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Overall rating
88.98/100
votes
134
Whiskybase ID
WB77043
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

€ 276.72

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243 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Talisker 25-year-old

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.98 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. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An elegant dram, nothing is overpowering. It's all quite subtle, but to me this is what balance and complexity should be about.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Soft fruitiness, mild peat and subtle smoke. Floral, sweet lemon cake, apple, pear, some apricot jam, light honey notes, nutty and a bit chalky with a gentle sea breeze.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Dry peat, more vegetal than the nose, some smoked vegetation, still fruity with sweet and bitter citrus, orchard fruits, slightly salted liquorice, mild pepper notes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long: a little lemony sweetness, more salted liquorice, eventually drying with charred wood and a pinch of ashes.

  5. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Part of the HWF second edition line up! This was the sixt of the night. A lovely delicate and gentle dram, offering a lot of finesse and aged perfection. Some people say this one is not worth the price compared to the price and experience of de much cheaper 18yo, but that’s something I would like to challenge. The reveal video of the one who brought this one to the tasting was a job well done! Professionally edited by employees of the NOS and with nice additional information. Great presentation!
    • Nose
      Soft, sweet, salty, gentle and delicate peat. This is very well aged! It’s not a peat bomb, it’s all about balance and age here. Wow this is remarkable stuff! Smoked honey, honeycomb and peated barley. Also the seaweed I often get in Talisker is present. A truly amazing and delicate nose!
    • Taste
      Again very delicate! It’s got a light profile but it’s incredibly well bodied at the same time! Explosion in slowmotion. Every second longer inside the mouth it reveals more of it’s flavors and keeps intensifying. Lovely flavors of caramel sea salt chocolate, again seaweed and smoked veggies like eggplant.
    • Finish
      Long! The finish gives a very lively experience with loads of warmth. Salty, sweet peat is present and an intense layer of smoked fruits and veggies as well. I get nuttiness in like freshly baked macadamia nuts I get from the farmers market almost every week. Such a lovely dram!

  6. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    delicate nose, balanced and pleasant throughout the whisky. Nothing to complain about, excellent whisky
    • Nose
      90 90
      squeezed lemon, cold smoked fish, rotten wood, airy and delicate. Menthol, vanilla and a little honey wax
    • Taste
      89 89
      lemon juice, spices in oil, a drop of menthol, rich and tender, smoked fish
    • Finish
      90 90
      lemon juice, persimmon, a little sea salt and a drop of iodine

  7. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Slight smoky note, dried fruits (figs) sweetish with a little honey. A hint of sherry and a hint of orange. After a while, a note of vanilla joins it, the overall picture becomes fruity.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Warm with a little smoke, oak spice, sweet quickly becomes soft, oily, full and very aromatic, balanced, nothing dominates or disturbs.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Soft, sweetish, slightly tart oak notes, not bitter, remains sweet and soft. In the end peppery and slightly salty, salivation demanding, very long, very good ...
      Conclusion:
      The young and wild one has become a true gentleman, elegant but with strength and character.

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant enough, but it seems somehow washed-out and thin.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Salty, maritime/mineral, grassy, with musty smoke, tobacco leaves and a dash of lemon. At first you notice that the Talisker DNA is there, but that it's also rather oaky and kind of flat. However, after a while there are some additional floral nuances (rose oil) and the herbal aspect becomes more multi-dimensional.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Tiger balm, bacon grease, sea salt, fragrant and much-mellowed-out peat smoke. Seems almost diluted to death.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Very honeyed and warm, with ashy peat and still some lemon.

  9. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Had this one in a blind tasting. Surprising whisky, way more peated than I would expect from a Talisker. Nice and pleasant dram for sure.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, with a touch of rubber, peat, earthy notes. Roasted meat, licorice, tobacco.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sal ammoniac at first, licorice. Pretty smooth, pepper. Some peat, and slight sweet notes.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Now some more power, licorice, a bit drying, pretty long finish. Some peat, and sweet notes.

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