Talisker 35-year-old

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2012
Stated Age
35 years old
Number of bottles
54.6 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
04 Sep 2012 10:39 pm
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Average value

€ 2687.59

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 35-year-old

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.59 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2017]  Does age matter?  Surely if we talk about underaged (immature) whisky that is so often sold these days as the warehouses are empty of older stuff.  But does a longer maturation really improve a dram further even after it got adult?  Not so sure, so I do this head-to-head of three great Talisker - aged 20-years (vintage 1982, WB id 122), 25-years (bottled 2006, WB id 123) and 35-years (vintage 1977, WB id 35066), all original bottlings by Diageo. 

    And the result is quite interesting:  Overall I like the youngest 20-years old Talisker best closely followed by the 35-years old and with somewhat distance the 25-years old.  So coming back to my initial question:  Older does not necessarily mean better like this set of high quality Talisker proved.  Nevertheless all three are really great drams...
    • Nose
      90 90
      Colour is irrelevant as Diageo usually uses caramel to fix it - but for the records: The 20y is at old gold, the 25y is at old gold and the 35y is one shade paler at jonquiripe corn. The texture of the 20y shows a fat sticky ring at the top of the glass that very, very slowly transforms into fat sticky tears and extremely slow legs (great oiliness!), the 25y shows many small sticky tears first that slowly consolidate and form slow legs (another good oiliness) and the 35y shows early bigger tears and slightly faster legs as well as late fat sticky tears (not too bad either). The nose of the 20y offers a complex profile of grassy, herbal, spicy and slightly peaty aromas with hints of salt all nicely balanced. The 25y has a comparable profile with stronger herbal and less peaty aromas and is a little unbalanced compared to the 20y. The nosing profile of the 35y is again grassy-herbal and is much stronger than the other two with no peaty aromas at all (but again hints of salt and other spices). I like the 20y best followed by the 35y and the 25y.
    • Taste
      91 91
      A truly multi-layered barley-sweet, peaty and herbal flavours profile is unveiled by the 20y that later adds spices, salt and hints of ripe fruits to the party, really delicious. The 25y shows more wooden and less peaty flavours than the 20y and no salt at all. The 35y owns a more complex flavours profile on the palate (of course) with sugary, herbal, spicy and hints of peaty aromas. It is nicely layered and one to investigate for hours (if you have enough time and whisky). On this dimension I prefer the 35y over the 20y followed by the 25y. Some water opens the nose of the 20y very nicely and adds significant more (sweeter) aromas, I like it that way better. But do not add too much as the dram turns flat quite quickly. The reduced 25y gets smoother both in the nose and on the palate but does not add many new aromas, again I like it better a little reduced. Adding some water reveils more aromas with the 35y both in the nose and on the palate (especially some delicious peaty flavours).
    • Finish
      92 92
      The 20y instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a nice warming feeling and just minor peppery moments (despite 58,8% abv) - the great texture kept its promise. The 25y arrives less coating and somewhat hotter on the palate (56,9% abv) with no bitter or astringent moments either. The mouthfeel of the 35y is again less coating than the 20y and slightly bitter (tannins, no wonder after 35 years in the cask). The 20y owns a very long finish (what else, given the great texture) that sticks to the palate even minutes after I swallowed the dram. It nicely vanishes in waves and has no bitter nor drying nor astringent moments, just great! The finish of the 25y is significantly shorter with more sweeter and less herbal flavours than the taste and again no distracting feelings. The 35y has a longer finish than the 25y but shorter than the 20y that vanishes in waves again but shows some minor bitter wooden notes (that are not unpleasant at all). It adds some sweeter flavours too that are very welcomed.

  2. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Fantastically elegant Talisker, as is common with Tali in the OA, they are getting set and supple with age, but so also develop fine new spice notes, etc. and this is also here in perfection. The price is of course ridiculous.
    • Nose
      Rosewood, ginger, lavender and camphor, a great aromatic spice spectrum that immediately makes you think of incense, oily, minimal fine smoke from a very distant campfire, wet grass, sweet honey and vineyard peach, truffle, cinnamon, marzipan, eucalyptus and gingerbread
    • Taste
      Beautiful pepper is now directly in front, albeit not as strong as in younger Taliskers, nutmeg, cinnamon, camphor, lavender, melon, apricot, vineyard peach, grapefruit, lychee, salt, light tobacco, raisin, mango, fresh cocoa beans, Rosewood, fine oak, later also pineapple, rosemary, caraway, all pretty strong for the age, but round it
    • Finish
      Malt, baker, candied ginger, all spices with oily sweetness once again laid out great, as in honey, touch of salt, very long

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    93-94 points
    • Nose
      93 93
      It's like I am in a car mechanic shop -- oil, gasoline, diesel, old metals. Combine this with some fruity tartness. The mix of flavors has some similarities to the very old G&M Golden Eagle Talisker bottlings that were distilled in the 1950's. Those were probably a bit more rough and dirty and distilled two decades earlier than this 1977 vintage.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Wow, super complex, with lots of tertiary flavors. Truth be told, if I didn't know better, I would have thought this was a Brora. Myriads of little flavors dancing on the tongue for a while. Warming peat, sour fruits, a touch of salt, combined with sweet vanilla. Yup!
    • Finish
      93 93
      93 for the finish. Faultless. This whisky is not super fruity but sometimes, you don't want too much fruits when the rest of the flavor profile is this damn great. Not much oak at all. Just oily, salty, with some metal tinges.

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    not necessary, but with water:
    the berries are stronger
    Here are the herbs stronger

    the 35y has a nose that needs time
    but then it is very special and multifaceted
    The nose continues in the mouth
    a warming sunny whisky with beautiful old garden stories
    I like him
    a really nice and exciting whisky
    who wants to be drunk with patience and devotion
    old men need time to tell their stories yes! I'm in heaven
    • Nose
      takes time, at the first impression no typical Talisker nose
      mature camomiles (slightly ethereal) on summer meadows, the air is salty from the sea, red berries on the bush,
      now the nose is getting stronger and more mature
      mmm yes very special and delicious
      ripe redcurrants on the woodshed
      a warm summer day in the wild garden, .. very great
    • Taste
      berry sweetness with smoke> salt, wood notes,> fiery warm, slightly ethereal herbs>
      you sit behind the shed on broken wooden slats in the hot afternoon sun
      and eat ripe redcurrants with salt liquorice,
      a drop of mint oil..boah a small explosion in the mouth
      hot to the stomach .. strong
    • Finish
      long, sweetish, leathery tobacco, salt and dull dark sweetness,
      splintered wood

  5. ConvalRen scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Old tasting notes with old score. Rated 96, as my no 1 best scotch. Tried it in 2017. I will only be giving the rating but not the exact notes.

    A new review will be put up when I open my bottle.
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      98 98

  6. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasted in a vertical casting 25 - 30 - 35 (2012 Special Release) - 40 (Bodega Series)

    What? Is that the 25yo and 30yo mixed ?! Sweet exotic fruits in really great balance with maritime sea air. The smoke is a bit clearer than the 30yo, but rather subtle. An additional complexity by heather and beautiful peppermint notes. Some menthol and camphor.

    In the mouth, the onset is unmistakably Talisker, pronounced sharpness of cayenne pepper. Nice oily mouthfeel. Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and licorice through maturation in barrel, exotic fruits and salty notes. Again, peppermint

    A long, peppery-salty finish with a splash of clementine. Some honey sweetness.

    Conclusion: The best of the two predecessors united. And this superpfeffrige start, yummy!

  7. waal scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Talisker 35yo 1977/2012, 54.6% ABV, WID: 35066 https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/35066/talisker-35-year-old #WagnerAlexTastingNotes Presence: saffron-colored, relatively oily with quite slow tears Aroma: very pleasant, restrained, discreetly maritime, minimal smoke (less and less disappears almost completely), some floral, damp grass, forest soil, mineral, sweet honey develops and vanilla comes to light Taste: sweet, creamy, full, melted chocolate, strong on the nose, malt, extremely elegant, salty, delicately spicy, no jams, perfect! Finish / aftertaste: mineral, maritime, still sweet but also slightly bitter (peel of a citrus fruit), tobacco, long Comment: A nice piece of history of Skye, although he comes after the 35 years but rather gentle therefore this single malt. I am particularly impressed by this creamy, melted milk chocolate with sea salt flavor in the taste. Great! I would not recommend water personally. I am generally not a friend of water but for me, the malt was bissiger and woody (less harmonious). Much better than the 30yo, but my favorite at Talisker remains the 20yo from 1982 ( https://www.whiskybase.com/whis.../.../talisker-20-year-old-1982 ). Points: 94/100

  8. Goethe scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Well, this Talisker is quite a smoke machine for the 35 years in the barrel. With water you get an explosion in the nose and on the palate. Only the finish is not as spectacular as the start is promising.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 6/10
    • Nose
      Machine oil, gentle smoke, marzipan, leather, apricots, lemon, a few unripe tropical fruits. After a few drops of water you are in the middle of the tropical fruit forest. Pineapple and papaya. Hay in the mix with green grass.
    • Taste
      Quite smoky for 35 years, tropical fruits, salt (quite a maritime character and medicinal), some oak spiciness.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Salt and oak. Burned litchi.

  9. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. prz22 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Quite shy in the nose but monumental in terms of finish.
    On palate: mineral, peppery, salty, powerful, superb!
    One of favourite Taliskers, always enjoyable to drink!


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