Talisker Friends of the Classic Malts

Overall rating
87.07/100
votes
185
Whiskybase ID
WB50623
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Triple Matured Edition Exclusive
Bottled
2013
Casktype
Triple Matured
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L3217CM000
Barcode
5000281034690
Bottled for
Friends of the Classic Malts
Added on
12 jan 2014 7:55 pm by mattlikescrunk
Colored

Average value

€ 199.00

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Whisky reviews for Talisker Friends of the Classic Malts

28 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.07 points.

  1. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Slight smoky note, some tea with lemon, citrus fruits, slightly sour fruitiness and oak, a little maritime and mineral, burned match note or charred wood. With a little hand warmth, a few baking spices appear and associate light sweetness.
    • Taste
      90 90
      smoky-spicy, spices and some cask/oak seasoning. For a fleeting moment idea coffee. A little hemp rope, slightly salty, citrus, now also slightly sweet. Later also chocolate, smoke again, some ash. Yummy!
    • Finish
      88 88
      smoky and a bit ashy, slightly salty, a little tart with oak spice, hemp rope. Finally some more chocolate, with a slightly malty and sweet finish. Long and pleasant.

  2. whisky666 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    --- Unfortunately I can only taste a sample of Depp when it is no longer available !!!
    what a great, intense, complex talisker ....
    • Nose
      88 88
      full nose, maritime (salty), spicy, oak, dark berries;
    • Taste
      89 89
      powerful, slightly oily, peppery, spicy, tart, hot, salty, aromatic campfire smoke, cherries, dark chocolate, oak - very complex;
    • Finish
      87 87
      long finish, spicy, salty, also sweet;

  4. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    - very strong, spicy and above all smoky Talisker,
    - different in taste and character than the standard
    Bottlings
    - really worth trying!
    • Nose
      clear strong alcohol aromas tickle the nose, strong, spicy, salty
    • Taste
      You can also clearly taste the percentage, a bit oily, smoky, strong, oak, rather the tart aromas dominate, you hardly notice anything of sherry
    • Finish
      very strong, long, spicy finish;
      long, strong, strong aftertaste with a smoky touch

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Wood witchcraft works wonders here. Definitely a step up in complexity from the 10 and even the 18 year-old. The 48% also contribute to a fuller, deeper, and more intense nose. Both creamy and rich (the recharred components) and herbal / spicy (the European oak). Lovely stuff.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Perhaps a bit more oak than would've been ideal, but it's still very manageable. And I actually find it less obviously oaked and peppery than the 15-year-old from last year's Special Releases (it's basically all refill, which helps a lot). Very fresh and sour/spicy, lively but not at all too young.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Typically Talisker: salt / pepper / chili, plus a dash of cucumber brine and lime juice. Medium long.

  6. g00se did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Acted much milder compared to the 10yo o. DE. Both in the nose and in the taste. Despite ~ 3 vol% more. I really only took smoke after the third sip in the finish.

  7. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 09-05-2020.

  9. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A very interesting Talisker that comes through the triple maturation complex sweet and spicy with interesting flavor components therefore. He does not lose the peppery-spicy and maritime elements typical of Talisker. The higher alcohol content fits well. Very nice Talisker, even though it is unfortunately a NAS bottling!
    • Nose
      88 88
      complex sweet and spicy; fruity; maritime (salt, seaweed); pleasant, subtle smoky note in the background; the different barrels are noticeable; Fruit paired with sea flavor
    • Taste
      87 87
      voluminous in the entrance; fruity and sweet; maritime notes; salty; intense peppery-spicy and tingly spicy; Dark chocolate; Smoke more evident than in the nose; Oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium; spicy and peppery-spicy, which slowly fades; subtle fruit notes; Salt licorice; something oak

  11. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Nose: very reserved, very sweet, a little peat.
    Mouth: strong, very peppery, sweet, some vanilla.
    Finish: you notice the oak, herb & mentholig, otherwise a subtle sweetness with a little spice & pepper back. This Talisker is OK, but does not knock me off the stool.

  12. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Mon Chéri

    Contrary to the ‘classic’ 45.8% ABV, this special Talisker, bottled for the Friends of the Classic Malts, it bottled at 48%. It’s triple cask matured, meaning first in refill casks, then charred American Oak and finally refill European oak. I poured it at a tasting recently and it was an instant hit.

    The three typical Talisker traits (try saying that three times in a row!) are present on this fantastic nose: seaweeds, pepper and citrus. Blood oranges to be precise. Lots of sweet honey and dark fruit. Sweeter than you would expect from Talisker, but very harmonious.

    It is a bomb on the palate: dark fruit ready to burst, lots of salt & pepper, dark chocolate and cherries (Mon Chéri, anyone?). And wonderful trace of smoke that makes the mouth all warm. Do not be embarrassed to smile, you cannot help it. This Talisker will has that effect.

    The very long finish is stunning. Tobacco leaves, sweet malt and oranges precede liquorice and salt. And it just will not fade. Me? I’m on a cloud.

    Heavenly. And you can still get this for 80 to 100 EUR. What are you waiting for?

  13. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      beautiful fruitiness behind the sea aroma. The smoke is only slightly noticeable
    • Taste
      here the smokiness and the lake are much more pronounced. Even the barrel is only felt here
    • Finish
      very dry and woody with a nice smoke after cold ash.

  14. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The nose is very appealing. Typical Talisker. In taste and finish also very delicious. For the former offer price of scarce 50 € also quite worth considering. However, he does not quite come to the Classic of Islay ran, who plays in the same class

  15. HunterRomario scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasting during XI. tasting BR and yesterday after a long time again. My overall score is the average of both tastings. Very good Talisker.
    • Nose
      Dandelion, peat, heavy to dull fruity, peppermint, honey, sherry sweetness, uselessness. (88 b)
    • Taste
      Oily, very peppery, graceful, explosive and fresh. (90 b)

  16. Dramned! scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Dramned! scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The most beautiful is this whisky in the nose. Since I have a wonderful complexity and everything is very finely tuned. On the palate, I found him then unfortunately a bit flat and half-baked, it was apparently many ...

    It continues on my blog, with the detailed tasting and many photos: < https://dramned.blog/2017/01/20/talisker-for-friends-of-the-classic-malts-48/ >
    • Nose
      Fresh in the glass blows a sweet fine smoke like from a campfire on the beach, on fruits I have fresh pears, mirabelle plums, a touch of vanilla and lots of nice cane sugar. With some time in the glass also darker berry fruits and a sourish fruitiness, in addition a strong greasy salt note.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, a peppery pungency that fills the mouth warming, then here, too, a clear smoke and a slightly unstructured fruit cocktail. Here I also have bitter oak and a nice tingling spicy with cinnamon and cloves. All this is not really strong, but works in spite of the strong for Talisker strong alcohol content of 48% strangely diluted and a little flat.
    • Finish
      As with most smoky whiskys, the finish is very long and dominated by the sweet smoke that sticks to the back of the mouth for a long time. A little light fruitiness joins in addition.

  18. didi1893 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Hey, what was that? A long time ago I created the Talisker as a blindsample and totally different tasting notes. Today I had campfire romanticism and extreme chilli in the glass. A great Talisker, I increase my score by two to 89.
    • Nose
      A subtle seascape blows over the beach. Modriges, slightly burned wood mixed with fruity sweetness, dark berries play with subtle greasy smoke. A pinch of pepper develops a sharp note. Mineral hints and a hint of vanilla.
    • Taste
      The first sip of campfire romance is pure. Sharpness and fine smoke heat the palate, tart and smoky wood flavors end in chilli and pepper again. A walnut aroma makes its way through the intense wooden sharpness. Creeping embers and dark sweet fruits.
    • Finish
      Sharpness and burned wood dominate the beginning of the departure. It takes a long time for the sharpness to fade away. Bitter nut flavors and burned wood follow.

  19. didi1893 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A really unusual whisky! Spicy wood, this indefinable sour aroma and an unusual freshness in the taste make this interesting drop something special. A very tasty whisky and a new experience for me.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: First, subtle but wooden sherry aroma flows out of the glass. The sherry aroma becomes more intense. Fruity orange flavors come through the wooden sherry. Overripe bananas join. The alcohol begins after a long smell to tickle in the nose. A subtle adhesive touch arises.
    • Taste
      First sweetness and fruit light up, then immediately creates a cool acidity. An indefinable and acidic aroma now dominates the taste before spicy wood exudes a slightly pungent aroma. Mint and an incredible freshness penetrate through the spicy wood. The fruit returns. Nut flavors alternate with the wood. Again, an acidic aroma comes to the fore.
    • Finish
      The finish starts peppery and spicy with a spicy woody aroma. Again this fresh and sour feeling. The finish is relatively short. After the spicy wood fades, light nut flavors come into their own.

  20. Ostfriese scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful and complex Talisker, which thanks to its triple maturation carries great flavors that harmonize wonderfully with each other. I'm very impressed with him. A great whisky that you can only recommend!
    • Nose
      Remote campfire smoke, very dark fruits, vanilla, spice, a sea breeze and sweetness
    • Taste
      Again dark fruits, a light sweet, dark chocolate, then the usual Talisker sharpness and beautifully integrated smoke.
    • Finish
      Long and dry, malty with a slightly salty note and some oak. Also the great smoke is back.

  21. Daan Tje scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

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

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Talisker 'Triple Matured Edition' (48%, OB, Friends of the Classic Malts, 2013)  A new one for the 'Friends' in Switzerland, Germany and the UK. Triple is the new double (double's very 2012, my friend) and in this case, it means refill wood -> charred American oak hogsheads -> European Oak refill casks. Phew! Please note that this is very different from blending whiskies from three different kinds of casks, as can be seen elsewhere. Colour: dark gold. Nose: the treatment was relatively light, it seems. It's true that they haven't used any first-fill, not to mention virgin oak. So it's rather a smooth and rounded peat smoke that we're having, mingling cigarette smoke with ripe plums and acacia honey, with only a moderate vanilla (hurray) and a mild half-coastal, half-earthy side. An old fisherman's boat run aground in the middle of a muddy barley field. Or something like that. Although after ten minutes, some ginger and capsicum, possibly from the European oak, do start to break out. Mouth: starts a little weird this time. Spices and a greenness from the oak, radish, mustard... Feels unusual. Then a sucrosity, bitter oranges, tonic water, artichokes... It's a rather strange and pretty electric combo, I think. Finish: quite long and peppery. Some blackcurrant jelly. Comments: I think the combination of the peaty distillate with all these woods created a kind of... aged gin? Now, I've heard there are great aged gins out there. I really enjoyed the nose, I have to say, but I'm much more into the Storms, for example. SGP:575 - 80 points (because of the nose).

  24. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    It's almost a liqueur. If you like utterly sweet drams, than you may want to purchase this. I find it somewhat uninteresting.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, but not too dominant. Pepper, red berries, bramble, raisins, sugar, cow stable, cured ham, rich toffee, and honey, cinnamon. It's a good combination of sweet, fruity and salty elements. 
    • Taste
      I think there is some short-lived PX in the cask used, as the raisins become louder and it's incredibly sweet. Furthermore, there is peat, some ash, bandages, ham, bramble and honeyed barley.
    • Finish
      A sweet and warming finish, on the pepper, coastal elements, peat bog, raisins, cassis and cinnamon. 

  25. Vince scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    compared to the Ten:  Stick with the Ten.

  26. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hm. Unfortunately, the sample is not enough for a second round. After a good Arran 14 before I am now pretty disappointed with this one. And have the recently tasted Talisker 18 and Dark Storm in much better memory.
    Even if I calculate a possible unfavorable daily form, I would not want to pay for this "so-so" neither the original ~ 80 € nor the current price.
    • Nose
      difficult to smell, not very superficial: fresh, cool, maritime, mineral, slightly salty ... only slowly penetrate sweeter notes, some honey, orange, a hint of spicy spice (cinnamon, cloves)
    • Taste
      Milder than I would have expected: chocolate, sweet milk coffee, a slightly bitter-exotic fruit note, which I can not exactly identify ... very slightly earthy-smoky and an idea sharpness
    • Finish
      medium, slightly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot

  27. LordBellamy scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: maritime notes of seaweed and salt, subtle smoke and well integrated Sherrynoten with toffee and a few hazelnuts, nice creaminess and some pepper, but only discreet, with a few cloves Taste: strong sherry sweetness, with oranges and maritime notes, later comes the typical pepper Finish: medium in length, again the beautiful combination of maritime and sherry, the pepper is rather discreet, hardly noticeable smoke

    Conclusion: a tasty, good to drink Talisker, but something is missing, perhaps a little too soft by the triple maturation. Nevertheless - very easy 87 points

  28. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a Talisker, but significantly softened by the sherry
    unlike the Dark Current, nothing works here; the aromas are harmonious and fit together well
    like it a lot
    a Talisker with GlenMan flavors
    • Nose
      a lot of sherry
      It takes a while to get to the sea
      a fresh tingling sensation in the nose
      an orange peppered with carnations
      Cinnamon and raisins
    • Taste
      again clearly sherry with its typical flavors
      sweet, dark fruits
      Coffee and a glass of orange juice
      the chilli-catch is significantly softened, just barely recognizable
      the smoke comes back at the very end as the other flavors begin to fade

  29. zby0001 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  30. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a really good Talisker
    harmonious, skilful, and a few corners
    the longer you prefer
    we stay together
    mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      the barrels: from bourbon to sherry to oak
      Talisker: salt, spiciness and sharpness, the sea
      a nice honey note at the end
    • Taste
      Grass, vanilla, dark ripe fruit intense with salty spicy spicy, chocolate and cherries, in the throat beautiful smoke and sea air
    • Finish
      medium
      Oak, slightly bitter, salt with some tobacco, malty
      > light salt liquorice and tobacco smoke

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