Talisker 25-year-old

Overall rating
89.41/100
votes
92
Whiskybase ID
WB199187
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
From the Oldest Distillery on the Isle of Skye
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
American and European Oak
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
New Label 2021
Bottle code
L1240CM004
Barcode
5000281030043
Added on
13 dec 2021 1:27 pm by daverdaz
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 381.31

59 × in wishlist

92 × member ratings

347 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Talisker 25-year-old

20 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.41 points.

  1. huangshantong scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Two bottles of Tesca 25 Years were opened at the same time, the 2015 bottled version and the new 2021 bottled version. They are opened at the same time. I like both.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First of all, whether it is the 2015 or 2021 version, their scent flavors are very close, in a convergent flavor wheel range; peat, sea water, old newspapers, sweet yellow flowers, lemon, citrus, powdered spice perfume, seaweed ,shell. In terms of both, the 2021 version is more open, the sour and sweetness is relatively higher, and it focuses more on the direction of flowers and fruits. The 2015 version is more inclined to the sea, oyster, seaweed, etc. In terms of the feeling of alcohol, the 2021 version will be more exciting, of course, I am not sure if this is because of bottle aging or because of the state. All, I think the difference is there, but it is not a fundamental tonal adjustment.
    • Taste
      89 89
      I have been trying hard and trying to find the obvious difference between them. Unfortunately, I don't think there is much difference between them. So, I can't understand the reason for the price difference between the two in the market. come? Let me talk about the commonality first. Both versions have a certain bitterness, which makes me regret that I did not have such an experience in the 2018 that I drank before. The performance of 2021 is consistent with the smell, and it is relatively sweeter. At the entrance of 2015, first of all, there is a little dram in the sense of water. In addition, I think the overall is still very good, and it is a representative mid-range wine of Taisca.
    • Finish
      87 87
      There is a certain difference between the two in the final rhyme. The 2021 version is higher than the 2015 version in terms of length and intensity (of course, I still doubt whether it is because of the effect of bottle aging or the preservation of the wine), and on the rhyme, I think the bitter bottom mentioned above is I think it has a bitter bottom and is amplified; in the end, 2015 has a more obvious sense of salty and oceanic flavor, and 2021 is more inclined to malt and honey.

  2. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Coastal pear, iodine, candied orange, honey, bit more fruity than the 18yo, but in the same league, really enjoyable

  3. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Talisker Session: 2022.09.07.

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    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. dapoinbua scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. BehindSpace scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    fresh, menthol, maritime, light smoke.

    It's all very tasty, but doesn't do justice to a 25y.
    I lack complexity, especially noticeable age.

    I don't think it's worth paying the extra for an 18 year old.
    The old releases in CS were very good.
    These are a shadow of themselves...
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. MarcinCh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Amber color. Light oily.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Perfectly arranged, balanced. Dignified, elegant. Caramel, salt, salty caramel, but all in a much more structured way than in the basic versions. Traces of fresh fruit.
    • Taste
      89 89
      A lot of sweets. Caramel. Sea salt. Salty caramel. Lots of fruit, quite fresh. A pinch of spices.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Lots of sweets. Caramel, sea salt. Salty caramel. Very smooth and pleasant. Medium-long finish.

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Reserved. sea water, distant smoke. apricots. A trace of wax. Leather. water mint.
    • Taste
      Dried oranges, smoked pepper, green olives. Dark chocolate, leather, a touch of salt.

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Pretty good new release.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87
      Just lacks complexity and a proper edge in the finishing.

  12. Saftkenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A solid bottling that finds it somewhat difficult to live up to the expectations that naturally arise given its age. On the nose it is relatively closed, not very complex and even a lot of time in the glass does not bring about the turnaround. The palate is always the highlight. The oily body and peppery attack is fun, even if it really fails to impress on the palate. The finish is a bit ashy at first, but then there are nice ripe (fruit) notes that do justice to the age of this bottling.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Surprisingly restrained nose with very delicate smoke and fine citrus notes. Not as full and complex as hoped. The alcohol is not noticeable. Very light smoke, more of a maritime breeze, orange peel, caramel, tobacco, heather, a touch of vanilla.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Tingling start, very nice oily body. Very light smoke again (towards the campfire), pepper, caramel, oranges, cherries, malt, freshly cut grass, vanilla, light chocolate, oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mid-length finish. Ash, vanilla, citrus notes, caramel, tobacco, leather, pickled cherries.

  13. JeanChan scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. Kamikaze scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Relatively flat whisky.
    For a 25 yo bottling, I would have liked to have been more selective when choosing the barrels. Or is there nothing left in the inventory that still has a beautiful, voluminous body?
    I wouldn't be willing to spend so much money (> 200 EUR) on such a whisky and I was lucky enough to be able to taste it at a dear friend's.

  18. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2022] Some of the older Talisker 25-years old were truly excellent, e.g. the 2007 edition (WB id 631). Unfortunately the quality degraded significantly over the last decade while its price more than doubled. But some people say, this year's edition should be much better so I bought a bottle for 220 Euro in a special offer...

    ...and to be honest: If this is a better quality than that of the last releases I do not want to taste any of these older vintages at all. This is average quality at best and (to me) not worth the heavy bucks requested but this is true for many drams during these crazy boom times, unfortunately. But there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel and surprisingly it is the head-light of an oncoming train: After the third dram my taste buds have adapted to this modern taste and now I can appreciate this bottling much more and I would raise this score to about 90 points. Looks good, but why should I drink two drams of this expensive stuff until I can enjoy it, finally? This makes no sense, not to me...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a pleasant profile of sweet barley sugars and subtle peat in a significant wooden setting. This is nice to sniff, but it is a rather simple profile and I miss the joy of exploring different aromas badly. Because of this restricted complexity I would have guessed a much younger dram in a blind setting. Even after a long breathing time no new impressions are released. Do not get me wrong, this nose is absolutely okay - but that is it, period.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is quite simple too with very little different flavours to explore (for a 25-years old, let alone a Talisker). There is nothing wrong with it, I simply expect much more from such a dram priced at 250 Eurobucks. Even after longer chewing no major new impressions are released - so this an easy quaffable dram but it is of minor exploration interest only.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The dram arrives warming and coating on my palate with some bitter-astringent moments from heavy tannins. The finish is not that long (I would call this medium to short) and shows even more drying-astringent impressions which get a little distracting towards the end. Some water releases more spicy aromas in the nose but it turns the taste and finish even more bitter-astringent (heavy tannins at work). I like to nose this dram somewhat reduced but prefer to drink it neat.

  19. LeChiffre scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Contrary to the last 25y Talisker with 45.8%, which was quite ok, this one is very tasty again. After a drop in quality at Talisker for my taste, the bottlings are fortunately feeling better again in the course of the design change. The "problem" I have with this 25y Talisker: The already really good Talisker 10y (also new design) costs 8-10x less, so the surcharge for the 25y is a difficult purchase decision with a view to a large bottle.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Nice maritime scent rises in the nose; salty sea air; Seaweed; delicate fruit notes; some ripe citrus fruits; lacquered wood; delicate, beautifully integrated campfire smoke
      - beautiful maritime nose, a Talisker like I love him
    • Taste
      90 90
      It starts soft and oily on the palate without lacking in power; then the Talisker-typical peppery spiciness tingles on the tongue; accompanied by a beautiful sweetness with delicate fruity notes; Oak wood; delicate smoke in the background
    • Finish
      89 89
      peppery-spicy; delicate sweetness; Oak; the campfire smoke is now more present than on the palate and lingers with the oak (slightly tart) for a long time

  20. Stefan_Hartl scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A ripe top malt with complex, interwoven aromas and great spiciness.
    • Nose
      First a mix of berries with currants, blackberries and raspberries, further in the background hints of dried fruits such as raisins and plums. The mixture of berries and dried fruits provides an overall sweet and sour note. The smoke is very light due to the old age and is reminiscent of an extinguished campfire. After a while in the air, there is a note of caramel and a burnt orange peel. The malt is complex, the individual aromas are strongly interwoven and difficult to separate.
    • Taste
      The start is oily and initially soft, before a strong note of pepper fills the entire mouth. The berries and orange are also in the mouth, along with old oak and chocolate.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the smoke is back and also most noticeable. Here, too, it is reminiscent of extinguished campfires and ashes. The smoke lingers on the palate for a long time, along with berries, oak, black pepper and chocolate.

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