite well and becomes sweeter and also a little oily and very pleasant, plus the sweetness (but no citrus fruits or something) and then the power. You'd almost think it's the famous chilli catch, but I think it's just the alcohol. And so I don't even try water before it loses the effect and then becomes flat and boring.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Pleasantly bitter like coffee with milk without sugar and also quite long - unfortunately not more, but at least.

  90. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    This is probably the bottling that most have been looking forward to. It is the first Talisker to be finished on Caribbean rum barrels.

    I confess... That's a strange but intriguing nose. Talisker's DNA is present, don't get me wrong, but is largely 'wrapped' by sweet notes from the rum barrels. Almost as if Talisker's seawater was replaced by sugar water. There's something savoury about it, like meat on the barbecue. But it's okay.

    Immediately honeysweet and spicy on the palate. Vanilla, rum and citrus fruit with a few drops of soy sauce, a lot of pepper and a nice smokiness.

    Something of camphor and chillies in the (rather short) aftertaste.

    Yes, this one is going to sell like sweet cupcakes, no doubt about it. But... I thought the 8-year-old of 2018 was a lot better.

  91. rampah scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I didn't notice the rum finish at all.

    Drinkable, but way overpriced.

  92. nhuber scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    not sure why people are disappointed, wilder than the 10 year old, but also in a nice way as it has more oomph, nice sweetness and more smoke, ok, not a bargain at 90€ but the taste itself is very good... anything below 87/88 probably takes the price into account, which distorts the whole base... my view.

  93. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    young and primitive - unacceptable for the price
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  94. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    After the first reviews, I initially lowered my expectations. After tasting the sample, I like it better than expected. A strong Talisker, but in the end you can feel the youth especially in the mouth - and I can't really see any rum barrel influence here. With a view to the price and in comparison to the Talisker 15J SR 2019, as a Talisker fan I have to say that the PLV does not fit here (even if it is quite tasty regardless of the PLV) and a purchase with a view to the ones still available Talisker 15J SR 2019 not worth it. The mentioned Talisker from SR 2019 is in my opinion the much better choice despite the slight surcharge.
    • Nose
      86 86
      distinct sweetness; malty; maritime notes; Citrus; Oak seasoning; Smoke (campfire); I can't really see a rum barrel influence - but definitely a tasty nose
    • Taste
      85 85
      vigorous; sweet and spicy; Smoke and a maritime character are present in the mouth; Citrus notes; salty; maybe a touch of tar; you can tell that he is young
    • Finish
      84 84
      long and warm; Chili; Pepper; sweet smoke; delicate tart oak aromas

  95. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  96. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2020] It seems to be increasingly a nightmare to get hands on some of the bottles of Diageo's special releases from year to year, not to mention the ridiculous price increases (look at the price of last year's 12-years old Lagavulin compared to this year's). Finally I managed to get a bottle each of the somewhat affordable releases (and no, I will not buy the completely overpriced Mortlach or Dalwhinnie because I doubt they are worth the heavy bucks requested)...

    ...and this underaged Talisker offered at the price of a 20+years old is not worth of its bucks either! Good old Serge scored this dram astonishing 90 points (like the first 8-years old Talisker special release) but my olfactory cells and taste buds are too dull to get all these interesting details he mentions in his tasting note, most probably. To me this is not more than an average underaged dram with a very immature nose, a better but still simplistic taste and a good mouthfeel. And neither Serge nor I were able to detect any rum aromas in this dram - so if you like fresh and simple youngsters which are mainly driven by barley-mashy-peaty flavours this might be your dram (but you can buy other malts with such profiles much, much cheaper).

    By the way, several days later I had another dram after a fine Ardmore and the new 16-years old Laphroaig and to be honest: This Talisker really turned me down in this setting so I did not empty the dram and flushed it down the sink, not joking. So I advise to not have this one after excellent other whiskies unless you are pretty sure you like it...
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is light at pale straw and the nose offers a very immature profile which smells rather like a barely 3-years old spirit than a single malt whisky, really. For a new make it would be not bad but I expect more even from a just 8-years old single malt, not to name Talisker. The rum aromas are very shy and hard to catch - I just get the usual bready-mashy aromas of very young spirits with some peaty and wooden impressions. To be sure I compare this to a cask sample of an one-year old Lagg-spirit that I own and bingo - the profiles are very close. Most probably one need to own a super-nose (like Serge) to get more out of this but sorry folks, I just own ordinary olfactory cells and these testify a very simple and immature smell. Where is the rum, Diageo?
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is much better with more and stronger peaty flavours and some maritime impressions but still it tastes somewhat immature with the barley mash in the driver's seat. Again, I hardly detect any rum in this mix and I cannot comprehend ten out of the eleven ingredients Serge describes. I know my taste buds are average only compared to that of master blenders or "professional" tasting note writers (so take their statement with a grain of salt) but they state boldy: To us this is not more than an average underaged dram without neither flaws nor highlights. Water turns the nose more punchy without adding new aromas while the taste flattens and the finish gets a bitter wooden note. More water flattens both nose and taste and robs this dram of its young (assertive) assets so it turns into an unimpressive underaged whisky. I like the neat dram best.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The initial mouthfeel is hot (due to the high abv) with a nice coating effect and no distracting moments. The finish is long without new impressions and certainly it does not remind me of Brora, not in a single whiff - sorry Serge. No flaw here either but still I found no trace of rum, Diageo! But even the taste buds of Serge did not manage to detect the rum influence in this dram so the rum story is a nice marketing gag but not more (of course did Diageo finish this release in rum casks - but without any tracable effect, so either the casks were completely leached or the finish was way too short).

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