Talisker 11-year-old

Overall rating
87.21/100
votes
141
Whiskybase ID
WB218146
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2022
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon
Strength
55.1 % Vol.
Size
200 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Label
Lightly Peated Stocks
Bottle code
L2064CM001
Barcode
5000281071053
Added on
26 sep 2022 11:11 pm by el Gato
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 130.91

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141 × member ratings

316 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Talisker 11-year-old

29 users have left 29 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.21 points.

  1. Dionysus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    What a wonderful dram.
    This really has everything you can expect from a Talisker. The maritime, the peppery, the smoky aftertaste.
    Price-quality certainly the best of the special releases this year.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. Taribo scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Honeyed lemon, like in a toddy, with a dollop of rum. Little by little, it becomes more mellow, with vanilla, cinnamon and tinder. Sweet potatoes. A greyish smoke appears, ashy, and a touch of iodine. With a little water, the Bourbon side stands out even more. White plums, Mirabelle plums, Chasselas grapes, conference pears. Prickly pears, lychees. On the palate, it's thick, spicy, yet smooth and balanced, very classic in fact. Wood, earth, leather, a drop of caramel. Gravel and ash. Nice finish, quite explosive but controlled. Long, syrupy. Banana, papaya, cane sugar, reeds. A fine sandy beach in the sun. Some algae.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2022/11/talisker-11-yo-special-release-2022.html
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Ah, quite maritime as one would expect from a Talisker (made by the sea, right? ???? ), with sea spray, and a beach BBQ bonfire up front, there’s a nice sweet smoky feeling to it, even some candy floss along the smoky embers. As the smoke subsides, I am getting apple Strudle and Tarte Tatin with baked apples and pears. A touch of freshly ground black peppercorns and more salty spray linger.
    • Taste
      Starting with more of the sweet baked apples from the Apple Strudle we’ve seen on the nose, then thrown into heaps of wood smoke, then getting briny and salty with the addition of baking spices, hints of tar and dirty insides of fishing boats, macerated dried fruit and bitter cocoa/wood char, licorice and espresso, tiny salty touches along the way.
    • Finish
      The wood char and smoke go on for quite a long time, with BBQ’ed apples, sweet and salty toffee, and more wood, ending on a double espresso.

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  6. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Martinesk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Young, unbalanced, lacking depth.
    Blindly, I would have guessed a young, independently bottled Caol Ila.
    At the moment I see no reason to buy another Diageo Special Release.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose still gives hope for a complex malt, as the alcohol seems well integrated.
    • Taste
      84 84
      One-dimensional, flat, then Chili Catch.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Smoke bomb like an Islay bottled too young.

  8. herby.usa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The chilli catch at the beginning is not very heavy (which I personally really appreciate)
    • Nose
      89 89
      Maritime spray sweeps across the nose, malty
      A hint of smoked ham, spicy oak, some earthy/mossy hints
      Alcohol well integrated
      some mineral wine notes
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet, salty, sparkling
      citrus, oyster juice, smoked bacon
      oily, fruity, some oak, liquorice, honey
      cocoa powder, chocolate
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium length: Oak lingers, mixed with cocoa and salty notes

  9. Marequiers48 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Batman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    There are not many bottles where my scoring is a few points away from the average on Whiskybase, but this bottle is one such example. It’s superb! I find it far better than the 10, which I quite like. Also better than the 15 and the 18. In comparison to these other three this whisky is thicker, oilier, with amazing integration of alcohol. Would never guess it’s high strength. Spices, pepper, more than a touch of peat - not light but not heavy on smoke. Lemons, apples, honey and vanilla with a strong finish. Very broad palette of flavours that like the alcohol are very well integrated. Has all the hallmarks of a modern Talisker but overall is better integrated and presented with more refinement. I find despite the high strength this one does well with no water. Adding water works as well to present a slightly different experience but for me in my case I find no more than a few drops should be added.

    My favourite Talisker that I’ve sample to date aside from the 2008 25 year old. Really love the bottle art too, despite the fact that all the Diageo bottles are looking similar now with the exact same artistic style.

  12. Thriest scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. minialkoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    22+22.5+22+22

  14. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    My summary this year:
    The Talisker convinced me and is my favorite this year.
    The Lagavulin is on hold because it always has a few points in the open bottle
    catching up. Next up this year is the Cardhu worth mentioning as far as the sweet ones go
    likes notes of rum finish. The singleton is ok, but goes very much in the wine direction.
    Everyone else disappointed me. Unfortunately I haven't been able to try the Cameronbridge yet

    My ranking of the SR 2022:

    Talisker 11-year-old 88
    Cardhu 16-year-old 87
    Lagavulin 12-year-old 86 (it gets better! towards 88+)
    Singleton 15-year-old 86
    Oban 10-year-old 85
    Clynelish 12-year-old 84
    Mortlach NAS 82

    Cameronbridge 26-year Not tested
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. springtank scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  16. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  18. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Obynapewno scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  21. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
      IT: 88
      B: 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. Opeth83 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful dram, a better version of the Talisker 10. Very clean and fresh I really like this one. I don't like the price very much but ok.

  24. MaroFF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Talisker is Talisker! It always keeps the taste and the high level. The bottle is ordered, it's on its way to me. Cool!
    • Nose
      89 89
      salty, sea, seaweed, smoke, campfire, fish oil, strawberries, red strawberries, forest moss
    • Taste
      91 91
      sweet, oily, fruity, raisins, red currant, watermelon, cherry jelly, a bit of oak
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, slightly spicy, bitter with honey, warming with a hint of peat at the end

  25. Expraesi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  26. MarcinCh scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Light golden color. High oily.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Salt. Caramel. Salty caramel. Pepper. Some herbs. Mineral. Sea. On the other nose, maybe even a little sour fruit.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Herbalance. Maybe even Medical. Salt, a lot of salt. Sea. Sweetness. Salty caramel. Licorice. Some spices. It's not too oily. Very easy to drink despite its power. At the second time, a little sour fruit at the beginning. Some smoke comes out after a while.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Salt. Salty caramel. Milk chocolate with salt. A little smoke. Very pleasant. Mega well hidden alcohol again. Pleasant to taste.

  27. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Matured in ex-bourbon and refill barrels.

    N: Hallelujah! That's the first thing that shoots through my head when I put this malt on the nose. Bonfire on the beach, seaweed, peat, nutmeg, the skin of potatoes, warm sand, cake and a fish pan.
    S: On the tongue it's really a pinball machine of flavors: sweet, salty, smoky with a lot of lemon juice, oyster juice, smoked bacon... nice and greasy mouthfeel. Blessed.
    F: The long, satisfying finish offers a lot of woodsmoke in addition to some salt and pepper. And smoked sausage and smoked salmon on the deathbed. What a party!
    C: Absolutely amazing Talisker, again. Who will join me in a happy dance?

  28. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [October 2022] I have a rather chequered legacy with Diageo's Talisker Special Releases of the last years. All three 8-years old were not to my liking at all with way too designed flavour spikes in an overall still immature profile, but I liked the 15-years a lot. So, what about this year's release which age is exactly in-between...

    ...and it seems as if the adult releases are pretty good (11-years, 15-years) while the under-aged are rather weak (all three 8-years old). This is again a trademark Talisker profile which is both modern and delicious and without designed fancy spikes or me-too characteristics (like heavy peat). Way too expensive for an 11-years old, but is there anything out there that is not way too expensive these crazy times?
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is quite dark for an 11-years old at amber, and the nose offers a rather impressive peaty profile for a Talisker with interesting herbal and waxy aromas in a firm wooden structure. There are some minor maritime impressions, but these are much shyer than with older bottlings (Talisker does not mature their spirits on Skye anymore since many years). After some breathing the nose gets more and more closed, maybe because of the high abv? I never had this before, so I added some water, and this opens up the nose again.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Hooray! The taste is Talisker again and it is not (too much) designed, hence I like it. The peat is a little stronger as with the older Talisker profile, but this is okay as the malt's flavours are powerful too. Molten barley sugars team up with lots of spices (a trademark Talisker characteristic), some maritime impressions (oysters with a shot of lemon) and firm woods to counter the bitter peat and all together create a balanced profile without flaws. Yes, this is rather modern, and it is a good modern profile and mostly important: this is a Talisker profile!
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is hot (55.1% take their toll) which turns into a satisfying warmness quickly and it coats my palate nicely. No distracting moments here, and this is much better than with the 8-years old. The finish is long and stays with powerful waxes and delicious peaty flavours a little more on the bitter side, but this is a very tasty bitterness and by no means unpleasant as these tannic and astringent bitter notes from too much wood (I found in the 8-years old, too). Some water releases more interesting aromas in the nose (waxes, hessian, chalk and shy fruits) and turns the taste more approachable but the flavours intermingle now. A further reduction changes the nose again and turns it a little sweeter while the taste gets dangerously quaffable now (but less interesting to explore). I like to explore this dram neat, and after that I add a little water for easy drinking.

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