Overall rating
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
31 years old
Sherry Finish
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
12 Aug 2008 9:52 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 874,45

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 1970 Tactical DL

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.32 points

  1. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Massively peaty and spicy antique Talisker, good stuff. 90/91.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Pepper, camphor, salted butter caramel, vanilla, lime, milk chocolate and mixed fruit compote.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy. Peat, pepper, fruits, citruses, tannic oak and herbals.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, peaty with ash and citruses.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I was not sure about the nose but it is the taste that is important and this is excellent on the palate.
    A great Talisker.
    My initial score for the nose was 88 but on reflection 90 for the nose with 93 points overall.
    • Nose
      90 90
      You can certainly tell it is Talisker, salt, pepper, brine & peat are the main aromas.

      You do get hints of chocolate, a few dry straw notes and a little vanilla which surprises me.
      The nose is nice enough but I am not a fan at the moment.
      Leave it in the glass for 10 minutes and you get a little grapefruit.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Pepper & peat and it is very lively and then settles down into a sweet stewed fruit & peat combo and is really good, much better than the nose suggested.
      The fruit comes through and it is really sweet white fruits like tinned fruit cocktail what sherry there is mixes with the peat really well.
      It then gets a few sponge cake notes but it is restrained power.
      Not particularly well balanced but very entertaining so who cares?
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, sweet with icing sugar notes and peat but very sweet,

      With a splash of water:- The nose is a little more distant and the palate has becoming creamy and the peat has been well and truly released in a good way

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

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Tactical 31 yo 1970/2002 (50%, Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask, sherry finish, 222 bottles) Colour: deep gold. Nose: very different! Less fresh and less lemony, the attack being more on hot butter, vanilla crème and orange water. Much more wood influence, in a very nice way. Milk chocolate, caramel crème, white pepper… Very little smoke and no peppery blast, but still lots of vivacity. Apple pie, cinnamon. Lots of cooked apricot, peach pie… Very, very nice but not really typical. Oh, finally, some notes of eucalyptus and varnish. Well… Mouth: again, not very T******rish right at the start. Bitter caramel. Some curious notes of seawater, though, but also lots of citrus again. Rather rough, tannic, hot. More and more citrusy, in fact. Concentrated lemon juice? Quite some oak, and also some peat, finally. The finish is extremely long, almost burning, with some rather strong salty notes that play with your tongue. Funny? Not really but this one is really extreme, hence worth the try! 90 points.

  4. SilentStill scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This second-oldest tactical comes along quite vigorously and peppy and reveals some youthful Talisker accusations. A very nice old Skye malt, even though I correct it slightly point-wise in my third rehearsal.
    • Nose
      Dry malt, only slightly earthy aromas, subtle fruity grape notes of the lighter kind.
    • Taste
      Extremely round and despite the at least 50 turns almost mild-flattering on the palate. After a while, phenolic notes and a good dose of dry earth and also a little pepper unfold.
    • Finish
      For his age amazingly present and powerful, slightly peppery.


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