Talisker 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
45.8 % Vol.
200 ml
Added on
31 May 2015 8:55 am by Psyk0man

Average value

€ 16.31

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 10-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.31 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    2018 Talisker 10 against two pre classic malts bottles, brown & green, no back labels
    I would describe the 2018 10 year as like a blended 10 year Talisker because the vatting of casks has ironed out all the rough edges but I liked the old rough edges. The 2018 is fine, nothing wrong with it and smells much richer than the older ones but it is less expressive on the palate but still high quality and the peat and pepper is still there.
    The old 1 litre brown bottle is a marked contrast to the 2018, it is lighter as the sherry is much less pronounced but it smells fresher, and definitely has more power with the peat and pepper taking centre stage.
    The green bottle the oldest is similar to the 1 litre brown bottle but appears too have a little more of everything, not much more just more peppery and a little more fruit but very well balanced.
    In summary the new 10 year 2018 is a nice whisky but it is too rounded , I suppose the extra sherry is to appeal to a wider audience, it is a dumbed down version of what the 10 year should be.
    The 1 litre pre classic malts is a different beast and has less sherry but more peat/pepper which I prefer, it is lighter and not as heavy going as the 2018.
    The green bottle is still the best but only by a whisker, it just has a little more of a kick, this is still the daddy in my view and the best of any Talisker 10 year.
    They are obviously smoothing out the new 10 year to appeal to a wider audience, and while I can happily drink it, the dumbing down has gone too far for me but the flavour profile is still a good one, but too much sherry for me but just having another sip there is healthy does of peat.
    1 Green pre classic
    2 Brown pre classic
    3 2018
    right now lets see how it compares to the 1985 27 year OB
    I think the 1985 is the best but it shares definite similarities with the older 10 year, perhaps a little unfair comparing a 27 year cask strength to the 10 years but it is only a little inform of the green bottle pre classic malts which for me is still the `Daddy`,

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Just purchased this 20cl for £11.50
    The peat & pepper mix well with the sherry, some old wood notes, tobacco smoke and something slightly earthy, I have high hopes for the palate.

    Creamy and less oomph than I remember on the palate, but everything goes together well, what was on the nose has translated onto the palate along with a few date notes.

    The finish is shorter than I would like and it is getting creamy, it is almost like a Talisker blend as the vatting of casks has smoothed the pepper side out, I like this.

    It is pleasant with the punch in the face that some of the old ones used to have soo I need to try a few pre classic malt versions again.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I love the salty, honeyed seaside thing going on here, but it could be a bit beefier in the tail and the aftertaste. Talisker still offers one of the best core range malts, even if I think it's a bit diminished from when I last tried it.

  4. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Young and cheeky and somehow charming in the old way. A dram with character.
    The PLV is completely ok. Lots of whisky for free.
    • Nose
      With the nose very close to the forest floor with particularly spicy wood notes. Slightly malty lemon and a little sea breeze.
    • Taste
      Well-balanced is clearly different. But everything that the nose promised, it hits the palate full on it. He knows how to assert himself. Even a bit oily fruity. Respect.
    • Finish
      Medium to rather short. Now it becomes clear that he is too young for top marks. Nevertheless he picked me up. Thanks.

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Myke scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Here you can clearly see the fresh sea breeze or the storage by the sea, which is reflected in every facet of the whisky.
    On the nose, emphatically spicy, this partly spicy spice is clearly retained in the taste.
    If you like a strong flavor with a touch of the sea breeze, this is the place for you; if you are looking for something fruity or sherry-accentuated, you have to look elsewhere - he / she will (guaranteed) not find anything like that here.
    Nice standard that should be tried; but you don't have to; Not that exciting for me personally.
    [80 - 76 = 'really not bad'-whisky --- but do I need a (second) bottle?]
    • Nose
      at first spicy on the nose, but it immediately resonates with something maritime: salty sea breeze with seaweed / seaweed. The spice turns to a leathery, earthy, woody aroma with tobacco and light smoke.
      After a certain time, a mentholic freshness appears in me, which at the same time has a pungent-peppery effect. I can't find clear fruit aromas straight away, maximum yellow stone fruit (apricot, peach).
    • Taste
      first a soft start, which immediately turns spicy and slightly peppery. The spice occupies the tongue and the tobacco / leather note from the nose can be found again.
      Just as spicy with the second sip, the chilli catch comes through, at the same time the whisky becomes creamy and oily. I don't find clear fruit notes here either - for me, the focus is clearly on the spice.
    • Finish
      the peppery spice sticks to my tongue for quite a while. An earthy, leathery and tobacco note slowly fades away alongside a small portion of oak for a long time.
      When you exhale through your nose, slightly smoky aromas (dry ashy (peat) smoke) flow out, which you can perceive more.

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
      Apple, fig, peat and vanilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Peat, orange, anise and hay.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Peat, gingerbread and apple.

  8. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Falang scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    A nice typical drink, perfect for a day to day whisky but for me nothing special here. Although I love Talisker 10y...
    • Nose
      70 70
      Bit peated, beautiful saltiness and golden grains, sweet pear and apple peels...
    • Taste
      80 80
      Bonfire, hint of vanilla, very soft caramel (hint of black pepper) but overal relative soft body.
    • Finish
      73 73
      A typical whisky aftertaste, balanced and warm, hint of pepper. Nice!

  10. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84


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