Talisker Friends of the Classic Malts

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Triple Matured
Number of bottles
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L3217CM000 04162058
Bottled for
Friends of the Classic Malts
Added on
12 Jan 2014 7:55 pm by mattlikescrunk

Average value

€ 189.00

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker Friends of the Classic Malts

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.00 points

  1. 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?

  2. 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
      Oak, slightly bitter, salt with some tobacco, malty
      > light salt liquorice and tobacco smoke

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Malthead19 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    - very strong, spicy and above all smoky Talisker,
    - different in taste and character but not necessarily better than the Distillers Edition
    • 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, the tart aromas dominate, you hardly notice anything of sherry
    • Finish
      very strong, long, spicy finish;
      long, strong, strong aftertaste with a smoky touch

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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