Overall rating
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 11:18 am
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 712,22

39 × in wishlist

105 × member ratings

165 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 30-year-old

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.85 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic whisky, good to clean. This combination of pepper and fruit sweetness, just awesome. 30 years in the barrel, and yet not dominated by heavy wood aromas, but rather always - coming in waves and going - on the road like a rambunctious youngster.
    • Nose
      An old oak cabinet with thinly applied furniture polish. Very mild smoke, salt and pepper sweeps the nose. Despite the amount of wood, the nose is fresh with a nice sweet pear note. Fresh mint, has a cooling, a touch of seaweed (later increasingly) gives, together with the salt, a maritime character.
    • Taste
      As expected, strong on the tongue, but not a piece of alcoholic, perfectly integrated. At the beginning lemon slices, mint leaves and fine honey, then quickly behind it mild smoke and a good portion of pepper. Again salt, which agrees pleasantly with the lemons on the tongue. Oily and waxy it occupies the tongue, fruity smoke comes in waves, as well as the black pepper. Always the lemons and later limes. After some time, a café au lait sloshs in.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, barely dry, not very woody, but rather fruity-peppery with iodine, seaweed and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

  2. Teresa scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. Archer scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  5. korry78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Talisker 30 yo (57.3%, OB, 2958 bottles, 2010) I 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.


  6. bull10298 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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!



  7. zby0001 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

  8. Rossi99 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    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!

  9. Tabrulavubeg scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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.

  10. Eclectic Scotchist scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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
    • Nose

      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.
    • Taste

      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.
    • Finish

      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.


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