Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Original Cask - Natural High Strength
54.4 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
13 feb 2012 1:37 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 7819.41

35 × in wishlist

49 × member ratings

33 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Talisker 1956 GM

16 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 93.80 points.

  1. whiskystore scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    3 cl sample.
    I have tried this one 2-3 times before and i´m always in heaven when i try it.
    Mahogny colour, simply stunning whisky, this is why i started with whisky.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Sherry, figs, beewax, camphor, nutcreme, peat, oak, some smoke, sultanas, caramel, a little whiff of euqalyptus
    • Taste
      95 95
      Peat, sot, muskovado, orange peel, little pepperish, sultanas, slight of tobacko, caramel, some leather
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long dry oaky finish with orange peel or cest, some bitterness at the end

  2. Create a free Whiskybase account to read all 18 reviews for this whisky
    Create free account
  3. Mitswhisky scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    One of my best Whiskies

  4. SimonOHA scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Breathtaking pleasure.
    • Nose
      Incredible nose. Madly concentrated date and fig molasses. Unrefined cane sugar, boiled in a copper cauldron which gives it small acid and metallic notes. Oriental spices that evolve on star anise and aniseed freshness. Heavy pneumatic mist. Black cherries and cognac liqueur. Dry wood on which tobacco has been rubbed. Bitter cocoa, sweet citrus with aeration. Really crazy, you can stay there for hours.
    • Taste
      Powerful and massive palate. Liquorice, caramel, cloves, chocolate, all possible dried fruits, dusty nuts… in their thickest and most concentrated versions. Barely acidic tobacco syrup that rises in the nose and gives rubbery aromas on the finish. The potency of the alcohol is perfect.
    • Finish
      Finish on a superb tobacco wood juice, radiant blood oranges, dark chocolate. A little meaty spirit also develops.

  5. chokolin scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Different from Black Eagle,
    The greyness of the feeling of unraveling.
    It has a good balance of barrel aroma derived from aging years, and it is good after opening.

    The scent has a creamy feel,
    Aroma → Taste and sweetness come out.
    It's easy to understand when you drink from a Usuhari Daiginjo glass.
    With tweezers glass, the proportions are better, but the scorch comes quickly.

    For the first moment, I feel like a sherry like Glen Gilly 68,
    Soon it will be more sophisticated. Talisker is better. In the afterglow, the nose of cigar ash,
    Slightly bitter browned. Leave it on for a bit as it may leave a dry sting.

    Over time, the lingering tongue irritation disappears.
    As if the warmth that drifts in the abdominal cavity becomes a light,
    It subdivides the wonderful flavor development.

    Roasted butter toffee.
    Between tobacco and roasted nuts, exotic fruits, dried papaya and dried cranberry.
    Manuka honey, buckwheat flour, and licorice to taste.
    The part that was masked by the lingering brown marks appears in a blink of an eye, and achieves fusion with high-quality sweetness. Old furniture and books. Superb herbs…

    The lingering sound that had been kept dry became a little gentle and long, and by this time all the elements resonated,
    This Talisker grows.
    Orgasms are near perfect and wonderful.

    If you don't know more,
    This Talisker
    It was the supreme of long-ripened sherry peat.
    I thought whisky was cruel at times.

    *Compared to drinking with kb72.

    56 is more complicated and gentle with melancholy, and 72 (94pt) is more honest.
    Both have different charms. Amazing
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. kringo86 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    It is so close to perfection ... exotic fruit orgasm on slightly smoky butter toffee. Genious!

  7. Glenbalvallan scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Tasted with kundalini

  8. JDD scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    just unbelievable

  9. prz22 scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Simply the Best Talisker I tried. Ultimate sherried Skye profile. What a dram!! From now on, when thinking of this distillery I will recall this liquid!!
    • Nose
      95 95
      Rich, full of dark fruits, spices, herbs, some peat, smoke, minerality, exceptional!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Flawless dryness, wood, sweetness, fruits, chocolates, warm, coastal, mineral, herbal, just amazing
    • Finish
      98 98
      Neverending, perfectly balanced, refined, evolving, dry, sweet, mineral, peaty, clise to perfection!!!

  10. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur


    Ruby red
    What an ingenious fruit combination is waiting for us here! Elder, raspberry and soft orange with a few wild berries in between. The rather subordinate seasoning leaves the other aromas enough leeway to develop freely, so that here tobacco, nuts, leather, cardboard, but also vanilla, honey, wood come together again with this great old sherry in its absolute purest form - simply fantastic!
    Spicy and infinitely fat! What an exceptional flavor combination that combines everything you are looking for in a whisky. Best sherry notes, perfectly integrated oak wood, ripe nuts, wet leather, black elderberries, as well as old furniture, the finest herbs, tobacco, waxy honey - all together, welcome to the upper class!
    Very long - without words, like the taste, just not quite as intense anymore - just wow!
    96 points
    N: 96P / G: 97P / F: 95P

  11. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Dark, juicy wild berries contribute a very light acidity, which give the whisky a wonderful freshness, leather, tobacco, fine sweetness, dark chocolate, I don't know where to start and where to stop. Especially on the palate a poem, wonderful mouthfeel! Along with the 1955 Golden Eagle, the most outstanding Talisker I've ever had.

    SLÀINTE! #Maltkanzlei (Facebook)

  12. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    Tasted again from a freshly opened bottle - I can fully reconfirm my initial review notes and rating - just fantastic!

  13. checkpointuk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    ... tadting notes will follow soon

  14. checkpointrk scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Absolutly outstanding
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      95 95

  15. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    More woody and intense compared to the 51.1% 1957, dark fruits, leather, toffee, tobacco, a bit less obe possibly due to the darker sherry, brilliant

  16. dram-drinker scored this whisky 97 points Photo Moderator

    I fully agree - wow!
    What a superb sherried Talisker - very complex, balanced, flawless, drinkable and highly enjoyable - delicious!

    Probably one of the best Talisker I had so far!
    Very much comparable to the Talisker 1955 Cask 1310+11,1257 but even one tick better (h2h)!
    • Nose
      97 97
      Dried fruits galore, plums, figs, dates, little raisins, massive tobacco notes, hints of brown sugar and molasses, sherry wood, some spices, nutmeg, cloves, toffee, port wine? cognac? dark berries, cooked oranges, little menthol - superb!
    • Taste
      97 97
      Oily, creamy, liquorice, good sweetness, more dried and cooked fruits, more sherry notes, toffee, chocolate, tobacco, spices, little acacia honey, hints of old books - excellent!
    • Finish
      96 96
      Long, warm, fruity, little herbal, little woody, not drying - great!

  17. ConvalRen scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Wow absolutely amazing, unexpected. Sample obtained from The Swan Song Singapore in Dec 2019.
    • Nose
      95 95
      Sherry, leather, old farm house. Dried raisins, dried pine bark. Some caramel, acidic oranges to pack a punch, peppermint oil.
      Rich dark chocolate, old aged wine and thick gunk of sherry oak.
    • Taste
      97 97
      Blackcurrant, honey aged with cognac. Mouthwatering lamb chops seasoned with dill and rosemary. A dash of aniseed here and some cloves there. Spicy and sweet. Dark sweet, not a sherry bland sweet.

      Salty with a tang of sour musky-ness.
      Lots of medium peat, not too harsh on the palate.
    • Finish
      96 96
      Dry and long. Taste like baked apple pie here. Sweet, salty and not sour at all. Very long, endless. Orange zest and dried mandarin oranges peel.

  18. detachedblue scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Very different from the 1955 GM, this one is more towards sherry and peat integration, very clean and sweet sherry style.
    • Nose
      Lively sherry, black currant jam, violet flowers, sour apricots, peat/smoke backbone
    • Taste
      Rich leather, old-style sherry, very sour and salty, seaweeds, violet flowers.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet sherry

  19. alex..w..fan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Talisker 34 yo 1956 (54.4%, Gordon & MacPhail, Cask series, +/-1990)  How many glories have been bottled under this immaculate ‘white’ label? Colour: full amber. Nose: aaah, these old peaters from sherry casks! An amazing combination of fruit ganache, old strawberry liqueur (say one that’s not too fruity), soot, fresh herbs (chives, mint, dill), soot and then these whiffs of vin jaune (flor, fresh walnuts) that are absolutely marvellous. Very old palo cortado. No powerhouse, rather an elegant old sherry monster. Yes, not quite a monster. With water: in-cre-di-ble now. All the herbs and spices of the creation, from thyme to mint and from star anise to cumin. Mouth (neat): oh whaaaah! An extreme concentrate of peat, bitter oranges and spices (pepper as expected but also cinnamon, heavy liquorice, caraway seeds, aniseed – cask strength pastis). A drier Chartreuse. Really an extreme whisky!  With water: quite superb despite the slightly invading dry oakiness. Big peat, citrons, walnuts, bitter apples, ale… Finish: long, with an obvious tannicity, a lingering peatiness and a rather drying aftertaste. Cigar ashes. Comments: I’ve already noticed several times that Talisker was keeping its peatiness better than the Islayers when becoming older, and this baby was a good example. What a beast! Only the slightly drying finish was a tad below par. SGP:377 - 92 points.


Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.


Whiskybase is founded in 2007 with the goal to create the biggest resource of whisky information in the world. A community driven website built by and for whisky enthusiasts.  

Whiskybase B.V. 
Zwaanshals 530 
3035 KS Rotterdam 
The Netherlands 

KVK: 60207205
VAT: NL853809112B01

Copyright © 2022

Forgot your password?