Talisker 18-year-old

Overall rating
88.13/100
votes
354
Whiskybase ID
WB37978
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Made by the Sea
Bottled
12.08.2014
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Isle of Skye Map
Bottle code
L4224CM000
Barcode
5000281018874
Added on
23 nov 2012 7:11 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 151.77

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354 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Talisker 18-year-old

54 users have left 62 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.13 points.

  1. BehindSpace scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. Eisieisbaer08 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  3. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great island whisky with a lot of coastal influence and good barrel balance. It is more complex than the 10 year old and has more depth.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Coast, sea air, mineral, lemon peel, oranges, some grapefruit, a hint of mango, fishing nets, old book page, vanilla, caramel
    • Taste
      89 89
      Ginger, lime, mineral, salt, orange peel, caramel candy, moist hay, some ash and wood
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long, dry, vanilla, orange peel, grapefruit, a little white pepper, salt, slightly dusty, old ship's canteen, vanilla, espresso

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/11/28/bottle-polishing-its-a-h-i-t/

    The last time I reviewed Talisker 18yo was in 2017 [WLP83,… along with HP12 btw], and a year before that with a score of 87 [no notes]. This is a bottle I bought in 2014 for £67. Hasn’t it kept its price-point well given what we’ve witnessed of whisky prices since. Let’s see if my view of it in 2017 was particularly miserly?

    N: I’d forgotten just how good this was, an oily sea-salty citric leathery fruitiness with a drier phenol level higher than remembered, characterised as salty smouldering ash. It’s more savoury than I remember it too, and with a homemade element to this as if a part-blend with Springbank and Longrow.

    T: Here, we’ve a more unusual example of where the palate is easily as good as the nose. Like the nose, it’s far more phenolic [medicinal and sooty] than my memory recalls. The arrival leads to a moreish bitter-savoury~sweet cellulose-citrus dry grassy developmental chew,…. more medicinal phenols with some woody bitterness slowly becoming more creamy and woody on the turn whilst all the time maintaining its salty spirit intensity – something HP12 simply can’t do at 40%. There’s no doubt that even after 18 years of maturation, the light fruity barley spirit is still easily identifiable. That’s quite something after 18 years, and there’s no immaturity nor overbaked-ness. I’d love a 3cl of Talisker’s new make to have alongside.

    F: Dry-not-drying peated finish barley sugar finish with soft echoes of what’s gone before. Adding just a few drops of water promotes the menthol-y salty malty > aniseed along with a suggestion of clove and nutmeg. 

    C: Currently my ‘wet the whistle’/goto dram, this is a medium-heavy peated malt that imparts little phenolic content to corrupt the next dram. It’s somewhat more predictable on the second pour, but I love it for one first dram. Currently at a bargain price too. After the 18yo, unless you are loaded, forget the official older bottlings.

    Scores 89 points [I’m looking for slightly more body and length for a 90]

    Check out Ralfy’s review which has since come out since I wrote these notes. If Ralfy is right, we should stock up sooner than later. On the other hand, precarious times are hard to predict and responses to them even harder as demands and fashions change with the wind.
    I bought another bottle just in case [bottle review in due course].

  5. Seanzhang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. JeanChan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Likudi scored this whisky 89 points Shoplink Moderator

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

  12. Carlos scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. schengel10 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A ripe and complex top-quality malt that has not lost its positive Talisker properties even after this long period of maturity!
    • Nose
      mild, sweet ripe fruits, mild smoke, spicy oak;
    • Taste
      initially sweet and aromatic, plums, berries, oily (buttery), then spice (pepper, chilli, oak), hardly any smoke;
    • Finish
      long, very mild finish; in the aftertaste spicy oak and a pinch of salt;

  16. Bretorianer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Nestheth scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

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

  20. 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.

  21. DavidH. scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  22. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  23. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 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[+]

  24. Daan Tje scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: I often forget how peaty Talisker is and tasting this blind, it’s easy to get led down an Islay ‘red herring’ path. I’m instantly loving the vegetal sweet [old Laphroaig?], oily [Caol Ila?]. Regardless, there’s a strong vegetal peat character for sure with vegetal vanilla-dry cream, strong oils and hints of TCP - but it’s more surgical spirit [Isopropyl alcohol, also know as 2-propanol, isopropanol, IPA).
    T: Starts off in a bit of a muddle with a fizzy arrival, turning peaty before developing on a vegetal maltiness - savoury but turning sweet. Really starts picking up now, becoming salty and peppery then vegetal sour.
    F: All of the above notes start to swim around now like a moorish soup - vegetal fresh, more surgical spirit, leafy cocoa notes,… and more. 
    C: A super contender for a blind tasting - one that confused much of us round the table and pleased us in equal measure. A great reminder to stock up on this classic for the drinking cabinet.

    Scores a B

  29. sapecosta scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      96 96

  30. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet and sour. Hint of smoke. Oranges. A bit 'maritime'. Quite closed.

    Taste: smooth and mouthcoating. First some sweetness, then some pepper and brine. Oranges come back later on.

    Perfect balance. 

    Finish: peat comes in gently. Some soft oaky peppers. Ends with the sweet and sour. 

  32. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Extremely harmonious, a caliber quite different from the 10, not nearly as stormy, but the Talisker character is not lost. Wonderful combination of wood, fruit and smoke. Delicious!
    • Nose
      Wow! Delightfully soft, sweet, satiny smoke without any stormy power is the first thing I notice, sherry, vanilla, some toffee, seaweed, salt, clams, sweet berries, the smoke is already almost gone, I also have a slight citrus note, too a few tropical fruits, first and foremost pineapple and honeydew melon, followed by some oak, with pepper, it is getting fresher. I like the nose very much, but it has also disappeared quickly.
    • Taste
      Pffer, less chilli than the 10s, seasoning, smoke, oak, salt, constantly paired with a creamy sweetness, again tropical fruits and citrus
    • Finish
      Pepper, smoke, oak, some cocoa, sweetness, vanilla in the background, covers the mouth, medium-long, walnuts, touch of sherry, salty bitter chocolate, pleasantly warm

  33. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Delicious! The fine mild but spicy wood, the delicious fruit flavors and the fine smoke harmonize wonderfully with each other. A very fine and delicious whisky!
    • Nose
      Fine smoke and a hint of sherry rise from the glass. A pinch of sea air pushes through the fine smoke. A dash of pepper and a little salt follow. The dark fruits are more noticeable after a while. The fruit and the smoke harmonize wonderfully.
    • Taste
      Mild wood is becoming increasingly spicy. Again, this fine smoke. Slightly cool and fresh, delicious fruit aromas are now brought to bear. Pleasant wood, fruit and smoke play together.
    • Finish
      The finish is relatively short. For the spicy wood, the dark fruits and the fine smoke are good and leave a harmonious impression.

  34. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      85 85

  35. NamorX68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    a dream. I love the 18's Talisker. Everything is wonderfully coordinated ... everything fits.
    • Nose
      wonderful soft smoke, fruity and sweet, apple, apricot. Salt and sea. Seasoning the oak. Everything harmoniously coordinated.
    • Taste
      creamy, oily, sweet fruity, chocolate, smoke and spice. Chilicatch is only slightly available.
    • Finish
      long with chocolate and seasoning

  36. maltaholic scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    nice dark color, thick streaks on the edge of the glass, fine smoke rising into the nose, even without directly into the glass to smell, then strong smoke, grapes, wood, spices, the first small sip is remarkably mild - but only at the beginning, then it comes powerful, concentrated aroma, dominant smoke, long finish. Hmmmm, a treat!

  37. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  38. stf_92 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Sample stale I hope because we are far from the Talisker I know.
    Moderately integrated alcohol, lack of pepper, sea side erased.
    It's very average!

  39. drkrylov scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A must have for any Talisker fan. 

    The 18 year old was hugely well received by just about everyone, it took the title Best Whisky in the World at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards too.

  40. drkrylov scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      100 100
    • Finish
      90 90

  41. drkrylov scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      The nose is quite clean and fresh. There is a mixed fruity sweetness with a spicy character. The peat and smoke rise with notes of perfume and thick oak.
    • Taste
      The palate is thick and rich and full-bodied. Notes of spicy, peppery oak, espresso beans and wood smoke.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and with peppery oak.

  42. sbosse scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  43. Goethe scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The full-aged one "made by the sea"!

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 8/10
    • Nose
      Light sweet smoke. Tropical fruits, a mixture of apple and pear compote, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Fruits, pepper, a touch of chili, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long. Dry, chocolate, salt.

  44. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  45. Blo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I am probably not very objective as a big fan of Talisker, but this one is excellent. I like this one even better than the 10yo, which I can understand not to be everyone's taste. More balanced, less agressive, it can definitely reach a larger public. This is a great bottle.
    • Nose
      Talisker's. Sweet pepper and peat. Then opens on tropical fruits, mangos and papayas. Gazoline notes in the background. Better balanced than the 10yo, more subttle and less "wild". Always the salty and coastal notes A real pleasure.
    • Taste
      Lovely. Oily and fat as often with Talisker. Very good balance between the peppery and peaty notes and the fruity side. Sweet and not agressive at all.  Ends on salty and maritime notes.
    • Finish
      Not extremely long, on pepper and gazoline notes. Leaving your mouth oily and sweet.

  46. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  47. Ciro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  48. Shane_IL scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Must say not a fan of this. It lacks the stuff that makes Talisker Talisker. Not bad but not good and not worth the price asked. 
    • Nose
      Brown sugar, malt, honey, spearmint, young oak, flowers, light smoke, vanilla, crème brulee. 
    • Taste
      Hot, apples, oak, spices, honey, vanilla, bit of flowers. 
    • Finish
      Short, Dry, oaky, apples, toffee.

  49. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    bottle code: 131870019
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  50. Armin Fuchs scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Not very complex - but a strong and satisfying dram!

    You can drink it very easily at many occasions.

    (Fast) Tasting with FineSpirits_butler1.
    • Nose
      Dark fruits, cherries, spiciness, pepper, salt, peat, smoke, some citrus; later also some cocoa and coffee powder ...
    • Taste
      WOW!

      sparkling fiery (wonderfully lively), love the kind of tart sweetness, dark fruits, some cherries, salt & pepper, wood spiciness, smoke, peat dark chocolate, espresso powder, powerful ...
    • Finish
      a really long finish that is very pleasant!

      All components of the taste are there …

  51. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Overwhelming tasting experience, looong finish!

    Nose is a little too subtle ...

    Not very complex: but as I got it in my mouth I was surprised again, again and again.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  52. kalervo scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Really good, soft but very recognizable / tasty. I tasted this at Kerttulin Kievar 10/2014.
    • Nose
      Pebble, fresh sea air, but also a little fruity sweetness
    • Taste
      Strict, oily taste, spices, a little smoke, pepper
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is not particularly long. Add pepper, peat and sea, but also soft wood and a little sweetness, very pleasant

  53. Marvin MacLight scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  54. Alex scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    still excellent whisky, rich with a good balance between delicate peat smoke and the sweetness of dried fruits. Oily mouth feel and good body. But lost some of it's classic, refined bigness of the older releases, for example the version bottled in 2008 which I have on 90 points

  55. webdiver scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  56. Akoo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A powerful and multi-faceted whisky. A rather fine and sweet nose that fades to give way to an explosive mouth on peat and chilli.
    • Nose
      Strangely, a peat not very present for a Talisker. We have a creamy side at first. Notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, honey. It's pretty greedy. Very nice notes of anise and fennel point the tip of their nose. Then comes a little freshness with mint, then a seaside.
    • Taste
      A fairly light and fresh texture. Peat is much more present than the nose. In fact, it takes almost all the space. Notes of iodine, peat, salt, pepper, pepper. The whole is much more consistent than the 10 years. Less fiery, but much more balanced.
    • Finish
      On peat and pepper, chilli. Long.

  57. ralfh scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Great whisky, but my memory of an older bottling was better. I have to verify that again
    • Nose
      Light smoke Salt in the nose, sea breeze Seasoning made of wood and smoke
    • Taste
      dry and oily appearance hardly Chilli Catch, I know that very differently Wood and lake, light association of salt and ammonia Delicate caramel and vanilla in the background Alcohol well integrated
    • Finish
      Great finish Warm in the mouth and throat long, pleasant feeling, taste remains for a long time

  58. Wild Thing scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great, but a bit too dry for my taste on the finish.
    • Nose
      Dark sweet fruit very strong aroma with light smoke, caramel and the sea in the background. Very spicy.
    • Taste
      Very pleasant in the mouth, sweet with light oak spice. The "Chilli Catch" is available but not so pronounced. Very lightly salty and a little vanilla.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and slightly dry.

  59. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Smokier, stronger, wilder, more sweet and chocolate, more modern, slightly more mainstream than the 2005er

    he lacks the noble serenity of the 2005er
    He also goes with little time, fits back to the mainstream

    I would definitely buy the 2005 Talisker 18y
    if I had to choose
    not only because it is rarer
    also because it tastes less in the general trend
    he is just more special
    the 18 y of 2005 is a whisky first class (91 points)
    the warm summer with meadows, cliffs and sea on the tongue just great who attaches importance to smoke, sweetness and chocolate
    has little time and wants a great strong whisky
    should resort to the Talisker 18y of 2012
    certainly a good choice, 89 points
    mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      compared to the 18y of 2005:
      2012er: more intense, fresh, but also caramel, cherry, iodine, salt and again the beautiful summer meadow, which is new at 2012: wood
      altogether more nervous and not so soft
      at same notes, a difference in intensity and harmony
    • Taste
      Salt and sea, smoke strong cherry sweetness and chocolate
      The 2012er has a clearer emphasis on cherry and chocolate, the flowing sweetness of clover flowers is missing, more powerful and intense, sharper
      The 2005er simply conveys more serenity and harmony
      leaving
    • Finish
      some green notes, long, strong, later also more intense, smoke and some wood> slight sweetness
      The finish here is smokier and stronger, but significantly less spicy and salty than the 2005er

  60. Bishlouk scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I am an unconditional fan of the previous batch (the one with the plain dark blue box, http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/121/talisker-18-year-old ) that I had rated 93/100.

    What a disappointment with this batch! : -s

    Already at the opening of the bottle I was very surprised by the big difference with the previous batch: caramel too present (they poured all the can of E150 dye in or what?), A lack of marine and smoked scents , a bitterness of almond too assertive, a pepper too wise, a total lack of complexity. I then told myself to let the beast rest a few days. After a week, no blatant change: the tastes and aromas are still as flat, what the fuck ?!

    This version is really very disappointing to me.

  61. KayMeertens did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Edit: Oops, found out my open bottle has the L32 bottle code.
    • Nose
      Apple compote, apricot, sea salt, chocolate, peat, earth, creamy caramel, banana, plum, cooked beans, broth and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Peat, chocolate, sea salt, apricot, apple compote, caramel, banana and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Peat, chocolate and caramel.

  62. granella2003 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet fruits, reengage, perhaps dried orange peel. Butterscotch  and a hint of smoke behind it. The smoke comes into the
      foreground and the toffee is complemented by fine mint. Marine
      notes, boat paint and edible seaweed. Note of
      iodine and smoke flavor.
    • Taste
      Sweet  a touch of
      smoke. Again smoke, coal tar and toffee.
      Wax. Full, soft body.
    • Finish
      Medium length, the peppery typical
      Talisker note is fine but present, some smoke in the finish

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