Talisker 08-year-old

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2021
Stated Age
08 years old
59.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
29 Jun 2021 8:15 pm by LeChiffre
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 105.72

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 08-year-old

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.39 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2021] Just a word of caution to all connoisseurs who reach out for advice from old and experienced whisky bloggers like Serge and others: Always read the tasting notes of these old dogs very careful because they are often somewhat tired of the complex and delicate drams most people prefer (they had too many of them before). Look what Serge wrote about this Talisker "very simple, almost abstract, and just terrific" which is something many whisky drinkers might rather see differently (a simple and abstract dram is not terrific to me, sorry Serge).

    Do not get me wrong, there is absolutely no way to argue about taste because it is a very personal, almost intimate thing. Hence everyone should be very cautious to not just look at the scores of others but also be sure he/she shares the same taste preferences with the scorer. Slàinte!

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2021] Of course I am way too curious about this "simple, abstract and terrific" dram as to let it pass untested...

    ...and I can fully confirm Serge's tasting notes with respect to its "very simple" style. This Talisker is nothing else than another heavily peated pre-mature dram like all the other heavily peated young stuff out there. To me they all taste the same because there are hardly any aromas or flavours to recognise beside their massive wall of peat. If you love extreme peat you will love this dram, most probably. But until now Talisker stood for a completely different profile (complex, balanced and delicate) hence this dram is not a Talisker to me.

    So maybe Diageo is jealous on the success of Bruichladdich's Octomore and Port Charlotte bottlings? To me this edition smells and tastes like a cheap version of these (much more interesting) heavily peated legends.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The colour is pale straw and the nose offers a simple and immature profile like almost all young heavily peated drams I tasted so far, no matter from which distillery. Never ever I could identify any distillery profile in there, let alone Talisker. Yes, this is simplicity at its best (or worst, depending on what you like) - everything is eliminated beside the alcohol, barley sugars and peat. So if you are in for extreme peat aromas only this nose might be great, but if you are looking for something more it is rather boring. To me it is boring, sorry folks.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is about the same: peat, peat, peat, some barley sugars, some spices from the wood - that is it, simplicity pure. I still struggle to find the abstractness Serge is talking about, to me this taste is very real and (un)impressive. It tastes like dozens of other heavily peated young drams too (I just tasted about 50 different cask samples from a broker and all the young peated stuff tasted this way no matter from which distillery). Do not get me wrong: If you like heavily peated malt this taste might be great to you, most probably and this is absolutely okay. But there is nothing special about it, unless you own super-tasting capabilities and find flavours I do not get (or you prefer this "very simple and abstract style" like Serge). Sorry folks, but this taste is boring (to me).
    • Finish
      84 84
      The initial mouthfeel is hot (because of the high abv) and bitter (because of the heavy peat) with an okay-ish coating effect. The finish is long (because of the heavy peat) but does not add any new impressions as with most pre-mature drams. The peat stays dominant and takes no prisoners until the very end. Where is the malt, where are the famous maritime Talisker flavours? Water does not release any new impressions either as it strengthens the anyway overpowering peat only.

  3. Andre Lautensack scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    "These come with some pretty immersive web pages that you could marvel at while sipping your dram. Rather well done, those pages. This baby is said to be particularly smoky, while each expression within this year's SRs comes with a nickname, this time it is 'The Rogue Seafury'. Aren't we shaky now… Colour: very pale white wine. Nose: it doesn't feel like they've been using rum wood, which they did last year. We're rather experiencing an extremely narrow style, in the best sense of that expression (as some great Chablis can be narrow). A lot of mercurochrome, seawater, oysters, crushed chalk and just a load of peat. I think I had already wondered if they weren't Islayising Talisker… With water: oh this wonderful brine! Plus olive oil and a drop of mezcal. Even mezcal cannot beat this. Mouth (neat): a total blade, sharp like a katana (whatever) and with a lot of lemon juice, brine and just 'peat'. A citrusy fruitiness too after a few seconds, perhaps citrons? Again, very simple, almost abstract, and just terrific. With water: 4/4 (nose neat, nose diluted, palate neat, palate diluted). Stunning purity, I suppose the only thing you could do to further improve this make is wait. All the rest is total absolut ganz perfect. Finish: long, well, not that long actually but sublimely pure. Comments: a diamond distillate, this is the perfect cut, a kind of grail that only time could further polish (you're rambling on, S.) Just add time… By the way I couldn't find any vintage but there could be one, I shall amend accordingly. Cheers Peter, you would have loved this one.
    SGP:457 - 91 points."

  4. FCBayernMuenchen1900 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I think the price is way too high. If you consider that I only paid 83.45 euros for the 2018 bottling and only 83.50 euros for the 2020 bottling, then I can't understand why you should suddenly pay between 90 and 100 euros or more in 2021. This is an 8 year old whisky. Ok, it's cask strength, but 90 euros is just too much. Here the whisky connoisseur and connoisseur is clearly asked not to buy this bottling immediately at an overpriced price, but to wait until the price is appropriate. Has worked for me in previous years too. Just wait a few months and the price will go down. There are so many bottles of it that you can probably wait 6 months. If you don't do that and blindly pay any price, the manufacturers will always try to milk the customer.

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very heavily peated for a Talisker, straight as a arrow like most of those Laga 12 cs bottlings. No-nonsense malt which imho is better than last year's failed attempt of a rum cask finish but also does not reach the 2018 version of the 8 in terms of oomph, good cask influence and overally complexity and quality. Very naked malt from great distillate, however in such a combination not worth more than maybe 70 EUR nowadays. Any (old or new) version of Laga 12 cs beats this one out of the water on any given day. And since this one unfortunately, while being peatier, does not have the famed white pepper/chilli catch finish, a good version of the 10 easily stands toe to toe with this one, if not for power, for complexity and overall quality. An impressive entry, but lacks the it-factor. Try before you buy.

  6. Testtubebaby scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Nose: lemon, some alcohol, cooling
    Mouth: Chili ????, sweetness, nice smoke in the background
    Finish: Sweet, always chili, light coffee note, medium length, cooling from the alcohol
    Conclusion: simpler, but clearly structured, whisky ... too easy for the price - in my opinion

  7. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    In 2018, Diageo came up with an 8-year-old Talisker for the first time in the Special Releases (for 85 EUR) and that remains one of my favorites. In 2019 a 16-year-old followed and in 2020 again an 8-year-old (for 90 EUR). That is also the case this year, the so-called 'The Rogue Seafury'. Matured in what Diageo describes as 'heavily peated refill casks'. But in the meantime you’ll have to fork over 110 EUR for this. Isn't that a bit harsh for an 8-year-old, Diageo?
    Oh, what is this now? I know that Talisker is a bit maritime and even somewhat peaty, but also shows a lot of citrus and pepper and this Talisker does not really do that at all. Blindly, I would even rather think of Caol Ila or even Lagavulin. Seaweed, oyster juice, cooked ham and gyproc with a few Haribo bears in the background. Very interesting, but very atypical for Talisker (and I'm honestly not that happy with it).
    On the palate it is clearly very young. The citrus is now ubiquitous, but is drowned out by a bucket full of seawater. The pepper also tries to show itself, but the salt is just too dominant. The peat is also of Islay proportions again so I really don't feel like I have a Talisker in the glass. And if I may be honest: I tastes of little more than salt and peat. What a pity.
    The finish is very long, very warm, very salty and very smoky.
    Blindly, I would never have guessed this is Talisker. And it's very expensive for what you get.

  9. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    For me it is more like Islay New Make. Intense smoke, most likely coal smoke. Karamalt. Grain.

    Slight sweetness of malt in the beginning, very ashy in the mouth.
    Extremely one-dimensional with malt sweetness and smoke.

    Long, smoke and ashes


    I have now tasted the whisky three times. The same impression every time - an extreme malt, minimalist.
    I like that with young smokers when there is something besides smoke and malt, like citrus fruits or marine impacts. I miss that here.

  10. galg33 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Nose: A nice stride on the beach with wood fires nearby, or as we often call those: “Coastal” – not something you don’t come to expect from a Talisker, right? It’s got a briny touch to it, with earthy peat and soot, as well as remnants of ash, and a sprinkle of black pepper – Talisker DNA all over. Quite young and ‘bare’ no sherry and not a lot of wood, but enough to balance the peat/soot/ earth with vanilla biscuits, and hints of icing sugar along with minerality and damp oak. Further nosing reveals a fruity touch as well, that hides behind the earthy peat and Seabreeze.

    Palate: Quite an entry! I am getting a lot of sweet cotton candy, then immediately it becomes smoky and spicy with vegetal notes, licorice, and aniseed, salty chocolate, and more earth, soot with a leafy/green touch, there’s also some saltiness and maritime / minerality but on the backdrop.

    Finish: coastal, with Seabreeze, distant smoke, and earthy peat goes on a fairly long time.


    A nice young-ish, peaty, and brute Talisker, even if not ultra complex, but at 8 years old, this delivers what it promises to be, the 2nd peatiest of the bunch, and certainly a nice example of feisty Talisker pepper earth and peat alongside maritime notes.


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