Talisker 12-year-old - old label

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Golden Spirit of the Isle of Skye
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
big red 12, golden srew cap, John Walker and Sons Ltd.
Added on
01 Feb 2011 4:37 pm

Average value

€ 1006.21

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49 × member ratings

35 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 12-year-old - old label

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.40 points

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    What might have been a standard back in the '80s is a true masterpiece in hindsight. The current 10yo is a classic, but this is a step up. Take your time when savouring this dram, it won't disappoint you. However if you rush it, you might not be able to get the beauty of this malt.

    It's oily, friendly, and very pleasant. It doesn't blow you away, but that shouldn't always be the case if you ask me. That's new school. This is about having a characterful and good spirit and finding the right balance.

    What you get is a dram that develops in the nose from fresh and fruity, to sherry-driven and earthy, without becoming acrid or pungent.
    • Nose
      The key word is balance. It has many things to offer: cereal bar, quite "clean" / mineral smoke, heather honey, roots and twigs, quite some apple, orange zest and a bit of dried fruit, grass and herbs. The overall impression is fresh and fruity: like walking in a meadow close to a moor.
      Leave it in the glass and it develops gradually in a more sherry-dominated way. It gets leafy, with dried fruit and leather.
    • Taste
      The palate is oily and smooth. It has sufficient power, but don't expect an avalanche...
      It is warming and with an accent on leaf and dry fruit. The signature pepper is there, with a typical vetetal, leafy tobacco and some vegetal smoke. There is old leather, dried fig, quite some orange and still that honeyed cereal. There is close to no bitter or dry note to be found.
    • Finish
      Quite long, with a pleasant sweeet/sour note that keeps coming back. The smoke is more present now, with almost some rubber-like notes. It has this malt like sweetness, together with dried fruit, fresh orange. The acidity is shown by the same orange, and balsamico. The earthy, tabacco note perfectly complements this beautiful finale.

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Already a great standard back then, but has little volume.
    • Nose
      Very fresh, filigree body, front much fresh sea air and green apple, then fine sherry behind, very subtle, orange and tangerine, apricot and herbal honey
    • Taste
      Very dry, heartier than thought from the nose, the Talisker Chilli is here, a lot of Earl Gray tea, autumn leaves, rye bread, sweet toffee, herbal honey, orange-ginger jam, camphor, caraway, oregano
    • Finish
      Dry, lots of red and green apple here, thyme and cumin, medium long

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A strange low strength Talisker.
    • Nose
      Foosty damp wood,a bucket of brine thrown over a peat fire, over-cooked razor clams,wet washing left too long in a wicker basket. In time there is some shoe polish and tallow.
    • Taste
      There's  enough Talisker-esque pear elements and citrus to allow expectation to rise. Then a hole appears in the middle of the tongue and all flavour vanishes. 
    • Finish
      Slightly smoky. Not much power.

  5. Feusi scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A real legend, in the past the glass. The `70s are showing their true face. An absolute highlight for a 12 year old. Best balanced, with beautiful sea, salty notes and spicy smoke.


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