Overall rating
89.97/100
votes
213
Whiskybase ID
WB3166
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Secret Stills 1.2
Vintage
04.1986
Bottled
05.2007
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Butts
Casknumber
1361 - 1363
Number of bottles
1860
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
JG/AGC
Barcode
5020613874220
Added on
23 aug 2008 8:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 749.40

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202 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Talisker 1986 GM

40 users have left 44 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.97 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nicely balanced malt with everything that Talisker offers, considered for a long time between 90 and 91P because it lacks such a touch of "wow".
    • Nose
      Salted caramel and nougat, dried fruits, peach, marzipan, ginger, tonka bean, cardamom, Boskoop apple, sweet tobacco, milk chocolate, fine sweet malt, lemongrass, pistachio and anise, a touch of salt and pepper
    • Taste
      Nice, gentle, black pepper note, baked apple, grapefruit, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, chillicatch is there, anise, eucalyptus, peach, herbal honey, slightly burnt toast, liquorice
    • Finish
      Dry tobacco leaves, red and green apples, eucalyptus, camphor, ginger, medium to long

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  3. PhamHa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. DrunkDude scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    scbp-5642, a low-vintage degraded wine with good texture, very orthodox Sherry style, full and rich flavor. Although the finish is slightly youthful and astringent, the 45-degree degree can give a pretty good fruity expression.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Orthodox and high-quality sherry barrels, the style is between old school and new school, raisin, caramel, pudding, cream, tobacco. 90
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very sweet and comfortable taste, with well-organized elements, px syrup, cream, candied orange flesh, mint, raw nuts, ground nuts, almonds and peat as the base, the texture of the first half is very good. The finish is slightly thin, with a little grass and barley sugar, which is slightly lacking. The taste of the wine is sweet and crisp, with a high degree of comfort. p91b88
    • Finish
      86 86
      Slightly astringent, a touch of citrus bitterness, ash, sticky, strong aftertaste, with a lot of peat direction. 86

  6. Gil firth scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Juicy and salty. Beautiful stewed fruits and red apples. Old sherry notes. With salt. Iodine. A bit of smoke. Super tasty.

  7. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. ConvalRen scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Sweet, subtle, spicy, even at its watered-down self. Truly a medicinal concoction. Salted hay, fermented barley, toasted poppy seeds, tobacco, pan-fried flour, and onions. Old ginger, spring onion root, sandalwood.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2020] The whisky prices go even crazier - Cadenhead demands ridiculous 370 Eurobucks for a 31-years old Fettercairn from 1988 (a third-tier distillery not known for many above-average releases so far). Never ever would I support such greediness by buying a bottle so I rather turn back to my sample library and have some older (and by then much, much cheaper) stuff...

    ...like this fine Talisker. It proves impressively that fine drams are made during the last whisky bust too, you just have to find these exceptions. This Talisker is flawless and very enjoyable, it does not own the greatest complexity but nonetheless it is interesting to explore because of its changing profile over time.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a delicious profile of Talisker's trademark aromas with some fine sherry notes. The maritime impressions are bolder than with recent releases while the peat is unusual shy first. It grows on oxidation as do the wooden notes and waxes, forming an interesting but a little austere profile over time. I like this.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is very charming on both sweet and bitter flavours in an entertaining battle over dominance. Luckily, no side succeeds and the dram stays balanced all the time. No flaw or off-note that I can find but a lot of enjoyable flavours. After some chewing nutty and waxy impressions join in and the barley sugars combine with the sherry flavours to delicious dark chocolatey notes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is long and turns sweeter on more barley sugary and sherry flavours with an interesting short flash of bitter tannins at the end (which is okay). There is a minor drying feeling after all is gone (cardboards) which is a little distracting. Water releases additional chalky-mineralic aromas in the nose and flattens the taste - I clearly prefer the neat dram.

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An excellent talisker, fun from front to back!
    • Nose
      A pleasant sherry smell fills your nose, accompanied by a slightly salty note, sweet raisins, chocolate, slightly greasy, smoke is there, but quite subtle, more like a decaying campfire, where only the coal is glowing a bit, unbelievably chocolaty, nice sweet aromas, some lemon as overtone, marzipan, briefly espresso flashes, and the maritime Talisker character comes through again and again, also some pepper, a great nose, nice sherry influence that harmonizes well with the Talisker, after that first sip, the pepper is clearer, overall somewhat spicier, also more exciting
    • Taste
      oily, sherry, sweet, raisins, nuts, a bit of sulfur, slightly dirty, sour, salt on the tip of the tongue and actually a bit tingling pepper, hardly any smoke, the drinking strength suits him well
    • Finish
      Tangerines from the can, sweet, fruity, totally mild, and while I am writing this there is a pleasant sharpness on the palate, now also noticeably ashy smoke, very pleasant and long-lasting

  11. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    coastal peat and sherry, great combination

  12. NorthCoast500 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Sold at Scotchwhiskyauctioneer for 420 Pound in June 2020

  13. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very appreciated by some here.
    I also think it's great, but at the same time somewhat closed and I think the 45% are not so good for him.
    Admittedly that evening he had very strong "competition" with the 1982 and 1981.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Sherry, caramel, light peat, apricot and raisins
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sherry, little peat for a talisker, rusty and metal, old coins, fruit and a little coffee. Fine abv
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium, pleasant aftertaste

  16. Teresa scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  17. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    G&M has always used great quality sherry casks for their maturation. But this rendition of Talisker is not exactly to my taste.

    On the nose, almond and sultanas. Old books and leathery notes then develop in the background. With time, very faint classic Talisker notes such as salt and barbecue smoke can be appreciated. If I did not know this was a Talisker, I would never guessed it was due to the heavy sherry influence (not exactly a common Talisker expression).

    On the palate, damp old books, chesterfield sofas...am I at a posh college? Notes of raisin and prunes then flow through to add some sweetness. Sooty and earthy notes are present as well.

    The finish is short to medium with notes of dark chocolate and tobacco.

    The sherry influence in this might be too much for my liking. If anything, I find this style of sherry akin to G&M Glen Grants. Damp. Old. Books.

  18. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful metallic nose, but slightly thin on the palate and a short finish. Still high class and the fruits lift it and keep it together.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  19. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  20. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Good sherried antique Talisker.
    • Nose
      Sherry, malt, fruits, peat, earth, antique leather, pine resin and seaweed.
    • Taste
      Fruits, honey, citruses, camphor, herbals, pepper, smoke and ash.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, sour.

  21. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  22. kimmosuo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  23. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Discrete smoke initially. Malt, apricot, cherry ... Round and creamy. I probably would not have recognized Talisker blindly. Round and creamy. Sweet, but never too much. The peat gradually asserts itself, which gives a beautiful relief and a nice coherence to the whole. He gradually regains his legendary austerity, but retaining all the assets of his time spent in cask.
    • Taste
      Juicy, round, melted. Nice honey notes. A little less complex than advertised, and a bit too small, but it's very pleasant.
    • Finish
      Delicately peppered, baker's workshop. Intense but not demonstrative, here reduction becomes an asset.

      Enthusiasm 4/5

      Whisky n ° 1823

  24. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This one really surprised me with its profile. It reminded me of the 1947 and 1953 from Gordon & MacPhail I had the chance to taste. Maybe because the bottle has been opened for a while ?

    I could nitpick about the dilution maybe but this was an excellent dram, especially the nose.
    • Nose
      Gentle nose. Coastal (seabreeze, seaweeds), leather and old books, sherry notes (dried fruits, oranges), peat smoke, pine resin and medicinal notes. With time, more citruses (lemons, oranges). The nose reminds me of much older Talisker. Kind of feels like OBE at work here.
    • Taste
      First sipping is leathery, slightly ashy and a bit watery. Then come the smoke, pepper, iodine, menthol and citrusy notes. Once again reminiscent of older Talisker.
    • Finish
      Long, smoke, tobacco and pepper.

  25. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Is this the best Talisker I've ever tasted? I think so. Wow, what a powerhouse of a whisky. I don't even think it matters this was watered down to 45 percent. I'm in love!
    • Nose
      First impression is that of a very old school whisky. Are we sure this isn't from the 1970s or 1960s? Sweet sherry, with musty dunnage warehouse notes. Lots of leather and subtle notes of menthol, while there's some peat in the background, as well a feint aroma of salty seaweed. Oranges and some light milk chocolate too.
    • Taste
      Leather and tobacco, with subtle campfire smoke and iodine, followed by aniseed and menthol. This is insanely good. There's some sweet treacle to balance it all out, as well as a nice peppery edge. Let's make that chili peppers even.
    • Finish
      Lingering notes of tobacco and sherry, as well as a medicinal quality.

  26. stefsel111 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  27. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

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

  28. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Great smoothness, quite balanced, but not boring actually
    • Nose
      Fresh, green fruits, little grassy, honeydew, a bit farmy, whiffs of smoke
    • Taste
      Oily, little leathery, a bit leafy, subtle sweetness, some fruitiness, oak wood, hints of peat and smoke
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, very smooth

  29. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  30. MrRancho scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Well, would have expected more, looks quite young. Not bad, but the 25 year olds are a lot better.
    • Nose
      Strong sherry, cocoa, potato chips, a bit grassy, ​​light smoke.
    • Taste
      Wood, smoke, a bit bitter, sweet orange, metal
    • Finish
      Metallic, salty. And now it comes: the smoke is wonderful, very harmonious, sweet, just delicious! And is forever in the mouth.

  31. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Secret Stills 01-02 1986/2007 (45%, Gordon & MacPhail, casks #1361-1363, 1860 bottles)  From the Isle of Skye. We all remember the ’01-01’, a wonderful 1955/2005 that we rated 92 points. Colour: gold. Nose: the sea, nothing but the sea plus a little sherry. Kelp (both fresh and dried), seashells, iodine, wood smoke (‘a bonfire on the beach’), peat smoke...Add to that notes of Seville oranges, smoked tea (lapsang souchong), hints of white chocolate, hints of resin and camphor, smoked ham and sausages, bacon, whiffs of ‘clean’ wet dog, wild mushrooms... Truly fantastico, world-class malt, extremely well balanced and truly complex and complete. Mouth: a rich, candied and smoky attack, starting all on ‘smoked toffee’, bitter oranges and white pepper, maybe a little sweeter and less complex than expected after the fabulous nose, but still excellent. Gets a little more resinous and dry after a while, with also more sherry it seems. Big mint after that, mint-flavoured liquorice, tar and liquorice sweets... Picks up steam, especially the finish is long, thicker, on pepper, liquorice and cough sweets. Excellent, really. A slightly more complex palate would have propelled this one even higher than 90 points in my books.

  33. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is not a demanding profile but, it is just about perfect. It may be a little sweet for some, it is one of the sweetest Talisker I have had.

    So easy to drink and a real pleasure, A+.
    • Nose
      (sample)
      Something nutty, obvious sherry, raisins, stewed fruits (plum, apple), hints of orange. It smells like a warm sponge cake just out of the oven.
    • Taste
      Perfect drinking strength on sweet fudge, marmalade, pecan pie, maple syrup, some spice and some smoke but nothing that overpowers.
    • Finish
      Soothing, long.

  34. eleiko5 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Talisker 21 yo 1986 (45%, G&M Secret Stills 2007, cask #1361-1363, 1860 btl.)

    Nose: starts in a lovely old-fashioned style, with wet dogs, some garage smells and peat smoke. Nice coastal notes as well: seaweed and soft iodine. Then it grows less austere, with creamy sherry notes, some oranges, vanilla and chocolate. Makes me think of much older Ardbeg in a way. Delicious. Mouth: a weakish, bittersweet attack with peat and Seville oranges. Some iodine again. Quite minty / herbal as well. Hints of liquorice and pepper. Finish: medium length, with smoke, herbal notes and liquorice.

    A Talisker with a great balance between peat smoke and half-sweet sherry. Still available in some places. Around € 100 in the UK and € 140 in Europe. It beats me why certain lovely releases stay on the shelves for such a long time!

    Score: 89/100

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2010/talisker/talisker-1986-gm-secret-stills-n1-2/

     

     

  35. Heidjer scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Everything I had hoped for!
    • Nose
      Sherry, salt and breeze of
      sea air on the first nose immediately after pouring the dram. An idea of smoke.
      Very complex, too much to separate just now. Put a lid on the glass. 5 mins later: The salt is more at the
      front, winey notes of ripe fruit and a hint of woody spiciness (in the
      direction of pencil, but really just a little). A little bit of chocolate. After a while it is nut chocolate and the salt note is even a bit "springbanky". With a change of scenery, I can also get some smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet, salty, full bodied,
      rewarding, the smoke is almost undetectable, the alcohol isn’t at all, but the
      whisky is everything but “dead” – the spiciness is there and so is the sherry
      sweetness.
      The second sip, after it's swirling around spicy sweet in my mouth, I can finally taste some smoke.
    • Finish
      Slowly developing
      bitterness, accompanied in the beginning by strong sherry notes. Long. On the second sip there's coffee with a hint of smoke - perfect.

  36. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE by G&M;

    Colour: Golden Amber.

    WITHOUT WATER:

    Nose: Sweet, fudge notes and a delicate fruitiness are laced with roasted malt

    and peat smoke aromas.

    Palate: Sherry initially followed by a burst of ash and bonfire embers. Spices -

    pepper and mustard seeds. Turning slightly medicinal.

    WITH WATER:

    Nose: The peaty character comes to the fore with hints of tcp and birchwood.

    A rounding sweet toffee note with a subtle Sherry edge.

    Palate: Rich, sherry and phenols - sweet treacle notes and peat smoke. Rich

    fruit flavours linger in the background.

    Body: Complex.

    Finish: Sherry with hints of peat smoke.

    Cask Type(s): First fill Sherry butts.

  37. whioli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Terrific. Lots of smoke - wood and peat. An old workshop - wood, metal, engine oil. Herbs. Fruit comes through a bit later, with some sherry and milk chocolate. 
    • Taste
      Smoky (both wood and peat) and peppery. Smoked fish -  kippers. Herbal - mint. Liquorice. Not as complex as the nose. Quite oaky after a while. 
    • Finish
      Medium-long and peppery. Smoke. Late drying oak.

  39. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A really good old whisky with the right amount of peat and a sherry barrel that adds flavors and does not hide.
    • Nose
      This nose is really great. Quite discreet, but not volatile, with wood, slightly musty but also a little vanilla sweet, a clear sea breeze, subtle peat smoke, some diesel, then orange marmalade, candied citrus fruits. Sweet and intense.
    • Taste
      Mild and soft. Still very sweet and full of candied fruit, then getting saltier, slightly sour, the wood settles clearly with a slightly acidic component and then it starts to cakeln easily. The alcohol is not felt. You can keep it forever in your mouth.
    • Finish
      The peat flavors are now the most present, a touch of plastic, at first we sweeten everything rather dry (clear, the age and the wood), a bittersweet, slightly smoky, very long finish.

  40. Bishlouk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A nose and an extra mouth, but the final is unfortunately too short and spoil a little party.
    • Nose
      Quite characteristic of Talisker (iodine, pepper, smoke), softened by a layer of sherry. It smells very good, very Talisker!
    • Taste
      Sherry is quite present, the introduction is sweet and sweet. Smoke, pepper and cooked fruits arrive and mix with sweetness.
    • Finish
      Quite short on sweet smoke. The pepper remains for a moment glued to the palate.

  41. Titi94 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by SCOMA: 

    Aroma: Sweet caramel with delicate fruit notes, embedded in roasted malt and peat smoke.

    Taste: Sherry wood ash and fire, spices - pepper and mustard seeds. Is slightly medicinal.

    Finish: Sherry with hints of peat smoke.

  42. Titi94 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    LMDW Information: A very famous confidential bottling of the distillery of the Isle of Skye ... Talisker. A vintage to remember. Marine typicity. Pepper, spicy. Slightly smoked.

  43. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2013/talisker-der-stolz-der-insel-skye-26418/ Color: gold

    Nose: Relatively thin, strong salty lemon with
    discreet sherry aromas, black pepper, delicately creamy honey note,
    dry ash and peat smoke.

    Taste: Also more restrained, sweeter
    Honey and caramel, dried oranges, salty lemon,
    Black powder and strong peppery smoke.

    Finish: Medium, just salty, peppery lemon with malty notes to the end.

    89 points (nose: 90 / taste: 89 / finish: 89)

  44. Furtia scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  45. SilentStill scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A great Sherry Talisker, who can do without the sweetness in favor of a little more sweetness.
    • Nose
      wonderful maritime, a good mixture of medium smoky notes and a pleasant sweetness.
    • Taste
      Very soft and supple on the tongue and on the palate. A slightly tale Talisker without too much "chili-catch"
    • Finish
      Also very soft on the finish with a decent length.

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