Talisker 25-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2008
Stated Age
25 years old
Refill Casks
Number of bottles
54.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 oct 2008 11:11 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1036.55

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Whisky reviews for Talisker 25-year-old

33 users have left 34 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.76 points.

  1. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful malt, power, all that Talisker has to offer is there, which is something to spend the whole evening with.
    • Nose
      Beautiful kiwi in the nose, papaya, needs some air and time to breathe to develop it, before it has something almost musty, that then develops into a light tropic, honey, linen sacks, lemongrass, ginger, toffee, vanilla, fresh pear , Nettle, light malt, green tea, mineral notes, gentle salt
    • Taste
      Herbal honey, green tea, beautiful, strong salt, banana chips, papaya, kiwi, myrrh, lemon zest, grass, lime, linen, toffee, pecans, camphor, white pepper
    • Finish
      Crunchy malt, sweet tobacco, teen, ham, quince, plum, long

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  3. LDB scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Best Talisker so far.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Thyme honey, pineapple jelly, prosciutto, sauna planks, pine resin, freshly lit log fire. Enormously changeable nose, after a while it still changes in the direction of freshly sawn tropical wood and liquorice juice. Very complex and absolutely coherent.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Perfect harmony of fruitiness & pepper smoke, it couldn't be better, the alcohol content is also right and Talisker shines through. What an experience! Like a whole day at the sea. And the smoke is incredibly subtle, the angularity mined perfectly.
    • Finish
      91 91
      More elegant, age-wise and just plain tastier than modern Taliskers. In any case, I no longer found the level of complexity in newer bottlings of the Skye distillery.

  4. DocF scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    25yo Talisker - 2004 vs. 2006 vs. 2008.

    2004: Fresh, fruity, minty, clear, cold and wild - tundra, spray, star fruit, bergamot. With water, then first a torrent of bitumen, heavy smoke remains but the fruits come back.

    2006: Narrower than the other two, less fruit, less freshness, less sherry, instead oatmeal, warm smoke, spray, ... Worthy talisker in the middle of the three. Never ending finish.

    2008: Warmer, salty, more sherry, warmer, creaky smoke. More salty tang, is dangerously close to the 15yo special release. Its fresher side comes out later, less directly than the 2004 one.

    Current Tali 10: The other day he still had the DNA, but in this context young pear in particular jumps into the nose, in terms of taste then OK

  5. pianoman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      A bit reserved. Lemonade, elderberry, light smoke. Cookie Dough, Vanilla. Flower shop. Damp sawdust.
    • Taste
      Apple, lemon, blossom honey, almond slivers. A touch of olive oil. Chocolate and a hint of smoke.

  6. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is awesome, in the mouth it subsides a bit for me, but still a great whisky
    • Nose
      Starts very fruity, slightly waxy, orange, sweet, shortbread, with very subtle smoke, slightly maritime, vanilla, creamy, slightly acidic, mango, the fruit is already in the tropical direction, but then also slightly tart, because I have to grapefruit think, after the first sip and a little warmed up, marzipan too
    • Taste
      creamy, here now clear smoke, tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit, here extremely waxy in the mouth feel, salt
    • Finish
      fresh with mint, orange, slightly sweet, dry on the palate, the mouth is slightly covered, ashy smoke

  7. DocF scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Color: pale gold.

    Comment: The constant development in the nose over half an hour was impressive, intersection with current (ok, the last time I had it in the glass 3? Years ago) Talisker 10 is definitely present. Rustic, yet delicate, extraordinary. 93 points. As a bottle owner, I would slowly worry about the old bottle effect, compared to the other two, he had to take a lot at the front. As a bottle owner in particular, I would also take the risk of cornering the 15yo Special Release for another 15 years and speculating on a development in the same direction.
    • Nose
      A salty tang / algae note typical of Talisker on top, something spicy dances above it, maybe mustard seeds, with air it always becomes leafy, musty, brackish water, mint, rotting tree bark, old straw, some malt, block malt, the salt / Algae base remains. Later miso soup, ripe apples, polished oak. With water: I was afraid I had killed him, no, a load of brackish water on top, more mint, sooty campfire. Resin. Summer blossom honey, ripe pears. Elderflower jelly.
    • Taste
      With water: first resin and malt, then salt, algae, air after the rain, white pepper, salty spray, polished wood, black tea, soot, some bergamot, wet pebbles. Then cold mountain water, charred orange peel.
    • Finish
      Salty, mint, soot, then resin, malt. Long. Orange oil, Earl Gray. Slightly dry towards the end, salt, bergamot, soot and orange oil stick to the palate - great.

  8. wako93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A lot of strength. Which transformed with time into a flavor explosion. Talisker's typical salt kick and maritime herbs accompany a great creamy mouthfeel. You need a maximum of 5 ml to completely fill the mouth with aromas. Very concentrated malt. Take ur time ..
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Comment: In hindsight, I almost have to be annoyed that I have shared several of these bottles in recent years. They are almost too good for that. If you then consider that bottles like these now cost 400 euros and more, you would wish to have a few more in the collection. The 25 Talisker from today are unfortunately no longer comparable with these old bottlings. Even the "new" 30 Taliskers all fade against these old bottlings in real cask strength. With this drop in the glass, I like to remember my visit to the Isle of Skye and the Talisker distillery. Anyone who is there should definitely make a detour to the distillery. All in all, the 25er Talisker 2008 is a wonderful whisky that demands a lot from the nose and palate, but also gives a lot. An incredibly complex appearance that does justice to both the sweetness, the fruitiness, the smoke and the much-said chili paste. It is a pity that this quality no longer exists today. It's a shame that prices are exploding so much that you won't be able to treat yourself to something like that anymore. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely try such a drop. I have a strong 93 points today. Slainte!
    • Nose
      What an overwhelming start! Powerful, powerful and incredibly complex and complex. Here you have to take your time and sort the impressions in your nose. However, the typical Talisker maritime note is immediately noticeable: a maritime salinity that will soon be accompanied by many other notes. Of course, the delicate, subtle smoke should not be missing here. In addition, more and more fruity-sweet notes of pears, mangoes and apples and lemon notes are added, followed by delicate vanilla, light chocolate, marzipan and complex spice notes such as ground black pepper, a hint of ginger and the famous chili paste. Everything wonderfully framed by the maritime breeze and the now almost imperceptible smoke.
    • Taste
      For 54.2%, the Talisker is surprisingly mild on the tongue. But that doesn't mean that fireworks burn in the mouth. A firework of flavors. The smoke is almost gone, rather the chili patch and the sweetness are present, followed by honey notes and a very interesting herbality that was not there in the nose yet. The maritime note recedes somewhat and the saltiness gives way to hints of lemongrass, vanilla, sour apple and after and an increasingly present cargo of spice notes. Very interesting, very complex, very complex and the flow of saliva doesn't seem to end. No light fare that is difficult to put into words.
    • Finish
      I would describe the finish as warming and medium length. At the beginning there is still a lot of saliva and the sweet honey notes dominate, followed by the vanilla and the light chocolate. The smoke is barely noticeable. The impressions of the citrus notes are slowly completed before the spicy and herbal notes take over the scepter. There remains a wonderful mouthfeel, in which the sweetness against the spiciness seem to fight for dominance. In the end, however, the spiciness gets the upper hand and a pleasant mouthfeel remains, which literally challenges the second sip.

  10. ConvalRen scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  11. MadScientist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  12. valery77 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Powerful, at first somewhat alcoholic. Cocoa powder, citrus fruits (rather, lemon), light smoke and peat, ash, gouache, red apple, sea freshness. Medical theme (pills). Wet paper and cardboard. Wet stones. Almond. Towards the middle of the dram begins a delicate carpentry theme. 23
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, moderately dry, powerful. Oak tannins, black pepper, apple, oriental spices, fruit drops, light smoke and peat, citrus sourness, minerality. 23
    • Finish
      Long, warming, fading out, smoky, phenolic, tannic. 23
      Pretty typical Talisker, very harmonious and tasty. Balance 23.
      Total 92

  13. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful, maritime malt. The smoke is present all the time without being obtrusive. Has a complex nose and is amazingly tame on the palate despite the high percentage. I like it well, but I would have liked a little more fruitiness.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Citrus fruit, light smoke, salt, iodine, later vanilla and sour. Chocolate and dust.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft and yet mouth-filling. Salty, vanilla, bright fruits, tamed smoke. Alcohol is surprisingly well integrated.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peppery alcohol, again salt and vanilla, a bit spicy oak and a light smoke.

  14. gango4 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Perfect alcohol strength. Full power ahead without the slightest burning. Keep your nose clean and enjoy!
    • Nose
      Herbs in the nose. Creamy, occasional honey, a breeze of sea air. In the background fermented fruits. The smoke is practically present, has already broken down into more complex herbs. Pinecone.
    • Taste
      Amazingly soft and yet powerful. Typically maritime. Here are a little less herbs for a little more smoking, but still discreet.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long. Here again more herbs Requires more, that makes him kind of tasty without him being sweet. There remains a little smoke. At the end of the day, there is a bit of oak, overflowing with seawater.

  15. Ra_Di scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    It took a long time for the malt to develop its full power. You should take a lot of time. Requires full attention.

  16. mr.p9 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    When i bought this it was 99 euros, unbelievable.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  17. Dottore scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    blind tasting 93+ points! vll even more try the second time. Tip: Bowmore, 20 + years, ex-sherry barrel, 53%
    • Nose
      A crowning achievement! So should be a smoky whisky. No penetrating ashtray, the smoke beautifully woven into complex fruit and spice notes. light smoke, maritime saltiness, citrus notes, marzipan pastry, allspice
    • Taste
      strong, complex, wonderfully integrated alcohol and smoke, fantastic sweetness, the aroma flavors are reflected in the taste and remain forever in the mouth.
    • Finish
      wavy recurring sweetness and smoke, subtle bright fruit notes

  18. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2013]  I had this dram during a Charlie Smith tasting at Bonn.

    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 90.  I took no detailed notes.

  19. Toffie76 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    a more acetic nose this time with notes of solvent and glue. The mouth is shorter, a bit bitter. The attack is frank and violent, and the finish just as brutal. The shape of this whisky is more picked up. I am less convinced with this one. (in comparison with previous batches)

  20. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Dry, dusty, but malty too. Roundness comes later. Nose less waves, more linear than its predecessors. Palate: Salt, pepper, boum and bam; it goes back to spicy power. Finale: By cons here it crushes quickly, the flavors come down, wisdom is in order. Recreation is over. Verdict: Rather sawtooth, with a final set back. But it's still playful and entertaining. 90/100 . (Note made in the context of a face to face of all Talisker 25y in barrel.)

  21. daverdaz scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      98 98

  22. NamorX68 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Blindverkostung Wundervoller Malt. Hammer!!
    • Nose
      light smoke, fruity with some spice, maritime, marzipan, citrus fruit, vanilla, caramel, oak and some tobacco. After the first sip, the vanilla gets stronger.
    • Taste
      oily, creamy, powerful onset, sweet, fruity, delicate smoke, salt, sea, apricots, chocolate, coffee.
    • Finish
      long, slightly bitter sweet, chocolate

  23. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is great and whets the appetite for more. The fine-hued wood flavors and the peppery spiciness, however, miss the fruitiness of the nose. An interesting blindsample which is almost a bit too sharp in the taste and finish. Still a great whisky, I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: Wonderfully mild notes of wood flow out of the glass. Grapes and apricots rise from the wood, a slight orange aroma is added. Subtle sweetness plays with fruity berries. The salivation is stimulated, the once sweet fruit develops a sour note. Vanilla breaks through the fruit, I could smell it forever.
    • Taste
      Tart wood notes and a slightly sourish fruit dominate the first impression before heavy wood notes explode. Pepper and a pinch of salt penetrate the now spicy wood. Tingling pearls dance on the tongue while a chubby warm mouthfeel arises.
    • Finish
      Slowly the tingling decreases. Still, the whisky exudes this chubby warm mouthfeel, the subtle sharpness completes this taste experience. Slightly tart wood aromas transform into a subtle walnut aroma, a hint of grapefruit mixes with the nut.

  24. malthead-sven scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior


    Tip: a fine whisky, did not have the urge to give him water, because so very complex

    - Bowmore
    - 50 to 54 percent
    - 20 to 25 years
    - refill Sherry cask
    • Nose
      slightly fruity, then wood, slates, candle wax, marzipan and walnuts, then fruity again, juice concentrate, I imagine some smoke, later more sweetness occurs
    • Taste
      takes in the entire oral cavity, becomes stronger and stronger and the smoke becomes more pronounced, a sweet tingling on the tongue
    • Finish
      no explosion but continuously evolving, yellow fruits, tender, salty smoke, medium to long

  25. MrRancho scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    My first 'old' Talisker - I came to get used to it ... Blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Lemon, grass, tomato, resin, candy, tobacco, vanilla, stomach bread, mango.
    • Taste
      Grass, lemon, sweet, hazelnut, sparkling alcohol.
    • Finish
      Mild, sweet, grassy, ​​slightly nutty finish. The grassy notes are forever on the palate.

  26. aphex scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with 2009 and 2005 releases.
    All in all, this one is more refined than the 2008 and better balanced for me. Nice whisky.
    • Nose
      More refined than the 2009. Still this mix of prune and citrus (oranges and lemons). Seabreeze.
    • Taste
      Pepper, lemon, mineral notes.
    • Finish
      Long, lemony and salty.

  27. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is not an ordinary Talisker, lacquers were also prunes, soaked in water, and flax seeds and butter ... does not look like 10, 18, 57 of the last two editions of the 2000s, but very tasty and heartfelt!   This is no ordinary Talisker, varnishes, prunes, soaked in water, flax seeds and flax seed oil ... does not look like 10, 18, 57 of the last two editions of the two thousandth's, but very tasty and emotionally!

  28. bull10298 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is the 11th 25-year-old bottling of the Skye single malt, and it has been
    matured in a mix of American oak and European oak refill casks. Sweet and rich
    on the nose, with lots of smoky notes, heather and soft toffee, backed up by
    characteristic Talisker pepperiness and a faint whiff of the sea. The palate is
    big and slightly oily, with malt, milk chocolate, spice and lots of peat. The
    finish is lengthy and drying, with chilli and peat smoke.



  29. Ciro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  30. zby0001 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  31. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a continuous whisky from the nose to the finish
    which is nice and pleasant to drink
    Taliska notes are abundant
    but in slightly different clothes
    mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      Pear and melon
      Vanilla and caramel
      Uhu glue
      lapped by salty seawater
    • Taste
      Your tongue will
      stunned by Uhu Kleber
      caressed by apricots and citrus fruits
      she tingles with sea salt
      Iodine and pepper
      become almonds and chocolate
      Spicy sharpness in the interplay with chocolate sweetness
    • Finish
      slightly bitter wood
      mixes with sweet apricots and citrus notes
      dark chocolate and spicy brine remain

  32. WhiskyJug scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    25 yo (54.2%, OB, Refill casks, 9,708
    bottles, 2008)
    A pretty large batch this year. Colour:
    pale gold. Nose: the difference with
    the oldies is very obvious, and not
    only because of the higher proof.
    It’s much more ‘coastal’,
    with much more notes of iodine, sea
    air, oysters, kelp… As for the
    fruity side, we left the oranges for
    more lemons and green apples. Also
    highly unusual notes of green olives
    that we never got in any Talisker
    as far as we can remember. The peat
    is less ‘ashy and sooty’,
    and probably grassier and more organic.
    With water (at roughly 43% to make
    it more comparable with the oldies):
    it got even straighter, on a pure
    mix of seawater and lemon juice. Make
    that a plate of oysters. Mouth (neat):
    again, what’s striking is that
    there’s much more lemon and
    even lime in this ‘new’
    one. Very citric and then certainly
    peatier than the oldies. Also very
    peppery, but it’s different
    pepper when compared with the exceptional
    1952. Sharper and also more mineral.
    With water: it does not get any rounder
    but, interestingly, closer to the
    oldies, with these heavy notes of
    shoe polish that we found in the 1953.
    Also notes of fresh almonds and always
    a lot of lemon. Finish: long, heavily
    ‘coastal’ now, with the
    ‘lemony peat’ striking
    at the end. Faint tannins (grape skin).
    Comments: these recent 20 or 25yo
    Taliskers are all very good and except
    for wood type variations (there has
    been some sherry versions), they are
    all very consistent. What’s
    more, even if the 1952 is really out
    of this world, they are in the same
    league as the oldies and should benefit
    from a little bottle aging. Only one
    concern, though: will the corks keep
    as well as good twist caps (or better
    yet, tin/spring caps) do? SGP:457
    - 91 points. 


  33. icon_of_sin scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Delicious! Of the 25y my second favorite. This year was significantly more maritime in direct comparison and had more caramel than the 2004er and 2006er.
    • Nose
      First smoke and an alcoholic scent of freshly painted wall. Gradually becoming more maritime notes after Seegraß and sea salt (much more pronounced than in 2004 and 2006er). Caramelized apple pie. Over time, an intense scent of freshly ground pepper comes.
      With H2O the pepper becomes clearer.
    • Taste
      Violent start with a lot of smoke and pepper! Significantly more caramel than in the 2004 and 2006er. Also in the mouth maritime and fruity notes.
    • Finish
      Fierce! First smoke, then the caramel comes through. In addition there is a dark fruit note and dark chocolate (the vulture knows where they come from, is actually atypical f

  34. Malt Hans scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Smoky and fruity aroma, pear, apple, nutmeg,

    cloves, lemon peel and heather honey. Fruity, peaty and sweet taste,

    pepper, ginger, lime, malt and vanilla. Long, tary, fruity and malty


  35. SilentStill scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Not the best 25-year-old Talisker, but one who brings the qualities of long-term storage to light and leaves a harmonious overall picture behind.
    • Nose
      Creamy, round and balanced. Slight citrus notes and occasionally a trace on tap. Tidy amounts of dry soil and maritime coastal flavors. A successful round nose with good depth.
    • Taste
      As is so often the case with the 25-year-old, the palate develops a good mixture of powerful, only slightly smoky, sweet and Talisker-typical earthy notes. Very well balanced and at rest.
    • Finish
      Again some citrus, slightly phenolic and long finish. And, not surprisingly, 25 years of barrel aging make the Chilicatch pale in favor of a balance that can do more than just equalize quality.


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