Talisker 175th Anniversary

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Number of bottles
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
14 Sep 2007 11:48 pm

Average value

€ 236.12

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 175th Anniversary

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.80 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    Talisker was founded in 1830. So in 2005 owner Diageo decided to have a commemorative release: the 175th Anniversary. Maureen Robinson, one of Diageo’s master blenders, composed this whisky with Talisker that had matured for at least ten years, but some casks even go back to the 1970s. Any good? You bet!

    The nose starts surprisingly fresh on toffee, mint, lemon and a soft sea breeze. The typical maritime notes are somewhat hidden underneath a soft, delicate sweetness. This Talisker invites to be nosed, like a mannequin wishes to be gazed at. Becomes very fruit on raisins and plums, dried apricots and quince. Baked apples and even a dash of Sauternes dessert wine. Very sexy indeed.

    It is quite sweet on the palate, yet a lot more powerful than the nose promised. And there she is, the Talisker trinity: pepper, citrus, salt. The citrus is of the orange variety. Mandarin and blood oranges. Herbal tea, a soft deverlopment of smoke and liquorice. So beautiful and textbook Talisker.

    The finis is very long, dark and sweet versus salt, while the smoke lingers in the back.

    It is clear that something special was taken out of the warehouses fort his 175th anniversary. What a whisky! I’m sure we’ll be treated to a 200th Anniversary edition in 2030, but that’s a long ways off. Start saving up. And in the meantime, if you can still find it, make sure you enjoy this one.

  2. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. Cast Olila scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Gondwana scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. alex..w..fan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Talisker '175th anniversary' (45.8%, OB, bottled 2005)  Colour: gold. Nose: extremely fresh at first nosing, on sea air and light toffee. No punch-in-you-face smells this time, but lots of smoothness and, dare I say, delicacy. The peat smoke is well here but it’s somewhat distant, while these coastal and ‘caramelly’ notes develop together. Then it gets also quite fruity, with some plum jam, quince jelly and very ripe apricots. Hints of apple skins, cider and even some white wine. Less peat and pepper, and more fruit seems to have been the motto when they composed this new Talisker that makes me think of the Caol Ila 18 yo OB.Mouth: smooth, sweet and peppery (here we go) at the same time, with again these enjoyable citrusy notes (sugared lemon juice, tangerines…). Some peat but not too much, tea, herbal tea, a little liquorice and just hints of toffee, with also some passion fruit. Medium long finish, very enjoyable and with no burn whatsoever. Very, very smooth and balanced but not lacking oomph, this one might be the feminine version of Talisker. Extremely quaffable just like that (warning, danger!) 90 points

  6. bull10298 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    To commemorate Talisker distillery's 175th anniversary in 2005 a special,
    limited edition expression of the Skye single malt was issued by Diageo.
    Talisker 175 carries no age statement and consists of a release of 60,000
    bottles worldwide. It is largely the work of Diageo?s Maureen Robinson, who says
    that some of the oldest component malts date back to the mid 1970s, while the
    youngest are at least ten years old. According to Talisker distillery manager
    Charlie Smith, 'It has all the elements of Talisker but in slightly different
    proportions to those in the ten or the 25-year-old. It's unmistakably Talisker,
    and one of the easiest drinking Taliskers I've tasted.' Complex on the nose,
    with sweetness overlying smoke. Elegant heather and Bourbon notes in the
    background. Sweet and smoky on the palate, coconut, spices and a hint of
    liquorice. Long and slightly salty in the finish, with insistent smoke. Lacking
    some of the pepperiness usually associated with Talisker.



  7. TaBoNi scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    After trying it again, I have to revise my rating for this whisky. It has a complex, yet appealing and very tempting nose. Makes me want to try it right away.
    On the palate, it does not match the nose, but it still delivers. It is definately not as complex, but very accessible, inviting and easy to drink.
    In conclusion, I´d say the nose is a promise of how good (an old!?) Talisker can be, but it ends up being one of these easily drinable drams.
    If you want your whisky to be a challenge, this one is, despite the nose, probably not the right choice. But if you are looking for a typical, accessible Talisker (how it used to be a few years back before the arrival of modern NAS whiskies), this might be the one.
    It is still a very good whisky, but 93 was too high.The only downside is that it has become quite expensive and to many not worth the price. > £$€100 (2015)

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. TaBoNi scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    Color: amber - orange Nose: light peat smoke, dark fruits (raisins and plums), some sweetness, iodine, herbs. Looks young, fresh, but complex in the nose.
    Taste: mild onset, sweet, fruity, rather dry, then typical Talisker maritime and peppery -> milder than the nose initially suggests. Finish: medium long, peppery note is preserved for a long time, warming
    Conclusion: fresh and complex on the nose, mild in the mouth, not quite as balanced as a Talisker 18y, quite a long finish. A great Talisker! 93/100

  10. ASWhisky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    There is no tension
    I also missed the beautiful subtlety of Talisker
    as well as the fullness of the aromas
    I would say boring
    • Nose
      Salt, a lot, a lot, boah
      a trace of plum
      new rubber
      Children Cherry Sweets from Wick (for cough)
      stuffy pub air
      sweet bananas
      by Anna
    • Taste
      Salt & chocolate
      light muff & wood
      a little carnation
    • Finish
      dry chocolate
      some malt sweetness


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