Talisker 08-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Golden Spirit - John Walker
Stated Age
08 years old
45.8 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
10 Aug 2010 12:47 pm

Average value

€ 876.01

5 × in wishlist

22 × member ratings

31 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 08-year-old

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.65 points

  1. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Dirk scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    Prices currently are increasing for this type of bottle. Is it worth it? Not to own a full bottle I guess. Lucky enough to have paid a bit less. Dangerously drinkable and very high quality.
    • Nose
      Gentle fruit tones, earthy, whiffs of peat, eucalyptus. Grassiness and then back to the fruity tones. Very nicely balanced! Concentrated fruit tones emerge. Some limestones later on mineral aspects, brine and some caramel. 
    • Taste
      Fruity, oranges, a bit of liquorice, wet ropes. Still has quite some power in there. Actually quite surprised by that. Fudge, pepper and then again some of the oranges, maybe some nectarines, peaches.
    • Finish
      Pepper, brine, peat and oranges. Some liquorice as well. A bit drying, would say the liquorice and peat are in the lead. Not the longest finish but still very outspoken.

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An enjoyable Talisker. Not as peaty or spicy as current Taliskers, but still fresh, both in the nose and taste. Finish is a bit lacking. If tasted blind, I would have thought this was an older 43% modern Bowmore that has been tamed by age. A bit of sucrose and some tinned peaches. Very chuggable! Another example of a very expensive, discontinued bottling that you probably should NOT be buying.

  4. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    No, this is not as peaty as Talisker is nowadays. It shouldn't always be that peaty. This is more complex, friendly and still savoury. It's another style of Talisker, but do I like it less? Certainly not. Comparing with the most recent (2013 + bottlings) I like this 10 times more!
    • Nose
      Delightfully soft and friendly, but with a maritime twist. There is some grass and eucalyptus in the nose, but that's not all. Soft peat shines through, just as some other earthy notes of putty and licorice. Then, I detect marzipan, oranges and figs. 
    • Taste
      Yes, this is savoury and quite pungent despite the non cask strength. Orange, grass, wet stones, mossy peat, and some smoke (peat and wood) join the party. Pepper is there too, how could I almost forget?
    • Finish
      Long, lingering and warming, with pepper, orange, fig, eucalyptus, licorice and peat.

  5. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Quite shy nose at first, with grassy and citrusy elements I associate more with lowland malts. Not at all what I was expecting, but still very pleasant. A bit of time in the glass and some gentle hand warming released faint wafts of peat smoke and some salty air, but nothing like recent versions I've tried. Sharp and peppery on the palate, with a salty finish and aftertaste. The peat once again is only a faint supporting act. A drop of water released some fruitier elements on the nose (including apple peel and pear drops) and a stronger presence of oak, but the palate remained essentially unchanged. Nice to try but not worth the premium price being charged nowadays.


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