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Overall rating
88.14/100
votes
342
Whiskybase ID
WB37978
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

€ 118.33

62 × in wishlist

342 × member ratings

774 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 18-year-old

56 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.14 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. Koning scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A dram of my bottle never dissapointed while it emptied. It's a quality Talisker, refined and complex but still powerfull fresh and with the signature Talisker pepperiness.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Mild peat smoke with a clear salty/maritime edge. Green olives, lemons and bell pepper contrast nicely with sweeter notes of peperkoek (dutch ginger bread) and a bit of honey and caramel.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very rich and oily, never dissapoints. Medium peat and the familiar Talisker 'chili catch'. The olives from the nose return on the palate with various citrus fruits and chocolate. Eucalyptus leaves provide extra freshness. Of course the're maritime notes, almost like fish, and it's even a bit meaty at times.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium peaty with a ongoing light pepperiness. There's olive oil, some fish(mackerel?), cucumber and sweet oranges. A bit mineral and waxy.

  3. Likudi scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

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

  4. Bretorianer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I'm careful here because this malt is exactly mine.
    That's why I find it difficult to remain objective here. First of all: He's my best from Talisker (affordable, good PLV). Always on the shelf. House whisky.
    • Nose
      The nose is nothing special but very pleasant. Usually you discover aromas behind the smoke. Here you can discover delicate smoke behind fine aromas. That makes all the difference. Lemon, oranges, vanilla ... everything included. Mint leaves smeared with honey. With a little toffee.
    • Taste
      Waxy, full-bodied, very soft body, brilliant! In addition, sweet smoke with a lively tingling sensation on the tongue. Delicately peppery with a little wood, but in the direction of dark chocolate, marinated in espresso / mocha and served warm. Everything feels sweet and tart. Perfect. A dream (for me) Whisky Island.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, only rudimentary the typical Talisker note. He walks off the stage wonderfully warming and very well balanced. You can feel smoky liquorice in the outgoing wood fire. What a gig. Now more tender malty pepper. Am thrilled. Refilling is the order of the day.

  6. 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.

  7. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Delicious, but not outstanding.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/37978
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    Color: Deep gold. Not overly complicated and very "Talisker", well crafted. At some point entered with 88 points, it fits, but I personally don't get warm with all the salt plus the predominantly dry character.
    • Nose
      Malty, sweet and salty. Harz, distant campfire smoke. Tingling in the nose, looks very cool in general. Wet seaweed, thick soot. Menthol. With air (I didn't expect it, the sample is not necessarily fresh) it becomes sooty, more menthol comes out. Linden blossom, white pepper. With water: charred sawdust, hot coffee. Vanilla.
    • Taste
      Jausa, it has astonishing bite for its percentage, it is also neatly salty and above all peppery. The spiciness doesn't decrease with chewing either, but more malt, tree sap, menthol and a good amount of seaweed are added. With water: still peppery, even salty. Dry wood, resin and linden honey.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Menthol, salt and seaweed. Moldy wood, slightly dry towards the end. At some point, burnt rubber will come through.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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