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Talisker 30-year-old

Overall rating 76 votes 91.66
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
30 years old
American and European Oak
Number of bottles
57.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
03 Nov 2010 11:57 am
Cask Strength

My 4 x 25 ratings


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Nose 22
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 22


8 Notes

Eclectic Scotchist
Expert Senior Eclectic Scotchist Review note
29 Aug 2016 8:43 am
Eclectic Scotchist gave this whisky 93 points
Weighted Rate
Initial taste
Expert Senior korry78 Note
04 Jan 2016 11:35 am

Talisker 30 yo (57.3%, OB, 2958 bottles, 2010) Five starsI loved the previous editions of Talisker 30. 2006 (WF91), 2007 (WF92), 2008 (WF93)… I can’t remember if there was a 2009 but maybe this 2010 version will match the stunning 2008? Or will it be even more to my liking? Colour: straw. Nose: oh, this one instantly reminds me of the style of the old official 12 from the 80s. It’s no big dram, it’s rather very elegant and slightly subdued, all on various oils including olive, then apple peeling, fresh walnuts, lemon zests, shellfish (say clams), beech smoke… What’s quite stunning is also how it becomes very peppery after that, although it’s no big blasting pepper. There’s also quite some peppermint and lemon balm, iodine, seaweed… And then whiffs of garden bonfire (under a wee rain). With water: more mint, more medicinal notes, antiseptic… Smoke. Mouth: perfect, just perfect. More presence than in the nose, it’s fatter, more potent, more lemony and candied, and saltier as well. The clams are back, tons of lemon drops, some pepper again (black)… gets then very mineral, extremely zesty. With water: more of the same, with a faint dryness from the oak. Finish: medium long, between crystallised lemon, peat smoke and pepper. Touches of salt again in the aftertaste. Comments: right, it’s maybe a little less complex than the 2008 but it’s still fab old Talisker. SGP:355 - 92 points.

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Expert Senior bull10298 Note
05 Jun 2015 6:39 pm
bull10298 gave this whisky 88 points

Like Brora, Talisker is a firm favourite in the Special Releases line up, and, as with the Brora, this 30-year-old expression of the Isle of Skye malt has been matured in both ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry refill casks. Pepper, sweet peat, vanilla, milk chocolate raisins and dried fruits on the lovely, complex nose. A huge palate, initially quite zesty, with heather, caramel, smoke, spices and malt. The finish is classic Talisker ? cereal drying to smoky black pepper and chilli powder, and it seems to last forever!



Expert Senior zby0001 Review note
09 Sep 2014 5:15 am
zby0001 gave this whisky 91 points
Weighted Rate
Initial taste
Talisker & Brora & Lagavulin & Glendronach
Member Senior Rossi99 Note
04 Mar 2014 1:50 pm
Rossi99 gave this whisky 91 points

nice and easy dram! Oily, punchy and lively.
It doesn't taste like a 30yo dram
Coastal breeze mingling with lemon zest so well and  a little bitterness finish!
good one!

Expert Senior Tabrulavubeg Note
13 Feb 2014 2:29 pm
Tabrulavubeg gave this whisky 93 points

A great nose. A very delicate and complex dram.
Dangerously well drinkable.

At 57,3% alc. this bottling, unlike other Taliskers at this age, is not lacking the power that should be characteristic for this distillery's whisky.

Eclectic Scotchist
Expert Senior Eclectic Scotchist Tasting note
10 Nov 2013 10:36 pm
Eclectic Scotchist gave this whisky 93 points
Deep gold

Old oak (as from an old sailing ship), old pleasant leather, beautifully dampened soft peat smoke (reminiscent of what a newly spent fire might smell of at some distance), intense and elemental, salty sea, iodine, liquorice around the edges of the glass, sweet malt, toffee and crème brûlée (both increase in influence over time), muted tones of pepper, citrus, vanilla, some cream, 'four fruits tea' (red fruits), hints of dark chocolate, mild and pleasant furniture polish, a whiff of tobacco, heather. Rather complex nose with an interesting development.


Lovely clean and soft peat smoke, a phenol element with a beautifully refined 'roundness', old oak which blends with sweeter components such as toffee and cream, pepper, iodine, salty sea, red fruits and a refreshing citrus presence.


Powerful, complex and long-lived. The peat smoke is more or less absent after swallowing only to reappear with a wonderful, almost powdery soft quality that lingers all to the very end. Brine, vanilla, hints of red fruits and old oak make up the background. That beautifully refined phenol element reappears. Old leather intermixed with some undefined nuttiness, some iodine again and some fresh unburnt peat. Sweet and rich malt throughout.


Simply a superb scotch - this style of whisky doesn't get much better than this. Medium to full-bodied with an almost chewy feel to it. I absolutely adore the heavy wood presence in this 30 year old Talisker (which makes me think of old wooden ships) . Expensive, but I am inclined to say it is worth every penny. One of my personal favorites.

Ralph Hiltrup
Expert Senior Ralph Hiltrup Note
10 Sep 2012 9:38 pm
Producer`s Tasting Notes

Nose:  Mild nose-feel. Very reserved, and slow. At first, teasing fruit acidity (red apple skins) and dried fruits, with sweeter notes (rum toffee, chocolate brownies). Quickly then, sooty smoke (a burned out peat fire) with, after a while, alluring, aromatic spices (frankincense, clove, cedar) and polished oak, followed by more fruit, now boiled sweets. Water makes it more maritime, with iodine, menthol and beach scents, but there are also notes of milk chocolate and soft vanilla toffee in the smoky development.

Body: Medium.

Palate:  Drinks well at full strength. Slow but consistent, with autumn berries and dried fruit. Cherry stones. Cooling at first, then becoming hot and lively. Water (add only a little) brings up a pleasant smooth texture. It`s now quite sweet and again cooling to start (tart au chocolat) then warming overall, with some salt, a trace of acidity and some very measured, slightly sooty, smoke.

Finish: Long, with roasted malt, the ghost of black pepper, and some nutmeg in the smoky and savoury aftertaste.


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