Talisker 25-year-old

Overall rating
91.07/100
votes
314
Whiskybase ID
WB509
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2005
Bottled
2005
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Refill Casks
Number of bottles
15600
Strength
57.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
31012444
Barcode
5000281019543
Added on
17 oct 2007 1:25 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 919.81

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Whisky reviews for Talisker 25-year-old

46 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.07 points.

  1. DawidAC scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  3. SimonOHA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Really very well done.
    • Nose
      Woody and autumnal nose. On the caramel tree moss. Damp leaves fallen to the ground, slightly earthy chocolate. Cooler on the air, we leave the woods for the coast. Algaeous spray but without iodine. Salted brioche.
    • Taste
      Mouth very lemony and very salty. Seaweed in a container that once contained kerosene. A little honey and nut juice on the finish sometimes.
    • Finish
      Final on wet ferns. Sometimes a little camphor.

  4. springbankking scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Tropical fruits, floral brine, perfect spice and smoke. Exceptional.

  5. hyc scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Smell ---------------------- 92
    taste--------------------92
    End rhyme--------------------91

  6. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    So many expectations, but everything is so simple ... Whisky is good of course :)
    • Nose
      89 89
      Citruses, light smoke, strong black coffee, takes time and patience.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lemon juice, dark chocolate, thick and dense, alcohol is perfectly integrated
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweet smoke with citrus, persimmon

  7. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
      Very nice Embrun, maritime, on oyster shell and seaweed.
      A very nice fresh peat, navy, camphorated and minty.
      Light warm bread, lightly malted barley.
      Lemon and lime zest.
      Toffee, scone, light little butter.
    • Taste
      91 91
      We start directly with the very dry lemon zest.
      Marine peat, very salty, with a superb oyster.
      A little chalk.
      It's really split, expressive, alive.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Oily, marine, herbaceous and lemony peat.
      Superb

  8. Funtik scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    22.5 22.5 22.5 22.5

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Distant campfire, hot sand, sweet lemons, oranges, apricots, fresh mint. Summer meadow, clover, old dry wood.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Oranges, sultanas, red pepper, chilli. Milk chocolate. Glazed ginger. Walnut, some cocoa powder.

  10. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fantastic! A very interesting sample. I'm very happy to have a met him.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Mango, melon, pineapple, some smoke. Dried sweet mango.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste of sweet fresh tropical fruits with a subtle smoke.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The same. Very long-lasting.

  11. Dieter_W scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  12. Dieter_W scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: simply fantastic.
    Sweet flower meadow, vanilla croissants, butter cookies, whipped cream milk chocolate.
    Nothing with chilli in the nose. The alcohol is not noticeable.
    Mouth: Again, the mild age Talisker. A little salt and salt brush the palate. The chilli is still present.
    Pepper and the alcohol are still there. The nose has more to offer
    I would have expected more.

  13. Simon Stood scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is very delicate, light, a little perfumery. The aroma does not seem like 25 years of whisky. 22.5
    The taste is very rich salty chocolate, black pepper, and maybe a little chili) 23.5
    The aftertaste is very long, at the same time soft with a slight sweet pepperiness and dried fruit 23.5
    Balance 23.56
    93! Very cool!!!

  14. DocF scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Color: Old Gold.

    A completely different quality, the overlap with "modern" Talisker has decreased significantly for me, I really like the floral. Tastes appropriately of wilderness in its place of origin. Maybe a dip in the North Sea? 93 points. Reminds me of 73 Highland Park from a few months ago with more salt.
    • Nose
      Of the three of the freshest so far, water mint, brackish water, fresh lemon juice, lemon peel, a lot of quince jelly, acacia honey and candle soot, only a little salt, a little bergamot, rather dried seaweed than wet seaweed that struggles for several minutes, baked apples, a little Vanilla. With water: it does not lose its freshness, cold mountain water, charred branches, some spray. Wet dwarf undergrowth, moder.
    • Taste
      With water: earthy peat smoke, some block malt, moldy wood, spray and wet tang, summer blossom honey, now more resinous smoke, is getting sweeter and sweeter, maybe honey? Later water mint, some lemon balm, then floral, chestnut blossom, bergamot.
    • Finish
      Long, resinous with a lot of bergamot, very floral, still chestnut blossom old oak, a little bit of spray. Dry, earthy peat smoke. Block malt.

  15. ConvalRen scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  16. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Got it for $99 USD ages ago. Should have purchased more than just four bottles. Oh well.
    • Nose
      Briny, salty, peaty, with anchovies and olives. It's a rather fresh nose. Some vanilla. Waxy.
    • Taste
      Great stuff... strong, pungent, oily, peppery, and peaty. Quite oaky, but doesn't detract from the enjoyment. Cowhide. A sliver of metal. Hint of honey and sweetness. No need for water, which leads to a thinner mouthfeel and dilution of flavors.
    • Finish
      Lingering pepperiness. A smooth, oily sweetness finish.

      Can take lots of water. Lots.

  17. Jnpons scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Comment: perfectly integrated alcohol
    My favorite among the other 25 years.

    A sublime nose, a complex and refined mouth to finish with spicy notes as desired, long finish on the fruit, the earth as well as the smoke.

  18. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    intense nose, caramelized, oaky, smoky
    sea salt, it's grassy too and a little bit minty
    candied yellow cooked fruits, sweet spices on nutmeg
    the mouth is quite grassy, camphorated, then honey, salted butter caramel, the smoke fades before the salty-iodine impression
    there is a creamy side, almost pastry
    the wood is well marked, sodden oak, a little moldy feeling, some dry glue
    the fruits are here caramelized and maderized, on the cooked mandarin and its peel a little toasted, it is long in the mouth
    the finish is long, and passes between the oak, salt, spices, herbs, camphor and menthol in mind;
    smoke, iodized seaweed back.
    very sweet also despite alcoholic deg.

  19. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Very drinkable - though a little bit below my expectations
    • Nose
      89 89
      Green fruits, limes, lemon peel, green bananas, grapefruits, little leafy, little herbal, whiffs of smoke, cold cigar ashes, honeydew
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, fresh, fruity, good sweetness, apple juice, peach, salty, spicy - very good
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, warm, fruity, spicy, zesty

  20. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Maritime herbal some toffee, coastal citrusy peat, a bit of a spicy kick, very good

  21. Mannix65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  22. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Finishing an old sample. Great nose and tasty mouth, though less complex. Still an excellent whisky.
    • Nose
      Waxy and fruity with citrus (oranges and such) and light tropical notes. A touch of vanilla. Sawdust. Coastal and slightly smoky. Some herbal notes too.
    • Taste
      A bit oily. Peat smoke and pepper. Oranges, oak and a few ashes. Coastal notes. Nicely sweet and sour.
    • Finish
      Long, peppery and salty.

  23. Helgo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  24. Toffie76 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Here, everything is more melted than in the previous version. It's less fiery and more linear (if I may say so). It is still high level of course, but less explosive. We find a wiser peat, it's more closed, fatter too. We are on a thicker malt, more "syrupy" Of course, a syrup like that, we want more!

  25. Bishlouk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Pepper, vegetal freshness, minty. Dust. Cooler (but dry anyway) than the 2004 batch. The freshness fades, letting the dry dust dominate. Palate: Sweet. Syrup less vivid. Salt swells and becomes dominant. Syrupy. Finale: The pepper tumbles. Hot spices. Fresh vegetables come back. Verdict: Less incisive and less powerful than the 2004 batch, more melted, perhaps more subtle and less "fit inside". Very good, but he misses the slap in the mouth. 89/100 . (Note made in the context of a face to face of all Talisker 25y in barrel.)

  26. cuhp scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Well balanced, dry and classic. What's not to like?
    • Nose
      Paper, barley, black pepper, a bit young (?), a dash of peat, vanilla. 
    • Taste
      Wow, the usual "Talisker explosion" with a combination of peat, wood, black pepper. Quite dry. 
    • Finish
      Leather, liquorice, salt, vanilla.

  27. puusj scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful Talisker. All typical Talisker flavors come to perfection.

  28. megabreit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Great whisky with a furious glowing finish.
    • Nose
      Dark fruits (cherries?), Slightly burnt sugar, moist warm wood A powerful appearance in the nose, very pleasing
    • Taste
      Caramel and cooked cherries, slightly peppery with a fresh herbal note
    • Finish
      Drying in the finish without losing the fruity notes. A touch of hot, dusty attic is noticeable.

  29. Bosi scored this whisky 95 points Specialist

    The best Talisker I've had in my glass so far. Incredibly complex and multi-layered.
    • Nose
      Notes of oak, orange and tangerine, sea water and salt, nutmeg and a little smoke symbolize the diversity and complexity of the aroma.
    • Taste
      Now fresh, spicy notes are added to the sweetness of fudge and red grapes: citrus fruits, cloves, wood and some maritime aromas.
    • Finish
      In the wonderfully long finish I find liquorice, mint, cardamom, chilli, salt and spicy oak. A very slight acidity can also be tasted.

  30. korry78 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    I adore it and I love the fruity and delicate nose! 10 & 18 are good and I really appreciate them but (imho) this is in a another dimension! One of my favorite by far! Simply sublime nectar! Slangeva :)

  31. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A great, multi-layered nose, she always changes like a chameleon. In the taste it falls off for me a bit too dominant is the chili-catch, which of course has its appeal, but the complexity suffers. The finish rips it out again, long and filigree he goes and leaves long beautiful memories. He gets 92 solid points. Notes from an online chat tasting
    • Nose
      Well, that's something different right away. Super rich he comes straight sweet and dark fruity. After a while, the typical Talisker distress comes along and the smoke is now there. Interestingly, cold phenolic. Salt is strewn over it, the fruit notes are beguiling. Papayas, watermelons. Now, much later, the fruit notes go away and mineral notes take over the field. Nevertheless still sweet and powerful, very different from the 18s. Heated, it wins again significantly in depth and complexity, he pulls you into the glass, so to speak. There is now so much, too much to list everything, it will serve all directions including acidity and ammonia, but always so discreet and well integrated, that nothing bothers. A really nice nose! Mh, the nose did it to me really. This time he greets me with cinnamon, anise and marjoram ...
      ... This time, the ammonia bothers me a bit, but that's complaining at a high level.
    • Taste
      Jo, that's chili. So much more pep than the 18-year-old. At the first sip, the chili-catch pushes everything else away so that the taste identification is only possible on the finish. The second sip goes. Dark malty sweetness, again a lot of rock, but now also clear barrel, only a little sour but for teak loading the oak comes; Tobacco and leather. I can not find salt here.
    • Finish
      Slowly he goes, it develops a clear acidity and now it is also salty. Sweetness can only be guessed at here, he is definitely astringent.

  32. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Today in a tasting with the Young & Feisty, the 18er and the Neist Point. In this society he emerges victorious, whereby the 18er does not have to hide.
    • Nose
      A beautiful harmonious nose, fruity and spicy, espresso, yes even old meringy wood, nutty, the classic Talisker pepper is also there, but also creamy with cocoa, chocolaty, behind raspberries, red berries, the 25 years join in I notice that I have not written anything yet about smoke, which is due to the fact that this one does not take up too much space here, after the first sip also orange peel, a little more sourish
    • Taste
      wow, what a peppery onset, then sweet and creamy, with raspberries, espresso, intense, initially little smoke. then oak and nuts, nice!
    • Finish
      now it is getting drier, with a decent oak load, still nutty, goes well with the still-present berry fruit, here the smoke is noticeable, dry and ashy, sounds very delicate and lingering

  33. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Wow, what a malt. For me, this is the most perfect Talikser I have tasted so far. Yes, the 18er does not do much, but this little bit of what's on it just like me very much.
    • Nose
      sweet oak and dark fruits (red grapes, plums, raisins); maritime-salty and spicy; Pepper and nutmeg; after a while caramel and toffee are added; Smoke very well integrated; Nuts and vanilla;
    • Taste
      nice oily and sweet; the tingling with alcohol increases but never becomes unpleasant; slightly bitter oak; Pepper and herbs; very full mouthfeel; again the fruits come subtly in the background
    • Finish
      long; a beautiful oak cargo comes from below; very sweet again very light smoke that blends in perfectly and does not overlap the other flavors; Salt and pepper; spicy with the herbs from the taste; a light acid is there too

  34. Noface83 scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Nose: old wood, plum wine, a hint of exotic fruits and orange peel, cloves, nutmeg and gingerbread, smoke is very well integrated and warms the nose. The alcohol is barely noticeable. Wonderfully harmonious and old. A flavor to fall in love.
    Taste: powerful impact, now the alcohol is noticeable. Nice pepper and strong oak, cooked-in fruits bring a fine sweetness. The finish is long and dominated by the spicy oak. The smoke flashes briefly and then merges harmoniously into the elegant aroma.
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  35. ASWhisky scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    a very special 25y Talsiker the nose is fantastic In the mouth he is much more brutal than other 25y Talisker but extremely seductive in the finish the nose and mouth reunite
    yes, I'm in heaven 93 out of 100 points
    • Nose
      a slight gum wood note
      Wood is in the foreground
      the beautiful Talisker summer meadow on the cliffs by the sea
      sweet caramel
      slight acidity
      pitted cherries in warm seawater puddles
      in front of it the fiery glow of Chilicatch
      Fighter
      An Arabic spice mixture unfolds gradually
      next to it are autumn flowers
      You lie down in the warm summer meadow
      and soak up all those scents
    • Taste
      Cherries with camphor and fiery embers kiss your lips
      Strangely cool for the moment
      then you catch fire
      It runs hot over your tongue, touches your palate
      wow the cherries bathe in chocolate powder and chili
      what a Talisker
      Clover sweet from Talisker hides behind the fire
      The chocolate powder sticks to your cheeks and your palate the Arabian spices are coming
      Apricot notes unfold slowly
      mmh
    • Finish
      a lot of barrel
      Chilli
      soft warm cherries and apricots
      Clover Sweet
      chocolate
      wort

      what more do you want
      yes, also some sea

      Seaweed, salty spicy sea air
      At the end you are back in the warm summer meadow
      some chocolate in the mouth
      and want more ..

  36. bull10298 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    One of Diageo's Special Releases for 2005. The only distillery on the Isle of
    Skye, Talisker opened in 1830, and much of the present establishment dates from
    a rebuild which followed a still house fire in 1960. Like Lagavulin, Talisker is
    one of Diageo?s six ?Classic Malts?. Earthy, pungent, bonfire smoke and some
    pepper. Becoming softer and more floral. On the palate it offers a big initial
    attack, with a complex mix of spice, malt and floral notes, not forgetting that
    characteristic Talisker pepperiness. Lingering and aromatic in the finish.
    15,600 bottles produced.

    http://www.whisky-pages.com/notes/distillery.php?id=talisker

     

  37. markkerr02 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Test 069: Diageo whisky with Janne Groth - 070414 The whisky tested:
    Glass 1 Inchgower 27Y / 1976, 55.6% 4 points Glass 2 Convalmore 28Y / 1977, 57.9% 27 points Glass 3 Talisker 25Y, 57.2% 29 points Glass 4 Talisker 30Y, 51,9% 61 points Glass 5 Brora 30Y, 56.3% 78 points Glass 6 Lagavulin 30Y, 52.6% 68 points
    Testimonials Per Eriksson Talisker 25Y, 57.2% Scent: Sweet, a little sherry, cream, a little spicy, dark chocolate, honey some flowers Taste: Beside, dark sweetness, little chocolate, light sherryton Aftertaste: Complex, long sweet man is left Score: 94 Testimonials Bernt Sjödin Talisker 25Y, 57.2% Color: Dark gold Scent: Smoky, seldaton Taste: Smoky, dark chocolate, sweet maton, vanilla tones Aftertaste: Long with smokiness and a sense of saltiness and sweetness / vanilla paste Score: 92 http://smad.se/provningar/Provning%2069%20Diageowhisky%20med%20Janne%20Groth.html

  38. ricallende scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  39. FineSpirits_butler1 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    ...so this is an old Talisker...

    N: leather, some tobacco, some freshness as well, old cutter, wonderful nutty spiciness and really spicy vanilla...What an aromatic atmosphere! How special!

    T: explosion of light fruits, some hints of very interwoven peat, light leather, some caramel, lemon juice, salt, some iodine, some barley, something green, smoke...

    F: fruity with apples and grapes, some slightly sweet earth, cask, really aged, leather

     single dram note...  so wonderful and special!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  40. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  41. zby0001 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  42. numen scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    sample from a friend
    • Nose
      Ah, vibrant and very lively. An acoustic guitar solo (these things happen, right?) at a show on the coast. Baseline of the coastal salt, pebbles, stony sand, and seaweedy peat. A full dose of fruit, leading with mango near the flesh, tangerine, soft orange, and clementines. You see where this is going. Very tropical. Teaspoon of coconut oil and even cumin with vanilla. (with water) Turns more sharply to oranges and lemon, sawdust, and sandalwood. Perhaps even a touch of cake frosting. Very nice, even if only a touch simple now.
    • Taste
      More on oil, flinty vanilla, medium and gentle peat. Far more linear here than on the nose. Almost a funky oak note, too. It's an interesting combo of sweet, sour, and bitter. (with water) Oil, salt, loads of fine cigar ash, some petrol, and a light coastal element, and the sour note has vanished.
    • Finish
      More on vanilla and a light mix of the other notes. Sadly straightforward here. A really lovely dram, but not as rich or complex as I'd have hoped. It was better neat, and still fabulously approachable. Lovely fruit on the nose, and pleasant on the palate.

  43. whioli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  44. d1scostu scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: first sweet and sour fruits like orange, mandarin, lime, then comes clearly the salty maritime character. Pepper. Complex depth, later also darker sweet notes like caramel
    Taste: Pepper, schaerfe, slightly oelig, later comes some sweet, vanilla
    Finish: a long finish in the mouth and warming
    Great whisky! Fits some water, then rounder, ooliger and fruity
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  45. alectron scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note. Coepenicker Whisky Herbst 2012
    • Nose
      nice balance of vanilla, caramel, malt, brine, leather, cinnamon, pepper, salt, peat. (92)
    • Taste
      silky, malty, leather, salt, slight pepper (92)
    • Finish
      caramel butterscotch, citrus, malt, earth (93)

  46. Willie JJ scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Brilliant stuff. If only I could have one of these open at all times.
    • Nose
      Linseed, almonds, dried fruits
    • Taste
      Fabulous! Soft drying, crystallised fruits, salt, drying peat.
    • Finish
      Long, drying, magnificent.

  47. hsmithjr scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is phenominal. All the volcanic intensity of Talisker, but smoother and with more brine and seaweed. Not quite the brilliant "smack in the mouth" of the 10 year, but great 25 year whisky.....and a great price for a 25 year whisky, too! Not better tasting than the 10, but probably better as a whisky than the 10.

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