Talisker 1985

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2013
Stated Age
27 years old
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Natural Cask Strength - Maritime Edition
Added on
08 Sep 2013 10:49 am
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 993.11

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 1985

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.26 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    an old Taliskermen who appears as a stepbrother, clearly made by the sea, but a lot of dry dark dark chocolate, a very successful composition, the background of summer + herbs like, as well as the beautiful berries, with a little more patience I could taste camphor + currants so it remained a hunch
    • Nose
      Salt + sea in the summer, hot boulders on the beach, flowering summer grasses , grated chamomile flowers in warm hands, raspberries in the basket, strawberries with pepper
    • Taste
      hot salt from the sea on the tongue, smoke from the peat grill in the mouth, the pepper and the strawberries mix with the hot sea salt, your lips taste of iodine, seaweed + chamomile, warm chocolate dark + bitter mixes with raspberries on your palate ..
    • Finish
      long, dark dark chocolate, salt, dry > fine berry sweetness> soft liquorice + light peat smoke> cold tobacco smoke

  2. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Full gold
    Discreet pepper, peat, leather, lemon, vanilla and burning hot with white chocolate and a very gentle spice. Add to that the finest lime juice, some honey, bourbon vanilla and a metallic character of tinplate tin - that fits!
    Spicy, spicy and yet harmonious on the palate; with soft herbs, lots of pepper, white chocolate, cream, milk foam and green apple. The creamy note is very pronounced here and the salt content remains stable and whirls constantly on the tongue. Leather notes, a bit wet earth and more than just the right wood effect - just super delicious !!
    Long - the spice is retained here and the slightly dry wood notes combine perfectly with the peppery spice. The fruity apple sweetness completes the enjoyment. Add some peat, wet straw and pickled, soft herbs - also topp!
    93 points
    N: 92P / G: 94P / F: 93P

  3. Archer scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      The scent of green apples, peppered with cloves and peppercorns. Mild smoke. A compote of red berries (red groats) with hot vanilla sauce. Mineral smell, salt water spray. The fruity notes at first complacent, then, with the emerging smell of salt water wet pebbles, pleasantly demanding. Old leather works its way forward, bringing along old wooden floorboards and the smell of hay.
    • Taste
      Strong and at the same time velvety warming. Dry at the beginning and with a pleasant portion of oak. Pfeffrigig, neat salty, licorice. Mild smoky. Fruit sweetness of overripe pears takes out some of the saltiness. Mineral on the tongue, a pebble in the mouth. Later cocoa and milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long, dry, a spoonful of rape-honey, a hint of applesauce, cold ashes and: salt.

  4. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A great, great malt - and a wonderful Talisker, which in all respects extends well beyond the 30s standard.
    • Nose
      Oh, sea air (indeed!), Exotic fruits, passion fruit and mango, sun-sweet sweet herbs, light smoke, furniture polish, old library, vanilla, apples, raspberries
    • Taste
      with a spoon of water: oily, sweet and spicy, lots of citrus fruits, grapefruit, oranges, lemon, passion fruit, mango, herbs again, sweet smoke, sweet apples, raspberries, tar, dark chocolate and ginger, the Talisker-Chilicatch falls here very civilized out, rather ginger
    • Finish
      long and warming, in the end eucalyptus

  5. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Young in sensation, but very powerful molt, not too diverse in derivatives, but the pressure and density compensate for everything, and in the development, again, powerfully adds sweetness and creamy notes.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, dry boards, lemon slice in tea, light notes of carpentry workshop and solvent, mineral shades - plaster, brickwork; cardboard, raw tin;
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, oak, light smoky peat notes, strong pepper wave and at the same time syrup sweetness,
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oak, pepper, syrup sweet, lemon zest, vanilla, grapefruit peel, light tablet bitterness.

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    What's not to love? About as good as you can hope for. Balanced, rich, complex and most of all, just damn tasty.
    • Nose
      Oh my god, yes! Whiffs of paraffine, furniture polish and wet ropes, all the while backed up by peaches and nectarines, even mangos. Proper briny notes too, with a whiff of charcoal and peat.
    • Taste
      Proper oily stuff, with loads of brine and tar, and a whiff of plastic, supported by big notes of salt, as well as subtle peat. An enjoyable sweetness to balance things, with hints of oranges and caramel glazed red apples.
    • Finish
      Peaty, briny. Whiff of milk chocolate. Very long.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    2018 Talisker 10 against two pre classic malts bottles, brown & green, no back labels
    I would describe the 2018 10 year as like a blended 10 year Talisker because the vatting of casks has ironed out all the rough edges but I liked the old rough edges. The 2018 is fine, nothing wrong with it and smells much richer than the older ones but it is less expressive on the palate but still high quality and the peat and pepper is still there.
    The old 1 litre brown bottle is a marked contrast to the 2018, it is lighter as the sherry is much less pronounced but it smells fresher, and definitely has more power with the peat and pepper taking centre stage.
    The green bottle the oldest is similar to the 1 litre brown bottle but appears too have a little more of everything, not much more just more peppery and a little more fruit but very well balanced.
    In summary the new 10 year 2018 is a nice whisky but it is too rounded , I suppose the extra sherry is to appeal to a wider audience, it is a dumbed down version of what the 10 year should be.
    The 1 litre pre classic malts is a different beast and has less sherry but more peat/pepper which I prefer, it is lighter and not as heavy going as the 2018.
    The green bottle is still the best but only by a whisker, it just has a little more of a kick, this is still the daddy in my view and the best of any Talisker 10 year.
    They are obviously smoothing out the new 10 year to appeal to a wider audience, and while I can happily drink it, the dumbing down has gone too far for me but the flavour profile is still a good one, but too much sherry for me but just having another sip there is healthy does of peat.
    1 Green pre classic
    2 Brown pre classic
    3 2018
    right now lets see how it compares to the 1985 27 year OB
    I think the 1985 is the best but it shares definite similarities with the older 10 year, perhaps a little unfair comparing a 27 year cask strength to the 10 years but it is only a little inform of the green bottle pre classic malts which for me is still the `Daddy`,

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Just had a 2018 10 year and the oldest green bottle pre classic malts plus a brown bottle pre classic malts so thought I would try this one.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Similar to the older 10 years but not the 2018. There is a nice fruit note, mixing with peat, varnish, a little creosote and the fruit increases with a little gooseberry and white pepper, basically perfect Talisker.
      The extra abv over the 3 x 10 year is telling.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Restrained at first but then an explosion of peat and pepper mixed with apple skins and plum and the power keeps growing.

      The fruit is increasing and the balance is very good, everything compliments each other.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long finish, and it is getting more creamy but also more fizz is evident, it pops on your tongue :)
      With water:-
      There is more fruit on the nose and more cream on the palate, the water has calmed it down to much, I prefer it neat

  9. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Slightly more austere than fruity, but there are days that call for austerity I guess. With that said, the oakiness at the end... minus one. So 92 points total. 
    • Nose
      Oily, peaty, clay, stones, vanilla, somewhat phenolic, like a cross between a well-aged fruity Laphroaig and an official Brora... ie this is very promising!
    • Taste
      First class, if the nose haven't already given you a clue -- metallic, sea salt, oily, stone fruits, slightly waxy, peppery (of course)
    • Finish
      Long, peppery, just a tad of bitterness (too much oak?)

  10. Alex scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A BIG whisky. Huge body with waves of flavours gives a perfect mouth feel. First the sweet mango and other exotic fruits, then more herbal tones, all perfectly balanced with salt, pepper and a good portion of crisp, clean peat smoke. All very excellent. Just the finish could be a little longer.


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