Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
45.8 % Vol.
700 ml
New Map Label
Bottle code
Added on
29 Sep 2016 4:10 pm by Norbs

Average value

€ 35,00

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 10-year-old

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.00 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2018] This review is on batch L5327 so this is the closest WB entry for a 10-years old Talisker I could find - but it is not this batch itself, actually.

    Talisker was one the very first single malts I tasted back in the early nineties and it convinced me of the high quality of this spirits category - so I stayed with malts since ever then. But after tasting this newer batch I have to ask: Where is my beloved Talisker, Diageo? This dram is just a shadow of the impressive malt it was back in the nineties, unfortunately. The spirit tastes a little immature (mashy) and lacks both the great maritime and spicy flavours Talisker was always famous for - but where should they come from if they transport all the new make in bulk containers to the mainland, fill it into casks and mature it far away from the coast (as they do since the beginning of the recent whisky boom). And it seems they include quite a significant share of virgin oak casks into this recipe (the cask supply crisis demands its toll) - so this is a completely different whisky: Not a Traditional Scotch any longer but just another modern style malt that had a glorious past, once ago... I took Talisker off my list of favourite distilleries today, sadly.
    • Nose
      81 81
      The colour is deep gold but this is irrelevant because they adjust it using caramel, as usual with Diageo. The nose is very immature compared to batches from the nineties so it seems they rushed production processes too (cut down fermentation times and drive the stills to their limits). It offers mainly malty-mashy aromas with some peaty and wooden notes. Extremely simple and extremely unimpressive, to be honest...
    • Taste
      78 78
      The taste is very simple too, to be honest: This could be any young malt and in a blind tasting I would never ever have guessed an Island's dram (let alone Talisker). There are just peated barley sugars and some bitter wooden notes (tannins from virgin oak, it seems). Water turns the nose even more mashy-immature but it releases more peaty aromas, too. Same with the taste, actually I like this dram better when reduced to about 30% abv. No, this is not a compliment for a malt whisky...
    • Finish
      79 79
      The initial mouthfeel ... oops, there is no initial mouthfeel. Neither warming nor hot, nor any coating effect and no distracting moment either (as if I drink just water). The finish is rather short and adds some spices (peppers), finally. It gets a little drying-astringent which is another hint of virgin oak at work. No, I do not like this dram anymore (once this was one of my favourites)...


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