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Overall rating
90.83/100
votes
20
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice
Vintage
1953
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Sherrywood
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
Black Label
Bottled for
Co. Import, Pinerolo, Torino, Italy for Edwards & Edwards
Added on
19 Jun 2010 1:38 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 2840,07

4 × in wishlist

20 × member ratings

5 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 1953 GM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.83 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Not sure why the Avonside (Glenlivet) photo is here. Obviously the wrong photo

    A very special Talisker because a fire destroyed the distillery in 1960. At this time the stills were coal fired, and they used their own floor maltings up until 1972. I was told most of their stocks were destroyed as well, making this all the more rare. I was not able to confirm this however. Regardless it is a little piece of history.

    Myself and 3 friends each had a 25ml pour from an almost full, only recently opened bottle at Usquabae Whisky Bar in Edinburgh.

    The most striking thing about the bottle was the amount of crystal deposits (calcium oxalate) at the bottom. This was bottled at the end of the 70’s, so there has been plenty of time for the calcium deposits to form. This is quite common in older Spanish sherry casks and can be an important tool to watch out for fake whisky from this era. Here’s a link to the article for the inquisitive:

    https://thecuttingspirit.com/2014/10/24/rare-whisky-and-sediment/

    An educational and sentimental dram from a bygone era.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Light but full of old and lush red fruits. Wispy smoke, wild overripe strawberries, dusty books, orange peel, chocolate orange, soft polish, Soft ginger, minerals and sea salt. Very lovely
    • Taste
      88 88
      Thin and quite watery. Smoke builds after chewing. Saline, red berry jam, dunnage notes, dusty floor, orange pith.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Smoke builds, flavours grow, gunsmoke. Palate does not prepare you for the long finish. A impressive retro nasal smokiness. Waxed wild strawberry and raspberry. An old grease gun, saline, black pepper and sea salt. Great finish

      It’s not overly impressive, but a real treat to taste a piece of history. Stop by Usquabae in Edinburgh if you have the chance, they’ve got a great selection at fair prices. Sláinte

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Not too sure the talisker distillate is there but still an excellent dram with great obe, unfortunately these bottes suffer the comparison with their cask strength siblings which are out of this world

  3. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    In a blind tasting, I wouldn't have guessed it was a Talisker.

    Absolutely loved the nose. Beautifully old school and evolving. Stayed one hour on this one. The mouth was a bit disappointing after this amazing nose but still very enjoyable.

    A fantastic piece of history.Tasting note from 09/2016
    • Nose
      Polish, orange, mineral, leather, hints of ashes. It opens more with aeration. Same notes plus apricot, pine resine, smoke.
    • Taste
      OBE took place here and aromas are melted. Mouth is thick at first and quickly drying. With retro-olfaction I have pine resine, some orange and smoke.
    • Finish
      Medium, drying, salty.

  4. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/talisker-24-yo-1953-gm-connoisseurs-choice-pinerolo-43vol/

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