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Talisker 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.13/100
votes
313
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
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 7:50 pm
Colored

Average value

€ 107.33

61 × in wishlist

313 × member ratings

749 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 18-year-old

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.13 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. 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;

  3. Bretorianer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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.

  5. mosesumike scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Here I am careful because this malt is exactly mine.
    That's why it's hard for me to stay objective. First said: He is my best from the house of Talisker (affordable, good PLV). Always on the shelf. House whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is nothing special but very pleasant. Normally one discovers aromas behind the smoke. Here you will discover delicate smoke behind fine aromas. That makes the difference. Lemon, oranges, vanilla .... everything. Mint leaves sprinkled with honey. Add a little toffee.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Waxy, full-bodied, very soft body, ingenious! In addition sweet smoke with lively tingling on the tongue. Delicately peppery with a little wood, but in the direction of dark chocolate, preserved in espresso / mocha served warm. Everything feels sweet and dry. Perfect. A dream (for me). Island whisky.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, only slightly the typical Talisker note. Gorgeous warming and very well balanced, he goes off the stage. You can feel smoky liquorice in the outgoing log fire. What a performance. Now even tender malty pepper. Am thrilled. Refill is announced.

  6. Nestheth scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. Nestheth scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Pepper and oranges. A common combination, unfortunately not to my liking. Even more so, as this stuff doesn't have the mandatory chocolate flavor to balance the sourness with sweetness, or is minimal.
    With added water there's some actual peat and smoke instead of just pepper.
    The flavors on this one could please some senior whisky heads. For juniors, not recommended.
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity.
      Brine, seaweed.
      Hard to distinct anything else.
    • Taste
      Brine carries over. Oak, strong pepper, maybe some peat. Sourness, oranges. At 45.8 alcohol by volume adding water is an actual option here. Water opens up the whisky for peat and smoke flavors.
    • Finish
      Pepper keeps stinging a little. Sourness lingers.

  8. DavidH. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  10. jazzpianofingers scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/bottle-polishing-scottish-islands/

    N: As Talisker 18yo regulars will know, some batches are smokier & drier than others. This one leans more to the vegetal-herbal peated side, much like PC8 [coming up], with a soft-fresh woody=leathery, brine-y, onion-y, garlic-y vegetal funk and a rum spirit-like [copper] metallic base – one that suggests a weird poo-ey detergent note. Let’s tread carefully. Despite the funk, overall it’s balanced with a clinical feel but without any swagger, any joy. I find it boring & uneventful and my stance over many months hasn’t change one iota.
    T: Similar profile as the nose. Warm it up and add water and you’ve got a whisky that’ll not sustain too long. I’ve also struggled with the one-dimensional herbal sour<savouriness and I cant get myself to suit it to any given situation/occasion. I much prefer it blended with say an Aberlour A’bunadh or Glenfarclas 105, simply to shake it out a little from its restraints. It’s most commendable note is its soft & salivating mouthfeel though even then it’s a little prickly to start, developing thereafter: briney/soapy/oily. Hold in the mouth long enough though and texturally it’s more oily-buttery.
    F: Firm savoury-herbal-fresh finish [think endive], with a soft bitterness from the wood.
    C: I know it’s no bad whisky but i’m thoroughly un-moved. My favourite solution was to add 10-15% A’bunadh and a dash of Laphroaig. Anyone else feeling Talisker products of late are off the boil? Ever since the arrival of the ‘Storm’ come to think of it!Scores a C[+]

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