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Overall rating
89.14/100
votes
113
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Oak Casks
Number of bottles
9882
Strength
45.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L5293CM000
Barcode
5000281030043
Added on
15 Jan 2016 4:45 pm by Gonathras
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 256.32

29 × in wishlist

113 × member ratings

223 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 25-year-old

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.14 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Gorgeous! Old and solid, the Talisker gives off its beguiling aroma to a stylish room in the Strandhaus. Herrenzimmer by the sea, matching this wonderful Talisker can not describe. Not too intense and intrusive, but with an old and dignified character I like it very much!

    23/22/22/23 (90P)
    • Nose
      Bright amber shines in the glass, the streaks sticking to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter dissolve long and oily "legs" and pull their endless paths back into the glass. Salty, with a touch of the sea, slightly grassy and floral aromas rise and mingle with a subtle touch of sour citrus. Old and hard caramel plays with sweet creamy toffee, the scent of dried orange peel joins and ends in a fine touch of meadow and garden herbs. Still a thick, impressive streak sticks to the glass wall, at a distance of a few millimeters, the more and more syrupy drops pull their endless tracks, already visually the old Talisker is a pleasure. The nose becomes earthier and herbal, filigree smoke dissolves from lying on the ground wet leaves. The initially subtle sweetness becomes more dominant, caramelized sugar and sweet toffee gain the upper hand. Old apricots and mirabelle plums appear before the salty aromas gradually come back together with algae and a sea breeze. Hints of licorice follow ...
      Edit: After the first sip I take in a new Nosing old tobacco leaves, cigars and a touch of leather true.
    • Taste
      Spicy wood elements dominate with an intense herbal and spicy note the first sip. Cedar wood and open humidor provide a stalkigen character, tart grapefruit and abrasion of lemon peel her tart and subtly sour flavor, slowly sets sharpness. Sweetness flashes briefly, apricots and mirabelle leaves exude their fruity aroma. The wood sharpness intensifies and ends in crushed pepper and a hint of chilli. Gradually, the well-known for Talisker Chili Catch, dried tobacco leaves and cigar stumps follow, as well as dry leather and a hint of creamy walnuts. After another sip suddenly sets violent, peppery pungency with neat chili. Chubby heat sticks between the tongue and the palate, a touch of algae and brine envelops the tongue, fly ash pulls towards the throat. Gradually, rasp of dark chocolate and old walnuts come into their own.
    • Finish
      Herb and slightly earthy starts the reverberation. From time to time yellow fruits, leather, dried tobacco leaves and old walnuts show up. The mouthfeel becomes noticeably creamier, from time to time the peppery sharpness flares up again, the open humidor and the cigar-stumps lying in the ashtray dominate the reverberation at the moment. Next to the ashtray and humidor are a few crumbs of dark chocolate, on the palate still sticks some brine. Creamy and at the same time harsh, the aftertaste with an earthy note sounds slow.

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Weaker than the golden vintages (the volume is missing, of course), but really tasty - the Tali 25 I would never let stand, just belongs to my to-go malts!
    • Nose
      fresh lemon zest, lime, fresh grass clippings (+ hedge), bergamot, lemongrass, some tangerine, toffee, mirabelle plums, red apples, sweet pipe tobacco, old library, rose petals, cloudberry, beautiful set taliska smoke, light riccola herbs, some leather, licorice, sea spray, Chalk, piles of leaves, peach in honey, Brazil nuts - very tasty, the sweet peach is getting stronger
    • Taste
      spicy-fruity-oily, with the chili-catch, lots of lemon and grapefruit, bergamot, peach in honey, grape nut chocolate, coffee, caramel sauce, ricconbonbon, some licorice, leathery, sweet smoke
    • Finish
      spicy-fruity, with grapefruit, coffee, bergamot and lemon, camphor, a little tangerine, Brazil nut, back bitter always bitter, but (still) delicious-bitter ... and then come again the roses and the peach forward ... and am the longest remains the sweet smoke, some pepper and salt

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] Superbowl LIII tonight and I start into the match with a small sample of this Talisker from around 1990...

    ...which is an average-only dram (by Talisker standards). It is okay to drink but leaves no lasting impression. I had much better ones in the past...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a profile that reminds me more of a Port Ellen than a Talisker, not bad! But after some breathing the typical Talisker aromas are all back and now it is an unmistakingly Talisker-ish nose with lots of herbs and spices and some fine maritime and peaty notes. This is fine but I liked the first Port Ellen impression better...
    • Taste
      88 88
      The taste is rather shy for a Talisker and not layered at all. It is composed out of barley sugars and herbal-spicy flavours with waxes and peaty notes. Water releases more chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and fruits and honeys on the palate, finally. I like this dram best when reduced to about 40% abv.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives warming but without any coating effect in the mouth. The finish is long and adds no new impressions but a minor drying-astringent feeling (tannins).

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Talisker 25yo 45.8% (WID: 77043), Talisker 1985/2013 27yo 56.1% (WID: 44404) and Talisker 30yo 57.3% (WID: 18830)

    Of the three, the 25yo is clearly the lightest. But this is not only due to the lower alcohol content. In comparison, his older brothers just seem a bit denser, more intense and fuller. The 25yo somehow doesn't really impress me. It is somehow nothing half and nothing whole. It has lost a lot of the lively Talisker character through its age, but it is somehow not voluminous enough for its age. Or maybe it was just too long in the half-full sample bottle.

    The 27yo and 30yo are completely different calibers. What an aroma!

    The 27yo looks more like an old school malt. Old, dusty wood notes and wax. In addition, beautiful mineral and fresh notes from Talisker. The fruits are more yellow and sometimes exotic. The smoke is only very easy to guess in the nose. It gets a little stronger in the mouth.

    In comparison, the 30yo is a tad more mineral and herbaceous. The fruits are also less yellow and not exotic. In return, the wood tones are a bit more elegant and noble. Here the smoke seems a little more present to me.

    Both are still really alive for their age. The 30yo wins with water and I like the 27yo almost better pure.

    So 27yo and 30yo are damn tasty malts. Unfortunately they are expensive too, that's why it stays with the samples.

    The 25yo doesn't knock me out somehow. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty good. I would rather go to his younger brothers. They have a little more punch and are not much less complex.

  5. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasty Talisker. These yearly releases usually don't disappoint.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very unusual for Talisker, not quite similar to the style of a distillery, but on the whole quite pleasant, grassy-ashberry molt, dense and deep, traditionally adds and develops.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, dry medicinal herbs - tansy, wormwood; old wood, rowan berries, dusty books, wet cardboard, wood stain, varnish.
    • Taste
      Slightly watery, saturated, oak, dry herbs, nuts, red pepper, ginger, lac notes, leather goods, in the development becomes sweeter, chocolate motifs appear.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oak, nuts, ginger, cardboard, herbs, leather goods.

  9. YuraLM scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Candied guelder rose, freshness, dogwood, lime, white chocolate, alichee jam, varnish notes, pwodered sugar, prunes, black pepper
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sharp, astringent, smoke, lime, red berries
    • Finish
      87 87
      Average-lasting, astringent, smoke then smoked malt

  10. KonstUA scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 23, finish 23, balance 22

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