Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Bourbon and Sherry Casks
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 Sep 2014 9:40 am by Norbs

Average value

€ 107.28

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 18-year-old

70 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.87 points

  1. Pollenflug did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      An intense interplay of light smoke, fruity-sweet sherry aromas, maritime notes (salt) and floral hints is immediately present. The alcohol (45.8%) is well integrated, only a short time after pouring a slight cooling in the nose was perceptible during deeper breaths. Plenty of caramel, freshly cut grass, oranges, sweet sherry notes, red fruits (predominantly wild berries), spices, salt and oak notes complete the harmonious and elegant nose. One notices the Talisker the maturity of at least 18 years. The wild and impetuous notes of the 10-year-old are almost completely gone.
    • Taste
      The texture of the Talisker is oily and relatively soft. Full-bodied spread many red fruits (especially cherries and plums), juicy oranges, a pinch of freshly ground pepper and smoke. The smoke is now more intense to unfold and contrasts beautifully with the sweet and fruity sherry notes. Caramel, delicate hints of tropical fruit, a hint of dark chocolate, spices (thyme & rosemary) follow. A salty sea breeze lays like a thin veil over the other flavors. Very harmonious and smooth, without corners and edges.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, fruity-spicy, smoky and slightly warming. Fruity-sweet berries and citrus fruits slowly fade away after a hint of pepper. Woody-spicy notes, a touch of leather, dark chocolate and smoke take over the scepter. The salty sea breeze remains pleasantly present. On the palate lingers a slight dryness.

  2. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Here I am careful because this malt is exactly mine.
    That's why it's hard for me to stay objective. First said: He is my best from the house of Talisker (affordable, good PLV). Always on the shelf. House whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is nothing special but very pleasant. Normally one discovers aromas behind the smoke. Here you will discover delicate smoke behind fine aromas. That makes the difference. Lemon, oranges, vanilla .... everything. Mint leaves sprinkled with honey. Add a little toffee.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Waxy, full-bodied, very soft body, ingenious! In addition sweet smoke with lively tingling on the tongue. Delicately peppery with a little wood, but in the direction of dark chocolate, preserved in espresso / mocha served warm. Everything feels sweet and dry. Perfect. A dream (for me). Island whisky.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, only slightly the typical Talisker note. Gorgeous warming and very well balanced, he goes off the stage. You can feel smoky liquorice in the outgoing log fire. What a performance. Now even tender malty pepper. Am thrilled. Refill is announced.

  3. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Round, elegant. Removed smoke from the campfire. Oranges, lemons and some mint. Apricots. Driftwood, a trace of salt.
    • Taste
      Spicy. Aromatic smoke, oranges, dark chocolate, freshly ground red pepper. Vanilla, coffee and a hint of ash. Long.

  4. Lorion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Leichter Rauch, sofort Früchte. Obstsalat mit Schuss! Sherry ist zu erahnen. Fruchtiger Rauch, aber nicht künstlich. Gibt es das?
    • Taste
      Voll, kräftig, prickelnd. Eine fruchtige Würze macht sich breit. Durchaus auch etwas rauchig, das setzt sich aber nicht ganz durch. Süßes Nachschmecken.
    • Finish
      Lang und würzig.

  5. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Sweet caramelized smoked ribs with dried medicinal herbs, salt, honey and orange peel.

    RATING: 87pts - [n21,t22,f22,b22] → |86-89: Remarkable|

  6. Captain Teague scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    A damn good Dram for a reasonable price these days (85 EUR for 18 years) . Nose no surprises similar to the 10 but more body: Ripe Oranges , Vanilla, fresh Wood, leather some slight sourness( lemon) in the background lovely smoke / Cold Bonfire, BBQ. Taste: Sweet Orange, ripe banana, intense Vanilla, honey, Salty/ Sea, Dark choclate/ espresso, cinnemon white pepper , ginger , smoke and BBQ in the background . FINISH: Ginger, white Pepper, lemoncest, oak and the smoke. ( Rather long than medium) ... Perfectly round easily hits 90 in my book after adding few drops of water i give it 91 gives it more volume and complexity and smoke :)) (herbs flowers hard to get). One of the best OB i opened this year. Btw it's either my subjective Feeling/ senses but I notice overall more smoke than in my last 2014 Bottle almost Islay level but just almost...lovely

  7. master_art scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Very delicate and compex but lacks wow-effect. Would recommend it even to casual drinkers.

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2014]  I had another dram during a FoSM club tasting.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I took no detailed notes.

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2013]  I found this dram in a commercial advents calendar.  In
    my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5.  I
    took no detailed notes and never bought a commercial advents calender

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This malt has the potential be be stellar and personally I've tried mediocre, good, and very good versions of this malt in the past, too bad the one I bought a few years back was the worst of them, on par with the 10 at first and as time and air did their work it became worse and worse. If there's something to learn from it is that if you have tried one T18 you can't judge it as a whole and a retry from another batch is worth your while. Hopefully next one will be great again.... ;-)


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