Talisker 2002

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Distillers Edition
Calculated age
11 years old
Double Matured in Amoroso Cask Wood
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
09 Oct 2013 9:32 pm

Average value

€ 92.04

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 2002

60 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.12 points

  1. RobbievdB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Another solid release of a Talisker Distillers Edition. They’re all not far apart from each other but differ in nuances. This 2002 release offers great balance with cherries, raspberries, oranges mixed with chilipeper, some bonfire, salt and nice juicy caramel sweetness. Fine complexity for the price! Def a bang for your buck.

  2. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Still an excellent PGV. Always in the bar cabinet!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet-fruity and at the same time pleasant mineral-smoky. Sea breeze, sherry, oily and waxy aromas. A touch of oak flavor.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Again sherry-fruity, salty. Some fruit, salmiak, vanilla, smoky.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium. Some smoke, lots of fruit, some coffee.

  3. thebonewolf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Quite nice, a sweet version of the 10 with the edge taken down, not necessarily in a bad way.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fruity, slight smoke, salted caramel.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Dry but sweet, into wood, smoke, and spices.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long. Briny smoke with dry spice. Bit like coffee but not that flavor.

  4. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      warm smoke, maritime, herbs, slightly fruity, rather light fruits, apple, lemon, distinct sweetness towards honey,
      over time it somehow becomes clearly fruity, distinctly peach, a little strawberry
    • Taste
      straight herbs, then clearly lemon, then there are some sweeter light fruits, apples, a little honey, then smoke and ash out in the back
      The herbs and lemon are decreasing more and more and in the mouth it is also clearly fruity and sweeter, here too peach. Is becoming more palatable

  5. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    H2H with the 2005-2015 DE.

    2002-2013: balance is the word here. A little more sherried notes, a little less peat and little more fruitiness.
    2005-2015: a little more spiciness and peat and therefore a little more exciting.

    Both are superb quality and the consistency is quite remarkable. The difference is subtle. Though I have a slight preference for the 2002. It just all seems to be there. Balanced, smooth, complete. The 2005 is a little more fierce.
    • Nose
      Very pleasant nose. Well balanced. Fresh fruit, clear sherry influences but not to much of an in your face experience. Sweet and salty smells. The peat is quite subtle on the nose. It gets a little more freshness when a few drops of water are added.
    • Taste
      Silky, almost waxy upon arrival. Soft, salty and gentle. Peat is more present now. Well matured. Really in harmony. The Talisker itself has quite an agressive character, I guess the finish did a splendid job on easing it down a bit and give it some more body and a gentle twist.
    • Finish
      Long. Some pleasant spices appear like clove. Salty, smooth peat covers the mouth. It gives me oranges, seaweed and fruitcake. Slightly dry at the very end.

  6. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: sweet, mineral, light peat smoke, a little sherry, fruity, some honey. Mouth: strong, salty, sooty peat smoke, oak. Departure: nutty, bitter-sweet with a nice helping of peat smoke. Less sherry than previous bottlings.

  7. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A delicious, round, consistent standard for a good price. If he had cask strength now and was not colored ...
    • Nose
      Maritime smoke, dark fruit compote, caramelized pear, sweet and round, a harmonious uncomplicated nose ...
    • Taste
      Also in the mouth as the first smoke, salty dark dried fruit as well as for the first time the taliskertische chili wort
    • Finish
      Dry oak and the already recognizable Chilicatch in the mouth, medium long

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Familiar intense Talisker nose, similar in characteristic to the 10 but beefier, less fruity but with a chocolate/cocoa syrup sweetness mixing with the floral notes. Perfumed [floral], maritime, herbal - sage again and chewed chewing gum. Musky dried burned orange and ginger. Sherry cask finish clearly evident on the nose and by the colour. Biscuit notes from the malt with oily briny peat. Overall - controlled
    T: Intense, spicy, tequila arrival - sweetness comes through, then herbal sea notes, and a wood bitterness. Talisker zing throughout. Vanillas herald the finish.
    F: Strong sweet bourbon notes arrives as the zing diminishes, integrally mixed with the wood spices and salty maritime notes. Becomes a little sickly. Citrus, coffee, toffee and cocoa. Wood spice chilli cocoa/chocolate finish with a hint of oily sea wood, with a little smoky charred bitter citrus wood. Oily, malty, citrus and cocoa.
    C: Old Pulteney like, brutish in delivery and sophisticated in character. More refined than the standard 10 with slightly more intensity and a superb arrival. The most surprising thing is how bourbon like it is on the finish. Like the 10, theres a dense heaviness to the palate but this is slightly more restrained. Complex and refined, has the edge on the 10 but only just - they are similar.

    Scores a B+

  9. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Super delicious, I like to pour it myself again,
    • Nose
      Get started right away, slightly dirty smoke, smoked bacon, nice sweetness, a note of wine is added, maritime, tobacco, salty milk chocolate, minimal citrus, warm red berries and cherries come through, slightly tangy sweetness, creamy, subtle mint
    • Taste
      Creamy, sweet, effervescent, raspberries, smoke, also here slightly dirty, tasty, decent mouthfeel, a lot of milk chocolate, a little bacon, I like it a lot
    • Finish
      Now the Talisker comes through, maritime, the chilli catch, nice heat on the tongue, fruity, fruit bowl, slightly dark

  10. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Smell: smell the dryness of cocoa powder, drink the smoothness of chocolate lava, chew the purple of raisin chocolate, but no one speaks. Anyone who is lonely, whoever is tolerant, must be so peaceful.


    Feeling: Except for a little smoky body and only a hint of spicyness, there is no more modern Tesca in the body. The rest is full of bleak bitterness, which reminds me of the nineteenth century. Silently suffering from suffering and pain, Teska was on the sidelines.


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