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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
100° Proof
57.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Eagle Label
Bottle code
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21 sep 2012 2:22 pm

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Whisky reviews for Talisker 1973 GM

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.80 points.

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    One of the best Taliskers I ever tasted. May be a standard NAS botteling by G&M in the mid 1970's, but superb!
    • Nose
      Sherry and dried fruits (figs). Some mint and eucalyptus as well. Dustiness like walking in a library with old books. Very complex and developing.
    • Taste
      Rich and round. Massive sherry. Some unidentified industrial notes which reminds me of some old Inchgower expesssions. Very nice.
    • Finish
      Medium long with some dry sherry smoothness in the end.

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  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    An excellent Talisker. My only regret is this was a 5cl mini and not a full bottle.

    Tasted with Port Ellen 7th release Islay Collection version (92 pts.), Caol Ila 1979 34yo cask 5297 (93), and Elements of Islay Pe5 (92).
    • Nose
      Bone dry oak - the kind of an aroma that's extinct today - some pepper and a strongly peated, oily distillate. Water makes it tarrier, strengthens the peppery notes, and brings out some vague fruitiness and charred dry logs. 
    • Taste
      Oily old tools and pure peaty goodness with the kind of fattiness I wish I could find in modern whisky. Water makes it rounder but it loses none of its power. Complex, never ending shades of tar. A fair bit dirtier and odder than the other whiskys on the table (see below), but in a positive way.
    • Finish
      The oak makes a comeback, and a spoonful of honeyed tar sits on my tongue for a long while.

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    93 points for a 100 proof bttling without vintage! http://www.weinkenner.de/2014/talisker-raritaeten-aus-den-siebzigern-gm-70-proof-und-100-proof-33725/ Color: chestnut / amontillado-sherry
    Nose: Awesome - very creamy, dark notes of ripe plums and old sherry barrel. Ultrasalzig with notes of black powder and ash, black peppercorns, candle wax, dry leather, butter, dull garden herbs and fir forest - very powerful and almost perfect!
    Taste: Round and powerful - first salty grapefruit, then again lots of gunpowder, black pepper and ginger. Sugar is added - becoming very sweet before the wood starts. Then the taste is dominated by bitter herbs, licorice and heavy espresso flavors.
    Finish: long - bitter eucalyptus, oak, leather, cardboard, tobacco, cough syrup, caramel and sweet honey.
    Note: After the "bitter" wood effect has subsided, the malt becomes dry and dull. Old sherry, some honey, caramel, a lot of tobacco and dry wood remain on the tongue. A Talisker less suitable for less experienced Maltists. A heavy board that demands everything from the connoisseur and takes a lot of time. But it's worth it…
    93 points (nose: 95 / taste: 93 / F: 91)


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