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Overall rating
88.10/100
votes
341
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
12.08.2014
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L4224CM000
Barcode
5000281018874
Added on
23 Nov 2012 7:11 pm
Colored

Average value

€ 105.79

62 × in wishlist

341 × member ratings

764 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 18-year-old

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.10 points

  1. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Much softer and rounder than the DE I had yesterday in the glass, but also less sweet and with less "effect", but oily-heavy and intense - maybe a tad less exciting than the DE, but full-bodied and with a nice balance
    • Nose
      Schusterwerkstatt, lemon, orange, smoke, salt, seaweed on the beach, slightly vanilla, subtle honeydew melon and apple, spicy-malty
    • Taste
      heavy, oily, lots of licorice, mocha, apple, lemon, orange, star fruit, slightly fruity-sweet, wood fire smoke, soft chilli-catch (compared to the DE), malty, salty
    • Finish
      warming, medium long, lots of licorice, wood fire smoke, mocha, malt, some pepper, slightly sweet

  2. Bretorianer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2014]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 72 Euro in September, 2014.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I took no notes.

    [December, 2019] I opened another bottle of batch L4224 that I bought for 77 Euro in September 2014 - so I can do proper tasting notes now...

    ...and this is stiil a dram with the old (not wood-driven) Talisker style which is much more delicate and complex. This is Talisker as I know and like it from the past, forget about the modern simple "hit-and-run" releases - this is whisky (and not woodsky!). Sorry, if you prefer the modern style this is absolutely okay but my taste buds like the old and delicate editions better...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers a fine old-style (!!!) Talisker profile with all the aromas that made Talisker famous, namely peaty, fruity, maritime and spicy (not herbal like today's designed stuff) in a balanced combo. There are some medicinal impressions too (bandages, anti-septics). It is not as complex as the old stuff but still very nice, no doubt.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is sweeter than the nose with adorable honey and fruity flavours is a bitter-spicy smokey setting. The wood is about perfect and by far not as dominating as with today's "woodsky" Talisker releases. It is greatly chewable and releases creamy vanilla-toffee and autumn-floral notes (dry haystacks, heather flowers). Very quaffable...
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more spices (peppers, ginger) which are a traditional Talisker trademark. The bitter-smokey impressions (cold bonfire) grow stronger towards the end turning it a little drying but this is not distracting. Water releases more sweeter aromas (honeys, barley sugars) in the nose and turns the taste smoother hence (even) more quaffable. I like this dram both neat and a little reduced.

  4. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    a fresh sea breeze pleasantly maritime, sweet caramel candy, orange zest, subtle smoke, quite spicy, light mint note

    Taste:
    the smoke now becomes stronger, the malt tingles on the tongue and becomes nice and hot (chilli catch), vanilla, nut and salt come through, in the background it is leathery, but overall very mouth-filling and oily

    Outlet:
    medium to long, maritime with dry oak spice, salty with tobacco notes and smoke that reminds of a campfire
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Likudi scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

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

  6. Carlos scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    One of my all-time favourite Whiskys. At the beginning it is rather smooth and mellow for a Talisker (especially compared to the Talisker 10 year old) but while drinking dram after dram it gets stronger and all the flavours accumulate in the mouth.

    No comment on the colour as it's not a natural color. But in all fairness: Talisker only colours to maintain the same colour across the batches and not to mislead the customer.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Intense bonfire, slightly phenolic with hints of sherry and maybe berries. Sweet spices, dry cinnamon, a little bit of ginger and fruit which remind me of pears.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oily, fruity, then the bonfire come with full power, the typical chili catch from Talisker (not as strong as with the 10 year old but very present), sweet toffee and some restrained sherry notes. Also some spices from the oak barrel.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Chili catch, woodfire smoke, spices from the oak barrel, some maritime notes, saltiness, matured tannins, toasted raisins. The finish is medium to long.

  7. Palindrome scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    After a hump of bad releases, it's better again. . . . Take care you don't get a bottling from a few years back. Not worth as much as one is charged in my state of the union USA. As Whisky Loving Pianist writes, that "weird poo-ey detergent note" in the older releases was nothing to relish.

  8. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    splendid nose with good harmony and al lot to discover. Taste is nice in line with the nose. Finish is nice and long
    • Nose
      89 89
      smokey with smoked bacon and ham, lemon fresh, salt and pepper and rocks at the coast. Orange peel, some slightly toasted nuts. banana, some peat, applessauce and chocolate. very rich and nicely layered
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet apples, peat, chocolate, soft salt and pepper, banana, bit briny, whiff of salt and pepper,
    • Finish
      87 87
      liquorice, earthy peat, chocolate, briny and a little bit minerals, with some dry wood and leather notes

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A mature and complex toppipe that has not lost the positive Talisker properties even after this long maturation phase!
    • Nose
      mild, sweet ripe fruits, mild smoke, spicy oak;
    • Taste
      initially sweet aromatic onion, plums, berries, oily (buttery), then seasoning (pepper, chilli, oak), hardly any smoke;
    • Finish
      long, very mild finish; in the end spicy oak and pinch of salt;

  10. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A good, very decent representative of the distillery, good depth and saturation, whole, harmonious, quite interesting aroma, greatly adds to the development, especially the finish.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, notes of ash and pepper, lemon peel, lollipops, boiled vegetables, some mineral shades - a grinding stone, lighter flint; light honey-floral tones and sea salt.
    • Taste
      Rich, oily, oak, black and lemon pepper, bitter bark, mineral notes, ash, salt, a little smoke, lemon peel, light sweetness in the background.
    • Finish
      Spicy, refreshing, taste continuation, oak, pepper, ash, salt, oily notes, slightly knitting, young bark, lemon peel.

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